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Congress moves to ban cockfighting in US territories,

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 3:19pm

Congress has given 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

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 2:41pm

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

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.

The Latest: Russian envoy knocks UN policy on Iran

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 9:33am

The Latest on the U.N. Security Council session on Iran's compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal (all times local):

France's Macron caught between protests, Strasbourg attack

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 9:27am

French President Emmanuel Macron is trying to take back control of his nation after a month of protests that caused mayhem across the country — and now a new extremist attack that's putting France on renewed terror alert.

Kosovo PM: Independence fighters must not fear Hague court

Llazar Semini, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 9:21am

Kosovo's prime minister said Wednesday that former independence fighters should not humiliate Kosovo by hiding, impeding or avoiding justice.

Netanyahu's adviser accused of sexual assault resigns

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 9:11am

An adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu resigned on Wednesday following allegations of sexual assault.

6 charged in '11 killing of US bank executive in Puerto Rico

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 8:47am

Federal authorities announced Wednesday that they have solved the high-profile killing of a New Jersey banking executive slain more than seven years ago in a drive-by shooting on one of Puerto Rico's busiest highways.

US urges UN to ban Iran nuclear missiles, keep arms embargo

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 8:45am

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to again ban Iranian ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons and to maintain an arms embargo that is scheduled to be lifted in 2020 under the landmark Iran nuclear deal.

Netanyahu hails Italy's Salvini as 'great friend of Israel'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 8:27am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is hailing Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini as a "great friend of Israel," despite the Italian Jewish community's outcry over his far-right policies and anti-migration views.

Thai policeman arrested in killing of French man

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 8:25am

A policeman in Thailand was arrested for allegedly shooting and killing a French man Wednesday at a shopping plaza in Bangkok.

UK's May wins party no-confidence vote, but troubles remain

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 8:03am

British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a brush with political mortality Wednesday, winning a no-confidence vote by Conservative lawmakers that would have ended her leadership of party and country.