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Hungarian leader defends central Europe from critics

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 7:11am

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban says critics should not spoil the growth and stability that Central Europe is building through cooperation.

Rats! Paris fights back against rodent infestation

John Leicester, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 7:03am

Both Nadine Mahe des Portes and the rat panicked when she inadvertently stepped on it on her walk back from work through Paris.

Iraqi officials: Separate bombings kill 10 people in Baghdad

Murtada Faraj, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 7:00am

Separate bombings in the Iraqi capital killed 10 people and wounded another 22 on Friday, according to Iraqi officials.

Macedonia: Final rallies take place ahead of elections

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:50am

Eleven political parties and coalitions in Macedonia are holding final rallies ahead of general elections called to defuse a nearly two-year political crisis sparked by a wiretapping scandal.

Colombian president to collect Nobel without rebels in tow

David Keyton and Karl Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:40am

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos brought no members of the leftist FARC rebel group to Oslo for the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony because he didn't want to "create a problem" for the Norwegian government, he said Friday.

Bomb blasts kill 10 in northeast Nigeria; Boko Haram blamed

Ibrahim Abdulaziz and Michelle Faul, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:40am

Two explosions ripped through a bustling market in northeast Nigeria's Madagali town Friday morning, and a survivor says they killed at least 10 people.

Bombing on Cairo road to pyramids kills 6 Egyptian police

Brian Rohan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:40am

A bombing on a main Cairo road leading to the Giza pyramids killed six police and wounded another three on Friday, the deadliest attack on security forces in the capital in more than six months.

Defense Secretary Carter offers assurances to Afghan leaders

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:32am

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday that the United States will stick with Afghanistan for years to come as a new U.S. president takes over what is already America's longest war.

Investigative journalist Phillip Knightley dies at 87

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:30am

Phillip Knightley, an investigative journalist who helped win compensation for victims of thalidomide, has died at the age of 87.

Senior German politician Hildegard Hamm-Bruecher dies at 95

David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:30am

Hildegard Hamm-Bruecher, the "Grand Dame" of Germany's pro-business Free Democratic Party who made an unsuccessful bid for the country's presidency in 1994, has died, her party said Friday. She was 95.

Suspect arrested over explosion at mosque in Germany

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 5:40am

German authorities have arrested a man suspected of setting off homemade explosive devices outside a mosque and a conference center in Dresden in September, prosecutors said Friday.

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.

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 .

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):