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State of emergency to be extended until July 15 in France

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 4:50am

French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says 17 attacks have been thwarted in the country so far this year and he is asking Parliament to extend the state of emergency until July 15.

The Latest: IS says it shot down Syrian jet near Palmyra

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 4:40am

The Latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local):

Thousands flee Syria's Aleppo as Assad nears victory

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 4:10am

Some 50,000 civilians have fled eastern Aleppo over the past two days in a "constant stream," Russia said Saturday, as Syrian government forces close in on the last pocket of opposition control in the northern city.

South Korean leader's fall offers fodder for Pyongyang

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 4:00am

North Korea, after following the travails of South Korean President Park Geun-hye with unconcealed joy, got off to a slow start Saturday in reacting to her actual impeachment.

AP PHOTOS: Elephant breaks leg, dies after 3 months of care

Aijaz Rahi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 4:00am

After an elephant broke his leg and was left to hobble around the backwaters of a reservoir in southern India, villagers and veterinarians brought him food and tried to soothe his agony through treatment. But he died Friday after efforts lasting more than three months.

US is sending 200 more troops to Syria to battle IS

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 4:00am

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Saturday that as many as 200 more American troops are being sent to Syria to help Kurdish and Arab fighters capture the Islamic State group's key stronghold of Raqqa.

Syria: Kerry, diplomats seek support for Aleppo's opposition

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 3:40am

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and leading diplomats are trying to find solutions for Syria's desperate opposition, as Syrian government forces squeeze rebels out of Aleppo after a devastating blitz.

China says opposed to unilateral sanctions on North Korea

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 3:20am

China remains opposed to unilateral sanctions against North Korea taken without the approval of the U.N. Security Council, the country's chief negotiator on the North's nuclear program was quoted Saturday as saying.

After weeks of protests, crowds celebrate Park's impeachment

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 3:20am

The previous time South Korea's parliament voted to impeach a president, ruling party lawmakers bawled and hurled ballot boxes, a man set himself on fire in front of the National Assembly, and thousands glumly held candlelight vigils night after night to save late liberal President Roh Moo-hyun.

Iraq sends reinforcements to eastern Mosul after IS attack

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

An Iraqi commander says reinforcements have been sent to eastern Mosul after a major Islamic State counterattack drove troops back last week, further slowing a nearly two-month-old offensive to retake the city.

Norway expresses concern over Israeli settlement bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 2:50am

Norway has expressed concern over a planned Israeli bill that would allow expanded construction in major West Bank settlements.

Who's next? A look at South Korean presidential contenders

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 2:20am

Fresh off impeachment, South Korean President Park Geun-hye's days in office may be numbered.

At least 45,000 homeless after Aceh quake in Indonesia

Stephen Wright, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 1:30am

At least 45,000 people have been displaced by the powerful earthquake that hit Indonesia's Aceh province, authorities said Saturday, as the government and aid agencies pooled efforts to meet the basic survival needs of shaken communities.

It's Trump's war soon: Afghan future is cloudy at best

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 12:41am

Afghanistan has fallen so far from Americans' consciousness that some may have forgotten it's called the forgotten war.

Bolivia defense minister calls Colombia plane crash 'murder'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 10:20pm

Bolivia's defense minister says a plane crash that killed 71 people in Colombia was "murder" because the pilot only had the exact amount of fuel needed for the flight in violation of civil aviation principles.

Canada reaches carbon agreement with provinces

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 7:20pm

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday that his government and the majority of Canada's provinces had come to an agreement on a national carbon pricing plan.

Longtime Gambian ruler now refuses to step aside

Krista Larson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 7:10pm

Gambia's ruler of more than 22 years announced late Friday that he no longer accepts defeat in the country's presidential election, reversing course a week after he conceded to his rival.

Large crowds to celebrate S. Korean president's impeachment

Foster Klug, Kim Tong-Hyung and Tong-Hin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:40pm

Large crowds were expected to gather in South Korea's capital on Saturday to celebrate the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye over an explosive corruption scandal that saw millions protest in previous weeks.

Sources: Google to give Cubans faster access to content

Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:11pm

Google and the Cuban government have struck a deal giving Cubans faster access to the internet giant's content, two people familiar with the agreement said Friday.