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Police plane with 13 on board missing in Indonesia

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

Indonesian authorities say a police airplane with 13 people on board has lost contact during a flight to the island of Batam near Singapore.

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.

Iran condemns US senate vote to extend sanctions

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 1:40am

Iran's foreign minister is condemning the U.S. Senate's extension of a piece of anti-Iran legislation.

Indonesia police release treason suspects, continue probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 1:00am

Indonesian police said they released eight people on Saturday, including prominent citizens who were arrested a day earlier for suspected treason and other crimes but are continuing to investigate them. Three others are still detained for questioning.

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.

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):