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N. Korea unmoved as world unites against its nuke ambitions

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 02:04:51 GMT2017-12-16T02:04:51Z

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- North Korea's friends and enemies joined forces Friday in opposing its determination to be recognized as a nuclear weapons state and calling on leader Kim Jong Un to negotiate the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula - but the North gave no sign of budging on its nuclear ambitions....

Mattis: North Korea short of posing imminent missile threat

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:25:04 GMT2017-12-15T22:25:04Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- North Korea's latest missile test, which U.S. experts say indicated an increasing technological sophistication, did not demonstrate an imminent threat of nuclear attack on the United States, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday....

Fear, shame preserve silence of abuse by clerics in Pakistan

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 06:24:14 GMT2017-12-16T06:24:14Z

It began with sweets and pocket money when he was 10 years old - special attention from the religious cleric who ran the Pakistani madrassa, or Islamic school, the boy attended....

What new president? Rural Zimbabweans missed Mugabe drama

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 09:42:52 GMT2017-12-16T09:42:52Z

LUPANE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Good luck convincing some of Zimbabwe's far-flung residents that they have a new president despite last month's dramatic ouster of Robert Mugabe after 37 years in power....

South Africa ruling party's fight for its future kicks off

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 11:55:03 GMT2017-12-16T11:55:03Z

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The fight to replace South Africa's scandal-prone President Jacob Zuma was set to begin Saturday as thousands of delegates of the ruling African National Congress gathered to elect a new leader....

Who will lead South Africa's ANC? A look at top candidates

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 08:02:30 GMT2017-12-16T08:02:30Z

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The race to lead South Africa's scandal-weakened ruling party, and likely the country, has put the future of the African National Congress in question. The rift between the top candidates is so pronounced that some observers warn the party of Nelson Mandela could split in two. Here's a look at the leading contenders to succeed President Jacob Zuma and lead the party toward the 2019 elections:...

Nigeria troops arrest 400-plus Boko Haram fighters, families

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 09:33:26 GMT2017-12-16T09:33:26Z

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Military authorities say Nigerian soldiers have arrested more than 400 people associated with the Boko Haram extremist group hiding on the islands of Lake Chad, including fighters, wives and children....

Rahul Gandhi takes over India's opposition Congress party

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 11:40:09 GMT2017-12-16T11:40:09Z

NEW DELHI (AP) -- Rahul Gandhi, the scion of India's most famous political dynasty, took over as president of the main opposition Congress party on Saturday while facing a stiff challenge from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling Hindu nationalists....

AP PHOTOS: Best of 2017 for the Middle East

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 11:00:33 GMT2017-12-16T11:00:33Z

In 2017 the Islamic State group was driven from its last strongholds in Iraq and Syria at an enormous cost, Pakistanis broke their silence to speak about sexual abuse in Islamic schools, and the U.S. declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel ignited widespread protests....