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Spanish provinces on alert as 2 die in torrential rains

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 3:20am

Provinces in southern and eastern Spain are on alert for heavy rains for a second day after torrential downpours left two dead and many roads and buildings flooded in several towns.

UN prosecutors begin closing statements at Mladic trial

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 3:20am

Gen. Ratko Mladic "called the shots" as his troops murdered and expelled thousands of civilians to carve out an ethnically pure Serb mini-state in Bosnia during the Balkan nation's 1992-95 war, a United Nations prosecutor said Monday as Mladic's genocide trial neared its end.

In signal to Trump, China, Iran say nuclear deal must stand

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 3:11am

The foreign ministers of China and Iran on Monday urged governments not to violate the deal that limits Iran's nuclear activity in exchange for the lifting of sanctions, in remarks apparently directed at President-elect Donald Trump's incoming administration.

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

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 3:00am

The U.N.'s humanitarian aid coordination agency says it and partners require a record $22.2 billion next year to help people hit by conflict and disasters around the world, a 10 percent increase from this year.

UK government's Brexit plans in hands of Supreme Court

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 2:50am

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

Afghan migrant's arrest for killing stokes German tensions

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 2:40am

Germany's vice chancellor says the arrest of a 17-year-old Afghan migrant suspected of raping and killing a university student must not be used for "rabble-rousing and conspiracy propaganda."

Malaysian investigator of missing plane visits Madagascar

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 2:20am

A Malaysian investigator of the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines plane in 2014 has traveled to Madagascar to pick up debris that possibly came from the missing plane and drifted across the Indian Ocean, a woman whose mother was on the aircraft said Monday.

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

Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 2:20am

Chinese leaders face a challenge: How to deal with Donald Trump.

Qatar Airways flight from Washington hits severe turbulence

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 2:10am

A Qatar Airways flight from Washington heading to Doha hit severe turbulence while diverting for a medical emergency, sending some passengers tumbling through the aircraft.

Syrian government steps up attacks on Idlib province

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 2:00am

Syrian activists say Russian and Syrian aircraft have stepped up their assaults on the rebel-held province of Idlib, a day after air raids killed more than 60 people.

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

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 2:00am

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

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 1:40am

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.

French premier Valls expected to launch presidential bid

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 1:40am

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls is expected to announce a presidential bid, in hopes of rallying the divided French left amid growing populist pressure ahead of France's April-May presidential election.

Carter confident his successor will be ready to take command

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 1:30am

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.

UN refugee agency hands out aid to those uprooted from Mosul

Balint Szlanko, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 1:30am

The U.N. refugee agency has distributed aid to dozens of Iraqi families uprooted from their homes in and around the city of Mosul.

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.

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.