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Russian military: 114,000 Syrian refugees returned this year

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 5:17am

The Russian military says nearly 114,000 Syrian refugees have returned from abroad this year, a tiny fraction of the nearly 6 million who have fled since the start of the conflict.

Spanish government warns of security takeover in Catalonia

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 5:05am

Spain's central government says it will send in national police to ensure security in Catalonia if regional authorities fail to stop recent disruptions to major highways by pro-independence protesters.

Israeli military delegation to hold talks in Moscow

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 5:03am

The Russian Defense Ministry says it will host an Israeli military delegation for talks focusing on the situation in Syria.

Romania: Daredevil thieves loot moving truck on highway

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 5:00am

Romanian police have detained seven men on suspicion they clambered onto a moving truck and looted laptops and other electrical equipment worth 50,000 euros ($70,000).

Indonesia rejects rebels' demand on Papua independence talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 4:43am

Indonesia has rejected a demand by Papuan rebels to hold negotiations on their territory's self-determination.

The Latest: 8 detained in disturbance at German migrant home

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 4:39am

The Latest on asylum-seekers in Europe (all times local):

Russian National Guard chief sues opposition leader Navalny

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 4:15am

Russia's National Guard chief has filed a lawsuit against opposition leader Alexei Navalny after challenging him to a duel.

Pakistan's anti-graft body arrests opposition politician

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 4:06am

Pakistan's anti-graft body says it has arrested a senior politician from former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's party over links to a multimillion-dollar housing scam.

Briton arrested in Egypt for spying charges says he is free

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 3:58am

A British-Libyan tourist says Egyptian authorities have released him two weeks after he was arrested over a video he filmed on his cellphone that showed a military helicopter in the background.

Germany arrests suspected helper of Islamic State group

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 3:38am

German authorities have arrested a woman suspected of supporting the Islamic State group by helping two members who allegedly planned an attack in Germany.

Spain grapples with surging number of teenage migrants

Renata Brito, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 3:28am

Slouched on a bench at a Barcelona police station, five teenagers waited patiently on a recent Friday evening to find out where they would sleep that night: a shelter for young migrants or on that bench.

Japan seeks 1st aircraft carrier to deploy stealth fighters

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 3:15am

Japan is seeking to possess its first aircraft carrier to allow for the deployment of U.S.-made stealth fighters as it seeks to bolster its arms capability under a new 10-year defense plan.

Iran confirms missile test that angered US

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 3:08am

Iran has confirmed a recent ballistic missile test that was condemned by the United States.

EU agency says more Iranian, Turkish citizens seeking asylum

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 3:02am

The European Union's asylum office says people from Iran and Turkey are increasingly applying for international protection throughout the EU.

Anti-India rebel attack leaves 4 police dead in Kashmir

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 2:56am

Rebels fighting against Indian rule in disputed Kashmir attacked a police post on Tuesday, killing four officers, police said.

Israeli troops kill Palestinian after suspected car ramming

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 2:37am

Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian man in the West Bank after he attempted to ram his car into them, Israeli police said Tuesday.

Kremlin scoffs at US criticism of bombers in Venezuela

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 2:11am

The Kremlin has rejected U.S. criticism of Russian strategic bombers' deployment to Venezuela.

Report: Iran sentences 3 rights lawyers to prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 2:00am

Iran has sentenced two human rights lawyers to six years in prison and a third to 13 years, newspapers reported Tuesday.

UN says Islamic State kills 6 captives in Libya

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 1:37am

Islamic State militants have killed six people captured during an attack on a small town in central Libya in October, The U.N. mission to Libya said.