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Remove or keep a statue? South Africa debates painful legacy

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 2:11am

A hulking statue of a late 19th century white leader has been a flashpoint for cultural conflict in South Africa for years. Black protesters threw paint on it. White supporters rallied around it. Authorities surrounded the statue with barbed wire and then ringed it with a more permanent fence.

Bus crash in snowy Serbia kills 3, injures 32

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 1:11am

Serbian police say a bus has skidded off the road and overturned amid wintry weather, killing three people and injuring 32 others.

Pakistan summons Iran envoy over militant attack near border

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 12:40am

Pakistan has lodged a protest with Iran over the killing of six paramilitary troops who were ambushed by militants while patrolling the border.

AP Interview: Catalan separatists on hunger strike speak out

Aritz Parra, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 12:16am

As a hunger strike by jailed Catalan separatist politicians enters its third week and begins to take a toll on their health, they say their upcoming rebellion trial will allow them to peacefully promote their cause for independence from Spain.

North Korea marks 7th anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 11:54pm

North Koreans are marking the seventh anniversary of the death of leader Kim Jong Il with visits to statues and vows of loyalty to his son, Kim Jong Un.

Sri Lankan president reinstates the prime minister he sacked

Krishan Francis, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 11:32pm

Sri Lanka's president reappointed Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister on Sunday, nearly two months after firing him and setting off a long political stalemate in the South Asian island nation.

Sri Lankan president has reinstated Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister after nearly 2 months of political impasse

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 11:23pm

Sri Lankan president has reinstated Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister after nearly 2 months of political impasse.

Strike, lockdown shut Kashmir amid anger over killings

Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 10:51pm

A security clampdown and a strike sponsored by separatists fighting against Indian rule shut most of Indian-administered Kashmir on Sunday, a day after chaotic protests and fighting killed seven civilians and four combatants in the disputed region.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 10:41pm

Negotiators from almost 200 countries have finally agreed on the next steps to advance the 2015 Paris climate accord. The two weeks of talks in Poland have led to new rules governing efforts to cut emissions and stem global warming. But the officials delayed decisions on other key issues until next year.

Pakistan army chief confirms death sentence for 15 militants

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 10:36pm

Pakistan's army chief has approved death sentences for 15 people convicted by military courts of involvement in attacks that killed 32 security forces and two civilians.

Exodus from Venezuela leaves families divided across borders

Christine Armario and Scott Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 10:09pm

When Emili Espinoza was finally able to make a video call to the 3-year-old son she hadn't seen since fleeing Venezuela, the little boy named Elvis didn't recognize her.

Father of Strasbourg attacker said his son backed IS group

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 6:48pm

The man described as the father of the 29-year-old suspect in this week's deadly Christmas market attack in Strasbourg says his son subscribed to the beliefs of the Islamic State group.

German police arrest male suspect in Nuremberg stabbings

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

German police say they have a man in custody suspected in the stabbing of three women in the southern city of Nuremberg.

Thousands brave snow to rally against Serbian leader Vucic

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

Braving snow and cold weather, thousands rallied on Saturday in Serbia's capital of Belgrade to express discontent with the autocratic rule of President Aleksandar Vucic and his government.

US Official: 'End days' nearing for Islamic State in Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 9:56am

Fighting against the Islamic State group in its last enclave in eastern Syria "is going very well," a U.S. official said Saturday as U.S.-backed Syrian fighters battled the extremists on the edge of the largest urban area they still hold.

Spain rescues 2 minors crossing Mediterranean on truck tire

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 6:54am

Spain's maritime rescue service says it has saved two underage migrants who were trying to cross the Strait of Gibraltar on a truck tire.

Ethiopia sentences 66 soldiers who marched on PM's office

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 6:49am

Local media in Ethiopia say a court has sentenced 66 soldiers to prison after they marched on the prime minister's office earlier this year in what he later described as an attempt to derail dramatic reforms.

Poland's ruling conservatives strike strong pro-EU tone

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

Poland's prime minister and other leaders of the ruling conservative party, long seen as euroskeptic, set a strongly pro-European tone at a party convention.

Russian policeman injured after discovering WWII land mine

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 5:57am

Moscow police say an off-duty Russian police lieutenant has been hospitalized after a World War II-era land mine exploded on the side of a highway.