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Somalia closes notorious prison amid abuse allegations

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 10:53am

Somalia has closed an underground prison where the government has held extremist suspects and journalists amid allegations of abuses against inmates, the security minister said Sunday.

Report: Iranian general fatally shoots himself by accident

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 9:57am

The website of Iran's Revolutionary Guard is reporting that a general who fought in Syria and Iraq has allegedly accidentally killed himself while cleaning a gun.

Fighting around Yemen's Hodeida leaves 12 dead, 25 wounded

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 9:38am

Fighting has erupted between Shiite rebels and forces loyal to Yemen's internationally recognized government near the strategic Red Sea port of Hodeida, leaving at least 12 people dead and 25 others wounded from both sides, officials said on Sunday, just two days ahead of the implementation of a cease-fire agreed in talks in Sweden earlier this week.

Tens of thousands rally in Gaza to mark Hamas anniversary

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 9:28am

Tens of thousands of Palestinians have gathered in Gaza City for a rally marking the 31st anniversary of the militant Hamas group's establishment.

Report: Iran prisoner who died in hospital was a terrorist

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 9:11am

Iranian semi-official ISNA news agency is reporting that a detained activist who died last week was a member of terrorist group planning attacks.

Turkey expects 'concrete steps' from US on cleric's return

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 8:25am

Turkey's foreign minister is expressing impatience with the United States for not extraditing a cleric whom the Turkish government alleges masterminded a failed 2016 coup.

Kosovo president: Decision to form army 'irreversible'

Florent Bajrami, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 8:04am

The decision to transform Kosovo's security force into an army is "irreversible," the country's president said Sunday while offering assurance that a new national military does not threaten ethnic Serbs living in the former Serbian province.

42 people injured in Japan restaurant explosion

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 7:47am

More than 40 people were injured in an explosion Sunday night at a Japanese restaurant in northern Japan, police said.

Police, anti-migration protesters clash at EU headquarters

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 7:39am

Police fired tear gas and water cannons on demonstrators who had congregated around the European Union's headquarters in Brussels after marching against a new United Nations migration pact.

Japanese police say more than 40 people injured in an explosion at a restaurant in northern Japan

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 7:33am

Japanese police say more than 40 people injured in an explosion at a restaurant in northern Japan.

Croatia denies abusing migrants at Bosnian border

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 7:17am

Croatian authorities are denying a report by an international watchdog group that the country's police are illegally and sometimes violently pushing migrants back into neighboring Bosnia.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 7:04am

Nearly 200 countries at the U.N. climate talks have agreed upon universal, transparent rules on how nations can cut greenhouse gas emissions and curb global warming, putting the principles of the 2015 Paris climate accord into action. But to the frustration of environmentalists and a group of countries who were urging more ambitious climate goals, negotiators delayed decisions on two other climate issues until next year in an effort to get a deal on them.

Moscow police arrest least 5 protesters near security office

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 7:04am

A human rights activist says Moscow police have arrested at least five protesters at an unsanctioned rally outside the headquarters of the Federal Security Service (FSB), the successor agency to the KGB.

Frogs, fish and small birds die in English zoo fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 6:34am

A zoo in northwest England says insects, frogs, fish and small birds perished in a fire that broke out in an enclosure devoted to exotic tropical habitats.

Prosecutor: Bavarian stabbing suspect has long arrest record

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 5:47am

Bavarian authorities say the 38-year-old German man arrested in connection with stabbing three women in Nuremberg last week has a long criminal record, including a sexual assault conviction.

2 killed in attack in Rwanda, near border with Burundi

Ignatius Ssuuna, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 5:33am

At least two Rwandan civilians were killed and eight injured when attackers set fire to three passenger vehicles in the southern Nyamagabe district, which borders Burundi, said a Rwandan army official.

Strong quake rocks Indonesia's Papua; no injuries, damage

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 5:14am

A strong earthquake has struck Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

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

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 4:47am

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 and successor, Kim Jong Un.

Bomb kills 8 in Syrian town held by Turkey-backed forces

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 4:27am

A bomb blast in a northwestern Syrian town held by Turkish-backed opposition forces killed at least eight people and wounded two dozen Sunday, activists and local security said, the latest in a series of attacks along the border where Turkey has troops.