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Syrian and allied troops advance in besieged Aleppo

Bassem Mroue and Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 7:10am

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.

Ex-German POW gives legacy to Scottish village

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 6:50am

A former German soldier has left his life's savings to a small Scottish village where he was held as a prisoner of war during World War II.

Trump speaks directly with Taiwan's leader, irking China

Gillian Wong and Johnson Lai, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 6:40am

In a break with decadeslong diplomatic tradition, President-elect Donald Trump spoke directly with the president of Taiwan, a move that drew an irritated response from China on Saturday and looked set to cast uncertainty over U.S. policy toward Asia.

The Latest: UN Syria envoy reminds Trump of Iraq, Libya

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 6:30am

The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):

Afghan president and Trump discuss terrorism

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 6:30am

The Afghan government says U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani have emphasized their joint commitment to fighting terrorism in a phone conversation.

S. Koreans rally for 6th weekend calling for leader's ouster

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 6:20am

Rallying for the sixth straight weekend in what has become perhaps South Korea's biggest protest movement ever, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators in Seoul got the closest yet Saturday to the president they desperately want removed.

Police: stolen Nazi camp gate probe could be complicated

Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 6:00am

The investigation into how an iron gate stolen from the Nazis' Dachau concentration camp in southern Germany ended up in western Norway may be complicated because "no useable evidence" has been found, police said Saturday.

Iran condemns US senate vote to extend sanctions

Amir Vahdat, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 5:51am

Iran's foreign minister condemned the U.S. Senate's extension of a piece of anti-Iran legislation, state TV reported Saturday.

Mixed rulings for protest law by Egypt constitutional court

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 5:20am

Egypt's Constitutional Court has issued mixed rulings on the constitutionality of a protest law, which rights groups have decried as repressive.

Gambia leader's hold on power ends with surprising speed

Robbie Corey-Boulet and Abdoulie John, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 5:20am

In July 1994, three days after Gambia's first president was toppled by military officers, the local Daily Observer newspaper featured a front-page photo of coup leader Yahya Jammeh under the headline: "We Will Never Introduce Dictatorship In This Country."

Indonesian police plane missing with 13 on board

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 5:10am

Thirteen people are feared dead after an Indonesian police plane lost contact during a flight Saturday to the island of Batam near Singapore.

The Latest: Spain says 72 migrants rescued at sea

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 4:50am

The Latest on Europe's response to migrant arrivals (all times local):

France pledges $30 million toward cultural protection fund

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 4:30am

France is committing $30 million toward a new fund set up to protect cultural heritage sites during times of armed conflict.

Thai activist arrested for Facebook share about new king

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 4:20am

Police in Thailand arrested a student pro-democracy activist Saturday for sharing a story about the country's new king that was posted on Facebook by the Thai-language service of the BBC.

2 migrants die aboard train in attempt to get into Austria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 4:00am

Austrian police say two refugees died and a third suffered serious injuries when they were run over by trucks being unloaded from a freight train where they had stowed away.

Indonesia police release treason suspects, continue probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 4:00am

Indonesian police said they released eight people Saturday who were arrested a day earlier for suspected treason and other crimes. They said they were continuing to investigate the eight, who include prominent citizens, and that three others who were arrested were still being held for questioning.

IS attack breaches militiamen's defenses in northern Iraq

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 3:50am

An official from Iraq's state-sanctioned Shiite militias says Islamic State militants have breached their defenses at a village west of the northern Iraqi town of Tal Afar.

Pilot suffers heart attack on Scottish runway

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 3:10am

Dutch airline KLM says one of its pilots suffered a heart attack while taxiing to the runway at Glasgow Airport in Scotland for a flight to Amsterdam.

The Latest: China lodges 'solemn representations' with US

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 2:50am

The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump's phone conversation with Taiwan's leader (all times local):