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Scores of migrant girls quietly vanishing from Indonesia

Kristen Gelineau and Niniek Karmini, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 10:11pm

The stranger showed up at the girl's door one night with a tantalizing job offer: Give up your world, and I will give you a future.

Several injured in high-speed train accident in Turkey

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 10:01pm

Turkey's state-run news agency says several people have been injured after a high-speed train crashed into an overpass in the capital Ankara.

State media: Several injured in high-speed train accident in Turkish capital Ankara

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 9:56pm

State media: Several injured in high-speed train accident in Turkish capital Ankara.

Cambodian lawmakers pass measure to ease political ban

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 9:35pm

Cambodia's Parliament has passed legislation that could allow a five-year ban on political activity by top opposition politicians to be lifted.

Official: N. Korea leader unlikely to visit Seoul this month

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 6:59pm

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's return visit to Seoul appears unlikely to take place this month, a senior South Korean official said.

UN group slams Mexican plan to hold more suspects pending

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 6:54pm

A U.N. rights group is criticizing a proposal by Mexico's leftist Morena party to broaden the list of charges that require suspects be jailed while on trial.

Polish chairman says UN climate talks call for higher effort

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 3:55pm

The Polish government official serving as president of a U.N. climate summit said Wednesday the international talks have entered a "critical phase" and require dedication from all involved if they are to end in success.

Mexico leader says he talked with Trump about migrants, jobs

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 3:49pm

Mexico's leftist President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he spoke by telephone Wednesday with U.S. President Donald Trump about migration and job creation.

Congress moves to ban cockfighting in US territories

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 3:19pm

Congress on Wednesday gave final passage to legislation that would shut down legal cockfights in U.S. territories including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, ending an institution dating from the colonial era that generates millions of dollars each year.

Nicaraguan lawmakers go after allegedly anti-government NGOs

Luis Manuel Galeano, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 2:41pm

President Daniel Ortega's allies in Nicaragua's legislature are canceling the legal status of non-governmental groups identified as supporting months-long opposition protests.

The Latest: Iran accuses US of 'lies' about its missiles

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 2:27pm

The latest on U.N. Security Council meeting on Iran's compliance with the 2015 nuclear agreement (all times local):

Britain's Theresa May survives leadership challenge, remains prime minister

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 2:02pm

Britain's Theresa May survives leadership challenge, remains prime minister.

Russian nuclear-capable bombers fly over Caribbean Sea

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 1:41pm

The Russian military says two of its nuclear-capable strategic bombers have flown over the Caribbean Sea during a 10-hour training mission.

Memorial for cathedral victims, death toll rises to 5

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 1:39pm

Close to 1,000 people attended a memorial service Wednesday for the people gunned down inside a cathedral in southeastern Brazil, and authorities said the toll of dead had risen to five.

Venezuela's Maduro: US leads assassination plot against him

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

Socialist President Nicolas Maduro said Wednesday that he has uncovered an assassination plot that leads directly to the White House.

Report: 'High-tech' robot on Russian TV was man in suit

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 12:34pm

Russian media say a contraption presented by Russian state television as a high-tech robot was in fact a man in a commercially available robot costume.

Mexican president starts process to scrap education reforms

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 11:47am

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador signed an initiative Wednesday that would cancel the controversial education reforms of his predecessor and announced plans to vastly expand free university education.

Israeli forces kill Palestinian wanted in drive-by shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 10:09am

Israeli forces killed a Palestinian suspect wanted in a drive-by shooting at a West Bank bus stop, shooting him Wednesday just hours after an Israeli baby delivered prematurely as a result of the weekend attack died.

Sex abuse allegations against Brazil healer multiply

C.h. Gardiner, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 9:47am

More than 200 people have come forward with complaints of sexual abuse by a Brazilian faith healer, authorities said Wednesday.