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Assyrian Christians describe to the AP a year-long campaign to win freedom for 226 members taken hostage by IS in Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 11:10pm

Assyrian Christians describe to the AP a year-long campaign to win freedom for 226 members taken hostage by IS in Syria.

'We have lost everything': Syrians return to ravaged Aleppo

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 11:00pm

Amina Hamawy burst into tears and then fainted when she returned to eastern Aleppo to find that looters had ransacked her home. "Where am I? What happened?" she asked after her husband and daughter revived her. "We have lost everything."

Rohingya who fled Myanmar recount killings, rapes, burnings

Julhas Alam, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 10:00pm

The Myanmar soldiers came in the morning, the young mother says. They set fire to the concrete-and-thatch homes, forcing the villagers to cluster together. When some of her neighbors tried to escape into the fields, they were shot. After that, she says, most people stopped running away.

China sends another 120 army peacekeepers to South Sudan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 9:31pm

China has sent 120 troops to South Sudan as part of a 700-member U.N. peacekeeping force, deepening its commitment to the troubled East African nation where two Chinese peacekeepers were killed in fighting over the summer.

Japanese leader Abe won't apologize at Pearl Harbor

Ken Moritsugu, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 9:21pm

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won't apologize for Japan's attack when he visits the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor later this month, the government spokesman said Tuesday.

Race to replace New Zealand leader Key grows to 3

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 8:53pm

The race to replace New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, who stunned the nation by resigning this week, got a little crowded Tuesday with three conservative lawmakers saying they want the top job.

Mexico: 14 gunmen killed in gunbattle with patrol of marines

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 8:11pm

Police in Mexico's Gulf coast state of Veracruz say 14 criminal suspects have been killed in a gunbattle with a patrol of Mexican marines.

El Salvador congress strips ex-defense minister of immunity

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 7:11pm

El Salvador's congress has voted to strip a former defense minister of immunity from prosecution, so he can be faced with accusations he used his position for arms trafficking.

Colombians protest over rape, killing of 7-year-old girl

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 6:20pm

Hundreds of angry Colombians are taking to the streets to protest the kidnapping and rape of a 7-year-old girl found strangled in an upper-class Bogota apartment.

Defendant in recovery doesn't halt 9/11 case at Guantanamo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 4:50pm

A U.S. military judge turned down a request Monday to halt the latest round of Sept. 11 war crimes proceedings at Guantanamo Bay while one of five defendants recovers from a surgical procedure.

House where Austrian kept daughter as sex slave sold

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 4:30pm

The liquidator of Josef Fritzl's estate says the house where the Austrian kept his daughter captive for 24 years and fathered seven of her children has been sold.

German chancellor denounces rape-killing of student

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 4:20pm

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday denounced the rape and killing of a university student as a "tragic event," responding for the first time to a case that has inflamed passions since police arrested a 17-year-old Afghan migrant last week.

Justice suspends president of Brazil's Senate from duties

Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 4:10pm

A Supreme Court justice suspended the president of Brazil's Senate from his duties as the body's leader Monday, hitting another key ally of President Michel Temer.

Israel advances bill to legalize West Bank outposts

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 4:00pm

The Israeli parliament has given initial approval to a revised bill that would legalize scores of Israeli settlement outposts built without permission on private Palestinian land in the West Bank, but would allow for the court-ordered demolition of one such outpost this month.

Fake US embassy in Ghana shut down after 'about a decade'

Francis Kokutse, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 3:51pm

A fake U.S. embassy that operated for "about a decade" in Ghana's capital issuing counterfeit and fraudulently obtained visas has been shut down, the U.S. State Department announced.

Top Gambian opposition leader, 18 others out of prison

Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 3:41pm

A top Gambian opposition politician and 18 other protesters were released from prison after an appeals court granted them bail on Monday, just days after strongman ruler Yahya Jammeh agreed to step aside after losing the presidential election.

2 Russian nurses killed in rebel shelling of Syria's Aleppo

Albert Aji and Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 3:41pm

Rebel shelling killed two Russian nurses and eight civilians Monday in Aleppo, and a Russian fighter jet crashed as it was returning to an aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean after a sortie over Syria, but the pilot ejected safely, Moscow officials said.

Russia and China block Syria truce in UN vote

Michael Astor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 3:20pm

Russia and China used their veto power in the U.N. Security Council to block a draft resolution on Monday calling for a seven-day humanitarian truce in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo, leading the U.S. representative to accuse them of issuing a "death sentence" for innocent Syrians.

Mexico president creates 4 new protected biological reserves

Peter Orsi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 2:42pm

Mexico's president signed decrees creating four new biological reserves and five other protected areas Monday, setting aside about 160 million acres (65 million hectares) for environmental conservation.