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Report: 'High-tech' robot on Russian TV was man in suit

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 12:34pm

Russian media say a contraption presented by Russian state television as a high-tech robot was in fact a man in a commercially available robot costume.

Mexican president starts process to scrap education reforms

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 11:47am

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador signed an initiative Wednesday that would cancel the controversial education reforms of his predecessor and announced plans to vastly expand free university education.

Baby boy, born after Israeli mom wounded in West Bank, dies

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 10:09am

A baby born prematurely after his Israeli mother was critically wounded in a shooting at a bus stop outside a West Bank settlement earlier this week died on Wednesday.

More than 200 sex abuse allegations against Brazil healer

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 9:47am

Authorities say that more than 200 people have come forward to accuse a spiritual healer of sexual abuse in the central Brazilian state of Goias.

The Latest: French UN envoy urges dialogue with Iran

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 9:33am

The Latest on the U.N. Security Council session on Iran's compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal (all times local):

France's Macron caught between protests, Strasbourg attack

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 9:27am

French President Emmanuel Macron is trying to take back control of his nation after a month of protests that caused mayhem across the country — and now a new extremist attack that's putting France on renewed terror alert.

Kosovo PM: Independence fighters must not fear Hague court

Llazar Semini, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 9:21am

Kosovo's prime minister said Wednesday that former independence fighters should not humiliate Kosovo by hiding, impeding or avoiding justice.

Netanyahu's adviser accused of sexual assault resigns

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 9:11am

An adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has tendered his resignation following allegations of sexual assault.

6 charged in '11 killing of US bank executive in Puerto Rico

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 8:47am

Federal authorities announced Wednesday that they have solved the high-profile killing of a New Jersey banking executive slain more than seven years ago in a drive-by shooting on one of Puerto Rico's busiest highways.

US urges UN to ban Iran nuclear missiles, keep arms embargo

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 8:45am

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to again ban Iranian ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons and to maintain an arms embargo that is scheduled to be lifted in 2020 under the landmark Iran nuclear deal.

Netanyahu hails Italy's Salvini as 'great friend of Israel'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 8:27am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is hailing Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini as a "great friend of Israel," despite the Italian Jewish community's outcry over his far-right policies and anti-migration views.

Thai policeman arrested in killing of French man

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 8:25am

A policeman in Thailand was arrested for allegedly shooting and killing a French man Wednesday at a shopping plaza in Bangkok.

UK disarray: May faces a no-confidence vote from her party

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 8:03am

British Prime Minister Theresa May battled on Wednesday to save her job, her EU divorce bill and maybe even Brexit itself as lawmakers in her Conservative Party held a no-confidence vote on her leadership.

Germany: Merkel questions left's backing for French protests

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 7:39am

Chancellor Angela Merkel is criticizing as "scandalous" a German opposition party's full-throated support for the "yellow vest" protest movement in neighboring France.

The Latest: Yemen rebels accept some of UN envoy's proposals

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 7:35am

The Latest on developments related to Yemen's four-year civil war (all times local):

Israeli, Russian officials discuss Syria in Moscow meeting

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 7:22am

An Israeli military delegation has met with Russian defense officials in Moscow and discussed the situation in Syria.

Romania PM asks lawmakers to show unity during EU presidency

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 7:18am

Romania's prime minister has urged her country's politicians to put on a united front as Romania prepares to take the rotating presidency of the European Union for the first time.

Strasbourg suspect: From young criminal to fugitive attacker

Lori Hinnant and Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 7:07am

Cherif Chekatt's criminal career began at age 10. By age 13 he had been convicted. Now, with his third decade still incomplete, he is a fugitive, accused in the deadly shooting at France's most famous Christmas market.

ICC: Former Central African Republic militia leader arrested

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 7:02am

The Central African Republic's top soccer official was arrested Wednesday in France on a warrant alleging he is responsible for crimes against humanity and war crimes committed by a mainly Christian militia when he was its senior leader.