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Egypt activist says she was arrested in NGO funding case

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

An Egyptian human rights activist and lawyer says she has been arrested in relation to an investigation involving top rights campaigners accused of illegally receiving foreign funds for their NGOs.

Pakistani plane crashes after takeoff with 47 people aboard

Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 7:23am

A plane belonging to Pakistan's national carrier crashed on Wednesday with about 40 passengers and seven crew members on board, police and an airline spokesman said.

Kenya president: Nearly 20 dead as medical workers strike

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 7:20am

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is urging striking medical workers from public hospitals to return to work, saying nearly 20 people have died three days into the strike because of lack of care.

Iraqi special forces capture new land in eastern Mosul

Susannah George, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 7:20am

Iraq special forces captured a new neighborhood Wednesday from the Islamic State group in eastern Mosul, according to a senior commander — the latest gain in a massive military operation now its seventh week.

Gambia leader's upset heartens families of the disappeared

Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 7:12am

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.

Duterte defends police accused of killing drug-linked mayor

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 7:00am

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte staunchly defended on Wednesday more than two dozen policemen who were accused by the government's main investigation agency of killing a jailed mayor linked to illegal drugs.

Merkel's conservatives back tougher rules on dual citizens

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 7:00am

Members of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party voted Wednesday to scrap rules that allow the children of immigrants to be dual citizens, a move opposed by party leaders and rejected by its partners in government.

UN prosecutors demand life sentence for Gen. Ratko Mladic

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 6:51am

United Nations prosecutors on Wednesday demanded a life sentence for Gen. Ratko Mladic, telling judges that they should convict and imprison the former Bosnian Serb military chief for orchestrating atrocities throughout Bosnia's 1992-95 war.

The Latest: Hungary slams US for unease over migrant ruling

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 6:50am

The Latest on the migrant situation in Europe (all times local):

Report: Dozens killed, vanished as Kenya fights extremists

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 6:30am

A human rights organization says at least 81 extremism suspects have been killed illegally or forced to disappear by Kenyan police after a series of attacks.

British premier, Gulf Arab nations pledge to counter Iran

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 6:20am

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.

WikiLeaks' Assange releases statement he gave prosecutors

Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 6:20am

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Wednesday released a statement given to prosecutors in which he asserts he did not commit any crimes when he had sex with a woman in Sweden six years ago.

Cambodian deputy opposition leader reconciles with premier

Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 6:11am

Cambodia's deputy opposition leader, recently pardoned from going to jail for ignoring a court summons, returned to parliament Wednesday saying he and Prime Minister Hun Sen have reached a deal to help reconcile their rival parties for the sake of the country.

India records huge spike in 'honor killings' in 2015

Nirmala George, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 6:10am

India has registered nearly an 800 percent spike in the number of so-called honor killings reported last year, leading state officials and women's rights groups to urge investigations into how such crimes persist.

Chinese ship pulls out of MH370 search, leaving lone ship

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:31am

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.

As Syrian troops gain ground, Aleppo rebels propose truce

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:30am

Staring a punishing and brutal defeat in the face, several Syrian rebel factions on Wednesday proposed a five-day cease-fire in the eastern part of the city of Aleppo so the wounded, sick and other civilians can be evacuated.

Pakistan's national carrier says one of its planes missing after takeoff in the country's north with about 40 on board

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:20am

Pakistan's national carrier says one of its planes missing after takeoff in the country's north with about 40 on board.

Survey finds Afghans more pessimistic on security, future

Rahim Faiez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:50am

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.

France arrests 3 in connection with June police killings

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:50am

French police have arrested three men in connection with the killing of two police officials earlier this year by an extremist claiming loyalty to the Islamic State group.