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Trump speaks directly with Taiwan's leader, irking China

Gillian Wong and Johnson Lai, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 10:34pm

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 and looked set to cast uncertainty over U.S. policy toward Asia.

China's foreign minister hopes US relations won't be "interfered with or damaged" after Trump speaks with Taiwan leader

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 9:00pm

China's foreign minister hopes US relations won't be "interfered with or damaged" after Trump speaks with Taiwan leader.

S. Koreans to march for 6th weekend calling for Park ouster

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 7:20pm

Hundreds of thousands of South Koreans are expected to march in capital Seoul for the sixth straight Saturday calling for the removal of scandal-plagued President Park Geun-hye, who faces an impeachment vote in parliament next week.

China's state-run Xinhua News Agency says 21 miners trapped for four days have been confirmed dead; 1 missing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 6:10pm

China's state-run Xinhua News Agency says 21 miners trapped for four days have been confirmed dead; 1 missing.

Colombia repatriates dead as airline's licensing questioned

Luis Benavides and Carlos Valdez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 5:20pm

Victims of this week's tragic air crash in the Andes were flown home Friday as Bolivia's president called for "drastic measures" against aviation officials who signed off on a flight plan that experts and even one of the charter airline's executives said should never have been attempted because of a possible fuel shortage.

Pirates seize Russian captain, 2 crew in waters off Nigeria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 4:11pm

The Russian Embassy in Nigeria says pirates have kidnapped the Russian captain and two crewmen off a ship in West Africa's Gulf of Guinea.

Libya's Tripoli sees worst militias clashes in 2 years

Rami Musa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 2:23pm

Clashes continued for the second day among heavily-armed militias in the Libyan capital Tripoli, vying for power and control over the city, with one dislodging another in at least two posts, a five-star hotel and a barracks, in what appears to be the worst outbreak of violence the city has seen in two years.

Russian cargo ship runs aground in high winds near Istanbul

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 2:01pm

Turkish media reports say a Russian cargo ship has run aground off Istanbul and rescuers were trying to evacuate its 11 crew members.

6 people secured after failed armed robbery in Paris

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:51pm

Paris officials say six people have been found safe inside a travel agency after a failed armed robbery in the southern district of the French capital.

Japan seeks to keep pressure on NKorea over abductions

Michael Astor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:43pm

The government minister responsible for the issue of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea during the 1970s and 80s says he believes growing international pressure will eventually lead to a return of the abductees or their remains.

Gambia's longtime president says he will step down after surprise election defeat

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:41pm

Gambia's longtime president says he will step down after surprise election defeat.

The Latest: Colombia repatriates dead, crash investigated

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:41pm

The Latest on the plane crash in Colombia that killed 71 people (all times local):

Philippines President Duterte phones Trump

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:31pm

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte telephoned U.S. President-elect Donald Trump late Friday and had a brief but "very engaging, animated conversation" in which both leaders invited each other to visit his country.

Saudi king shakes up top religious, advisory council

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:11pm

The Saudi king has ordered a shake up of the country's top religious institution and advisory councils in a series of royal decrees.

Clarification: Romania-National Day story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:01pm

In a story Dec. 1, The Associated Press reported that Romania and Transylvania reunified in 1918. Romania and Transylvania unified as a modern state for the first time in 1918.

Cyprus president: No bad peace deal will be put to a vote

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 12:41pm

Talks aimed at reunifying Cyprus were back on track Friday after the leaders of the ethnically split island ended a two-week stalemate by agreeing to meet next month to tackle the most difficult issues in the way of a peace deal.

Q&A: Candidates, issues in Austria presidential election

George Jahn, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 12:30pm

Austria holds presidential elections on Sunday in a contest pitting a left-leaning contender against a right-winger supported by a populist anti-immigration party. Beyond the contest for the largely ceremonial office, the vote is being watched in other EU countries as a barometer of how well their populist candidates will do in upcoming elections. A look at the candidates and the issues:

Kerry: US, Russia studying new ideas to stop Syria fighting

Bradley Klapper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 12:11pm

The United States and Russia are studying new ways to break a monthslong diplomatic deadlock over how to stop the fighting in the Syrian city of Aleppo, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday. He said the "ideas" will be tested in follow-up discussions between American and Russian diplomats next week.

Bolivian president calls for sanctions against airline

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 12:01pm

Colombia's president is calling for "drastic measures" against aviation officials who signed off on the flight plan filed by the crew of the plane that crashed into a mountainside this week, killing all but six of the 77 people on board.