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Philippine president says he'll accept China arms offer

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 11th - 8:30am

The Philippine president says he has decided to accept an arms deal being offered by China under concessional terms in the latest sign of cozying relations between the Asian neighbors.

Nigerian church collapses, 160 dead, says hospital director

Hilary Uguru and Michelle Faul, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 11th - 8:16am

Metal girders and the roof of a crowded church collapsed onto worshippers in southern Nigeria, killing at least 160 people with the toll likely to rise, a hospital director said Sunday.

2 girl suicide bombers die in blasts near market in Nigeria

Ismail Alfa Abdulrahim and Michelle Faul, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 11th - 8:11am

Two girl suicide bombers died when they exploded Sunday in a crowded area near a market in Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri, injuring 17 people, rescue officials said.

The Latest: Kurdish militant group claims Istanbul bombings

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

The Latest on the twin explosions near an Istanbul soccer stadium on Saturday night (all times local):

Kurdish militant group TAK claims deadly Istanbul bombings

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 11th - 8:00am

Kurdish militant group TAK claims deadly Istanbul bombings.

Syrian activists say IS has recaptured Palmyra

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 11th - 8:00am

Islamic State militants seized the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra on Sunday from government troops despite a wave of Russian airstrikes, opposition activists and the group reported, a major advance after a year of setbacks in Syria and neighboring Iraq.

IS claims killing of counterterrorism officer in Pakistan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 11th - 7:20am

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for killing a counterterrorism police officer and wounding his young son in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar.

Serbian soldiers, police protest in over low wages

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 11th - 7:20am

Several hundred members of the Serbian police and army have staged a protest complaining of low wages and poor living standards.

Turkey hunts for answers, mourns dead after blasts kill 38

Dominique Soguel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 11th - 7:10am

Turkey declared a national day of mourning, launched a full investigation and paid tribute to its dead Sunday after two bombings in Istanbul killed 38 people and wounded 155 others near a soccer stadium.

Italian FM Gentiloni tapped to be premier, form next govt

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 11th - 6:40am

Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni was chosen Sunday to be the country's next premier and pledged to get straight to work on forming a new coalition with the same Democrat Party-led majority.

Romanians vote for parliament amid concerns over graft

Alison Mutler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 11th - 6:00am

Romanians voted Sunday in a parliamentary election a year after a massive anti-corruption drive forced the last Socialist prime minister from power.

Another 4,000 Syrians flee fighting in Aleppo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 11th - 5:51am

Syria's state news agency says another 4,000 people have fled the northern city of Aleppo, where government forces are closing in on a rapidly shrinking rebel enclave.

The Latest: Italy's foreign minister asked to be new premier

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 11th - 5:50am

The Latest on Italy's political crisis (all times local):

Kyrgyzstan votes on constitutional changes amid instability

Leila Saralayeva, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 11th - 5:50am

Voters in Kyrgyzstan are casting ballots in a constitutional referendum that includes amendments that boost the power of prime minister — something opposition groups have criticized in the ex-Soviet Central Asian nation.

New Italian Premier-designate Paolo Gentiloni says he'll try to form Italy's new government as soon as possible

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 11th - 5:40am

New Italian Premier-designate Paolo Gentiloni says he'll try to form Italy's new government as soon as possible .

Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni has been asked to be the new premier and form a new government

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 11th - 5:20am

Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni has been asked to be the new premier and form a new government.

The Latest: Syrian activists say IS has seized Palmyra

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 11th - 5:20am

The Latest on the fight against the Islamic State group (all times local):

Syrian activists say Islamic State has regained control of ancient city of Palmyra despite air raids

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 11th - 5:00am

Syrian activists say Islamic State has regained control of ancient city of Palmyra despite air raids.

China conducts flyover of waterways near Japan, Taiwan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 11th - 3:51am

China patrolled the waters of a series of hotly contested islands Sunday, a day after staging a flyover of two strategically important waterways near Taiwan and Japan.