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New Zealand leader excited for holiday break with infant

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 8:53pm

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says that six months after giving birth, she's looking forward to spending more time with her daughter Neve over the Christmas break and thanking everybody who's helped her juggle responsibilities.

Taliban say 'another' meeting in Middle East with US

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 8:47pm

The Taliban say "another" meeting is to be held with the United States, this time in the United Arab Emirates and involving representatives of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates.

Romania party boss calls rival's comment on EU post treason

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 1:51pm

The leader of Romania's ruling party has asked a party colleague to press charges against the country's president for saying Romania wasn't prepared to assume the European Union's rotating presidency.

Sudan president lands in Syria in 1st visit by Arab leader

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 1:46pm

Sudan's president on Sunday became the first Arab League leader to visit Syria since civil war erupted there nearly eight years ago.

Israeli PM's son gets temporary ban on Facebook

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 1:13pm

Facebook has blocked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's son Yair for 24 hours after he wrote a post criticizing the social media platform as "thought police" and sharing previously banned content.

Iraq lays cornerstone to rebuild iconic Mosul mosque

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 12:57pm

Iraqi religious leaders have laid the cornerstone to rebuild Mosul's landmark al-Nuri mosque, which was blown up in the battle with Islamic State militants in 2017.

Canada gets access to detainee in China 6 days after arrest

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 11:50am

Canada's ambassador to China was given access Sunday to detained Canadian entrepreneur Michael Spavor six days after he was arrested, the country's Global Affairs department said.

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.

Suspected gas explosion destroys eatery in Japan, hurts 42

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

A suspected gas explosion destroyed wooden buildings housing a restaurant and a real estate office in northern Japan on Sunday night, injuring 42 people, police and local media 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 police violently push migrants into Bosnia

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

Croatian authorities on Sunday denied a report by an international watchdog group that alleged police were 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.