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Syrian activists say IS fighting back in Palmyra

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 11th - 4:30am

Russia said Sunday its air force has helped Syrian troops repulse an Islamic State attack on Palmyra, but opposition activists say the extremists have seized areas on the outskirts of the town, including a historic castle that overlooks ancient ruins.

Romanians vote for parliament amid concerns over graft

Alison Mutler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 11th - 4:10am

Romanians began voting Sunday in a parliamentary election a year after a massive anti-corruption drive forced the last Socialist prime minister from power.

China conducts flyover of waterways near Japan, Taiwan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 11th - 3:51am

China patrolled the waters of a series of hotly contested islands Sunday, a day after staging a flyover of two strategically important waterways near Taiwan and Japan.

Car blast kills 16 at police station in Somalia's capital

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 11th - 3:30am

A suicide car bomber killed at least 16 people and injured nine others at a police station in the Somalia capital, a Somali police official said Sunday.

Turkey hunts for answers, buries dead after blasts kill 38

Dominique Soguel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 11th - 3:20am

Turkey declared a national day of mourning and began to bury its dead Sunday after twin blasts in Istanbul killed 38 people and wounded 155 others near a soccer stadium. It was the latest large-scale assault to traumatize a nation confronting an array of security threats.

Hospital director: 160 dead in collapsed Nigerian church

Hilary Uguru and Michelle Faul, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 11th - 2:50am

Metal girders and the roof of a crowded church collapsed onto worshippers in southern Nigeria, killing at least 160 people with the toll likely to rise, a hospital director said Sunday.

2 suicide bombers die in blasts near market in Nigerian city

Ismail Alfa Abdulrahim and Michelle Faul, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 11th - 2:50am

Two suicide bombers died when they exploded Sunday in a crowded area near a market in Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri, injuring 17 people, rescue officials said.

Italian foreign minister looks poised to get premier's job

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 11th - 2:40am

Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni has been summoned to the presidential palace in Rome to see the president, who could ask him to be premier and try to form a government.

Kuwait seats new government after parliamentary elections

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 11th - 2:20am

Kuwait's emir has inaugurated his country's new government, urging the oil-rich nation to remain unified in the face of heightened regional sectarianism.

Macedonians vote in early elections after wiretap scandal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 11th - 2:20am

Polls opened Sunday in Macedonia for a general election called two years early as part of a Western-brokered agreement to end a paralyzing political crisis.

South Korea indicts ex-presidential aide in scandal probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 11th - 2:12am

South Korean prosecutors have reportedly indicted an ex-senior aide to impeached President Park Geun-hye in their investigation into the scandal that led to Park's downfall.

Hospital director: 160 dead in collapsed Nigerian church

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 11th - 1:50am

A hospital director says 160 people were killed when a church roof collapsed onto worshippers in southern Nigeria.

Turkey's Interior Minister raises death toll of Istanbul attack up to 38, including 30 police

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 11th - 1:50am

Turkey's Interior Minister raises death toll of Istanbul attack up to 38, including 30 police.

Cargo train in China hits workers, killing 6

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 9:50pm

Six workers are dead in China after being hit by an express cargo train on the railway line connecting Beijing and the southern city of Guangzhou.

More than 30 dead as tanker rams into vehicles on Kenya road

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 9:31pm

A tanker carrying chemical gas slammed into other vehicles and burst into flames on a major road in Kenya, killing more than 30 people and injuring 10, officials said Sunday.

3 Filipino soldiers dead, 17 wounded in clash with militants

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 9:02pm

Three Filipino soldiers were killed and 17 others wounded in nearly two hours of fighting with about 150 Muslim militants in the south, the military said Sunday.

Indonesia nabs woman, others in thwarted Jakarta bomb plot

Niniek Karmini, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 8:31pm

Indonesian police said they safely detonated a bomb on the outskirts of the capital after arresting a female would-be suicide bomber and other suspected Islamic militants who were allegedly planning to attack the presidential palace this weekend.

Kyrgyzstan votes on constitutional changes amid instability

Leila Saralayeva, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 7:11pm

Voters in Kyrgyzstan are casting ballots in a constitutional referendum that includes amendments that boost the power of prime minister — something opposition groups have criticized in the ex-Soviet Central Asian nation.

Turkey's interior minister says Istanbul bombings kill 29, wound 166

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 6:30pm

Turkey's interior minister says Istanbul bombings kill 29, wound 166.