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Millions leap at party invite by Mexican rural family

Mark Stevenson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 11:30am

Millions of people have responded to an invitation to a coming of age party for a girl in rural northern Mexico after her parent's video innocently asked "everybody" to attend ended up going viral.

Pakistani plane crashes after takeoff with 48 people aboard

Asif Shahzad and Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 11:20am

A plane belonging to Pakistan's national carrier crashed and burst into flames on Wednesday with 48 people on board, killing all of them, police and an airline spokesman said.

Albania offers 4-month amnesty for handing over weapons

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 11:01am

The Albanian government is offering a four-month amnesty to all those who hand over guns.

Russian police arrest 12 people suspected of terror links

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 10:51am

Russia's security agencies have arrested 12 people accused of involvement in a terror organization.

British premier, Gulf Arab nations pledge to counter Iran

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 10:21am

British Prime Minister Theresa May and leaders from six Gulf Arab countries agreed Wednesday to counter Iran's "destabilizing activities," a pledge meant to calm nerves following the nuclear deal with world powers.

UK govt agrees under pressure to divulge Brexit plan details

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 10:21am

The House of Commons was set Wednesday to back Prime Minister Theresa May's March 31 deadline to open exit talks with the European Union, after the British government agreed to publish details of its negotiating plan.

More than 20 still missing off Yemen after ship sinks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 9:30am

At least 36 people have been rescued after a ship carrying more than 60 people capsized in the Arabian Sea as search efforts continue for the missing passengers, a Yemeni military official said.

Philippines' Duterte says Trump made him feel 'like a saint'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 9:30am

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday he felt "like a saint" after his phone conversation last week with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, who he said praised him for "doing great" in his deadly campaign against illegal drugs.

Poland's ruling party targeted over ex-communist top member

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 9:30am

Poland's ruling anti-communist party has faced accusations of a double standard over a prominent role that a communist-era prosecutor has in the party leadership.

Danish officer shot in head dies; suspect jailed for 4 weeks

Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 9:22am

A 43-year-old dog squad officer who was shot in the head at close range outside a suburban Copenhagen police station has died, Danish authorities said Wednesday.

Raul Castro oversees interment of 2 other siblings in Cuba

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 9:21am

Cuban President Raul Castro has participated in the interment of two other siblings after overseeing the final farewell for his brother Fidel.

UAE calls Ohio police killing of Emirati 'painful incident'

Jon Gambrell and Mark Gillispie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 9:21am

The United Arab Emirates has called the police killing of an Emirati man in Ohio a "painful incident" that the country's diplomats would investigate, just months after another citizen of the U.S.-allied Arab nation was wrongly accused in Ohio of being an Islamic militant.

Egypt activist says she was arrested in NGO funding case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 9:13am

A prominent Egyptian human rights activist and lawyer was arrested on Wednesday in connection with an ongoing investigation of the country's top rights campaigners for illegally receiving foreign funds. Her arrest has had a chilling effect on Egyptian rights activists who fear they will be next.

Kenya president: Nearly 20 dead as medical workers strike

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 9:12am

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday urged striking medical workers to return to the job, saying nearly 20 people have died three days into the strike because of lack of care.

2 on trial for alleged aid to last year's Paris attackers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 9:11am

An Austrian court has opened the trial of two men accused of aiding Islamic extremists who killed 130 people in Paris more than a year ago.

World court refuses to block trial of Equatorial Guinea VP

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 9:01am

The corruption trial of the son of Equatorial Guinea's president can go ahead next month after the United Nations' highest court on Wednesday refused to order France to halt the prosecution.

Duterte says OK to bomb fleeing militants and their hostages

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 8:51am

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday he told his Indonesian and Malaysian counterparts that their forces can bomb fleeing Filipino militants and their kidnap victims at sea because the hostages "are not supposed to be there."

Somalia recaptures town from IS-linked fighters; 34 dead

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 8:51am

A Somali official says security forces have recaptured a port town from Islamic State-linked fighters in the semi-autonomous state of Puntland.

Putin says Russia can use Syria experience to update arsenal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 8:50am

President Vladimir Putin says the Russian military should use its combat experience in Syria to further modernize its arsenals.