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US orders some staffers from Congo as election approaches

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 3:00am

The United States has ordered "non-emergency" government employees and family members to leave Congo as a major election approaches and armed groups remain a concern.

South Sudan starts planning for life beyond war, cautiously

Sam Mednick, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 2:09am

For the first time since fleeing his home when civil war broke out in South Sudan five years ago, Raan Bona is daring to plan for the future.

Turkey vows to keep striking PKK targets in Iraq

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 1:59am

Turkey says it will continue to defend itself against terrorists after its strikes against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq sparked criticism from Baghdad.

Sri Lanka's disputed prime minister resigns to end impasse

Krishan Francis, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 1:03am

Sri Lanka's disputed prime minister resigned on Saturday, saying he wanted to end a long political impasse over his appointment and allow the president to form a new government.

Sri Lanka's disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigns, saying he wants to end political impasse

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 12:53am

Sri Lanka's disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigns, saying he wants to end political impasse.

7 civilians, 4 combatants killed in Kashmir fighting

Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 11:05pm

At least seven civilians were killed and nearly two dozens injured when government forces fired at anti-India protesters in disputed Kashmir following a gunbattle that left three rebels and a soldier dead on Saturday, police and residents said.

Somalia uproar continues after former al-Shabab No. 2 seized

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 11:03pm

Somalia saw a third day of protests on Saturday over the arrest of the former No. 2 leader of the al-Shabab extremist group, who has been a leading candidate for a regional presidency. Officials said at least eight people have been killed so far as angry supporters take to the streets and clash with police.

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

A federal judge in Texas has ruled President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. But the law remains in place while the ruling is appealed. U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor ruled Friday that last year's tax overhaul knocked the constitutional foundation from under the health care act dubbed "Obamacare." Supporters of the law immediately said they will appeal. President Donald Trump is hailing the ruling and says Congress should pass a new law.

Nigeria's military lifts suspension of UNICEF activities

Bashir Adigun, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 10:35pm

Nigeria's military has lifted a suspension of UNICEF's work in the extremist-threatened northeast just hours after it accused the U.N. agency of training people for "clandestine activities."

Australia recognizes west Jerusalem as Israel's capital

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 7:18pm

Australia has decided to formally recognize west Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but won't move its embassy until there's a peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinians, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Saturday.

Australian prime minister says his government recognizes west Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but won't move embassy yet

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 7:09pm

Australian prime minister says his government recognizes west Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but won't move embassy yet.

Brazilian president orders extradition of Cesare Battisti

Stan Lehman, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 3:27pm

Brazil's outgoing President Michel Temer signed a decree Friday ordering the extradition of an Italian communist militant convicted of murder in his home country.

3 police, 1 marine killed in violent Mexico clashes

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 1:46pm

Mexico's federal police agency said three members of its force have been killed in an attack in the western state of Michoacan.

Greek protest against Macedonia deal ends in violence

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 1:23pm

Police in northern Greece have used tear gas and water cannon to disperse anti-government protesters opposed to a proposed agreement with neighbor Macedonia that would end a decades-long name dispute.

Turkey's Erdogan reveals part of Khashoggi killing audio

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 12:20pm

Turkey's president says he has heard an audio recording in which a suspected killer of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi allegedly says: "I know how to cut well."

Venezuela's El Nacional publishes last print edition

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 12:04pm

Venezuela's last nationally circulated anti-government newspaper published its final print edition on Friday amid unrelenting government pressure and paper shortages.

Israeli ambassador bemoans glorification of Ukrainian leader

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 11:53am

The Israeli ambassador to Ukraine has sharply criticized local legislators' move to honor a Ukrainian nationalist leader.

One 'nebulous' word sends sparks flying over Brexit talks

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 11:48am

As if the Brexit negotiations aren't tense enough, a "nebulous" linguistic fog briefly spread across the European Union summit on Friday.

Rwandan leader says at least 2 troops killed in rebel attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 11:48am

Rwandan President Paul Kagame says at least two soldiers were killed when rebels crossed into the country from Congo earlier this week.