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S. Korea's interim leader was Park defender; powers unclear

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 2:40am

The man who takes over as government caretaker in the wake of President Park Geun-hye's impeachment is seen by critics as a stiff and uncompromising defender of the fallen leader.

Police: Gunbattle in Kashmir ends; 2 suspected rebels killed

Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 2:30am

A 42-hour gunbattle ended in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Friday after two suspected rebels were killed in the fighting, which triggered massive anti-India protests in the disputed region.

Former neo-Nazis behind Germany's successful far-right rehab

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 2:30am

Felix Benneckenstein was a rising star on Germany's far-right scene, a young songwriter whose rousing guitar anthems made white nationalism sound romantic and rebellious.

Norwegian Refugee Council staffer detained in South Sudan

Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 2:20am

The Norwegian Refugee Council said Friday that one of its staffers in South Sudan has been detained by the turbulent East African country's National Security Service.

South Korean president is impeached in stunning fall

Foster Klug, Kim Tong-Hyung and Tong-Hin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 2:20am

South Korean lawmakers on Friday impeached President Park Geun-hye, a stunning and swift fall for the country's first female leader amid protests that drew millions into the streets in united fury.

Key developments in South Korean presidential crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 2:11am

South Korean President Park Geun-hye's impeachment Friday is a stunning fall for a leader who convincingly beat her liberal opponent in 2012 to become South Korea's first female president.

Hong Kong leader Leung says he won't run for another term

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 2:10am

Hong Kong's divisive Beijing-backed leader, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, said Friday he won't run again for the job after his current term ends next year, citing unspecified family reasons.

The Latest: S. Korea says no change in policy toward North

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 2:10am

The Latest on the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye (all times local):

When neo-Nazis have doubts, there's a number to call

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 2:10am

Felix Benneckenstein was a rising star on Germany's far-right scene, a young songwriter whose rousing guitar anthems made white nationalism sound romantic and rebellious.

Iraq prepares for new fight against post-Mosul IS

Hamza Hendawi and Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 12:30am

With the Islamic State group's "caliphate" seemingly nearing its downfall in Iraq, the country's security agencies are preparing for a different fight against the militants, shifting away from ground offensives to a focus on intelligence work, surgical airstrikes and a higher level of cooperation with the West.

North Korean delegation back from paying respects to Castro

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 12:20am

A delegation of North Korean officials headed by one of Kim Jong Un's chief lieutenants returned to Pyongyang on Friday after visiting Cuba to pay respects to Fidel Castro, whom North Korea has called a "great comrade."

Defense Secretary Carter makes surprise visit to Afghanistan

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:30pm

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Friday made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan to consult with military commanders and deliver a pre-holiday pep talk to U.S. troops.

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter lands in Afghanistan for unannounced visit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 10:40pm

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter lands in Afghanistan for unannounced visit.

Somali political leaders OK presidential polls for Dec. 28

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 10:21pm

Somalia's political leaders say they have agreed to hold presidential polls on Dec. 28 after three delays and amid allegations of bribery, fraud and voter intimidation.

Diggers find ancient tombs in Beijing suburb

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 9:40pm

The Chinese capital's future administrative hub was already bustling 2,000 years ago.

Reports: Tibetan Buddhist monk self-immolates in west China

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 9:40pm

A Tibetan Buddhist monk has set himself on fire in western China in what appeared to be the latest such radical protest against Beijing's rule, a U.S. government-backed radio station and rights monitoring group said.

Head of Bolivian airline held in jail as part of crash probe

Carlos Valdez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 9:31pm

A Bolivian judge on Thursday ordered that the head of the ill-fated chartered airline whose plane crashed in the Andes last week be detained while authorities investigate him for possible charges of manslaughter and other crimes.

Biden says world will look to liberal Trudeau

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 9:10pm

Outgoing U.S. Vice President Joe Biden hailed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Angela Merkel as genuine leaders during a time when they are in short supply at a state dinner in his honor in Canada on Thursday night.

Mexico general says army not happy with law-enforcement role

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 9:01pm

Mexico's top military officer said Thursday that the army is uncomfortable with the law-enforcement role it was given a decade ago when the government launched an offensive against drug cartels.