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UN representative presses China on missing rights activist

Gerry Shih, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 5:00am

A United Nations representative has pressed China to investigate the fate of prominent human rights campaigner Jiang Tianyong, who disappeared two weeks ago and is believed by friends to be held by state security agents.

OSCE helps Albania dispose of toxic chemicals

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 4:40am

A European security organization says it has helped Albania's army dispose of 140 metric tons of hazardous military chemicals.

Thousands mourn beloved leader Jayalalithaa in south India

Aijaz Rahi and Nirmala George, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 4:40am

Hundreds of thousands of people thronged the southern Indian city of Chennai on Tuesday to honor their late beloved leader, Jayaram Jayalalithaa, a former film actress and popular politician.

London mayor issues air pollution alert for 1st time

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 4:31am

London's mayor has issued air quality alerts across the capital for the first time because of high pollution levels.

Severe flooding in southern Thailand kills 14

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 4:30am

Severe flooding due to heavy rain in southern Thailand has killed 14 people, including five students, the interior ministry said Tuesday.

Japan, US burying World War II ghosts after 70 years

Ken Moritsugu and Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 4:30am

An American president in Hiroshima. A Japanese prime minister at Pearl Harbor. One longtime taboo has already fallen this year, and the other soon will.

Top UK judges grill government lawyer on Brexit plans

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 4:10am

British Supreme Court judges are grilling a government lawyer for a second day over plans to trigger the U.K.'s divorce from the European Union without a vote in Parliament.

Iraqi troops enter another IS-held neighborhood in Mosul

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 4:10am

The Iraqi army says troops have entered another neighborhood held by the Islamic State group in the southeastern part of Mosul.

The Latest: Russia's Lavrov warns Syrian rebels in Aleppo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 4:00am

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

Bosnia arrests 8 Bosnian Serb war crimes suspects

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 4:00am

Bosnian police have arrested eight former Bosnian Serb soldiers and policemen suspected of illegally detaining, torturing and then killing nearly 120 non-Serb civilians in northern Bosnia during the country's bloody 1992-95 war.

Danish officer shot outside police station near Copenhagen

Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:50am

A Danish police officer was hit by shots Tuesday near a police station in suburban Copenhagen, prompting security outside police stations to be stepped up across the country, authorities said. The officer's condition was unknown.

Southern Madagascar to suffer drought impact into 2017

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:42am

Some rain fell in southern Madagascar last week, a rare piece of good news for a drought-hit region where nearly 1 million people face severe hunger because of failed harvests. But aid groups warn that more rain is needed for the current crop-planting season to succeed and they expect the dire humanitarian situation to stretch into 2017.

Lawmakers: South Korean leader to accept impeachment outcome

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:40am

South Korean President Park Geun-hye is willing to "calmly" accept the outcome if the opposition-controlled parliament votes for her impeachment this week, but prefers to resign on her own terms, lawmakers from her party said Tuesday.

Israel artist displays golden statue of Netanyahu in protest

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:40am

Tel Aviv residents have woken up to an unusual site — a golden statue of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu displayed prominently in front of City Hall in an act of protest.

Ugandan rebel pleads not guilty to rape, murder charges

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:20am

An alleged senior commander in the militia of fugitive warlord Joseph Kony pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 70 charges including murder, rape, forced marriages and using child soldiers during the group's insurgency in northern Uganda.

French premier steps down to focus on presidential election

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:20am

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls stepped down Tuesday to focus on running for president in next year's election and was replaced by Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, a man who embodies the fight against Islamic extremism.

Syrian government: Aleppo truce must include rebel pullout

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:00am

The Syrian government says it rejects any cease-fire for embattled Aleppo unless it includes the departure of all rebels from the eastern part of the city.

Amnesty slams lasting, forced displacement of Turkey's Kurds

Dominique Soguel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:00am

Turkish authorities have forcibly evicted tens of thousands of people in security operations in a predominantly Kurdish district of southeast Turkey, a human rights group said Tuesday.

Sri Lanka's former strongman sets stage for comeback attempt

Bharatha Mallawarachi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:20am

A year after losing Sri Lanka's presidency in a stunning electoral upset, strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa is making unusual political moves to regain power in the South Asian island nation — through a newly launched political party in which he has no actual stake.