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Southern Madagascar to suffer drought impact into 2017

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 8:51am

Some rain fell in southern Madagascar last week, a rare piece of good news for a drought-hit region where nearly 1 million people face severe hunger because of failed harvests. But aid groups warn that more rain is needed for the current crop-planting season to succeed and they expect the dire humanitarian situation to stretch into 2017.

Cambodia PM wants official protest venue moved out of town

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 8:51am

Cambodia's leader has taken a poke at pro-democracy activists and a slap at the United States, suggesting that if the capital's designated political protest venue is not moved out of town, it might be situated in front of the U.S. Embassy.

Lebanese women protest against rape law

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 8:34am

A dozen Lebanese women, dressed as brides in white wedding dresses stained with fake blood and bandages, have gathered outside government buildings in Lebanon's capital to protest a law that allows a rapist to get away with his crime if he marries the survivor.

Egypt says organ-trafficking network uncovered

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 8:31am

Egypt's official anti-corruption body says it has uncovered a network for human organ trafficking, including physicians whom it said exploited the victims' poverty in persuading them to sell their organs.

5 teens in Sweden charged with raping fellow Afghan boy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 8:31am

Swedish authorities have charged five teenagers from Afghanistan with raping another Afghan boy in an alleged assault that prosecutors say lasted for at least an hour.

Gulf Arab leaders, British PM gather for talks in Bahrain

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 8:00am

Top officials from six Gulf Arab nations are gathering for talks expected to focus on regional security in the tiny island kingdom of Bahrain.

Iranians accused of filming office of Kenya's president

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 7:50am

Two Iranian nationals and a Kenyan accused of collecting information to facilitate a terrorist act after allegedly being found with video footage of the Israeli embassy also filmed the office of Kenya's president, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

UK man found guilty in case linked to Brussels bomb suspect

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 7:50am

A British man was convicted Tuesday of providing cash to a key suspect in the deadly Brussels and Paris bombings.

Iraqi man convicted in Sweden of war crimes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 7:40am

A Swedish court has convicted a 24-year-old Iraqi man of war crimes for posting macabre pictures on Facebook after fighting extremists in Iraq — in the first such case in Sweden.

Helicopter crash in Tehran kills 2

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 7:30am

Iran's state TV is reporting that a rescue helicopter carrying eight people has crashed into a lake in western Tehran, killing two people.

Armed men attack Mali prison; inmates freed, guard killed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 7:21am

A military spokesman says a dozen armed men on motorcycles have attacked a prison in central Mali, freeing prisoners and leaving at least one person dead.

Israel artist displays golden statue of Netanyahu in protest

Ami Bentov, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 7:13am

Tel Aviv residents woke up Tuesday to an unusual site — a golden statue of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu displayed prominently in front of City Hall in an act of protest.

Database helps Holocaust survivors reclaim Warsaw property

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 7:11am

A Jewish organization has launched a database aimed at helping more than 2,000 Holocaust survivors or their heirs regain property lost in Warsaw due to World War II and communism.

Syrian suspected of terror for arson attack in Sweden

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 7:11am

Swedish prosecutors have arrested a Syrian man on suspicion of terrorism for an arson attack against a Muslim group two months ago.

Annan urges respect for civilians in west Myanmar violence

Esther Htusan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 7:11am

Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, seeking reconciliation among ethnic groups in fractious western Myanmar, urged the army on Tuesday to respect civilians' rights as concerns rise about treatment of the Muslim Rohingya minority.

The Latest: Syrian forces take more east Aleppo districts

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 7:00am

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Venezuela opposition to skip planned meeting with government

Hannah Dreier, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 6:50am

Venezuela's opposition said Tuesday it would skip a meeting with the government, endangering ongoing talks aimed at diffusing the country's political crisis.

Amnesty slams lasting, forced displacement of Turkey's Kurds

Mucahit Ceylan and Dominique Soguel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 6:50am

Turkish authorities have forcibly evicted tens of thousands of people in security operations in a predominantly Kurdish district of southeastern Turkey, a human rights group said Tuesday.

French premier steps down to focus on presidential election

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 6:50am

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls stepped down Tuesday to focus on running for president in next year's election and was replaced by Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, a man who embodies the fight against Islamic extremism.