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Rights group, worried about HIV, urges Philippines action

Teresa Cerojano, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 8:52pm

A human rights watchdog says the Philippines is facing one of the fastest growing epidemics of HIV in the Asia Pacific, fueled by government policies that restrict intervention, including access to condoms by men who have sex with men.

Search widens for US Marine Corps pilot missing in Japan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 6:40pm

The search for a Marine Corps pilot who ejected from an F/A-18 jet in southern Japan was expanded to a wider area after daybreak Thursday, the U.S. military said.

Ex-chief of IRA splinter group killed in Irish city of Cork

Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:40pm

Two gunmen ambushed and killed a former top figure in the Real IRA splinter group in the southwest city of Cork, the first slaying of its kind in four years in Ireland, police and witnesses said Wednesday.

Attack on Toronto high school thwarted, 17-year-old arrested

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:30pm

Police allege a 17-year-old boy plotted to attack on a Toronto high school that would have coincided with the 27th anniversary of an antifeminist rampage that left 14 women dead at a Canadian university campus.

US Senate 'torture' report sought in 9/11 case at Guantanamo

Ben Fox, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:11pm

Defense lawyers in the Sept. 11 war crimes case at Guantanamo Bay asked a judge Wednesday to secure a copy of a U.S. Senate report on the CIA's harsh interrogation tactics before President-elect Donald Trump takes office, at which point they fear it might be too late.

Brazil's top court reinstates defiant Senate chief

Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:41pm

Brazil's top court reinstated the head of the Senate on Wednesday, overturning an order by one of its members who set off a constitutional confrontation by suspending the lawmaker from his leadership duties while he faces trial.

Iraqi forces face fierce IS attacks after new Mosul push

Susannah George, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:14pm

Significant Islamic State group counterattacks in southeastern Mosul inflicted heavy losses on Iraqi forces overnight after a new push deeper into the city this week, according to an Iraqi Army officer.

Syrian government advances despite rebel cease-fire offer

Sarah El Deeb and Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:12pm

Syria's government ignored a rebel cease-fire proposal for Aleppo on Wednesday as its forces captured new neighborhoods around the city center and squeezed some 200,000 tired and frightened civilians into a shattered and rapidly shrinking opposition enclave.

Pakistani plane crashes after takeoff with 48 people aboard

Asif Shahzad and Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:11pm

A plane belonging to Pakistan's national carrier crashed and burst into flames on Wednesday with 48 people on board, killing all of them, the airline chairman and police said.

The Latest: Assad says Aleppo battle changes course of war

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:04pm

The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):

Ghana president, longtime opposition leader face off in vote

Brennan Weiss, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 1:12pm

Ghanaians began lining up at polling stations before dawn on Wednesday to elect their next president as the West African nation hopes to reaffirm its reputation as a model of democracy on the continent.

NATO commander says 150 Turkish officers have left post-coup

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 1:12pm

NATO's top military officer said Wednesday that about 150 Turkish officers have been recalled or retired from the alliance's high command since a failed coup attempt in Turkey, placing a significant burden on his staff.

UK govt agrees under pressure to divulge Brexit plan details

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 1:01pm

Britain's House of Commons voted Wednesday to back Prime Minister Theresa May's March 31 deadline to start the U.K's. formal exit from the European Union, after the government agreed to publish details of its negotiating plan.

Pakistani court indicts brother of model over honor killing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 12:50pm

A government prosecutor says a court in central Pakistan has indicted the brother of slain model Qandeel Baloch for killing her in the name of honor.

Egypt activist says she was arrested in NGO funding case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 12:50pm

A prominent Egyptian human rights activist and lawyer was arrested on Wednesday in connection with an ongoing investigation of the country's top rights campaigners for illegally receiving foreign funds. Her arrest has had a chilling effect on Egyptian rights activists who fear they will be next.

In West Bank, Fatah vote shows politics an old man's game

Karin Laub and Mohammed Daraghmeh, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 12:41pm

The recent conference of the ruling Fatah party sent a disheartening message to young Palestinians: Most of those elected to top positions were in their 60s and 70s, signaling that politics under octogenarian President Mahmoud Abbas is an old man's game and that it is unlikely that fresh ideas on winning statehood will emerge from this group of veteran loyalists.

WHY IT MATTERS: Rebel-held Aleppo on the brink of collapse

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 12:32pm

With rebel defenses crumbling in eastern Aleppo, President Bashar Assad is on the brink of regaining full control of Syria's largest city and one-time commercial center. Holding the city is seen as key to overall victory in the Syrian conflict, and a defeat in Aleppo would be a crushing blow to the rebels.

Matteo Renzi has resigned as Italy's premier, but the president asked him to stay on until a new government is in place

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 12:11pm

Matteo Renzi has resigned as Italy's premier, but the president asked him to stay on until a new government is in place.

CIA director visits Albania for counterterrorism talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 12:01pm

The United States embassy in Tirana says Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan visited Albania to discuss terrorism along with a variety of other bilateral and international issues.