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Syrian rebels pull back further as military gains in Aleppo

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 1:41am

Syrian government troops and allied militiamen seized more ground in Aleppo's ancient quarters on Wednesday, further widening their control over an enclave in the divided city that has been in rebel hands since 2012, Syria's state media and an opposition monitoring group said.

UAE calls Ohio police killing of Emirati 'painful incident'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 1:30am

The United Arab Emirates has called the police killing of an Emirati citizen in Ohio a "painful incident."

Survey finds Afghans more pessimistic on security, future

Rahim Faiez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 11:15pm

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.

Army chief in Indonesia's Aceh province says 54 people killed in earthquake

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 11:10pm

Army chief in Indonesia's Aceh province says 54 people killed in earthquake.

Thailand: 'No exceptions' on lese majeste for news outlets

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 11:10pm

Thailand's government will not back down from prosecuting news outlets that publish "illegal" content, the defense minister said Wednesday, after the BBC's bureau in Bangkok came under scrutiny for an article about the country's new king.

Chinese ship pulls out of MH370 search, leaving lone ship

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 11:00pm

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.

Time to reconcile: 2 cities overcome Pearl Harbor legacy

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 11:00pm

Seventy-five years after a Japanese admiral led the attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, the mayor of his hometown is joining his Honolulu counterpart to mark the anniversary — as friends.

Earthquake rocks Indonesia's Aceh province; at least 25 dead

Ayi Yufridar and Niniek Karmini, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 9:50pm

A strong undersea earthquake rocked Indonesia's Aceh province early on Wednesday, killing at least 25 people and causing dozens of buildings to collapse.

Japan's defense chief says alliance with US will endure

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 9:21pm

Japan's defense chief said Wednesday she believes her country's alliance with the United States will endure in the Trump administration because it benefits both countries.

S Korea officials want woman at heart of scandal to testify

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 8:54pm

A South Korean parliamentary committee sent a squad of security officers on Wednesday to order the jailed woman at the center of a scandal that threatens to bring down the president to attend a hearing investigating her alleged manipulation of government affairs.

Mexico: 20 gunmen killed in shootouts in Veracruz

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 8:41pm

Twenty suspected criminals were killed in a series of shootouts with police and troops in recent days in Mexico's troubled Gulf coast state of Veracruz, authorities said Tuesday.

Venezuela opposition skips planned meeting with government

Hannah Dreier, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 5:40pm

Venezuela's opposition walked away from a meeting with the government Tuesday, endangering ongoing talks aimed at diffusing the country's political crisis.

Mag-5.8 quake rattles Trinidad, nearby islands; no damage

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 5:10pm

A strong earthquake rattled Trinidad and Tobago and nearby Caribbean islands Tuesday but there were no reports of any significant damage or injuries.

Mexico rescues 15 children in Cabo San Lucas resort

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 4:01pm

Mexican prosecutors say they have rescued 15 children who were forced to work as vendors or beggars in the Baja California resort of Cabo San Lucas.

60 feared drowned off Yemen after boat disappears

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:30pm

The Yemeni government says 60 nationals are feared drowned in the Arabian Sea, after their vessel went missing for days.

El Salvador to investigate death threats against justices

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:11pm

El Salvador's chief prosecutor says he is opening an investigation into a complaint that governing party activists have made death threats against Supreme Court justices.

Hearing delayed again for jailed Utah man in Venezuela

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:01pm

A Utah man jailed in Venezuela since June has had his hopes for being reunited with his family for Christmas all but dashed with the fourth postponement of a preliminary hearing.

3 Benelux PMs in Tunisia to talk terrorism, immigration

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:51pm

The prime ministers of Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg and Tunisia have agreed to cooperate more closely to counter terrorism, violent extremism and organized crime.

Lawmaker barred from leaving Guatemala over civil war deaths

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:51pm

A governing party lawmaker has been barred from traveling abroad while he is investigated in a case involving the killings of hundreds of people during Guatemala's 1960-1996 civil war, a decision that drew praise Tuesday from relatives of victims.