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India records huge spike in 'honor killings' in 2015

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:50am

India has registered a nearly 800 percent spike in the number of so-called honor killings reported last year, leading state officials and women's rights groups to demand investigations into how such crimes persist.

Duterte defends police accused of killing drug-linked mayor

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:40am

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte staunchly defended on Wednesday more than two dozen policemen who were accused by the government's main investigation agency of killing a jailed mayor linked to illegal drugs.

Chinese ship pulls out of MH370 search, leaving lone ship

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:31am

The seabed search for the missing Malaysian airliner has been left to a single ship, with a Chinese vessel heading home to Shanghai, officials said on Wednesday.

Pakistani national carrier's plane missing after takeoff

Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:30am

A plane belonging to Pakistan's national carrier crashed on Wednesday shortly after takeoff from the country's north with about 40 people on board, a spokesman and the police said.

As Syrian troops gain ground, Aleppo rebels propose truce

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:30am

Staring a punishing and brutal defeat in the face, several Syrian rebel factions on Wednesday proposed a five-day cease-fire in the eastern part of the city of Aleppo so the wounded, sick and other civilians can be evacuated.

WikiLeaks' Assange releases statement he gave prosecutors

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:20am

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has released his statement to prosecutors in which he asserts he is innocent of committing sex crimes while visiting Sweden six years ago.

Pakistan's national carrier says one of its planes missing after takeoff in the country's north with about 40 on board

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:20am

Pakistan's national carrier says one of its planes missing after takeoff in the country's north with about 40 on board.

Merkel party backs tougher rules on dual citizens in Germany

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:10am

Members of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party voted Wednesday in favor of scrapping rules that allow the children of immigrants to be dual citizens, a call that was opposed by party leaders and met with a swift rebuke from its partners in government.

IS launches overnight attack against Iraqi troops in Mosul

Susannah George, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:01am

Islamic State militants launched an overnight attack against Iraqi security forces in the southeastern part of Mosul, a day after troops advanced deeper into that part of the city, Iraq's military said Wednesday.

Survey finds Afghans more pessimistic on security, future

Rahim Faiez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:50am

Afghans are increasingly uncertain about their future, less confident in their government and more pessimistic than before on issues such as security, corruption, and rising unemployment, according to a survey released on Wednesday.

France arrests 3 in connection with June police killings

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:50am

French police have arrested three men in connection with the killing of two police officials earlier this year by an extremist claiming loyalty to the Islamic State group.

Belgium arrests 3 over Syria recruiting, terror charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:40am

Belgian authorities have arrested three of eight people they picked up earlier this week during anti-terror raids centering on the recruitment of people to fight in Syria.

The Latest: Syrian rebels in Aleppo propose 5-day cease-fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:30am

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

NATO chief urges West to keep pressuring Russia over Ukraine

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:20am

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is urging Western allies to maintain diplomatic pressure and sanctions on Russia until it respects the peace agreement in Ukraine.

Cambodian deputy opposition leader reconciles with premier

Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:11am

Cambodia's deputy opposition leader, recently pardoned from going to jail for ignoring a court summons, returned to parliament Wednesday saying he and Prime Minister Hun Sen have reached a deal to help reconcile their rival parties for the sake of the country.

4 migrants die, 34 rescued en route from Morocco to Europe

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:10am

Moroccan authorities say four migrants have died and 34 have been rescued after their inflatable boat capsized between Morocco and Spain.

Ghana president, longtime opposition leader face off in vote

Brennan Weiss, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:10am

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.

Court to review UK marine's conviction for Taliban murder

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:10am

A court will review a British Royal Marine's murder conviction for killing a wounded Taliban fighter in Afghanistan.

China warns US on Taiwan leader's planned transit

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:00am

China on Wednesday accused Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen of seeking to use a planned transit stop in the U.S. to score diplomatic points, amid Chinese rancor over an unprecedented phone call between Tsai and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.