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Under dusty fog cover, IS strikes Iraqi forces near Mosul

Susannah George and Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 12:40pm

Under the cover of dust and fog, Islamic State group fighters launched a series of counterattacks on Iraqi positions to the south and west of the militant-held city of Mosul late Friday night and into Saturday morning, according to Iraqi military commanders and officials.

France pledges $30 million for wartime heritage protection

Adam Schrek and Malak Harb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 12:30pm

France committed $30 million toward protecting cultural heritage sites during wartime on Saturday, a first step in the creation of an international fund aimed at preventing destruction like that carried out by Islamic State militants.

Rain and tears mix at memorial for soccer players killed in plane crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 12:21pm

Twenty-thousand people have filled a tiny stadium in Brazil to say goodbye to members of a soccer club who died in a plane crash.

A look at some of the worst nightclub, music venue fires

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 11:43am

A fatal fire Friday night at a party in a converted warehouse in the San Francisco Bay Area has claimed the lives of at least nine people. More than two dozen are still unaccounted for. Fire officials say the roof collapsed during a music event.

Morocco arrests suspect tied to thwarted French attack plot

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 11:21am

Moroccan police have arrested a "dangerous element" who allegedly served as a liaison between the Islamic State group and members of a French cell dismantled last month while allegedly planning an attack, the state-run MAP news agency reported Saturday.

AP INTERVIEW: Leader promises 'a new Gambia' after upset win

Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 11:00am

Gambia's newly elected president on Saturday vowed to free all political prisoners and urged exiles who fled the 22-year reign of Yahya Jammeh to return from abroad and help him reform the tiny West African country.

Italy's voter referendum: The nuts and bolts behind the buzz

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 10:32am

A voter referendum on changes to Italy's post-war Constitution scheduled for Sunday has turned into a virtual plebiscite on Premier Matteo Renzi's center-left government. Will Italy become the next Western country to turn on established political leaders? A rundown on what's at stake in the constitutional referendum:

Syrian and allied troops advance in besieged Aleppo

Bassem Mroue and Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 10:30am

Syrian warplanes, artillery and mortar rounds pounded areas in eastern Aleppo on Saturday drawing rebel rockets, as government troops gain new ground in the shrinking opposition-held enclave.

Trump shrugs off fuss over Taiwan call

Gillian Wong and Johnson Lai, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 9:51am

President-elect Donald Trump is unapologetic about roiling diplomatic waters with his decision to speak on the phone with Taiwan's leader, a breach of long-standing tradition that risks enmity from China.

S. Koreans rally for 6th weekend calling for leader's ouster

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 9:41am

Rallying for the sixth straight weekend in what has become perhaps South Korea's biggest protest movement ever, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators in Seoul got the closest yet Saturday to the president they desperately want removed.

Q&A: Candidates, issues in Austria presidential election

George Jahn, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 8:30am

Austria holds presidential elections on Sunday in a contest pitting a left-leaning contender against a right-winger supported by a populist anti-immigration party. Beyond the contest for the largely ceremonial office, the vote is being watched in other EU countries as a barometer of how well their populist candidates will do in upcoming elections. A look at the candidates and the issues:

The Latest: Iran and Russia reaffirm alliance in Syria war

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 8:30am

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The Latest: Scuffles, arrests at Danish anti-Islam march

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 7:52am

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Police: stolen Nazi camp gate probe could be complicated

Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 7:30am

The investigation into how an iron gate stolen from the Nazis' Dachau concentration camp in southern Germany ended up in western Norway may be complicated because "no useable evidence" has been found, police said Saturday.

Israeli TV journalist becomes a thorn in Netanyahu's side

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 7:30am

After a series of embarrassing reports about Israel's first family, an investigative journalist has become a particular target of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Iran's Supreme Court confirms death sentence for tycoon

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 7:21am

Iran's Supreme Court has confirmed the death sentence against a well-known tycoon, the country's state-run news agency reported Saturday.

Ex-German POW gives legacy to Scottish village

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 6:50am

A former German soldier has left his life's savings to a small Scottish village where he was held as a prisoner of war during World War II.

Russia warns Japan not to expect quick progress on islands

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 6:30am

Russia's foreign minister warned Japan Saturday against expecting a quick breakthrough in the territorial dispute between the two nations ahead of President Vladimir Putin's upcoming visit to Japan.

Afghan president and Trump discuss terrorism

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 6:30am

The Afghan government says U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani have emphasized their joint commitment to fighting terrorism in a phone conversation.