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The Latest: Germany appeals to Kosovo, Serbia for calm

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 3:34am

The Latest on Kosovo's vote to create an army (all times local):

Russia: Constitutional committee for Syria 'almost ready'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 3:27am

Russia's top diplomat says the make-up of a committee meant to draft a new constitution for Syria is nearly complete, with almost all members agreed on.

Kosovo parliament approves formation of army amid fierce opposition from Serbia

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 3:26am

Kosovo parliament approves formation of army amid fierce opposition from Serbia.

French Jewish cemetery desecrated with swastikas

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 3:14am

A ceremony has taken place at a Jewish cemetery in eastern France where 37 gravestones and a monument to Holocaust victims were sprayed with anti-Semitic graffiti.

Official vows action after AP reports missing migrant girls

Niniek Karmini and Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 3:04am

An Indonesian official vowed on Friday to do more to combat human trafficking after an investigation by The Associated Press revealed that scores of trafficked girls have quietly disappeared from one of the nation's poorest regions.

Swedish parliament rejects proposed government _ again

David Keyton and Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 2:42am

Swedish lawmakers on Friday rejected proposals for caretaker Prime Minister Stefan Lofven form a center-left government, more than three months after elections that left the country in political limbo.

Dutch suspect to be arraigned in slaying of US student

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 2:31am

An American psychology student and musician living in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam has been stabbed to death in her apartment and police were preparing to arraign a man suspected in the slaying, a police spokeswoman said Friday.

Romania rejects request by Turkey to extradite journalist

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 2:30am

A Romanian court on Friday rejected a request by Turkey to extradite a Turkish journalist it accuses of terrorism.

US soldier dies in non-combat incident in Afghanistan

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 2:25am

The U.S. military says an American service member has died in a non-combat-related incident in Afghanistan, without offering further information.

Kosovo parliament to vote to form new army, angering Serbia

Florent Bajrami and Llazar Semini, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 2:00am

Kosovo's parliament on Friday overwhelmingly approved the formation of an army, a move that has angered Serbia which says it would threaten peace in the war-scarred region.

Bangladesh opposition leader's motorcade allegedly attacked

Julhas Alam, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 1:43am

Supporters of Bangladesh's ruling Awami League party led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina allegedly attacked an opposition leader's motorcade on Friday as it returned from a function in the nation's capital ahead of Dec. 30 elections, the latest show of the violence that frequently accompanies polling in the South Asian nation.

China urges Japan to ensure rights of 2 in shrine protest

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 1:21am

China has urged Japan to ensure the legal rights of two Hong Kong residents who staged a protest this week at a Tokyo shrine honoring Japan's war dead, the foreign ministry said Friday.

Ethiopia moving troops from Eritrean border amid new peace

Elias Meseret, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 1:11am

Ethiopian military officials on Friday announced they are moving troops away from the border with Eritrea, months after the former rivals made a surprising peace.

German parliament approves 3rd gender identity for records

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 1:10am

The German parliament has approved a third gender option for official records that will allow people to be registered as "diverse."

Prosecutor: 7 held in Strasbourg shooting investigation

Samuel Petrequin and Mstyslav Chernov, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 1:04am

Investigators looking into the Strasbourg attack are trying to establish whether the main suspect was helped by accomplices while on the run, Paris prosecutor Remy Heitz said Friday.

Syrian Kurdish-led fighters take Hajin, last town held by IS

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 12:58am

U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led fighters captured the last town held by the Islamic State group on Friday, after days of intense battles in the militants' single remaining enclave in eastern Syria, activists said.

Syrian activists: US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian fighters take last town held by Islamic State group in country's east

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 12:54am

Syrian activists: US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian fighters take last town held by Islamic State group in country's east.

Lebanese wary as Israel destroys Hezbollah border tunnels

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 12:29am

As Israeli excavators dug into the rocky hills along the frontier with a Lebanese village, a crowd of young Lebanese men gathered to watch.

3 women stabbed in German city, unclear if attacks linked

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 12:25am

Three women have been stabbed and wounded in the German city of Nuremberg, police said Friday as they investigated whether the incidents were connected.