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Iran proposes regional anti-terror bloc to include Saudis

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 20:10:34 +1200

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) " Iran has proposed the formation of a bloc of Muslim countries to fight terrorism and boost economic cooperation that would include its regional rival Saudi Arabia.Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani told a security...

China conducts flyover of waterways near Japan, Taiwan

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 19:45:39 +1200

BEIJING (AP) " China has conducted a flyover of strategically important waterways near Taiwan and Japan, in what it calls a routine exercise.China's Defense Ministry says it flew planes Saturday over the Miyako Strait between two...

Macedonians vote in early elections after wiretap scandal

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 19:35:34 +1200

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) " Polls are open early Sunday in Macedonia for a general election called two years early.The early election was part of a Western-brokered agreement to end a serious political crisis, which began when the...

US defense secretary arrives in Iraq to assess Mosul fight

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 19:35:33 +1200

BAGHDAD (AP) " U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has arrived in Baghdad to meet with American commanders and Iraqi leaders and to assess progress in the fight to retake the northern city of Mosul from the Islamic State group.The...

Romanians voting in election overshadowed by graft

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 19:30:42 +1200

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) " Romanians have begun voting in a parliamentary election a year after a massive anti-corruption drive forced the last Socialist prime minister from power.The country of about 19 million is one of the poorest...

Trump campaign manager Conway leads Christmas parade

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 18:45:36 +1200

HAMMONTON, N.J. (AP) " Republican President-elect Donald Trump's campaign manager returned to her native New Jersey on Saturday and asked a parade crowd to "pray for our outgoing president and vice president" and "our new president...

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

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 18:35:33 +1200

NAIVASHA, Kenya (AP) " A runaway tanker carrying volatile gas slammed into other vehicles and burst into flames on a major road in Kenya, killing at least 33 people and injuring 10, officials said early Sunday.The tanker lost control...

University of Michigan, Google create Flint water crisis app

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 18:30:37 +1200

FLINT, Mich. (AP) " The University of Michigan and Google have teamed up to create an app and website aimed at helping Flint residents and officials deal with the lead-contaminated water crisis.Mywater-Flint was developed by computer...

Uber driver breaks record with 639km journey from Virginia to Brooklyn

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 18:11:47 +1200

An Uber driver has clocked up what is believed to be the longest the company's history when Janis Rogers drove a passenger just under 644km from Williamsburg, Virginia to Brooklyn. It was a romantic mission with a young woman wanting...

Media Files:|caption=The Uber driver drove a passenger just from Williamsburg, Virginia to Brooklyn. Photo / Google Maps

Boston Celtics' flight arrives in Oklahoma after bomb scare

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 16:55:31 +1200

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) " The Boston Celtics got a scare when they were told of a bomb threat on their private flight to Oklahoma City.The Boston Globe ( ) reports the plane landed safely around 5:00 p.m. at Will...

Cargo train in China hits workers, killing 6

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 16:35:33 +1200

BEIJING (AP) " 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.A local government statement about the Saturday accident said authorities...

Trump's pick for State is an accomplished executive

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 16:30:40 +1200

WASHINGTON (AP) " President-elect Donald Trump has found an accomplished American executive in Rex Tillerson, but one whose longstanding support for free trade, international law and an expansive U.S. presence in the Middle East largely...

Clay Higgins, known as the "Cajun John Wayne," defeats fellow Republican Scott Angelle in Louisiana's 3rd District race

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 16:20:33 +1200

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) " Clay Higgins, known as the "Cajun John Wayne," defeats fellow Republican Scott Angelle in Louisiana's 3rd District race.

3 Filipino soldiers dead, 17 wounded in clash with militants

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 16:20:33 +1200

MANILA, Philippines (AP) " 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.The Abu Sayyaf gunmen withdrew after the...

Republican state lawmaker Mike Johnson wins election for Louisiana's open 4th Congressional District seat

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 16:15:35 +1200

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) " Republican state lawmaker Mike Johnson wins election for Louisiana's open 4th Congressional District seat.

Republican John Kennedy wins Louisiana Senate race in runoff

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 16:05:31 +1200

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) " Louisiana voters chose Saturday to send Republican state Treasurer John Kennedy to the U.S. Senate, filling the nation's last Senate seat and giving the GOP a 52-48 edge in the chamber when the new term begins...

Republican John Kennedy wins Louisiana runoff election for Senate seat, defeating Democrat Foster Campbell

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 15:55:35 +1200

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) " Republican John Kennedy wins Louisiana runoff election for Senate seat, defeating Democrat Foster Campbell.

Last meals and last words of 19 men executed on America's death row this year

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 15:24:17 +1200

WARNING: Disturbing content Before William Sallie took his last breath on Tuesday, he made one final request, as was his privilege.He asked for a medium pizza with pepperoni, some chicken wings with buffalo sauce and a large soft...

Media Files:|caption=William Sallie, 50, was executed on Tuesday in Georgia. Photo / AP

Lousiville's Lamar Jackson wins Heisman Trophy

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 15:15:39 +1200

NEW YORK (AP) " Lamar Jackson was trying to remember the last time he cried. He was pretty sure it involved losing a little league football game.On Saturday night, Louisville's spectacular sophomore quarterback found out winning...

Kyrgyzstan votes on constitutional changes amid instability

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 15:10:32 +1200

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) " 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...