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UN humanitarian aid agency: $22.2B in funds needed in 2017

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 1:23am

The U.N.'s humanitarian aid coordinator says it and partners require $22.2 billion next year to help people hit by conflict and disasters around the world, a 10 percent increase from 2016 with war and disease wracking countries like Syria, Yemen and South Sudan.

Philippine VP quits Cabinet in new Duterte dilemma

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 1:10am

The Philippine vice president resigned her Cabinet post Monday after citing irreconcilable differences with President Rodrigo Duterte, who had banned her from attending Cabinet meetings, in a new political dilemma for the leader.

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

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 1:10am

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."

S. Korea enters crucial week with impeachment vote on Park

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 12:40am

South Korea is entering potentially one of the most momentous weeks in its recent political history, with impeachment looming for President Park Geun-hye as ruling party dissenters align with the opposition in a strengthening effort to force her out.

Beijing faces decision on how to respond to Trump's tweets

Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 12:30am

With Donald Trump's latest tweets touching on highly sensitive issues, China must decide how to handle an incoming American president who relishes confrontation and whose online statements appear to foreshadow shifts in foreign policy.

Afghan official: Roadside bombing kills 4 civilians

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 11:50pm

An Afghan official says at least four civilians were killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in eastern Paktika province.

UN racism expert urges Australia to maintain hate speech law

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 11:41pm

A United Nations expert on racism on Monday urged Australia not to water down hate-speech prohibitions, as bigots and extremists become more vocal.

As Iraq's Kurds eye statehood, a border takes shape

Brian Rohan and Balint Szlanko, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 11:30pm

The sand berms and trenches that snake across northern Iraq stretch toward Syria, some accompanied by newly paved roads lit by street lamps and sprawling checkpoints decked with Kurdish flags. The fighters here insist it isn't the border of a newly independent state — but in the chaos of Iraq that could change.

Carter confident his successor will be ready to take command

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 11:21pm

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday he believes his designated successor, if confirmed by the Senate as expected, will be a quick study regarding the responsibilities of the office.

Pakistani police say hotel fire kills 11 in Karachi

Adil Jawad, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 11:21pm

A massive fire swept through a four-star hotel in the southern port city of Karachi on Monday, killing at least 11 people, officials said.

UK government's Brexit plans in hands of Supreme Court

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 10:31pm

Prime Minister Theresa May wants to start Britain's divorce from the European Union. Eleven judges may stand in her way.

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Hrvoje Hranjski, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 9:21pm

A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves:

Citing differences, Philippine vice president quits Cabinet

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 8:50pm

There was no immediate reaction Monday from Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to the country's vice president saying she will resign her Cabinet post, citing "major differences in principles and values" with Duterte and an unspecified plot to remove her from the vice presidency.

Tamil Nadu leader Jayalalitha suffers heart attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 8:50pm

The popular leader of India's southern Tamil Nadu state was in critical condition Monday morning after suffering a heart attack, the hospital said.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key resigns after 8 years

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 8:22pm

New Zealand's popular Prime Minister John Key stunned the nation on Monday when he announced, in a breaking voice, he was resigning after eight years as leader.

Renzi quits; Italian populists seek quick vote to win power

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 8:00pm

Italian voters dealt Premier Matteo Renzi a stinging defeat on his reforms referendum, triggering his resignation announcement and galvanizing the populist, opposition 5-Star Movement's determination to gain national power soon.

The Latest: Populist party says it's poised to govern Italy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 5:51pm

The Latest on Italy's referendum on constitutional reforms (all times local):

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key resigns in surprise move after 8 years as leader

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 5:11pm

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key resigns in surprise move after 8 years as leader.

Thousands protest corruption, support judiciary in Brazil

Ernesto Moreno Quintana and Sarah Dilorenzo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 4:41pm

Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets in cities across Brazil on Sunday to express disgust with public corruption and outrage at what they say are lawmakers' attempts to muzzle the judges and prosecutors pursuing those crimes.