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75 years on, Battle of the Bulge memories bond people

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 1:43am

As a schoolboy three quarters of a century ago, Marcel Schmetz would regularly see open trucks rumble past to a makeshift American cemetery — filled with bodies, some headless, some limbless, blood seeping from the vehicles onto the roads that the U.S. soldiers had given their lives to liberate.

Home-cooked food in Iraqi square brings protesters together

Nasser Nasser, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 12:06am

In Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, there are the anti-government protesters demonstrating for a better future for Iraq, and there are the volunteers who feed them.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 10:40pm

Marathon international climate talks have closed with negotiators postponing until next year a key decision on global carbon markets. After two weeks of negotiations on tackling global warming, delegates from almost 200 nations passed declarations Sunday calling for greater ambition in cutting planet-heating greenhouse gases and in helping poor countries suffering the effects of climate change. But despite holding the longest climate talks ever in 25 nearly annual editions they left one of the thorniest issues for the next 2020 climate summit in Glasgow. Environmental groups and activists accused the world's richer countries of showing little commitment to seriously tackling climate change.

Greta Thunberg apologizes for 'against the wall' comment

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 1:39pm

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has apologized for saying politicians should be put “against the wall” after critics took it to mean that she was advocating violence.

Hourslong clashes between police, protesters engulf Beirut

Hussein Malla and Andrea Rosa, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 1:37pm

Lebanese security forces fired rubber bullets, tear gas and used water cannons to disperse anti-government protesters from central Beirut in clashes that lasted for hours into early Sunday.

Fighting rages near Libya's capital amid push by rebel army

Samy Magdy, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 12:15pm

Just two days after rebel Libyan commander Khalifa Hifter declared a “final" and decisive battle for the capital Tripoli, heavy fighting raged for a 24-hour period between his troops and militias loosely allied with the internationally backed government based in the city, officials said Saturday.

Argentina: British tourist killed in mugging attempt

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 12:15pm

Assailants shot two British tourists while trying to rob them in Argentina's capital Saturday, killing one and seriously injuring the other, authorities said Saturday.

Johnson's win may deliver Brexit but could risk UK's breakup

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 7:30am

Leaving the European Union is not the only split British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has to worry about.

Rebel attack on eastern Congo city leaves at least 6 dead

Saleh Mwanamilongo, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 7:05am

Rebels again attacked a city at the center of the Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo, killing at least six people including a pregnant woman, witnesses and officials said Saturday.

Boris Johnson goes north to celebrate crushing election win

Mike Corder and Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 3:39am

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged Saturday to repay the trust of voters in the working-class heartland of northern England who rejected the Labour Party and helped give him an 80-seat majority in Thursday's election.

Ex-Sudan strongman al-Bashir gets 2 years for corruption

Nadir Ahmed and Samy Magdy, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 2:48am

A court in Sudan convicted former President Omar al-Bashir of money laundering and corruption on Saturday, sentencing him to two years in a minimum security lockup.

Sudan court convicts Omar al-Bashir of money laundering, sentences him to 2 years in rehabilitation facility.

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 2:46am

Sudan court convicts Omar al-Bashir of money laundering, sentences him to 2 years in rehabilitation facility.

North Korea says it conducted another ‘crucial test’ at its long-range rocket facility

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 11:35pm

North Korea says it conducted another ‘crucial test’ at its long-range rocket facility.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 10:40pm

Top House Republicans have been told that Democratic New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew is going to switch parties and become a Republican. That's according to a GOP official familiar with the conversations who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe confidential information. Van Drew is a freshman who has said he plans to vote against impeaching President Donald Trump. Only a small handful of Democrats are expected to oppose Trump's impeachment in a vote expected next week, Van Drew represents a southern New Jersey congressional district that Trump carried in 2016. Van Drew has been considered one of the more vulnerable House Democrats in next November's elections.

El Salvador court gives hefty sentences in mass gang trial

Marcos AlemÁn, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 2:05pm

A court in El Salvador has sentenced 373 convicted members of the notorious Mara Salvatrucha gang to prison terms of up to 74 years for crimes ranging from murder and arms trafficking to terrorist association in a mass trial historic for the sheer number of defendants, authorities said Friday.

UN official: Chilean police abused protester's human rights

Eva Vergara, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 2:01pm

A U.N. human rights report released Friday accused Chilean security forces of serious human rights violations against protesters over the past two months, including deaths, torture, sexual abuse and the use of excessive force.

UN can't confirm weapons used in Saudi attacks were Iranian

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 12:43pm

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the United Nations has not been able to independently corroborate that the cruise missiles and drones used in attacks earlier this year on an airport and oil facilities in Saudi Arabia “are of Iranian origin.”

Battle ahead: Scotland party leader vows independence push

Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 11:01am

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has won the majority he needs to push through Brexit, but he faces another big challenge from Scotland, where the independence-minded Scottish National Party and its leader Nicola Sturgeon have surged to a commanding position. Here is a look at the factors that will make this a vexing issue for Johnson.

Critics say Guatemala commission undermining anti-graft push

Sonia PÉrez D., Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 10:21am

One by one, witnesses sat in the elegant wooden chair in Guatemala’s Congress in recent weeks to air their grievances against the U.N.-sponsored anti-graft commission that over the course of 12 years helped bring to justice hundreds of politicians, businesspeople, judges and others accused of corruption.