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South Korean president impeachment tarnishes family legacy

Foster Klug, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 9:22am

Park Geun-hye could always rely on one unwavering gift throughout a political career that saw a triumphant return as South Korea's first female president to the palatial Blue House where she'd lived as a girl: She enjoyed the reflected devotion, some might say worship, that half the country felt for her late dictator father.

Norwegian Refugee Council director expelled from South Sudan

Jan M. Olsen and Justin Lynch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 9:10am

South Sudan has expelled the country director of the Norwegian Refugee Council, the aid group announced Friday.

Legal experts say Turkey went 'too far' in coup response

Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 9:00am

Turkey went "too far" with emergency measures adopted following a failed July 15 coup attempt, a panel of constitutional law experts said in an opinion adopted Friday.

Spain: 400 migrants storm North African border fence

Ciaran Giles, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:51am

More than 400 migrants from Africa stormed across a border fence to enter Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta from Morocco on Friday in one of the biggest crossing attempts of recent years.

Dutch detain man with rifle, ammo, image of IS flag at home

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:50am

Prosecutors in the Netherlands say police have detained a 30-year-old man on suspicion of preparing a terrorist crime after finding a Kalashnikov rifle, two full ammunition clips and a painting featuring a flag used by the Islamic State group at his home.

Thai army says 6 drug smugglers killed in gunfight

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:43am

Six drug smugglers were fatally shot in a gunbattle in northern Thailand when they were confronted by soldiers, the military said.

South Korean president is impeached in stunning fall

Foster Klug, Kim Tong-Hyung and Tong-Hin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:40am

South Korean lawmakers on Friday impeached President Park Geun-hye, a stunning and swift fall for the country's first female leader amid protests that drew millions into the streets in united fury.

Top Greek court to rule on Turkish servicemen

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:30am

The Greek Supreme Court will consider a request by Turkey to extradite eight military servicemen who fled to Greece by helicopter after a failed military coup in July.

Kenyan army says 4 al-Shabab extremists killed in firefight

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:30am

A Kenyan army spokesman says soldiers on patrol have killed four extremists suspected of being members of the al-Qaida-linked Somali group al-Shabab.

Bomb blasts kill 30 in northeast Nigeria; Boko Haram blamed

Ibrahim Abdulaziz and Michelle Faul, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:23am

Two women suicide bombers blew themselves up at a bustling market in northeast Nigeria's Madagali town on Friday morning, killing at least 30 people and wounding 67, an army spokesman told The Associated Press.

Poland's PM, businessmen hold talks in Albania

Llazar Semini and Monika Scislowska, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:10am

Poland's prime minister has urged the European Union to move faster to start membership talks with Albania, saying the country is an "important element for security and stability in Europe and the region."

Military: Twin bomb blasts blamed on Boko Haram kill 30 in northeast Nigerian market

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:00am

Military: Twin bomb blasts blamed on Boko Haram kill 30 in northeast Nigerian market.

Dutch government to discuss US border checks in Amsterdam

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 7:50am

The Dutch government says it is going to open negotiations with U.S. authorities about the possibility of carrying out American border and customs checks at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport to save time for passengers flying to the United States.

Investigative journalist Phillip Knightley dies at 87

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 7:30am

A fascination with spies and scandals, combined with deep patience and persistence, made Phillip Knightley a legend among investigative journalists.

Spain to send more soldiers to help Iraq forces combat IS

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 7:30am

Spain says it plans to send an additional 150 soldiers and police to Iraq to help train Iraqi security forces combatting the Islamic State group.

Rats! Paris fights back against rodent infestation

John Leicester, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 7:20am

Both Nadine Mahe des Portes and the rat panicked when she inadvertently stepped on it on her walk back from work through Paris.

When neo-Nazis have doubts, there's a number to call

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 7:20am

Felix Benneckenstein was a rising star on Germany's far-right scene, a young songwriter whose rousing guitar anthems made white nationalism sound romantic and rebellious.

Hungarian leader defends central Europe from critics

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 7:11am

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban says critics should not spoil the growth and stability that Central Europe is building through cooperation.

Iraqi officials: Separate bombings kill 10 people in Baghdad

Murtada Faraj, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 7:00am

Separate bombings in the Iraqi capital killed 10 people and wounded another 22 on Friday, according to Iraqi officials.