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Kerry, Russia's Lavrov to meet in Hamburg to discuss Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:40am

A spokeswoman for Russia's Foreign Ministry says U.S. Secretary State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov are meeting for talks later in the day.

Syria's state news agency: Israel launches several missiles that hit near military airport in Damascus, start a fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:40am

Syria's state news agency: Israel launches several missiles that hit near military airport in Damascus, start a fire.

In Norway, teenager confesses to stabbing boy and teacher

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:30am

Police in Norway say a teenager has confessed to stabbing both a student and a kindergarten teacher walking her dog.

China warns US on Taiwan leader's planned transit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:20am

China on Wednesday accused Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen of seeking to use a planned transit stop in the U.S. to score diplomatic points, amid Chinese rancor over an unprecedented phone call between Tsai and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.

IS launches overnight attack against Iraqi troops in Mosul

Susannah George, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:12am

Iraqi army said on Wednesday that Islamic State militants launched an overnight attack against security forces in the southeastern part of Mosul, a day after the troops advanced deeper into the city.

Syrian rebels pull back further as military gains in Aleppo

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:11am

Syrian government troops and allied militiamen seized more ground in Aleppo's ancient quarters on Wednesday, further widening their control over an enclave in the divided city that has been in rebel hands since 2012, Syria's state media and an opposition monitoring group said.

Germany: Merkel's party backs tougher rules on dual citizens

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:10am

Delegates from German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party have voted in favor of scrapping rules that allow the children of immigrants to be dual citizens.

Ghana president, longtime opposition leader face off in vote

Brennan Weiss, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:10am

Voters in Ghana are choosing Wednesday between their incumbent leader and a three-time opposition presidential candidate amid widespread concerns about the credibility of the country's electoral commission.

Danish suspect in police shooting is jailed for 4 weeks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:00am

A 26 year-old Danish man was jailed Wednesday for four weeks on suspicion of shooting a Danish policeman in the head outside a police station in suburban Copenhagen.

Bangladesh court confirms death for Islamic group leader

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:50am

Bangladesh's Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld death sentences for the leader of a banned Islamic group and two of his associates found guilty in a 2004 grenade attack on a British envoy.

Woman at heart of South Korean scandal refuses to testify

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:40am

Ahead of an impeachment vote later this week, lawmakers took turns grilling a K-pop music director, a fashion designer and nearly a dozen others said to be linked to a woman at the heart of a scandal that threatens to bring down South Korea's president.

Gambia leader's upset heartens families of the disappeared

Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:30am

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.

UAE calls Ohio police killing of Emirati 'painful incident'

Jon Gambrell and Mark Gillispie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:22am

The United Arab Emirates has called the police killing of an Emirati man in Ohio a "painful incident" that the country's diplomats would investigate, just months after another citizen of the U.S.-allied Arab nation was wrongly accused in Ohio of being an Islamic militant.

NATO chief laments 'serious' security problems in Ukraine

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:10am

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says security problems are undermining peace efforts in eastern Ukraine, as a routinely violated cease-fire barely holds in the separatist Donbass region.

Cambodian deputy opposition leader reconciles with premier

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:10am

Cambodia's deputy opposition leader who was pardoned from jail time for ignoring a court summons has returned to parliament, saying he and Prime Minister Hun Sen have agreed to reconcile.

Chief of army in Indonesia's Aceh province tells TV that quake death toll rises to 97

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:00am

Chief of army in Indonesia's Aceh province tells TV that quake death toll rises to 97.

Army chief in Indonesia's Aceh province says 4 people have been rescued from quake rubble

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:00am

Army chief in Indonesia's Aceh province says 4 people have been rescued from quake rubble.

Thailand: 'No exceptions' on lese majeste for news outlets

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 1:50am

Thailand's prime minister said Wednesday that if a report published online last week by the Thai-language service of the BBC about the country's new king is found to violate the law safeguarding the monarchy's reputation, then the news service will be prosecuted.

Survey finds Afghans more pessimistic on security, future

Rahim Faiez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 11:15pm

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.