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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.

Russian official: Russia, US near deal on Aleppo cease-fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:50am

A Russian deputy foreign minister says Russia is close to reaching a deal with the United States on a cease-fire for the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo.

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.

AP PHOTOS: Indonesian towns reel from earthquake devastation

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 10:12pm

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.

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.

Ex-chief of IRA splinter group killed in Irish city of Cork

Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:40pm

Two gunmen ambushed and killed a former top figure in the Real IRA splinter group in the southwest city of Cork, the first slaying of its kind in four years in Ireland, police and witnesses said Wednesday.

Thousands take refuge in mosques after deadly quake in Indonesia

Heri Juanda and Ali Kotarumalos, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:37pm

Thousands of people in the Indonesian province of Aceh took refuge for the night in mosques and temporary shelters after a strong earthquake Wednesday killed nearly 100 people and destroyed dozens of buildings.

Attack on Toronto high school thwarted, 17-year-old arrested

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:30pm

Police allege a 17-year-old boy plotted to attack on a Toronto high school that would have coincided with the 27th anniversary of an antifeminist rampage that left 14 women dead at a Canadian university campus.

US Senate 'torture' report sought in 9/11 case at Guantanamo

Ben Fox, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:11pm

Defense lawyers in the Sept. 11 war crimes case at Guantanamo Bay asked a judge Wednesday to secure a copy of a U.S. Senate report on the CIA's harsh interrogation tactics before President-elect Donald Trump takes office, at which point they fear it might be too late.

Brazil's top court reinstates defiant Senate chief

Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:41pm

Brazil's top court reinstated the head of the Senate on Wednesday, overturning an order by one of its members who set off a constitutional confrontation by suspending the lawmaker from his leadership duties while he faces trial.

Iraqi forces face fierce IS attacks after new Mosul push

Susannah George, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:14pm

Significant Islamic State group counterattacks in southeastern Mosul inflicted heavy losses on Iraqi forces overnight after a new push deeper into the city this week, according to an Iraqi Army officer.

Syrian government advances despite rebel cease-fire offer

Sarah El Deeb and Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:12pm

Syria's government ignored a rebel cease-fire proposal for Aleppo on Wednesday as its forces captured new neighborhoods around the city center and squeezed some 200,000 tired and frightened civilians into a shattered and rapidly shrinking opposition enclave.

The Latest: Assad says Aleppo battle changes course of war

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:04pm

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Ghana president, longtime opposition leader face off in vote

Brennan Weiss, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 1:12pm

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.

NATO commander says 150 Turkish officers have left post-coup

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 1:12pm

NATO's top military officer said Wednesday that about 150 Turkish officers have been recalled or retired from the alliance's high command since a failed coup attempt in Turkey, placing a significant burden on his staff.