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Indonesia quake stirs grim memories for tsunami survivors

Niniek Karmini and Amir Sagita, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 5:23am

Now, thousands of people in Indonesia's Aceh province have two horrifying stories to tell.

The Latest: Indonesia quake damaged thousands of homes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 5:20am

The Latest on a magnitude 6.5 earthquake that hit Indonesia's Aceh province on Wednesday (all times local):

AP PHOTOS: Indonesian towns reel from earthquake devastation

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 5:10am

Damage from the earthquake that shook Indonesia's Aceh province on Wednesday is extensive in towns near the epicenter. A market was leveled, and other buildings reduced to chunks of cement and twisted rebar.

Spain: Parents arrested for scam involving ill daughter

Joseph Wilson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 5:04am

Spanish police have arrested a couple suspected of fraud for exaggerating the illness of their child during a public campaign seeking money to pay for her treatment.

EU: Little progress from Turkey on visa conditions

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 5:00am

The European Union says Turkey has made virtually no progress on meeting conditions to earn visa free travel for its citizens, a key part of their deal to prevent refugees reaching Europe.

Syria president says victory in Aleppo won't end the war

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 5:00am

President Bashar Assad said in comments published Thursday that Syrian forces' victory in the battle for Aleppo will be a "big gain" for his government but that it will not end of the country's civil war.

Hackers target election website a day after Ghana vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 4:10am

Hackers have targeted the website of Ghana's electoral commission ahead of the release of results from a narrowly contested presidential election.

Intelligence agency: Russia trying to destabilize Germany

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 4:10am

Germany's domestic intelligence agency says Russia is trying to destabilize German society and the state with propaganda campaigns and cyberattacks.

Not the first: Abe predecessor visited Pearl Harbor in 1951

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 4:10am

The news media widely reported this week that Shinzo Abe will be the first Japanese prime minister to visit Pearl Harbor when he goes later this month — but he won't be.

The Latest: Syria activists report intense bombing in Aleppo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 4:10am

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

Danish lawmaker: Warning shots should be fired at migrants

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 3:20am

A Danish lawmaker has regretted saying migrants sailing to Europe should "be fired at" if they cross the continent's "territorial waters." He clarified his remarks to say "warning shots" should be fired instead.

Philippines says it won't help US patrols in South China Sea

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:40am

The Philippine defense secretary said Thursday it's highly unlikely his country will allow the U.S. military to use it as a springboard for freedom of navigation patrols in the disputed South China Sea to avoid antagonizing China.

Israel police say knife-wielding Palestinian shot and killed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:00am

Israeli police say security forces have shot and killed a knife-wielding Palestinian at a West Bank junction.

S. Korea's parliament sets up presidential impeachment vote

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:40am

South Korea's opposition-controlled parliament introduced an impeachment motion Thursday against President Park Geun-hye, setting up a likely vote Friday on whether to suspend her powers over a huge political scandal.

Assad supporters see domino effect in Aleppo government win

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 11:20pm

Aleppo shakes with explosions and gunfire day and night in both the government- and rebel-held sides of the divided Syrian city. But for supporters of President Bashar Assad, there is a growing sense of imminent victory.

Bill English will be New Zealand's next prime minister

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 10:10pm

Bill English is set to become New Zealand's next prime minister following the shock resignation this week of John Key.

Remains of 47 victims of plane crash to be sent to Islamabad

Asif Shahzad and Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 9:51pm

The remains of the 47 passengers and crew who were killed when a Pakistan International Airlines commuter crashed in the north of the country are being sent to Islamabad for identification, a hospital spokesman and the airline said Thursday.

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.