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Israel to begin enlisting HIV-positive soldiers

Tia Goldenberg, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 1:20pm

The Israeli military said Tuesday it will begin enlisting soldiers who are HIV-positive, in a policy shift putting the country at the forefront of military inclusivity toward people with the virus that causes AIDS.

Obama warns Putin on intervening in Syria's civil war

Kevin Liptak, CNN White House Producer  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 1:20pm

President Barack Obama warned his Russian counterpart Tuesday against intervening in Syria's civil war, suggesting that Vladimir Putin is aware of the dangers his country faces by entering the bloody conflict.Kevin Liptak CNN White House Producer

Trial for ranking French IS fighter in recruiting network

Nicolas Vaux-Montagny, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 1:11pm

Accused of running a network to recruit French extremists to fight in Syria, designated a terrorist by the United States and a fugitive by his homeland, Salim Benghalem promised to only return to France to carry out an attack "with a maximum of damage."

Tunisian security minister fired after IS-claimed attacks

Bouazza Ben Bouazza, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 1:10pm

Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid has dismissed the country's security minister after an Islamic State-claimed suicide bombing killed 12 members of the presidential guard last week.

UN experts: Up to 3,000 Islamic State fighters in Libya

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 1:00pm

U.N. experts say the Islamic State group has between 2,000 and 3,000 fighters in Libya and intends to control more territory in the strategically located North African country.

Syria's al-Qaida branch releases captive Lebanese soldiers

Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 12:31pm

Al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria released more than a dozen Lebanese soldiers and police it has held for more than a year on Tuesday as part of a Qatar-brokered deal in which Lebanon freed at least 11 prisoners, including a former wife of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Pipe bomb explodes in Istanbul, wounding 5 at rush hour

Mehmet Guzel and Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 12:20pm

A pipe bomb left on a highway overpass near an Istanbul subway station exploded Tuesday, wounding five people, a local official said. The blast caused some panic in the city, which is on edge following a spate of deadly bombings in Turkey.

Argentina's ex-president Menem sentenced for embezzlement

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 12:00pm

A court in Argentina has sentenced former President Carlos Menem to four and half years in prison for embezzlement.

Gunmen abduct Tunisian Red Cross worker in Yemen's capital

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 11:50am

The International Committee of the Red Cross says unidentified gunmen in Yemen's capital kidnapped a Tunisian woman working for the group.

Egypt official says journalist detained for 'false news'

Nour Youssef, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 11:10am

A police official and the wife of an Egyptian researcher and freelance journalist say he was detained upon arrival at Egypt's Hurghada airport.

Kenya police investigate university drill in which 1 died

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 11:00am

A leading Kenyan university should have sought authorization from the "highest security office in the country" for a practice exercise to test terrorism preparedness that led to a stampede in which one person died, a police spokesman said Tuesday.

Kenya police tears-gas protest against corruption

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 10:31am

Kenyan police Tuesday tear-gassed a peaceful demonstration in support of government action against corruption in East Africa's largest economy.

Deal reached in Syria's Homs for fighters to leave

Albert Aji and Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 10:21am

A deal has been reached for thousands of insurgents to leave the last opposition-held neighborhood in the central city of Homs and for state institutions to return to the area, an opposition monitoring group and a Syrian official said Tuesday.

NATO agrees to keep 12,000 troops in Afghanistan in 2016

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 10:20am

NATO foreign ministers have agreed to keep about 12,000 troops in Afghanistan through next year, while pushing forward with a funding drive to help the country through 2020.

Netanyahu says Israel acts in Syria 'from time to time'

Tia Goldenberg, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 10:01am

Israel operates inside Syria "from time to time" to prevent sophisticated weapons from reaching its enemies in Lebanon, Israel's prime minister said Tuesday, in the strongest admission yet of his country's involvement in the civil war.

Local mayor: Bomb caused explosion on overpass near Istanbul subway station

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 10:01am

Local mayor: Bomb caused explosion on overpass near Istanbul subway station.

Fire sends black smoke over Dubai's Palm Jumeirah

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 10:01am

A fire that broke out in Dubai has sent thick black smoke over the famous Palm Jumeirah, a man-made island in the United Arab Emirates.

Israeli troops kill 2 Palestinians after stabbing attempts

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 10:01am

The Israeli military on Tuesday said it shot and killed two Palestinians who tried to carry out separate stabbing attacks in the West Bank.

Cuba imposes travel permit for doctors to limit brain drain

Michael Weissenstein and Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 10:01am

The Cuban government announced Tuesday that it is re-imposing a hated travel permit requirement on many doctors, requiring them to get permission to leave the country in an attempt to counter a brain drain that it blames on the United States.