• Turkey, Iraq pledge more military cooperation in fight against Islamic State

    By Gulsen Solaker ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey and Iraq, both worried by the advance of Islamic State, pledged on Thursday to work towards greater military cooperation in their fight against the ultra radical Sunni militants. Turkey is already training Kurdish peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq to…

  • Small passenger plane crashes in Colombia killing seven: report

    BOGOTA (Reuters) - A small passenger plane crashed in northern Colombia on Wednesday, killing all six passengers and the pilot, who had warned air traffic control of a mechanical fault moments before, the website of the El Tiempo newspaper reported. The Cessna aircraft operated by Alas, a small…

  • Somali rebels say they killed 14 in attack on AU base

    MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somali Islamist militants al Shabaab attacked the main African Union peacekeeping base in the capital Mogadishu on Thursday, killing 14 people, a spokesman for the group said. There were conflicting reports about how many have died in the attack which has now lasted for…

  • Christmas in Bethlehem: For Palestinian Christians, a time of needed hope

    Palestinian worshipers were welcomed this Sunday to the Bethlehem Christmas Lutheran Church, nestled just off a narrow cobblestone road, with the words of St. Paul:

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  • Ecuador lures back its diaspora with social spending and opportunity

    Last April, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa took his weekly radio show "Enlace Cuidadano" on the road to the Italian city of Genoa. He wasn't there for the salami.

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  • Hillary Clinton leads Chris Christie in New Jersey. Sign for 2016?

    In a hypothetical general election matchup Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton would crush Republican Chris Christie in his home state of New Jersey, according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton poll.

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  • In Obama's Christmas stocking, a bit of good news

    Shave ice and twice-cooked short ribs aren’t the only things President Obama is savoring on his family vacation in Hawaii this Christmas.

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  • 10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

    Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

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  • Lebanon's Hezbollah detains 'Israeli spy' in its ranks

    Lebanon's Hezbollah has detained a senior party official it accused of spying for Israel and "sabotaging security operations" abroad, a source close to the movement said on Thursday. "Three months ago, Hezbollah's security apparatus detained a man named Mohammad Shawraba, who is a collaborator in…

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  • Three AU soldiers, civilian killed in Shebab attack on base

    Three African Union soldiers and a civilian were killed Thursday after Shebab militants attacked the force's heavily fortified headquarters in Somalia. The AU force known as AMISOM said troops regained control of the base in Mogadishu after a gunfight that left five of the attackers dead while…

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  • Top Asian News at 7:30 p.m. GMT

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Thursday offered sympathy to North Korea amid the Sony hacking scandal, saying the movie that sparked the dispute was so scandalous that Pyongyang's anger was "quite understandable." Washington failed to offer any proof to back its claims of Pyongyang's involvement in the…

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  • Tunisia arrests blogger convicted of 'defaming' army: lawyer

    Tunisian authorities have arrested a blogger as he returned from a trip abroad weeks after he was convicted of defaming army officers, his lawyer said Thursday. Yassine Ayari, 33, was taken into custody overnight after landing at Tunis-Carthage airport and was whisked to jail in line with the…

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  • Man shot with stun gun dies at border crossing

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego police say a 40-year-old man died after a border inspector shot him with a stun gun at the nation's busiest crossing.

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  • Detente spawns Cuban worry on US migration rights

    HAVANA (AP) — Like tens of thousands of Cubans, Gerardo Luis wants to get to the United States and he's suddenly worried that time may be running out.

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  • Tank at Libya's Es Sider oil port hit by rocket still on fire: official

    TUNIS (Reuters) - Libya is only producing oil from its operations in Brega, Sarir and the country's offshore fields, an oil ministry official said on Thursday. The official also said a tank at the eastern Es Sider oil port that had been hit by a rocket was still on fire. The port stopped working…

  • Rocket hits tank at Libya's biggest oil port

    BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - A rocket hit a storage tank at the eastern Libyan oil of port Es Sider as armed factions allied to competing governments fought for control of the country's biggest export terminal, officials said on Thursday. Clashes were also reported from Sirte, a city west of Es…

  • 19 Libya soldiers slain after speedboat attack on oil ports

    Islamists killed at least 19 soldiers Thursday after a surprise attack in which they used speedboats in a failed bid to seize some of Libya's main oil terminals, officials said. The militiamen belonging to the Fajr Libya, or Libya Dawn, launched the attack on the port of Al-Sidra by firing rockets…