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Calls for ceasefire, massive displacement in Syria's Aleppo

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 10:41am

The U.N. said Friday an estimated 31,500 residents have been displaced following Syrian government advances into the besieged eastern Aleppo enclave this weekend, as government media reported from those newly-captured areas, demonstrating its restoration and resettlement efforts there.

Iraqi troops bring to 23 districts retaken in Mosul

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 10:41am

Iraqi special forces fighting Islamic State militants in the northern city of Mosul seized a new neighborhood on Friday and took full control of a densely-populated neighborhood, where troops happened upon a residential complex for IS fighters, according to two Iraqi field commanders.

Kerry: US, Russia studying new ideas to stop Syria fighting

Bradley Klapper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 10:10am

The United States and Russia are studying new ways to break a monthslong diplomatic deadlock over how to stop the fighting in the Syrian city of Aleppo, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday. He said the "ideas" will be tested in follow-up discussions between American and Russian diplomats next week.

Stolen Nazi concentration camp gate believed found in Norway

David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 10:00am

The wrought iron gate to the Nazis' Dachau concentration camp that was stolen two years ago, prompting an international outcry, appears to have been found in western Norway, police said Friday.

EU police report highlights ongoing IS threat to Europe

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 9:51am

EU police agency Europol says in a report published today that the Islamic State group is likely to carry out new attacks in the European Union in the near future. The agency says the attacks would probably target countries that are members of the U.S.-led coalition fighting the extremist organization in Syria and Iraq.

Rape used for ethnic cleansing in South Sudan, says UN team

Justin Lynch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 9:40am

South Sudan is experiencing ethnic cleansing in several parts of the country and risks becoming a Rwanda-like catastrophe, a team of U.N. human rights investigators said Friday.

Japan's foreign minister, Putin meet ahead of Tokyo visit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 9:40am

Japan's foreign minister met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg on Friday and gave him a personal message from the Japanese prime minister ahead of Putin's upcoming visit to Tokyo.

Francois Hollande: A leader perhaps too 'normal' for France?

Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 9:30am

Francois Hollande has always been an unlikely French president, a guy proud to call himself "normal" and who ended up in the Elysee Palace almost by default.

Ukraine's leader urges EU to extend sanctions against Russia

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 8:40am

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko urged the European Union on Friday to extend sanctions against Russia, which he says continues its armed aggression in eastern Ukraine against international agreements.

UN expert says torture appeared widespread after Turkey coup

Suzan Fraser and Dominique Soguel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 8:01am

Sweeping security measures adopted in Turkey after a failed July 15 coup attempt created an environment conducive to the torture and ill-treatment of detainees despite the presence of legal safeguards, a U.N. expert said Friday.

Divided Cyprus' rival leaders agree to restart stalled talks

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 8:01am

Talks aimed at reunifying Cyprus were back on track Friday after the leaders of the ethnically split island ended a two-week stalemate by agreeing to meet next month in Geneva for a summit to tackle the most difficult issues in the way of a peace deal.

German court rejects bias claims in Auschwitz medic trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 8:01am

A German court has rejected calls to remove judges presiding over the trial of a former SS medic who served at the Auschwitz death camp.

Colombia begins repatriating dead from chartered plane crash

Luis Benavides, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 7:30am

An honor guard played taps early Friday as members of Colombia's military loaded five flight crew victims of an air crash that also killed most members of a soccer team onto a cargo plane for the trip back to their native Bolivia.

Europol warns of new terror tactics, fresh threats to Europe

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 7:21am

Europol warned Friday that the Islamic State group could launch fresh attacks in Europe in the near future, and the agency's director said police forces across the continent are investigating more than 50 terrorism cases.

Pirates seize Russian captain, 2 crew in waters off Nigeria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 7:20am

The Russian Embassy in Nigeria says pirates have kidnapped the Russian captain and two crewmen off a ship in West Africa's Gulf of Guinea.

Mandela Children's Hospital opens in Johannesburg

Stuart Graham, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 7:12am

Nelson Mandela's dream of a hospital to provide specialized care for children has opened in Johannesburg on Friday.

Hong Kong government targets more lawmakers over oaths

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 7:01am

Hong Kong authorities on Friday stepped up their campaign against opposition lawmakers who used their swearing-in ceremony to stage apparent protests against Beijing.

Germany arrests suspected Taliban member

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 6:50am

German authorities have arrested an Afghan man suspected of being a member of the Taliban.

Lithuania seeks help to spot foreign spies with hotline

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 6:50am

Lithuania has opened a 24-hour hotline for citizens to report potential foreign spies in an effort to increase public awareness of potential threats.