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Carter's Asia trip spotlights issues for next Pentagon head

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 11:24am

Ash Carter's final swing across Asia as Pentagon chief shines a spotlight on tough issues his successor will inherit. The issues include concern in Tokyo and Seoul about being forced to pay more for U.S. military protection and worries across the region about North Korea's nuclear ambitions.

Iran: US threatens nuclear deal, warns of 'strong reaction'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 11:21am

Iran's nuclear chief warned the United States on Monday of a "firm and strong reaction" if it persists in actions he says are endangering a nuclear deal aimed at curbing programs that Tehran could use to make atomic arms.

Valls makes French presidential bid, steps down as premier

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 11:12am

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Monday announced his candidacy for next year's presidential election, saying he will step down from his current job to focus on his bid.

UN identifies 41 peacekeepers in connection with CAR abuse

Michael Astor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 11:04am

A U.N. investigation into allegations of sexual abuse by peacekeepers in the Central African Republic has identified 41 of the alleged perpetrators, a spokesman said Monday.

Families of Flight MH370 victims offer reward for debris

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 10:52am

Anyone who finds a piece of debris from a Malaysia Airlines plane that is believed to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean in 2014 could receive a financial reward, relatives of those who were on the plane said Monday in Madagascar.

Gambia court orders release of opposition leader, 18 others

Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 10:50am

An appeals court in Gambia ordered the release of a top opposition politician and 18 other protesters on bail Monday, just days after strongman ruler Yahya Jammeh agreed to step aside after losing the presidential election.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls announces his candidacy in next year's presidential election

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 10:41am

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls announces his candidacy in next year's presidential election.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls will step down on Tuesday to focus on presidential bid

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 10:41am

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls will step down on Tuesday to focus on presidential bid.

Jordanian pilot killed in F-16 fighter jet crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 10:31am

State media says a Jordanian pilot was killed when his F-16 fighter jet crashed outside an air base after a technical malfunction.

The Latest: Italy's president: Stay calm, democracy is solid

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 10:21am

The Latest on the Italian referendum (all times local):

Greece rejects extradition of Turkish servicemen over coup

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 9:50am

A Greek court has refused to extradite the first three of eight Turkish servicemen who fled to Greece after the failed July 15 military coup, officials said Monday.

Kosovo cuts 2 years from Serb's jail plotting terror attacks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 9:30am

A Kosovo appeals court has reduced by two years the sentence of an ethnic Serb for preparing terrorist attacks.

Rights officials concerned about Polish freedom of assembly

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 9:10am

European human rights officials voiced serious concerns Monday over proposed legislation in Poland that would limit the right to freedom of assembly.

The Latest: UN refugee chief fears for EU-Turkey deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 9:10am

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More patrols at German-Austrian border to check for migrants

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 8:50am

German authorities say that 100 Bavarian police officers will reinforce federal police patrolling the country's frontier with Austria, paving the way for more thorough border checks.

The Latest: 2nd Russian nurse dies in Aleppo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 8:40am

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Correction: Nightclub Fires-Glance story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 8:30am

In a Dec. 3 story listing past nightclub and music venue fires, The Associated Press reported erroneously on the location of a deadly February 2003 blaze. The Station nightclub was in West Warwick, not Warwick, Rhode Island.

Uzbekistan's acting president wins election overwhelmingly

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 8:30am

Uzbekistan's acting president has overwhelmingly won a tightly controlled presidential election, the Central Asian country's first vote since the death of authoritarian leader Islam Karimov, election officials said Monday.

Yemen rebels hold Egyptians, others on suspicion of spying

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 8:11am

Security officials say Yemen's Shiite rebels have detained a number of Arab and African nationals, including more than 30 Egyptians, on suspicion of spying for the Saudi-led coalition fighting the rebels.