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UN: South Sudan still fragile but there's a chance for peace

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 3:03pm

The U.N. peacekeeping chief says there is a chance for peace in South Sudan, with more progress since the warring sides signed a new peace deal in September than at any time since the conflict erupted five years ago.

UN urges 'violence-free environment' for Congo elections

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 2:31pm

The U.N. Security Council is calling for "a violence-free environment" for what could be historic elections in Congo on Sunday, noting with concern recent incidents that resulted in loss of life and significant damage.

Guatemala pulls diplomatic credentials of UN body's workers

Sonia Perez D., Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 1:05pm

Guatemalan authorities said Tuesday that they have withdrawn diplomatic immunity from 11 workers with a U.N.-sponsored anti-graft commission who have investigated cases of alleged corruption — including ones targeting President Jimmy Morales' son and brother.

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has announced his resignation in address at parliament, says he will notify king

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 12:05pm

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has announced his resignation in address at parliament, says he will notify king.

Macedonia offers partial amnesty for storming of parliament

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 11:38am

Macedonian lawmakers have approved a law offering amnesty to some suspected perpetrators of a violent storming of parliament last year, seeking to boost reconciliation in a deeply polarized society.

The US is pledging $10.6 billion for Central America, southern Mexico to discourage migration

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 11:35am

The US is pledging $10.6 billion for Central America, southern Mexico to discourage migration.

Ex head of DEA post in Colombia cleared in misconduct probe

Joshua Goodman and Jim Mustian, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 11:12am

The former head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's high-profile office in Colombia has been cleared of wrongdoing following a probe of misconduct allegations, including accusations that he used government resources to hire prostitutes.

UAE backs Saudi rebuke of US Senate over Khashoggi killing

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 10:34am

The United Arab Emirates has thrown its support behind Saudi Arabia's rebuke of the U.S. Senate, which passed a resolution last week blaming Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Zimbabwe inquiry finds army, police killed 6 during protest

Farai Mutsaka, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 9:39am

Zimbabwean soldiers and police used "unjustified and disproportionate" force to kill 6 people during election protests in August, according to an official report released Tuesday.

Zimbabwe presidential inquiry says army, police responsible for killing 6 protesters in post-election violence

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 9:35am

Zimbabwe presidential inquiry says army, police responsible for killing 6 protesters in post-election violence.

US hints at Trump Mideast peace plan: lots to like, some not

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 9:29am

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley gave a hint, but no details, of the Trump administration's peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians on Tuesday, saying it's long, takes advantage of new technology, and has a lot both sides will like and things they won't like.

Major powers report progress on new Syria constitution body

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 9:24am

The foreign ministers of Russia, Iran and Turkey agreed Tuesday to facilitate convening the first session of a committee to draft a new Syrian constitution early next year, saying they hoped it will lead to the launch of a "viable and lasting" peace process.

Israel says more than 130 arrested in search for attacker

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 8:58am

Israel's prime minister says more than 130 Palestinians have been arrested in recent days in Israel's search for a suspect wanted in a deadly West Bank shooting.

Macedonian, Greek leaders see Nobel Peace Prize nomination

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 8:58am

A former Nobel Peace Prize winner says the prime ministers of Macedonia and Greece will be nominated for the 2019 peace prize for their efforts to end a 27-year dispute over Macedonia's name.

Poll shows Hamas leader would win Palestinian elections

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 8:48am

A public opinion poll shows that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas would lose to the leader of the Islamic militant group Hamas if elections were held today.

Blaze destroys at least 600 houses in Brazil neighborhood.

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 8:47am

Officials say a fire has engulfed a neighborhood in the northern Brazilian city of Manaus and destroyed at least 600 wooden houses.

EU urges Kosovo to drop tariffs as political tensions mount

Lorne Cook and Llazar Semini, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 8:38am

The European Union's top diplomat called Tuesday on Kosovo to lift tariffs on goods from Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina as the former Serbian territory faced pushback from longtime allies such as the EU and NATO along with familiar hostilities with Serbia.

The Latest: Greece accused of violently forcing out migrants

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 8:28am

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Media freedom group records increase in journalists killed

Elena Becatoros, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 8:21am

Media freedom group Reporters Without Borders said Tuesday it has recorded an increase in the number of journalists killed and imprisoned worldwide so far this year.