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UN prosecutors: Mladic 'called the shots' in Bosnian war

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 6:10am

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.

Russian field hospital hit in Syria's Aleppo, nurse killed

Albert Aji and Howard Amos, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 6:03am

Rebel shelling of the Syrian government-held part of Aleppo killed a Russian nurse in a makeshift Russian hospital in the city on Monday while the Defense Ministry in Moscow said a Russian fighter jet crashed into the Mediterranean Sea after returning from a sortie over Syria.

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

Francis Kokutse, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 6:00am

A fake U.S. embassy that operated for "about a decade" in Ghana's capital issuing counterfeit and fraudulently obtained visas has been shut down, the State Department announced.

UN refugee agency hands out aid to those uprooted from Mosul

Balint Szlanko, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 6:00am

The U.N. refugee agency distributed aid on Monday to dozens of Iraqi families uprooted from their homes in and around the city of Mosul, reiterating its dire need for funds to offer winter assistance in an area that sees temperatures fall below zero.

Japanese leader Abe to visit Pearl Harbor with Obama

Ken Moritsugu, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 5:50am

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe 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 site of the Japanese attack that propelled the United States into World War II.

Albanian president sets June 18 for parliamentary election

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

Albania's president has set June 18 as the parliamentary election date, paving the way for what Albania hopes is the European Union's approval for the launch of the membership negotiations.

India's Tamil Nadu leader Jayalalithaa in critical condition

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

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

Uzbekistan's acting president wins election overwhelmingly

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 4:50am

Uzbek election officials say that acting President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has overwhelmingly won a tightly controlled presidential election.

The Latest: Russian nurse died in rebel shelling of Aleppo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 4:40am

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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.

The Latest: German business worries about Italy outcome

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.

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.

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.