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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.

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

Turkey's foreign minister has suggested that his country could bar American troops from using two strategically-placed Turkish air bases in retaliation to possible sanctions by Washington against his country. The minister made the comment Wednesday amid reports that U.S. lawmakers had agreed on a defense bill that also calls for sanctions on Turkey over its decision to proceed with the deployment of Russian-made missile defense systems.  The state-run Turkish news agency Anadolu quoted the Turkish foreign minister as hinting that the use of two Turkish air bases could be put at risk. Turkey's purchase of Russian technology has added to tensions between the NATO allies.

Bougainville vote favors 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.

New Zealand volcano vents steam, delays recovery of bodies

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 7:00pm

A New Zealand island volcano vented more steam and mud Wednesday, prompting authorities to delay plans to recover the bodies of victims from a deadly eruption two days ago.

UN experts: Libya is new focus of Islamic State extremists

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 5:15pm

U.N. experts say the interference of Chadian and Sudanese fighters in Libya is “a direct threat” to the security and stability of the war-torn country, which a leader of the Islamic State extremist group has declared “one of the main axes” of its future operations.

Photo of sick boy on floor roils British election campaign

Kelvin Chan and Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 2:58pm

A photo of a sick boy sleeping on a hospital floor because no beds were available has become one of the defining images of Britain’s bruising election campaign.

Thousands rally around Holocaust survivor in Milan

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 2:20pm

A Holocaust survivor who has been put under police protection due to anti-Semitic threats was escorted Tuesday evening through the center of Milan by hundreds of Italian mayors and thousands of ordinary citizens behind a banner reading: "Hatred has no future.''

Russia doping saga likely heads back to Switzerland's courts

Graham Dunbar, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 1:09pm

Sports punishments imposed on Russia this week closed one big body of work for the World Anti-Doping Agency.

US sanctions 5 South Sudan agents it says killed 2 critics

Sam Mednick, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 12:13pm

The United States has imposed sanctions on five South Sudan officials, who it says are responsible for the abductions and likely murders in 2017 of two human rights activists.

Afghanistan's Karzai tells AP that US cash fed corruption

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 10:50am

Afghanistan’s former president argued Tuesday that Washington helped fuel corruption in his nation by spending hundreds of millions of dollars over the past two decades without accountability.

Brazil's Bolsonaro calls activist Greta Thunberg a "brat"

Marcelo By Sousa and Helena Alves, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 9:59am

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday called young Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg a “brat” after she expressed concern about the slayings of indigenous Brazilians in the Amazon.

Armed men attack presidential residence in Somalia's capital

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 9:31am

A Somali police officer says at least five heavily armed men attacked security forces stationed outside the presidential palace in what appears to be an attempt to storm the heavily fortified residential and office complex.

Ready for prisoner swaps, Iran says US holding 20 Iranians

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 8:53am

Iran said American authorities are holding about 20 Iranian nationals in jail, its official news agency reported Tuesday, a day after Tehran said it was ready for more prisoner swaps with the U.S.

Trump, Obama advisers say Russia, Iran remain threats to US

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 8:23am

Russia's challenge to NATO and democratic nations, as well as Iran's influence on the wider Middle East, remain two of the top threats to world peace, two former White House advisers to presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump said Tuesday.

Erdogan names Trump, Putin among leaders whom he admires

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 8:17am

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday named U.S. President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Qatar's Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani as the leaders whom he most admires.

Stories of injured, missing in New Zealand volcano eruption

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 4:26am

Officials say 47 people from New Zealand, United States, Australia, Germany, Britain, China and Malaysia were on a New Zealand volcanic island when it suddenly erupted. Of those, dozens were killed, injured or are missing.