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Afghan migrant's arrest for killing stokes German tensions

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 4:30am

The arrest of a 17-year-old Afghan migrant suspected of raping and killing a university student must not be used for "rabble-rousing and conspiracy propaganda," Germany's vice chancellor said Monday as a nationalist party argued that the government bears a share of the blame.

Fake US embassy in Ghana shut down after 'about a decade'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 4:30am

The U.S. State Department says it has shut down a fake embassy in Ghana's capital that operated for "about a decade" issuing counterfeit and fraudulently obtained visas to West Africans.

Japanese leader Abe to visit Pearl Harbor with Obama

Ken Moritsugu, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 4:30am

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday he will visit Pearl Harbor with U.S. President Barack Obama at the end of this month, becoming the first leader of his country to go to the U.S. Naval base in Hawaii that Japan attacked in 1941, propelling the United States into World War II.

UK government's Brexit plans in hands of Supreme Court

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 4:20am

Britain's Supreme Court began hearing a landmark case Monday that will decide who has the power to trigger the U.K.'s exit from the European Union — the government or Parliament.

The Latest: Russian fighter jet crashes into Mediterranean

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 4:20am

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Philippine VP quits Cabinet in new Duterte dilemma

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 4:00am

The Philippine vice president resigned her Cabinet post Monday after citing irreconcilable differences with President Rodrigo Duterte, who had banned her from attending Cabinet meetings, in a new political dilemma for the leader.

Iran: US threatens nuclear deal, warns of 'strong reaction'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 3:50am

A senior Iranian official has warned the U.S. of a "firm and strong reaction" if it persists in actions he says are endangering a nuclear deal aimed at curbing programs Tehran could use to make atomic arms.

Tamil Nadu leader Jayalalitha critical after heart attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 3:32am

The popular leader of India's southern Tamil Nadu state was in critical condition after undergoing surgery Monday morning, hours after suffering a heart attack, the hospital said.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he will visit Pearl Harbor with President Barack Obama in late December

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 3:30am

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he will visit Pearl Harbor with President Barack Obama in late December.

Spanish provinces on alert as 2 die in torrential rains

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 3:20am

Provinces in southern and eastern Spain are on alert for heavy rains for a second day after torrential downpours left two dead and many roads and buildings flooded in several towns.

UN prosecutors begin closing statements at Mladic trial

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 3:20am

Gen. Ratko Mladic "called the shots" as his troops murdered and expelled thousands of civilians to carve out an ethnically pure Serb mini-state in Bosnia during the Balkan nation's 1992-95 war, a United Nations prosecutor said Monday as Mladic's genocide trial neared its end.

In signal to Trump, China, Iran say nuclear deal must stand

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 3:11am

The foreign ministers of China and Iran on Monday urged governments not to violate the deal that limits Iran's nuclear activity in exchange for the lifting of sanctions, in remarks apparently directed at President-elect Donald Trump's incoming administration.

UN humanitarian aid agency: Record $22.2B needed in 2017

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 3:00am

The U.N.'s humanitarian aid coordination agency says it and partners require a record $22.2 billion next year to help people hit by conflict and disasters around the world, a 10 percent increase from this year.

Malaysian investigator of missing plane visits Madagascar

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 2:20am

A Malaysian investigator of the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines plane in 2014 has traveled to Madagascar to pick up debris that possibly came from the missing plane and drifted across the Indian Ocean, a woman whose mother was on the aircraft said Monday.

Beijing faces decision on how to respond to Trump's tweets

Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 2:20am

Chinese leaders face a challenge: How to deal with Donald Trump.

Qatar Airways flight from Washington hits severe turbulence

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 2:10am

A Qatar Airways flight from Washington heading to Doha hit severe turbulence while diverting for a medical emergency, sending some passengers tumbling through the aircraft.

Syrian government steps up attacks on Idlib province

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 2:00am

Syrian activists say Russian and Syrian aircraft have stepped up their assaults on the rebel-held province of Idlib, a day after air raids killed more than 60 people.

'We have lost everything': Syrians return to ravaged Aleppo

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 2:00am

Amina Hamawy burst into tears and then fainted when she returned to eastern Aleppo to find that looters had ransacked her home. "Where am I? What happened?" she asked after her husband and daughter revived her. "We have lost everything."

S. Korea enters crucial week with impeachment vote on Park

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 1:40am

South Korea is entering potentially one of the most momentous weeks in its recent political history, with impeachment looming for President Park Geun-hye as ruling party dissenters align with the opposition in a strengthening effort to force her out.