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Sri Lanka clears 19 citizens branded as traitors by British

Bharatha Mallawarachi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 5:23am

Sri Lanka's president has revoked a nearly 200-year-old British colonial order, clearing the names of 19 citizens who were branded as traitors for rebelling against British rule, his office said Friday.

Bomb blasts kill 10 in northeast Nigeria; Boko Haram blamed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 5:21am

Police say two explosions have ripped through a market in northeast Nigeria's Madagali town, and a survivor says they killed at least 10 people.

2 blasts at market kill at least 10 in northeast Nigeria, survivor and police say

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 5:20am

2 blasts at market kill at least 10 in northeast Nigeria, survivor and police say .

Defense Secretary Carter makes surprise visit to Afghanistan

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 5:20am

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday that the United States will stick with Afghanistan for years to come.

Hong Kong leader Leung won't seek another term, cites family

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 5:00am

Hong Kong's Beijing-backed leader, deeply unpopular because of his hard-line response to massive 2014 pro-democracy protests and an ensuing separatist movement, said Friday he won't seek another term in office, citing family reasons.

Spain: 400 migrants storm North African border fence

Ciaran Giles, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 5:00am

Some 400 migrants from Africa stormed a border fence to enter Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta from Morocco on Friday, the Spanish Interior Ministry said.

South Korean president impeachment tarnishes family legacy

Foster Klug, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 4:41am

Park Geun-hye could always rely on one unwavering gift throughout a political career that saw a triumphant return as South Korea's first female president to the palatial Blue House where she'd lived as a girl: She always enjoyed the reflected devotion, some might say worship, that half the country felt for her late dictator father.

South Korean president is impeached in stunning fall

Foster Klug, Kim Tong-Hyung and Tong-Hin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 4:41am

South Korean lawmakers on Friday impeached President Park Geun-hye, a stunning and swift fall for the country's first female leader amid protests that drew millions into the streets in united fury.

Thai police arrest 3 French in killing of another on Samui

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 4:30am

Police in Thailand have arrested three French nationals in connection with the killing of one of their countrymen on the southern resort island of Samui.

The Latest: S. Korea PM says he feels 'deep responsibility'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 4:20am

The Latest on the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye (all times local):

S. Korea's president loses power, keeps title, house, salary

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 4:20am

South Korean President Park Geun-hye's impeachment Friday has stripped her of power — but not the perks.

Germany: teens arrested over suspected extremist attack plan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 4:10am

Prosecutors say two teenagers have been arrested in Germany on suspicion that they were planning an Islamic extremist attack.

Indonesia soldier found alive 2 weeks after helicopter crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 3:41am

A missing soldier has been found alive two weeks after the helicopter he was aboard crashed in a remote area of Borneo, Indonesia's army said Friday.

Dutch court declines to impose punishment on anti-Islam populist Geert Wilders for hate speech conviction

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 3:30am

Dutch court declines to impose punishment on anti-Islam populist Geert Wilders for hate speech conviction.

Dutch court says populist anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders is guilty of hate speech charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 3:30am

Dutch court says populist anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders is guilty of hate speech charges .

S. Korea's interim leader was Park defender; powers unclear

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 3:30am

The man who takes over as government caretaker in the wake of President Park Geun-hye's impeachment is seen by critics as a stiff and uncompromising defender of the fallen leader.

South Korea's president is officially stripped of power following impeachment, with PM stepping in during court review

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 3:20am

South Korea's president is officially stripped of power following impeachment, with PM stepping in during court review.

Cambodia's exiled opposition leader on trial again

Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 3:20am

Exiled Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy was tried in absentia Friday for allegedly conspiring to incite chaos in the country through false documents posted on his Facebook page, a crime punishable by up to 17 years in prison.

Explosion on Cairo thoroughfare kills 6 Egyptian police

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 3:11am

An explosion on a main Cairo thoroughfare killed six police and wounded another three on Friday, in what appeared to be the deadliest attack on security forces in several months.