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Defense Secretary Carter makes surprise visit to Afghanistan

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 10:52pm

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Friday made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan to consult with military commanders and deliver a pre-holiday pep talk to U.S. troops.

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter lands in Afghanistan for unannounced visit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 10:40pm

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter lands in Afghanistan for unannounced visit.

Somali political leaders OK presidential polls for Dec. 28

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 10:21pm

Somalia's political leaders say they have agreed to hold presidential polls on Dec. 28 after three delays and amid allegations of bribery, fraud and voter intimidation.

Diggers find ancient tombs in Beijing suburb

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 9:40pm

The Chinese capital's future administrative hub was already bustling 2,000 years ago.

Reports: Tibetan Buddhist monk self-immolates in west China

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 9:40pm

A Tibetan Buddhist monk has set himself on fire in western China in what appeared to be the latest such radical protest against Beijing's rule, a U.S. government-backed radio station and rights monitoring group said.

Head of Bolivian airline held in jail as part of crash probe

Carlos Valdez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 9:31pm

A Bolivian judge on Thursday ordered that the head of the ill-fated chartered airline whose plane crashed in the Andes last week be detained while authorities investigate him for possible charges of manslaughter and other crimes.

Biden says world will look to liberal Trudeau

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 9:10pm

Outgoing U.S. Vice President Joe Biden hailed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Angela Merkel as genuine leaders during a time when they are in short supply at a state dinner in his honor in Canada on Thursday night.

Mexico general says army not happy with law-enforcement role

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 9:01pm

Mexico's top military officer said Thursday that the army is uncomfortable with the law-enforcement role it was given a decade ago when the government launched an offensive against drug cartels.

S. Korean president faces possible last day in power

Foster Klug, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 7:03pm

South Korean President Park Geun-hye entered what could be her last day in power Friday, as lawmakers geared up for what's widely expected to be a successful impeachment vote amid a corruption scandal that has left her isolated and loathed.

Russia says Aleppo combat suspended, residents say no let-up

Sarah El Deeb and Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 5:22pm

Russia said the Syrian army was suspending combat operations in Aleppo late Thursday to allow for the evacuation of civilians from besieged rebel-held neighborhoods, but residents and fighters reported no let-up in the bombing and shelling campaign on the opposition's ever-shrinking enclave.

Italian tourist killed in favela in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 5:01pm

An Italian tourist was killed Thursday in a shantytown near the center of Rio de Janeiro in an area fought over by rival drug trafficking gangs, police said.

UN Syria envoy say time may be right for negotiations

Michael Astor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 4:11pm

Russia's announcement that Syria was suspending combat operations in Aleppo may mean the time is right to restart negotiations for a peace deal, the U.N. envoy for Syria said Thursday.

Chechnya's leader says troops would fight happily in Syria

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:52pm

Chechnya's strongman leader said Thursday that troops in the Russian province would be happy to fight the "scum" in Syria if they receive the Kremlin order.

Leaders of Poland, Hungary to discuss EU future, migration

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:11pm

Poland's prime minister met Thursday with her Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban for informal talks on the European Union's security, economy and migrant policy.

Tsunami warnings are cancelled after big Pacific earthquake

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:11pm

Tsunami warnings for several Pacific islands, including those in Hawaii, were canceled Friday after authorities determined that a powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake that struck near the Solomon Islands did not pose a broad tsunami threat.

MSF: Jordan closure blocked 70 Syrians from life-saving care

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:41am

Seventy severely wounded Syrians, including 16 children, have been prevented from getting life-saving treatment since Jordan closed its border with Syria six months ago, an official from the medical aid group Doctors Without Borders said Thursday.

French far-right chief nixes free class for kids of illegals

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:40am

Far-right leader Marine Le Pen has declared that foreigners in France should go through a "waiting period" before benefiting from the country's social services and that children whose parents are in France illegally shouldn't be allowed free schooling.

Greek court rejects extradition for 2 Turkish servicemen

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:24am

A Greek court on Thursday rejected Turkey's extradition request for the last two of eight Turkish servicemen who fled to Greece after a failed July military coup, their lawyer said.

11 more political prisoners released in Gambia

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:22am

In Gambia, 11 more people who were jailed for peacefully protesting have now been released on bail, said a human rights group.