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IS launches overnight attack against Iraqi troops in Mosul

Susannah George, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:12am

Iraqi army said on Wednesday that Islamic State militants launched an overnight attack against security forces in the southeastern part of Mosul, a day after the troops advanced deeper into the city.

Syrian rebels pull back further as military gains in Aleppo

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:11am

Syrian government troops and allied militiamen seized more ground in Aleppo's ancient quarters on Wednesday, further widening their control over an enclave in the divided city that has been in rebel hands since 2012, Syria's state media and an opposition monitoring group said.

Germany: Merkel's party backs tougher rules on dual citizens

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:10am

Delegates from German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party have voted in favor of scrapping rules that allow the children of immigrants to be dual citizens.

Danish suspect in police shooting is jailed for 4 weeks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:00am

A 26 year-old Danish man was jailed Wednesday for four weeks on suspicion of shooting a Danish policeman in the head outside a police station in suburban Copenhagen.

Philippine rebels threaten to end monthslong cease-fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:00am

Philippine communist rebels have warned President Rodrigo Duterte that they may be forced to end their cease-fire and resume fighting if he does not suspend the government's counterinsurgency program and withdraw troops from rebel-influenced areas.

Bangladesh court confirms death for Islamic group leader

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:50am

Bangladesh's Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld death sentences for the leader of a banned Islamic group and two of his associates found guilty in a 2004 grenade attack on a British envoy.

Woman at heart of South Korean scandal refuses to testify

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:40am

Ahead of an impeachment vote later this week, lawmakers took turns grilling a K-pop music director, a fashion designer and nearly a dozen others said to be linked to a woman at the heart of a scandal that threatens to bring down South Korea's president.

Gambia leader's upset heartens families of the disappeared

Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:30am

Fatoumata Sawaneh tried to hold back tears while talking about her father, one of hundreds of people who disappeared during the 22-year reign of President Yahya Jammeh in this tiny West African country.

UAE calls Ohio police killing of Emirati 'painful incident'

Jon Gambrell and Mark Gillispie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:22am

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.

China warns US on Taiwan leader's planned transit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:10am

China says an upcoming transit stop in the U.S. by Taiwan's president carries ulterior political motives.

NATO chief laments 'serious' security problems in Ukraine

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:10am

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says security problems are undermining peace efforts in eastern Ukraine, as a routinely violated cease-fire barely holds in the separatist Donbass region.

Cambodian deputy opposition leader reconciles with premier

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:10am

Cambodia's deputy opposition leader who was pardoned from jail time for ignoring a court summons has returned to parliament, saying he and Prime Minister Hun Sen have agreed to reconcile.

Chief of army in Indonesia's Aceh province tells TV that quake death toll rises to 97

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:00am

Chief of army in Indonesia's Aceh province tells TV that quake death toll rises to 97.

Army chief in Indonesia's Aceh province says 4 people have been rescued from quake rubble

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:00am

Army chief in Indonesia's Aceh province says 4 people have been rescued from quake rubble.

Thailand: 'No exceptions' on lese majeste for news outlets

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 1:50am

Thailand's prime minister said Wednesday that if a report published online last week by the Thai-language service of the BBC about the country's new king is found to violate the law safeguarding the monarchy's reputation, then the news service will be prosecuted.

Survey finds Afghans more pessimistic on security, future

Rahim Faiez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 11:15pm

Afghans are increasingly uncertain about their future, less confident in their government and more pessimistic than before on issues such as security, corruption, and rising unemployment, according to a survey released on Wednesday.

Army chief in Indonesia's Aceh province says 54 people killed in earthquake

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 11:10pm

Army chief in Indonesia's Aceh province says 54 people killed in earthquake.

Chinese ship pulls out of MH370 search, leaving lone ship

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 11:00pm

The seabed search for the missing Malaysian airliner has been left to a single ship, with a Chinese vessel heading home to Shanghai, officials said on Wednesday.

Time to reconcile: 2 cities overcome Pearl Harbor legacy

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 11:00pm

Seventy-five years after a Japanese admiral led the attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, the mayor of his hometown is joining his Honolulu counterpart to mark the anniversary — as friends.