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WHY IT MATTERS: Rebel-held Aleppo on the brink of collapse

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 12:32pm

With rebel defenses crumbling in eastern Aleppo, President Bashar Assad is on the brink of regaining full control of Syria's largest city and one-time commercial center. Holding the city is seen as key to overall victory in the Syrian conflict, and a defeat in Aleppo would be a crushing blow to the rebels.

Iraqi forces face fierce IS attacks after new Mosul push

Susannah George, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 12:31pm

Significant Islamic State group counterattacks in southeastern Mosul inflicted heavy losses on Iraqi forces overnight after a new push deeper into the city this week, according to an Iraqi Army officer.

Matteo Renzi has resigned as Italy's premier, but the president asked him to stay on until a new government is in place

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 12:11pm

Matteo Renzi has resigned as Italy's premier, but the president asked him to stay on until a new government is in place.

The Latest: UN ambassador Power: Diplomacy has failed Aleppo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 12:11pm

The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):

CIA director visits Albania for counterterrorism talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 12:01pm

The United States embassy in Tirana says Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan visited Albania to discuss terrorism along with a variety of other bilateral and international issues.

Israel rejects Paris summit, open to talk with Palestinians

Ian Deitch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 11:54am

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected an invitation for an international conference in Paris aimed at reviving the peace process, but expressed willingness to meet privately with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

UN: Boko Haram remains a threat even as they lose territory

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 11:41am

The U.N.'s envoy for Central Africa says a multinational regional force has reclaimed much of the territory controlled by Boko Haram in the Lake Chad Basin but the extremist group remains a serious threat to regional stability.

Albania offers 4-month amnesty for handing over weapons

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 11:41am

The Albanian government is offering a four-month amnesty to all those who hand over guns.

US Senate 'torture' report sought in 9/11 case at Guantanamo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 11:41am

Defense lawyers in the Sept. 11 war crimes case at Guantanamo Bay say they may be running out of time to get access to a U.S. Senate report on the CIA's harsh interrogation tactics.

NATO commander says 150 Turkish officers have left post-coup

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 11:41am

NATO's top military officer said Wednesday that about 150 Turkish officers have been recalled or retired from the alliance's high command since a failed coup attempt in Turkey, placing a significant burden on his staff.

Millions leap at party invite by Mexican rural family

Mark Stevenson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 11:30am

Millions of people have responded to an invitation to a coming of age party for a girl in rural northern Mexico after her parent's video innocently asked "everybody" to attend ended up going viral.

Pakistani plane crashes after takeoff with 48 people aboard

Asif Shahzad and Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 11:20am

A plane belonging to Pakistan's national carrier crashed and burst into flames on Wednesday with 48 people on board, killing all of them, police and an airline spokesman said.

Russian police arrest 12 people suspected of terror links

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 10:51am

Russia's security agencies have arrested 12 people accused of involvement in a terror organization.

British premier, Gulf Arab nations pledge to counter Iran

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 10:21am

British Prime Minister Theresa May and leaders from six Gulf Arab countries agreed Wednesday to counter Iran's "destabilizing activities," a pledge meant to calm nerves following the nuclear deal with world powers.

UK govt agrees under pressure to divulge Brexit plan details

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 10:21am

The House of Commons was set Wednesday to back Prime Minister Theresa May's March 31 deadline to open exit talks with the European Union, after the British government agreed to publish details of its negotiating plan.

More than 20 still missing off Yemen after ship sinks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 9:30am

At least 36 people have been rescued after a ship carrying more than 60 people capsized in the Arabian Sea as search efforts continue for the missing passengers, a Yemeni military official said.

Philippines' Duterte says Trump made him feel 'like a saint'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 9:30am

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday he felt "like a saint" after his phone conversation last week with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, who he said praised him for "doing great" in his deadly campaign against illegal drugs.

Poland's ruling party targeted over ex-communist top member

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 9:30am

Poland's ruling anti-communist party has faced accusations of a double standard over a prominent role that a communist-era prosecutor has in the party leadership.

Danish officer shot in head dies; suspect jailed for 4 weeks

Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 9:22am

A 43-year-old dog squad officer who was shot in the head at close range outside a suburban Copenhagen police station has died, Danish authorities said Wednesday.