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Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 12:40 a.m. EST

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 10:40pm

Fears that a deadly shooting at a Jewish market in Jersey City, New Jersey, was an anti-Semitic attack are mounting, as authorities describe how a man and woman deliberately pulled up to the place in a stolen rental van and got out firing. Six people were killed on Tuesday — the attackers, a police officer and three people who were in the store. State and federal law enforcement officials warn they don't have a motive. But a law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity tells The AP that investigators are looking into possible connections between the attackers and the Black Hebrew Israelite movement, some of whose members have railed against whites and Jews.

New Zealand planning retrieval of bodies on volcanic island

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 8:41pm

New Zealand officials said they'll begin Friday to recover eight victims' bodies believed to remain on a small island since a volcanic eruption there earlier this week.

Chile: Debris believed from missing plane carrying 38 found

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 2:57pm

Debris believed to be from a military transport plane carrying 38 people that vanished two days ago en route to the Antarctic has been discovered in the frigid, treacherous waters between the icy continent and South America, Chile's Air Force said Wednesday.

Spanish king invites Socialist leader to form a government

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 1:51pm

Spain’s King Felipe VI on Wednesday asked caretaker Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez to try and form a government, even though the Socialist leader appeared short of political support.

Israeli parliament passes initial motion to dissolve, putting country on verge of third elections in less than a year.

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 1:24pm

Israeli parliament passes initial motion to dissolve, putting country on verge of third elections in less than a year.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 2:40 p.m. EST

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 12:53pm

The Federal Reserve left its benchmark interest rate alone Wednesday and signaled that it expects to keep low rates unchanged through next year. The Fed's decision follows three rate cuts earlier this year. It reflects its view that the U.S. economy has so far withstood the U.S.-China trade war and a global slump and remains generally healthy. Its benchmark rate — which influences many consumer and business loans — will remain in a low range of 1.5% to 1.75% In a sign of the Fed’s confidence about the economy, its latest policy statement dropped a phrase it had previously used that referred to “uncertainties” surrounding the economic outlook.

Niger army spokesman: Jihadist attack kills 71 soldiers

Dalatou Mamane and Krista Larson, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 12:50pm

About 100 Islamic militants ambushed an army camp in western Niger, a military spokesman said late Wednesday, killing at least 71 soldiers in the deadliest attack on the West African country’s forces in years.

Adviser to Niger's president says at least 70 soldiers have been killed by suspected jihadists in deadliest attack yet.

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 11:40am

Adviser to Niger's president says at least 70 soldiers have been killed by suspected jihadists in deadliest attack yet.

US calls UN meeting on North Korea missiles, not rights

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 11:28am

The Security Council on Wednesday was meeting for the second time in a week on North Korea’s increasing ballistic missile and nuclear-related activities, this time at the request of the United States, which effectively blocked a council discussion on the North’s dismal human rights situation.

With Morales gone, his image slowly fades in Bolivia

Paola Flores, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 10:41am

The images of Evo Morales have come to be a part of the Bolivian landscape, even if the former leader himself now lives abroad, forced out by street protests and the crumbling of support from police and military.

Indian lawmakers pass bill giving citizenship to non-Muslims who migrated from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 8:25am

Indian lawmakers pass bill giving citizenship to non-Muslims who migrated from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

Iran says it's defused large cyberattack on infrastructure

Nasser Karimi, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 5:40am

Iran's telecommunications minister announced on Wednesday that the country has defused a massive cyberattack on unspecified “electronic infrastructure" but provided no specifics on the purported attack.

Israel's parliament begins voting to dissolve itself, setting off the country's third election in a year

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 2:48am

Israel's parliament begins voting to dissolve itself, setting off the country's third election in a year.

The people sing: 'Les Mis' soothes, breaks Hong Kong hearts

John Leicester, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 12:33am

For Hong Kong spectators mentally and physically drained from six months of pro-democracy protests that have convulsed the city, a rousing performance of “Les Miserables” proved almost too much to bear.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 11:40 p.m. EST

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

Fears that a deadly shooting at a Jewish market in Jersey City, New Jersey, was an anti-Semitic attack are mounting, as authorities describe how a man and woman deliberately pulled up to the place in a stolen rental van and got out firing. Six people were killed on Tuesday — the attackers, a police officer and three people who were in the store. State and federal law enforcement officials warn they don't have a motive. But a law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity tells The AP that investigators are looking into possible connections between the attackers and the Black Hebrew Israelite movement, some of whose members have railed against whites and Jews.

Bougainville votes for independence from Papua New Guinea

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 9:26pm

The South Pacific region of Bougainville voted overwhelmingly to become the world’s newest nation by gaining independence from Papua New Guinea, results showed Wednesday.

Bougainville votes for independence from Papua New Guinea in nonbinding referendum

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 9:21pm

Bougainville votes for independence from Papua New Guinea in nonbinding referendum.

Afghan bomber hits medical facility near Bagram Air Base

Rahmat Gul, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 8:39pm

A powerful suicide bombing targeted an under-construction medical facility on Wednesday near Bagram Air Base, the main American base north of the Afghan capital, the U.S. military said, and six Afghans were reported wounded.

Afghan official says a powerful suicide bombing has targeted a U.S. military convoy near Bagram Air Base north of Kabul

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 8:35pm

Afghan official says a powerful suicide bombing has targeted a U.S. military convoy near Bagram Air Base north of Kabul.