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The Latest: US says smooth transition in S. Korea critical

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:43pm

The Latest on the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye (all times local):

3 detectives killed, burned in southern Mexico

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:41pm

The charred remains of three federal detectives have been found in the bed of a burning pickup truck in the southern Mexico resort of Zihuatanejo.

Tsunami warnings are cancelled after big Pacific earthquake

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:11pm

Tsunami warnings for several Pacific islands, including those in Hawaii, were canceled Friday after authorities determined that a powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake that struck near the Solomon Islands did not pose a broad tsunami threat.

Prince Andrew to press: End false stories about daughters

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 12:02pm

Britain's Prince Andrew wants the media to leave his daughters alone.

Program seeks to use seized guns for good in El Salvador

David Barraza, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 12:00pm

In one of the world's most deadly countries, a Swedish development organization is trying to turn a source of death into a resource that combats gun violence.

Russian official wrongly claims Merkel rejects hacking fears

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 12:00pm

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov claims talk of Moscow targeting Germany with cyberattacks is "nonsense" and that Chancellor Angela Merkel agrees.

It's Trump's war soon: Afghan future is cloudy at best

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 12:00pm

Afghanistan has fallen so far from Americans' consciousness that some may have forgotten it's called the forgotten war.

Biden urges Canada to fight climate change despite Trump

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 11:51am

Outgoing U.S. Vice President Joe Biden urged Canadian leaders Friday to continue to treat efforts to combat climate change urgently despite the incoming administration of Donald Trump.

Report: Turkey drops homicide case against Israeli officers

Mehmet Guzel and Ayse Wieting, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 11:30am

A Turkish court on Friday dropped a case against Israeli military officials charged in the deaths of 10 Turkish activists who had sought to breach the naval blockade on Gaza in 2010, Turkey's state-run news agency reported.

Legal experts say Turkey went 'too far' in coup response

Dominique Soguel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 11:12am

Turkey went "too far" with emergency measures adopted following a failed July 15 coup attempt, a panel of constitutional law experts said in an opinion adopted Friday.

UN plans urgent meeting on South Sudan; aid group expelled

Jan M. Olsen and Justin Lynch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 11:12am

South Sudan has expelled the country director of the Norwegian Refugee Council, the aid group announced Friday.

Giant panda, father of twins this year, dies in Austrian zoo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 10:23am

Vienna's zoo says that the giant panda that fathered twins earlier this year has died while under anesthesia during an examination for a tumor.

US defense secretary offers assurances to Afghan leaders

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 10:20am

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday that America will stick with Afghanistan for years to come as a new U.S. president takes over what is already America's longest war.

Rats! Paris fights back against rodent infestation

John Leicester, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 10:13am

Both Nadine Mahe des Portes and the rat panicked when she inadvertently stepped on it on her walk back from work through Paris.

2 teen girls in Morocco acquitted of homosexuality charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 9:50am

A Moroccan judge has acquitted two teenage girls put on trial for homosexuality, charges that angered LGBT rights groups who have long argued that same-sex relationships should not be a crime.

Dutch detain man with rifle, ammo, image of IS flag at home

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 9:40am

Dutch police detained a 30-year-old man on suspicion of preparing a terrorist crime after finding a Kalashnikov rifle, two full ammunition clips and a painting featuring a flag used by the Islamic State group at his home, prosecutors announced Friday.

When neo-Nazis have doubts, there's a number to call

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 9:30am

Felix Benneckenstein was a rising star on Germany's far-right scene, a young songwriter whose rousing guitar anthems made white nationalism sound romantic and rebellious.

South Korean president impeachment tarnishes family legacy

Foster Klug, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 9:22am

Park Geun-hye could always rely on one unwavering gift throughout a political career that saw a triumphant return as South Korea's first female president to the palatial Blue House where she'd lived as a girl: She enjoyed the reflected devotion, some might say worship, that half the country felt for her late dictator father.

Spain: 400 migrants storm North African border fence

Ciaran Giles, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:51am

More than 400 migrants from Africa stormed across a border fence to enter Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta from Morocco on Friday in one of the biggest crossing attempts of recent years.