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A tattoo at a time, Afghan woman takes on society’s taboos

Tameem Akhgar, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 10:58pm

A female tattoo artist, a rarity in ultra-conservative Afghanistan, is taking a big risk with every customer she takes on.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 10:40pm

Five aides to a House Democrat who plans to switch and become a Republican say they are resigning. The five have written a letter saying they can no longer work for New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew because his party switch “doesn't align with the values we brought to this job.” Van Drew has said he plans to vote this week against impeaching President Donald Trump. That puts him at odds with nearly every other House Democrat. The freshman represents a southern New Jersey district that Trump carried in 2016 and was expected to face a difficult reelection next year. 

China's premier says HK bill turmoil damaged whole society

Yanan Wang and John Leicester, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 7:23pm

Turmoil over amendments to extradition legislation has damaged Hong Kong society on all fronts, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Monday during a meeting with the territory's leader, Carrie Lam.

Indonesia nabs 2 suspected smugglers of leopard, lion cubs

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 6:31am

Indonesian police said Sunday that they have arrested two men suspected of being part of a ring that poaches and trades in endangered animals and seized from them several lion and leopard cubs and dozens of turtles.

Greta Thunberg, German railway company in tweetstorm

Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 6:03am

Climate activist Greta Thunberg and Germany's national railway company created a tweetstorm Sunday after she posted a photo of herself sitting on the floor of a train surrounded by lots of bags.

Protests turn violent for 2nd day in Lebanon's capital

Hussein Malla and Dalal Mawad, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 4:11am

Lebanese security forces fired tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons Sunday to disperse hundreds of protesters for a second straight day, ending what started as a peaceful rally in defiance of the toughest crackdown on anti-government demonstrations in two months.

75 years on, Battle of the Bulge memories bond people

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 1:43am

As a schoolboy three quarters of a century ago, Marcel Schmetz would regularly see open trucks rumble past to a makeshift American cemetery — filled with bodies, some headless, some limbless, blood seeping from the vehicles onto the roads that the U.S. soldiers had given their lives to liberate.

Home-cooked food in Iraqi square brings protesters together

Nasser Nasser, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 12:06am

In Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, there are the anti-government protesters demonstrating for a better future for Iraq, and there are the volunteers who feed them.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 10:40pm

Five aides to a House Democrat who plans to switch and become a Republican say they are resigning. The five have written a letter saying they can no longer work for New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew because his party switch “doesn't align with the values we brought to this job.” Van Drew has said he plans to vote this week against impeaching President Donald Trump. That puts him at odds with nearly every other House Democrat. The freshman represents a southern New Jersey district that Trump carried in 2016 and was expected to face a difficult reelection next year. 

Greta Thunberg apologizes for 'against the wall' comment

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 1:39pm

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has apologized for saying politicians should be put “against the wall” after critics took it to mean that she was advocating violence.

Hourslong clashes between police, protesters engulf Beirut

Hussein Malla and Andrea Rosa, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 1:37pm

Lebanese security forces fired rubber bullets, tear gas and used water cannons to disperse anti-government protesters from central Beirut in clashes that lasted for hours into early Sunday.

Fighting rages near Libya's capital amid push by rebel army

Samy Magdy, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 12:15pm

Just two days after rebel Libyan commander Khalifa Hifter declared a “final" and decisive battle for the capital Tripoli, heavy fighting raged for a 24-hour period between his troops and militias loosely allied with the internationally backed government based in the city, officials said Saturday.

Argentina: British tourist killed in mugging attempt

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 12:15pm

Assailants shot two British tourists while trying to rob them in Argentina's capital Saturday, killing one and seriously injuring the other, authorities said Saturday.

Johnson's win may deliver Brexit but could risk UK's breakup

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 7:30am

Leaving the European Union is not the only split British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has to worry about.

Rebel attack on eastern Congo city leaves at least 6 dead

Saleh Mwanamilongo, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 7:05am

Rebels again attacked a city at the center of the Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo, killing at least six people including a pregnant woman, witnesses and officials said Saturday.

Boris Johnson goes north to celebrate crushing election win

Mike Corder and Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 3:39am

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged Saturday to repay the trust of voters in the working-class heartland of northern England who rejected the Labour Party and helped give him an 80-seat majority in Thursday's election.

Ex-Sudan strongman al-Bashir gets 2 years for corruption

Nadir Ahmed and Samy Magdy, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 2:48am

A court in Sudan convicted former President Omar al-Bashir of money laundering and corruption on Saturday, sentencing him to two years in a minimum security lockup.

Sudan court convicts Omar al-Bashir of money laundering, sentences him to 2 years in rehabilitation facility.

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 2:46am

Sudan court convicts Omar al-Bashir of money laundering, sentences him to 2 years in rehabilitation facility.

North Korea says it conducted another ‘crucial test’ at its long-range rocket facility

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 11:35pm

North Korea says it conducted another ‘crucial test’ at its long-range rocket facility.