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Iraq PM: Foreign troops not needed on the ground to fight IS

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:30am

Iraq's prime minister says his country's forces are capable of defeating the Islamic State group without the help of foreign combat forces.

NATO invites Montenegro to join alliance

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:00am

NATO member states have formally invited the tiny Adriatic nation of Montenegro to join the alliance in the face of Russian opposition.

Chinese dissident Gao Zhisheng out of contact for 3 days

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:00am

Prominent Chinese dissident Gao Zhisheng has been out of contact for three days since voicing support for a fellow activist who was sentenced to prison last week, his wife said Wednesday.

AP test: Rio Olympic water badly polluted, even far offshore

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 12:00am

The next Summer Olympic games take place in Rio de Janeiro next August. And a new round of testing by The Associated Press finds the city's Olympic waterways are as filthy as ever.

Southern India flooding closes airport, cuts off power

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 11:20pm

Weeks of torrential rains have forced an airport in southern India to close and have cut off several roads and highways, leaving tens of thousands of people stranded in their homes, government officials said Wednesday.

Hearings begin in battle over relocating US base in Okinawa

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 11:10pm

Hearings began Wednesday in a legal battle between the Japanese government and local officials in Okinawa over plans to move a U.S. military air base on the southern island.

Suu Kyi meets Myanmar's outgoing president

Aung Shine Oo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 11:10pm

Nearly a month after her party's crushing election win, Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi held closed-door talks with Myanmar's outgoing president Wednesday to discuss what both hope will be a "smooth" transition of power.

Australia weather bureau won't comment on cyberattack report

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 10:20pm

Australia's weather bureau refused to comment on a media report on Wednesday that it has been hacked in a cyberattack that compromised sensitive systems across the federal government.

UN experts: Up to 3,000 Islamic State fighters in Libya

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 7:31pm

The Islamic State group has between 2,000 and 3,000 fighters in Libya and has demonstrated its intention to control more territory in the strategically located North African country — but it is only one player among multiple warring factions, United Nations experts said in a report Tuesday.

Russia wants UN to tighten crackdown on financing extremists

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 7:11pm

Russia hopes to circulate a draft resolution to the Security Council very soon that will tighten the U.N. crackdown on the financing of extremist groups including the Islamic State group, the country's U.N. ambassador said Tuesday.

Victory for Chilean mom kept from her baby for smoking pot

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 6:10pm

A family court in Chile has ruled in favor of a mother who was restricted access to her newborn daughter for 12 days for smoking marijuana. It ordered the hospital to discharge the baby.

Groups ask Mexico to pull Coca-Cola ad on indigenous

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 5:20pm

It looks like many Coca-Cola ads with long-haired, do-gooder hipsters teaching the world to sing or sharing a Coke and a smile.

Obama says he hopes shooting at Colorado clinic spurs action

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 3:10pm

President Barack Obama said Tuesday he hopes the shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado spurs conversation and action on deterring gun violence.

Burkina Faso celebrates newly elected president

Brahima Ouedraogo and Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 2:50pm

Burkina Faso took a step toward strengthening its democracy with the election on Tuesday of Roch Marc Christian Kabore, who will become the West African country's second elected civilian president since it became independent from France in 1960.

Iraqi troops look to retake Ramadi from Islamic State, but it could turn into a long siege

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 2:21pm

Iraqi troops and militias backed by U.S.-led airstrikes have surrounded the key city of Ramadi (rah-MAH'-dee) and appear poised to launch a new attempt to retake control from the Islamic State group.

Deal reached in Syria's Homs for fighters to leave

Albert Aji and Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 1:31pm

A deal has been reached for thousands of insurgents to leave the last opposition-held neighborhood in the central city of Homs and for state institutions to return to the area, an opposition monitoring group and a Syrian official said Tuesday.

Argentina's ex-president Menem sentenced for embezzlement

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 1:31pm

An Argentine court sentenced former President Carlos Menem on Tuesday to four and half years in prison for embezzlement.

German Cabinet OKs military mission against IS in Syria

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 1:30pm

The German Cabinet approved plans Tuesday to commit up to 1,200 soldiers to support the international coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Syria.

Italy urges quicker refugee relocations across Europe

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 1:21pm

The latest news as tens of thousands of people slip into Europe and head to wealthy European Union countries in search of a better life. All times local.