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Global stocks extend European stimulus-inspired rally

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 5:50am

Global stocks continued to rise Friday as investors remained buoyed by the European Central Bank's decision to extend its bond-buying economic stimulus program. South Korea's benchmark slipped as lawmakers voted to impeach President Park Geun-hye over a corruption scandal.

Tribes suing over pipeline willing to put claims on hold

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

Two Sioux tribes suing over the Dakota Access pipeline say they're willing to put their claims on hold while the Army considers whether to allow the pipeline to cross under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota.

AP Photo Gallery: German Christmas markets draw crowds

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 5:21am

The aroma of hot mulled gluehwein wine mingling with the scent of bratwurst, roasted almonds and gingerbread: these are among the signature attractions of Germany's outdoor Christmas markets.

Celebrate closer EU union? Not with all that division

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 5:20am

The European Union's Commission chief has used the 25th anniversary of the summit to reinforce the goal of an ever-closer union to lambast some member states that refuse to apply common rules and said the bloc needs to rethink a looser relation for those not fully committed to the common cause.

Bosnia to answer thousands of questions for EU candidacy

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

European Union Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn is delivering to Bosnian authorities thousands of questions about the country's economy, politics, judiciary and bureaucracy that need to be answered satisfactorily in order for the country to be granted EU candidate status next year.

Civilians stream out of crumbling rebel enclave in Aleppo

Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 5:10am

Hundreds of civilians streamed out of eastern Aleppo by foot on Friday as Syrian troops and allied forces waged a relentless campaign to drive rebels from their rapidly crumbling enclave.

Swiss extend freeze of Ben Ali, Mubarak, Yanukovych assets

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 5:00am

Switzerland has decided to keep assets of the former presidents of Tunisia, Egypt and Ukraine and their associates frozen for another year, a move meant to support investigators' efforts.

The Latest: UN says hundreds go missing after leaving Aleppo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 4:43am

The Latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local):

Greece ferry strike hits island supplies

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 4:20am

Ferry workers in Greece have extended a nationwide strike into the weekend, hitting supplies to the country's islands.

Report: UK Brexit chief not interested in transitional deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 4:10am

British Brexit Secretary David Davis told London financial-sector bosses that he is "not really interested" in seeking a transitional deal with the European Union to soften the process of the U.K.'s exit from the bloc, the Financial Times reported Friday.

Killing at youth rehab center 1st known violent incident

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 3:00am

The youth treatment center where police say a teenager brutally killed a staff member while trying to escape is a working cattle ranch in southern Utah that hasn't previously had any major violations with the state or violent incidents.

Washington state suing agrochemical giant over PCB pollution

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 2:40am

Washington has become the first U.S. state to sue the agrochemical giant Monsanto over pervasive pollution from PCBs, the toxic industrial chemicals that have accumulated in plants, fish and people around the globe for decades. The company said the case "lacks merit."

A look at the rise and fall of South Korea's president

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 2:20am

South Korean President Park Geun-hye, who was impeached Friday, rose to power with the support of conservatives enamored of the economic growth ushered in by her late dictator father decades ago.

Big business warns Trump against mass deportation

Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:13am

Still grappling with Donald Trump's surprise election, the nation's business community has begun to pressure the president-elect to abandon campaign-trail pledges of mass deportation and other hardline immigration policies that some large employers fear would hurt the economy.

Coal-state Dems threaten gov't shutdown over aid for miners

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:13am

Hours to a government shutdown, coal-state Senate Democrats blocked swift action on a stopgap spending bill over benefits for retired miners and pressed President-elect Donald Trump, a self-proclaimed coal champion, to intervene with Republicans.

New coalition will push back on repeal of Obama health law

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:13am

Supporters of the 2010 health care law will launch a political coalition Friday to block its repeal. They're targeting Republican lawmakers whose constituents may now be at risk of losing health insurance.

Trump picks fast food executive Andrew Puzder for Labor

Julie Bykowicz and Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:10am

President-elect Donald Trump plans to add another wealthy business person and elite donor to his Cabinet, saying he would nominate fast-food executive Andrew Puzder as labor secretary.

Japan ratifies Pacific trade pact that Trump plans to dump

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 12:12am

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won parliamentary approval Friday for ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, despite U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's plan to withdraw from the 12-nation trade pact.

Panel rejects British company's $1.3B case against Indonesia

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 12:10am

An international tribunal has ruled against a London-listed mining company seeking $1.3 billion in compensation from Indonesia's government for terminating coal mining licenses that were forged by an Indonesian business partner.