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IS attack breaches militiamen's defenses in northern Iraq

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 3:50am

An official from Iraq's state-sanctioned Shiite militias says Islamic State militants have breached their defenses at a village west of the northern Iraqi town of Tal Afar.

S. Koreans rally for 6th weekend calling for leader's ouster

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 3:50am

Rallying for the sixth straight weekend in what has become perhaps South Korea's biggest protests ever, demonstrators in Seoul on Saturday got the closest yet to the president they desperately want removed.

Iran condemns US senate vote to extend sanctions

Amir Vahdat, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 3:40am

Iran's foreign minister condemned the U.S. Senate's extension of a piece of anti-Iran legislation, state TV reported Saturday.

Intense Syrian bombing of besieged Aleppo, troops advance

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 3:30am

Syrian warplanes, artillery and mortar rounds have pounded areas in the eastern rebel-held Aleppo enclave, killing at least three, according to opposition activists.

Thai activist arrested for Facebook 'share' about new king

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 3:20am

Thai police have arrested a student pro-democracy activist for sharing a story about the country's new king that was posted on Facebook by the Thai-language service of the BBC.

Pilot suffers heart attack on Scottish runway

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 3:10am

Dutch airline KLM says one of its pilots suffered a heart attack while taxiing to the runway at Glasgow Airport in Scotland for a flight to Amsterdam.

Indonesian police plane missing with 13 on board

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 3:00am

An Indonesian police plane with 13 people on board lost contact during a flight Saturday to the island of Batam near Singapore, authorities said.

The Latest: China lodges 'solemn representations' with US

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 2:50am

The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump's phone conversation with Taiwan's leader (all times local):

Trump speaks directly with Taiwan's leader, irking China

Gillian Wong and Johnson Lai, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 2:40am

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.

Iran's Supreme Court confirms death sentence for tycoon

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 2:20am

Iran's official IRNA news agency is reporting that the country's Supreme Court has confirmed the death sentence against a well-known tycoon.

Death toll from last month's IS bombing in Iraq rises to 92

Murtada Faraj, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 1:40am

Iraqi officials say the death toll from a Nov. 24 suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State group has risen to 92, including about 40 Iranians.

Duterte says Trump wished his drug crackdown 'success'

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 12:00am

President Rodrigo Duterte said Saturday Donald Trump wished his deadly crackdown on illegal drugs would succeed during a telephone call, and he assured the U.S. president-elect the Philippines would maintain its ties with America — a departure from Duterte's hostility toward the Obama administration.

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.

Gambia's president concedes defeat after election loss

Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 5:32pm

Gambia's president of 22 years acknowledged his election defeat on state television Friday night, vowing to step down hours after news of the results prompted thousands to celebrate in the streets in an unprecedented display of disdain for his rule.

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.