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Iraq launches new push in southeast Mosul

Susannah George and Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:14pm

After weeks of unchanging front lines, the Iraqi army rolled Tuesday into a southeastern Mosul neighborhood held by Islamic State militants, taking a hospital before meeting stiff resistance, the military said.

Riots rage in Athens after peaceful march over teen's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:03pm

Riots raged for hours in central Athens Tuesday as dozens of anarchists threw petrol bombs, fireworks and stones at police after a peaceful march to commemorate the police killing of an unarmed teenager eight years ago.

Syria says it seized nearly 75 percent of eastern Aleppo

Philip Issa and Howard Amos, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:02pm

Syrian government forces and allied militias captured Aleppo's centrally located al-Shaar neighborhood from rebels on Tuesday, securing nearly three quarters of the besieged enclave less than two weeks after launching a ground offensive, according to the Syrian military.

The Latest: Kerry hopes to revive Syria talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:01pm

The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):

Gambia court releases on bail opposition supporters

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 12:10pm

A Gambian court has released on bail 12 people arrested during peaceful protests in May, a day after an appeals court released on bail top opposition leaders.

Libyan forces seize last stronghold of IS in Sirte

Rami Musa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 12:10pm

The last buildings occupied by Islamic State militants in Sirte have fallen into hands of Libyan fighters on Tuesday, officials said, as anti-IS fighters celebrated in the streets of the final IS stronghold in Libya.

Hearing delayed again for jailed Utah man in Venezuela

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 11:30am

A Utah man jailed in Venezuela since June has had his hopes for being reunited with his family for Christmas all but dashed with the fourth postponement of a preliminary hearing.

Lebanese women protest against rape law

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 11:11am

A dozen Lebanese women, dressed as brides in white wedding dresses stained with fake blood and bandages, gathered Tuesday outside government buildings in Lebanon's capital to protest a law that allows a rapist to get away with his crime if he marries the survivor.

Database helps Holocaust survivors reclaim Warsaw property

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 11:03am

A Jewish organization has launched a database aimed at helping thousands of Holocaust survivors or their heirs regain property lost in Warsaw due to World War II and communism.

Brexit case sees starkly different views of UK constitution

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 10:44am

U.K. Supreme Court judges were presented with starkly contrasting views of Britain's largely unwritten constitution Tuesday, as they considered whether government or Parliament has the power to lead the country out of the European Union.

NATO, EU make show of unity amid uncertainty posed by Trump

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 10:31am

NATO and the European Union made a public show of unity Tuesday in the face of criticism from Donald Trump, hailing their deepening cooperation as the U.S. president-elect insists European allies start pulling their own military weight.

Greek court agrees to extradite members of Turkish military

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 10:02am

A Greek court agreed Tuesday to extradite three Turkish servicemen who were part of an eight-person helicopter crew that fled to Greece after a failed military coup, a decision that came a day after it refused to send three others back to Turkey.

Japan, US burying World War II ghosts after 70 years

Ken Moritsugu and Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 10:02am

An American president in Hiroshima. A Japanese prime minister at Pearl Harbor. One longtime taboo has already fallen this year, and the other soon will.

Chopper crash in Rio flashpoint with police in 'City of God'

Peter Prengaman and Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 10:01am

Viviane Goncalves cries softly as she explains why she believes her husband was killed.

Belgian authorities detain 8 over recruitment for Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 9:41am

Belgian authorities have detained eight people during anti-terror raids centering on the recruitment of people to fight in Syria and financial support for the Islamic State group.

5 Afghan teens in Sweden charged with raping Afghan boy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 9:33am

Swedish authorities on Tuesday charged five teenagers from Afghanistan with aggravated rape for allegedly dragging another Afghan boy into a forest, threatening him with a knife and raping him.

UK man found guilty in case linked to Brussels bomb suspect

Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 9:12am

A British man was found guilty Tuesday of providing cash to a key suspect in the deadly Brussels and Paris bombings in a case that linked England to the Islamic State group attacks in Europe.

Gulf Arab leaders, British PM gather for talks in Bahrain

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 9:02am

Top officials from six Gulf Arab nations gathered Tuesday in the tiny island kingdom of Bahrain for talks expected to focus on regional security and cooperation.

Southern Madagascar to suffer drought impact into 2017

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 8:51am

Some rain fell in southern Madagascar last week, a rare piece of good news for a drought-hit region where nearly 1 million people face severe hunger because of failed harvests. But aid groups warn that more rain is needed for the current crop-planting season to succeed and they expect the dire humanitarian situation to stretch into 2017.