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UN Syria envoy say time may be right for negotiations

Michael Astor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 4:11pm

Russia's announcement that Syria was suspending combat operations in Aleppo may mean the time is right to restart negotiations for a peace deal, the U.N. envoy for Syria said Thursday.

Biden's tribute tour moves north to Canada

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 3:00pm

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he's looking forward to hosting Joe Biden as the vice president's tribute tour moves north.

Russia says Aleppo combat suspended, residents say no let-up

Sarah El Deeb and Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 2:44pm

Russia said the Syrian army was suspending combat operations in Aleppo late Thursday to allow for the evacuation of civilians from besieged rebel-held neighborhoods, but residents and fighters reported no let-up in the bombing and shelling campaign on the opposition's ever-shrinking enclave.

Chechnya's leader says troops would fight happily in Syria

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:52pm

Chechnya's strongman leader said Thursday that troops in the Russian province would be happy to fight the "scum" in Syria if they receive the Kremlin order.

Leaders of Poland, Hungary to discuss EU future, migration

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:11pm

Poland's prime minister met Thursday with her Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban for informal talks on the European Union's security, economy and migrant policy.

Tsunami warnings are cancelled after big Pacific earthquake

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:11pm

Tsunami warnings for several Pacific islands, including those in Hawaii, were canceled Friday after authorities determined that a powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake that struck near the Solomon Islands did not pose a broad tsunami threat.

The Latest: Turkey sends 300 more troops to Syria border

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:43pm

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

MSF: Jordan closure blocked 70 Syrians from life-saving care

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:41am

Seventy severely wounded Syrians, including 16 children, have been prevented from getting life-saving treatment since Jordan closed its border with Syria six months ago, an official from the medical aid group Doctors Without Borders said Thursday.

French far-right chief nixes free class for kids of illegals

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:40am

Far-right leader Marine Le Pen has declared that foreigners in France should go through a "waiting period" before benefiting from the country's social services and that children whose parents are in France illegally shouldn't be allowed free schooling.

Greek court rejects extradition for 2 Turkish servicemen

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:24am

A Greek court on Thursday rejected Turkey's extradition request for the last two of eight Turkish servicemen who fled to Greece after a failed July military coup, their lawyer said.

11 more political prisoners released in Gambia

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:22am

In Gambia, 11 more people who were jailed for peacefully protesting have now been released on bail, said a human rights group.

Azerbaijan sentences youth activist to 10 years

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 10:51am

A court in Azerbaijan has handed a 10-year prison sentence to a youth activist who was convicted on heroin possession charges in a verdict that Amnesty International is denouncing as politically motivated.

Rights group says US may be complicit in Yemen 'atrocities'

Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 10:31am

Human Rights Watch on Thursday called for an arms embargo on Saudi Arabia over the war in Yemen, and said the United States might be complicit in "atrocities" by supplying bombs.

UN concerned about upswing in Libya violence

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 10:20am

The U.N. Security Council says it is concerned by the recent escalation of violence between armed groups in Tripoli.

May disclaims foreign minister's remark on Saudi 'proxy war'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 10:12am

Britain's outspoken foreign secretary has claimed that U.K. ally Saudi Arabia was engaging in "proxy wars" in the Middle East — comments that Prime Minister Theresa May said do not represent Britain's position.

Putin: NGO restrictions needed to stem foreign influence

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 10:00am

President Vladimir Putin says Russia will continue to counter foreign influence over its domestic affairs through non-government organizations.

Fugitive arrested in Amsterdam after Advent calendar promo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 9:41am

Dutch police have arrested a man suspected of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl in Britain in 2008 thanks to his image being uploaded to a European "most-wanted" website that was publicized with an Advent calendar .

Hungary's leader urges Hungarian minority to vote in Romania

Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 8:40am

Hungary's prime minister urged the Hungarian minority in Romania to vote in Sunday's parliamentary election there and "speak up for their own interests."

Amnesty calls for release of jailed Egyptian photojournalist

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

Amnesty International has urged Egyptian authorities to release a photojournalist jailed for more than three years in what the London-based rights group calls a "politically motivated" case.