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Serbia says it will seek urgent session of UN Security Council over Kosovo's decision to form an army

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 6:43am

Serbia says it will seek urgent session of UN Security Council over Kosovo's decision to form an army.

Official: Offensive against Taliban kills at least 20

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 6:37am

An Afghan official says an assault on Taliban positions in northeastern Afghanistan's Kunar province, which included U.S .air strikes, killed at least 20 insurgents, contradicting Taliban claims of civilian casualties. In southern Helmand province, a U.S. drone strike killed four suspected insurgents.

Germany: Cologne hostage-taking wasn't terror incident

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 6:22am

German federal prosecutors have handed off the investigation of an October hostage-taking in Cologne after failing to find evidence of an Islamic extremist motive.

Malta institutions under scrutiny after journalists' murder

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 6:12am

Council of Europe legal experts say the Mediterranean island nation of Malta needs better checks and balances, with the prime minister's powers currently eclipsing other institutions.

UN inquiry urged into Central African Republic massacre

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 5:32am

Amnesty International is urging the United Nations to investigate a massacre last month in Central African Republic in which the rights group says at least 70 civilians were killed while U.N. peacekeepers did not protect them.

The Latest: Macron to visit Strasbourg after suspect's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 4:48am

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Moscow says it will help Russian despite her guilty plea

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 3:36am

Russian officials say Moscow will continue to support a Russian woman in custody in the United States who has pleaded guilty to acting as a covert agent of the Russian government, even though it rejects that claim.

The Latest: Serbia calls new Kosovo army illegal

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

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 2:31am

A suspect in the slaying of a 21-year-old American psychology student and musician living in this Dutch port city appeared before a judge Friday and was ordered detained for a further two weeks while investigations continue.

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, after prosecutors said the case was political.

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 votes 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, angering Serbia which talked up the possibility of an armed intervention in response. NATO's chief called Kosovo's move "ill-timed" and urged dialogue to maintain 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.