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Russian security agency kills suspected IS cell members

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 19th - 5:11am

Russia's top domestic security agency says it has killed suspected members of the Islamic State group plotting a terror attack.

Taliban say talks focus on US withdrawal from Afghanistan

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 19th - 5:11am

The Taliban say their latest talks with the U.S. envoy focused on the withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan, the release of prisoners and halting attacks on civilians by pro-government forces.

US links ex-Serb police general with killing of 3 Americans

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 19th - 5:06am

The U.S. has linked a former Serbian police commander to the 1999 murder of three Albanian-American brothers and banned him and his family from entering the United States.

Israeli leader calls on UN to condemn Hezbollah over tunnels

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 19th - 4:52am

Israel's prime minister is calling on the U.N. Security Council to condemn the "wanton acts of aggression" of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, designate it a terrorist organization and heighten sanctions on it.

Poland says 11 sailors kidnapped off Nigeria are now free

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 19th - 4:52am

Poland's Foreign Ministry says 11 crewmembers of a ship who were taken hostage by pirates off the coast of Nigeria are now free and will be reunited soon with their families.

South Sudan security forces strip, rob peace deal monitors

Sam Mednick, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 19th - 4:48am

South Sudan's National Security Service forced several officials assessing the country's new peace deal to strip and face "inhuman" treatment, an international monitoring group said in an internal report.

No attempts at forming a new government this year in Sweden

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 19th - 4:32am

Sweden's parliament speaker says no more attempts at forming a new government will be made this year, after more than three months of political deadlock following elections.

South Africa group: warrant issued for Grace Mugabe's arrest

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 19th - 4:17am

A South African group representing a model who was allegedly assaulted by Grace Mugabe says authorities have issued an arrest warrant for the wife of Zimbabwe's former leader.

Elections in the time of Ebola: Congo votes amid disease

Al-Hadji Kudra Maliro, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 19th - 3:07am

What's an election campaign without shaking hands with potential voters? Congolese candidates in the thick of an Ebola outbreak, now the second deadliest in history, are finding out in uncomfortable ways.

Belgian king consults party leaders after PM offers to quit

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 19th - 2:44am

Belgium's King Philippe is consulting leaders of political parties to work out who should govern the country until the next elections after Prime Minister Charles Michel handed in his resignation.

Singapore bans former Goldman Sachs exec with 1MDB links

Annabelle Liang, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 19th - 1:41am

Singapore regulators placed a lifetime ban Wednesday on a former Goldman Sachs banker who faces criminal charges in the United States and Malaysia for ransacking the 1MDB state investment fund.

Children fight, kill and die in Yemen's civil war

Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 11:34pm

At the age of 13, Mohammed was an unflinching fighter for Yemen's Houthi rebels. Indoctrinated in their camps, he went into battle even as gunfire filled the air and the earth shook from airstrikes. He says he tortured and killed. He didn't care if he lived or died.

AP investigation: Children fight on front lines of Yemen war

Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 11:17pm

The number etched on the bracelet around Mohammed's wrist gave the 13-year-old soldier comfort as missiles fired from enemy warplanes shook the earth beneath him.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. EST

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 10:45pm

A criminal justice bill passed by the Senate would give judges more discretion when sentencing some drug offenders and would boost prisoner rehabilitation efforts. The sweeping bill passed Tuesday addresses concerns the nation's war on drugs has led to the imprisonment of too many Americans for non-violent crimes without adequately preparing them for their return to society. It's expected to be passed by the House this week and sent to President Donald Trump, who supports it.

Madagascar goes to the polls in runoff presidential election

Laetitia Bezain, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 8:47pm

Voters have begun casting their ballots are across the Indian Ocean island nation of Madagascar Wednesday to select a new president in a runoff election that pits two former leaders against each other.

Madagascar begins voting in runoff presidential election between 2 former leaders

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 8:42pm

Madagascar begins voting in runoff presidential election between 2 former leaders.

The Latest: Standoff ends as US processes asylum seekers

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 4:24pm

The latest on Honduran asylum seekers camped on U.S. soil to be processed for asylum claims (all times local):

UN: South Sudan still fragile but there's a chance for peace

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 3:03pm

The U.N. peacekeeping chief said Tuesday there is a chance for peace in South Sudan, with more progress since the warring sides signed a new peace deal in September than at any time since the conflict erupted five years ago.

UN urges 'violence-free environment' for Congo elections

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 2:31pm

The U.N. Security Council is calling for "a violence-free environment" for what could be historic elections in Congo on Sunday, noting with concern recent incidents that resulted in loss of life and significant damage.