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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.

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.

Iraqii special forces capture new land in eastern Mosul

Susannah George, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 6:20am

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.

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.

Pakistani national carrier's plane crashes after takeoff

Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 6:00am

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.

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.

Police arrest man over threats to UK Brexit lawsuit claimant

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:10am

The House of Commons was set Wednesday to back Prime Minister Theresa May's March 31 deadline to open exit talks with the European Union, after the British government agreed to publish details of its negotiating plan.

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.

Belgium arrests 3 over Syria recruiting, terror charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:40am

Belgian authorities have arrested three of eight people they picked up earlier this week during anti-terror raids centering on the recruitment of people to fight in Syria.

The Latest: Syrian rebels in Aleppo propose 5-day cease-fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:30am

The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):

NATO chief urges West to keep pressuring Russia over Ukraine

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:20am

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is urging Western allies to maintain diplomatic pressure and sanctions on Russia until it respects the peace agreement in Ukraine.