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Iran demands that Obama allow US sanctions to expire

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 12:00am

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani is demanding that U.S. President Barack Obama not sign an extension of U.S. sanctions, saying the bill is a violation of a landmark nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

Body remains found after Indonesia plane with 13 disappears

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 11:20pm

Indonesian rescuers on Sunday recovered body parts in the sea where a police plane with 13 people aboard is believed to have crashed after takeoff.

France pledges $30 million for wartime heritage protection

Adam Schreck and Malak Harb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 10:41pm

France committed $30 million toward protecting cultural heritage sites during wartime on Saturday, a first step in the creation of an international fund aimed at preventing destruction like that carried out by Islamic State militants.

In remote Indian village, cannabis is its only livelihood

Rishabh R. Jain, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 10:10pm

For hundreds of years, the tiny village was just a speck lost amid the grandiose mountains of the Indian Himalayas.

UN: World population grows, young girls struggle

Sam McNeil, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 9:35pm

The world's population grew slightly to 7.4 billion in 2016, the U.N. said Thursday, with a substantial youth bulge challenging political and social systems across the planet.

In remote Indian village, cannabis is its only livelihood

Rishabh R. Jain, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 8:40pm

For hundreds of years, the tiny village was just a speck lost amid the grandiose mountains of the Indian Himalayas.

Raul Castro: Cuba will ban naming of monuments after Fidel

Andrea Rodriguez and Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 7:31pm

After a week of national mourning that reached near-religious peaks of adulation, Cuban President Raul Castro announced Saturday that his government would prohibit the naming of streets and monuments after his brother Fidel and bar the construction of statues of him in keeping with the former leader's desire to avoid a cult of personality.

President Raul Castro says Cuba will prohibit naming of monuments, other sites after Fidel Castro

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

President Raul Castro says Cuba will prohibit naming of monuments, other sites after Fidel Castro.

Toronto doctor charged with murdering his wife

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 5:01pm

A Toronto neurosurgeon appeared in court Saturday to face a first-degree murder charge in the death of his wife, a family physician.

Relatives of Flight 370's missing seek help in Madagascar

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 3:01pm

Relatives of some of the 239 people who were on a Malaysia Airlines plane that vanished in 2014 arrived in Madagascar on Saturday to ask for help in the search for debris from the missing aircraft that may have drifted across the Indian Ocean.

Syrian and allied troops advance in besieged Aleppo

Bassem Mroue and Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 1:41pm

Syrian warplanes, artillery and mortar rounds pounded areas in eastern Aleppo on Saturday drawing rebel rockets, as government troops gain new ground in the shrinking opposition-held enclave.

Saudi king starts tour of Gulf Arab states with visit to UAE

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 12:40pm

Saudi Arabia's King Salman has arrived in the United Arab Emirates to begin a regional tour aimed at strengthening relations with four neighboring Gulf allies.

Under dusty fog cover, IS strikes Iraqi forces near Mosul

Susannah George and Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 12:40pm

Under the cover of dust and fog, Islamic State group fighters launched a series of counterattacks on Iraqi positions to the south and west of the militant-held city of Mosul late Friday night and into Saturday morning, according to Iraqi military commanders and officials.

Rain and tears mix at memorial for soccer players killed in plane crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 12:21pm

Twenty-thousand people have filled a tiny stadium in Brazil to say goodbye to members of a soccer club who died in a plane crash.

A look at some of the worst nightclub, music venue fires

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 11:43am

A fatal fire Friday night at a party in a converted warehouse in the San Francisco Bay Area has claimed the lives of at least nine people. More than two dozen are still unaccounted for. Fire officials say the roof collapsed during a music event.

Morocco arrests suspect tied to thwarted French attack plot

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 11:21am

Moroccan police have arrested a "dangerous element" who allegedly served as a liaison between the Islamic State group and members of a French cell dismantled last month while allegedly planning an attack, the state-run MAP news agency reported Saturday.

AP INTERVIEW: Leader promises 'a new Gambia' after upset win

Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 11:00am

Gambia's newly elected president on Saturday vowed to free all political prisoners and urged exiles who fled the 22-year reign of Yahya Jammeh to return from abroad and help him reform the tiny West African country.

Italy's voter referendum: The nuts and bolts behind the buzz

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 10:32am

A voter referendum on changes to Italy's post-war Constitution scheduled for Sunday has turned into a virtual plebiscite on Premier Matteo Renzi's center-left government. Will Italy become the next Western country to turn on established political leaders? A rundown on what's at stake in the constitutional referendum:

Trump shrugs off fuss over Taiwan call

Gillian Wong and Johnson Lai, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 9:51am

President-elect Donald Trump is unapologetic about roiling diplomatic waters with his decision to speak on the phone with Taiwan's leader, a breach of long-standing tradition that risks enmity from China.