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Colombians protest over rape, killing of 7-year-old girl

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 6:20pm

Hundreds of angry Colombians are taking to the streets to protest the kidnapping and rape of a 7-year-old girl found strangled in an upper-class Bogota apartment.

Now in Bangladesh, Rohingya describe rape, murder in Myanmar

Julhas Alam, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 6:02pm

The Myanmar soldiers came in the morning, the young mother says. They set fire to the concrete-and-thatch homes, forcing the villagers to cluster together. When some of her neighbors tried to escape into the fields, they were shot. After that, she says, most people stopped running away.

Defendant in recovery doesn't halt 9/11 case at Guantanamo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 4:50pm

A U.S. military judge turned down a request Monday to halt the latest round of Sept. 11 war crimes proceedings at Guantanamo Bay while one of five defendants recovers from a surgical procedure.

House where Austrian kept daughter as sex slave sold

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 4:30pm

The liquidator of Josef Fritzl's estate says the house where the Austrian kept his daughter captive for 24 years and fathered seven of her children has been sold.

German chancellor denounces rape-killing of student

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 4:20pm

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday denounced the rape and killing of a university student as a "tragic event," responding for the first time to a case that has inflamed passions since police arrested a 17-year-old Afghan migrant last week.

Justice suspends president of Brazil's Senate from duties

Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 4:10pm

A Supreme Court justice suspended the president of Brazil's Senate from his duties as the body's leader Monday, hitting another key ally of President Michel Temer.

Israel advances bill to legalize West Bank outposts

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 4:00pm

The Israeli parliament has given initial approval to a revised bill that would legalize scores of Israeli settlement outposts built without permission on private Palestinian land in the West Bank, but would allow for the court-ordered demolition of one such outpost this month.

Fake US embassy in Ghana shut down after 'about a decade'

Francis Kokutse, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 3:51pm

A fake U.S. embassy that operated for "about a decade" in Ghana's capital issuing counterfeit and fraudulently obtained visas has been shut down, the U.S. State Department announced.

Top Gambian opposition leader, 18 others out of prison

Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 3:41pm

A top Gambian opposition politician and 18 other protesters were released from prison after an appeals court granted them bail on Monday, just days after strongman ruler Yahya Jammeh agreed to step aside after losing the presidential election.

2 Russian nurses killed in rebel shelling of Syria's Aleppo

Albert Aji and Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 3:41pm

Rebel shelling killed two Russian nurses and eight civilians Monday in Aleppo, and a Russian fighter jet crashed as it was returning to an aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean after a sortie over Syria, but the pilot ejected safely, Moscow officials said.

Russia and China block Syria truce in UN vote

Michael Astor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 3:20pm

Russia and China used their veto power in the U.N. Security Council to block a draft resolution on Monday calling for a seven-day humanitarian truce in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo, leading the U.S. representative to accuse them of issuing a "death sentence" for innocent Syrians.

Mexico president creates 4 new protected biological reserves

Peter Orsi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 2:42pm

Mexico's president signed decrees creating four new biological reserves and five other protected areas Monday, setting aside about 160 million acres (65 million hectares) for environmental conservation.

In signal to Trump, China, Iran say nuclear deal must stand

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 1:38pm

The foreign ministers of China and Iran on Monday urged governments not to violate the deal that limits Iran's nuclear activity in exchange for the lifting of sanctions, in remarks apparently directed at President-elect Donald Trump's incoming administration.

The Latest: Russia, China block UN Aleppo truce resolution

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 1:30pm

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Top US diplomat tells anxious allies: 'We're going to be OK'

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 1:11pm

U.S. envoy John Kerry had a message for America's allies in Berlin, rattled by the recent political upheaval in Europe and the United States: "We're going to be OK."

PM Valls bids for French presidency under Socialist banner

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 12:30pm

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

The Latest: Italy's leader asks Renzi to delay resignation

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 12:30pm

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Rights officials concerned about Polish freedom of assembly

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 12:01pm

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

Ex-Israeli mayor convicted for naming street after mistress

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

An Israeli court has convicted a former mayor in a series of scandals — including naming a city street after a mistress.