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Syrian activists report Islamic State group militants have re-entered historic city of Pal...

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 16:53:06 GMT2016-12-10T16:53:06Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian activists report Islamic State group militants have re-entered historic city of Palmyra following 3-day blitz ....



Iraq sends reinforcements to eastern Mosul after IS attack

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 16:52:05 GMT2016-12-10T16:52:05Z

QAYARA AIR BASE, Iraq (AP) -- Reinforcements have been sent to eastern Mosul after a major Islamic State counterattack drove troops back last week, further slowing a nearly two-month-old offensive to retake the city, according to an Iraqi commander....



Gambia's president-elect says Jammeh can't demand new vote

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 16:48:46 GMT2016-12-10T16:48:46Z

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Gambia's president-elect said Saturday that the outgoing leader who now rejects his defeat has no constitutional authority to call for another election, and he called on President Yahya Jammeh to help with a smooth transition in the interest of the tiny West African country....



UK: Sunday Times critic AA Gill dies after cancer battle

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 16:39:55 GMT2016-12-10T16:39:55Z

LONDON (AP) -- Britain's Sunday Times says its long-standing restaurant critic and columnist Adrian Gill, better known as AA Gill, has died after a short battle with cancer. He was 62....



Mexico Culture Secretary Rafael Tovar y de Teresa dies

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 16:28:28 GMT2016-12-10T16:28:28Z

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The Mexican government says Secretary of Culture Rafael Tovar y de Teresa, a diplomat, historian and promoter of the arts, has died. He was 62....



France gives boost to electric vehicles amid pollution peaks

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 16:25:43 GMT2016-12-10T16:25:43Z

PARIS (AP) -- The French government has announced an anti-pollution plan, including a financial boost to buy electric vehicles, as Paris and other cities in the country are emerging from a particularly severe episode of air pollution....



Italian president approaching decision on new premier

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 16:22:08 GMT2016-12-10T16:22:08Z

ROME (AP) -- With a banking crisis adding urgency, Italy's president was wrapping up political consultations Saturday, including with Parliament's largest party, the Democrats, before picking a replacement for caretaker Premier Matteo Renzi....



Turkey closer to expanding powers for President Erdogan

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 16:18:09 GMT2016-12-10T16:18:09Z

ISTANBUL (AP) -- Turkey's ruling party submitted a constitutional amendment bill to parliament in a move that could expand the powers and extend the mandate of the country's president....



Brazil president denies illegal campaign contributions

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 16:15:41 GMT2016-12-10T16:15:41Z

SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazilian President Michel Temer is denying allegations that a construction company linked to a sweeping corruption scandal made illegal campaign contributions to him and his political party....



Iran summons UK ambassador in Tehran

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 16:15:05 GMT2016-12-10T16:15:05Z

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency is reporting that the country's Foreign Ministry has summoned the British ambassador in Tehran over the British prime minister's recent comments on Iran....



Syrians stream out of eastern Aleppo as fighting rages

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 16:06:04 GMT2016-12-10T16:06:04Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- Hundreds more civilians fled what remained of the Syrian opposition's enclave in Aleppo on Saturday as rebels and government forces exchanged artillery and mortar fire across the northern city....



Romania: PM's tieless look talking point in electoral race.

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 16:05:08 GMT2016-12-10T16:05:08Z

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Is Romania's prime minister straining his ties with voters during an election campaign?...



Suicide bomber kills 23 in southern Yemeni city of Aden

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 16:01:59 GMT2016-12-10T16:01:59Z

SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- A suicide bomber on Saturday blew himself up inside an army base in the southern city of Aden, killing 23 soldiers and wounding another 30, security officials said....



Yemeni officials: Suicide bomber blows himself up at an army base in the southern city of ...

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 15:09:40 GMT2016-12-10T15:09:40Z

SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemeni officials: Suicide bomber blows himself up at an army base in the southern city of Aden, killing 15 soldiers....



Santos accepts Nobel for peace deal, urges shift in drug war

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 14:48:28 GMT2016-12-10T14:48:28Z

STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Saturday accepted the Nobel Peace Prize, saying it helped his country achieve the "impossible dream" of ending a half-century-long civil war....



Russia accepts IOC plan to retest Olympic doping samples

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 14:44:58 GMT2016-12-10T14:44:58Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia will accept an International Olympic Committee plan to retest all drug test samples given by its athletes at the 2012 and 2014 Olympics, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said Saturday....



Gambia president-elect says outgoing leader has no authority to call new election

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 14:41:00 GMT2016-12-10T14:41:00Z

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Gambia president-elect says outgoing leader has no authority to call new election....



Macedonia votes in early election

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 14:29:23 GMT2016-12-10T14:29:23Z

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) -- Macedonians will vote on Sunday in a general election called two years early in a bid to defuse a deep political crisis sparked by a wiretapping scandal....



Adding 200 more troops to Syria, US deepens involvement

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 14:21:35 GMT2016-12-10T14:21:35Z

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- Drawing the U.S. deeper into the Syria conflict, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Saturday he is sending 200 more troops to accelerate the push on the Islamic State's self-declared capital of Raqqa....



Gunmen kill counterterrorism police officer in Pakistan

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 14:20:44 GMT2016-12-10T14:20:44Z

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistani police say gunmen have shot and killed a counterterrorism police officer and wounded his young son in the northwestern city of Peshawar....



Syria: Kerry, diplomats seek help for Aleppo's opposition

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 13:47:27 GMT2016-12-10T13:47:27Z

PARIS (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and leading diplomats pleaded Saturday for safe passage for civilians and respect for Syria's crippled opposition, as Syrian government forces neared victory over rebels in Aleppo after a devastating blitz....



French government seeks extension of state of emergency

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 13:26:45 GMT2016-12-10T13:26:45Z

PARIS (AP) -- French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says 17 attacks have been thwarted in the country so far this year and he is asking Parliament to extend the state of emergency until July 15....



Indonesian police detonate bomb in neighborhood, arrest 4

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 13:25:36 GMT2016-12-10T13:25:36Z

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesian police said they safely detonated a bomb in a neighborhood on the outskirts of the capital on Saturday after arresting suspected Islamic militants who were planning to attack the presidential palace....



5 killed in Bulgarian explosion following train derailment

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 13:09:15 GMT2016-12-10T13:09:15Z

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) -- Five people were killed in northeastern Bulgaria following a gas explosion on a derailed tanker train early Saturday, national radio reported. Officials said at least 23 people were injured, many with severe burns....



Oil cartel seeks output cutbacks by non-member countries

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 13:05:32 GMT2016-12-10T13:05:32Z

VIENNA (AP) -- OPEC member states are meeting with Russia and other non-OPEC countries in Vienna for talks about a reduction in oil production....



Toll rises to 57 in suicide bombings in northeast Nigeria

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 12:52:10 GMT2016-12-10T12:52:10Z

YOLA, Nigeria (AP) -- An official says the toll from a double suicide bombing in a marketplace in northeast Nigeria has risen to 57 dead and 177 wounded....



Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has accepted the Nobel Peace Prize

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 12:35:49 GMT2016-12-10T12:35:49Z

STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has accepted the Nobel Peace Prize....



Russia's lab wizard created drug cocktails but caught cheats

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 12:13:53 GMT2016-12-10T12:13:53Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- Even as he worked to cover up doping by Russian athletes, Grigory Rodchenkov was developing technology which would help to catch them years later....



Burundi recalls Belgium ambassador amid tensions

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 11:54:10 GMT2016-12-10T11:54:10Z

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) -- Burundi's foreign minister says the country's ambassador to Belgium has been told to return home amid diplomatic tensions related to political violence in the central African nation....



The Latest: IS says it shot down Syrian jet near Palmyra

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 11:39:33 GMT2016-12-10T11:39:33Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local):...



Greek ferry workers end 9-day strike

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 11:25:10 GMT2016-12-10T11:25:10Z

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek ferry workers have ended a nine-day strike, saying they did not wish to disrupt the holiday season, but promised to resume action if the government did not back off tax hikes for ferry workers....



The 2016 Nobel Prize winners and their work

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 10:58:34 GMT2016-12-10T10:58:34Z

STOCKHOLM (AP) -- This year's Nobel Prizes will be handed out Saturday for ground-breaking work ranging from the development of the world's smallest machines to song lyrics that have touched generations of fans....



South Korean leader's fall offers fodder for Pyongyang

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 10:58:03 GMT2016-12-10T10:58:03Z

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea, after following the travails of South Korean President Park Geun-hye with unconcealed joy, got off to a slow start Saturday in reacting to her actual impeachment....



4 parties contending in Sunday's elections in Macedonia

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 10:51:47 GMT2016-12-10T10:51:47Z

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) -- Sunday's early parliamentary election in Macedonia, held in the shadow of a massive wiretapping scandal, pits the governing conservatives against the left-wing main opposition. Two smaller players, both representing the country's ethnic Albanian minority, might prove key for either main party in forming a government. Here's a profile of the four main party leaders....



After weeks of protests, crowds celebrate Park's impeachment

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 10:17:08 GMT2016-12-10T10:17:08Z

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The previous time South Korea's parliament voted to impeach a president, ruling party lawmakers bawled and hurled ballot boxes, a man set himself on fire in front of the National Assembly, and thousands glumly held candlelight vigils night after night to save late liberal President Roh Moo-hyun....



China says opposed to unilateral sanctions on North Korea

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 10:13:06 GMT2016-12-10T10:13:06Z

BEIJING (AP) -- China remains opposed to unilateral sanctions against North Korea taken without the approval of the U.N. Security Council, the country's chief negotiator on the North's nuclear program was quoted Saturday as saying....



2 runners die after collapsing in China half-marathon

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 09:58:32 GMT2016-12-10T09:58:32Z

BEIJING (AP) -- Two runners died after collapsing during a half-marathon in southern China on Saturday, event organizers said....



Norway expresses concern over Israeli settlement bill

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 09:40:30 GMT2016-12-10T09:40:30Z

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Norway has expressed concern over a planned Israeli bill that would allow expanded construction in major West Bank settlements....



Who's next? A look at South Korean presidential contenders

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 09:15:53 GMT2016-12-10T09:15:53Z

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Fresh off impeachment, South Korean President Park Geun-hye's days in office may be numbered....



Assad relies on foreign fighters in push to retake Aleppo

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 07:26:47 GMT2016-12-10T07:26:47Z

ALEPPO, Syria (AP) -- Syria's President Bashar Assad is on the verge of recapturing all of Aleppo from rebels, but the victory won't be his alone. The battle for Syria's largest city has attracted thousands of foreign forces backing Assad - including Russian soldiers and Shiite fighters from Iran, Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan....



Bolivia defense minister calls Colombia plane crash 'murder'

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 05:12:31 GMT2016-12-10T05:12:31Z

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) -- Bolivia's defense minister says a plane crash that killed 71 people in Colombia was "murder" because the pilot only had the exact amount of fuel needed for the flight in violation of civil aviation principles....



At least 43,000 homeless after Aceh quake in Indonesia

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 04:13:50 GMT2016-12-10T04:13:50Z

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- At least 43,000 people have been displaced by the powerful earthquake that hit Indonesia's Aceh province, authorities said Saturday, as the government and aid agencies pooled efforts to meet the basic survival needs of shaken communities....



China opens investigation into slaughter of rare sea turtle

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 03:35:30 GMT2016-12-10T03:35:30Z

BEIJING (AP) -- Authorities in southern China have opened an investigation into the slaughter and sale of a protected leatherback sea turtle by local fishermen, media reported Saturday....



Canada reaches carbon agreement with provinces

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 02:17:54 GMT2016-12-10T02:17:54Z

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday that his government and the majority of Canada's provinces had come to an agreement on a national carbon pricing plan....



Sources: Google to give Cubans faster access to content

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 01:05:16 GMT2016-12-10T01:05:16Z

HAVANA (AP) -- Google and the Cuban government have struck a deal giving Cubans faster access to the internet giant's content, two people familiar with the agreement said Friday....



France's court annuls Kazakh banker's extradition to Russia

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 00:17:30 GMT2016-12-10T00:17:30Z

PARIS (AP) -- A top French court refused to hand over a Kazakh banker-turned-dissident to Russia despite accusations he embezzled millions, saying it considered the extradition request from Moscow to be "politically motivated."...



Mexican girl gets TV, trip offers after viral party invite

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 23:53:00 GMT2016-12-09T23:53:00Z

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A rural Mexican girl whose 15th birthday party invitation went viral is being showered with offers of a TV show, free airplane tickets and hotel stays....



Ghana TV: President concedes defeat to opposition leader

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 23:41:32 GMT2016-12-09T23:41:32Z

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) -- Ghana's longtime opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo won the presidency late Friday on his third run for the office, a race that was largely seen as a referendum on how the incumbent party had managed the economy in this long stable democracy....



3 detectives killed, burned in southern Mexico

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 23:16:55 GMT2016-12-09T23:16:55Z

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The charred remains of three federal detectives were found Friday in the bed of a burning pickup truck in the southern Mexico resort of Zihuatanejo....



World Vision says hundreds affected by Solomon Islands quake

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 22:23:28 GMT2016-12-09T22:23:28Z

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Hundreds of people in remote parts of the Solomon Islands have had their homes damaged or destroyed by a powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake that struck Friday, an aid organization said....