• 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…

  • Rocket hits storage tank at Libya's biggest oil port

    By Ayman al-Warfalli and Ahmed Elumami BENGHAZI/TUNIS, Libya (Reuters) - A rocket set a storage tank at the eastern Libyan oil of port Es Sider on fire as armed factions allied to competing governments fought for control of the country's biggest export terminal, officials from both sides said on…

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  • 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…

  • 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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  • Top Asian News at 10:00 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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  • Three AU soldiers, civilian killed in Shebab attack on base

    Three African Union soldiers and a civilian were killed Thursday after Shebab militants staged a brazen attack on 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…

  • Morocco bans Ridley Scott's 'Exodus'

    Morocco has banned cinemas from showing the biblical epic "Exodus: Gods and Kings" just one day before the Hollywood blockbuster was due to be screened, media reports said Thursday. It was unclear why officials decided to ban the movie which had been given the green light by the state-run Moroccan…

  • 22 Libya soldiers slain after speedboat attack on oil ports

    Islamists killed at least 22 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 fighting in the oil-rich region came as pro-government forces lost ground to Islamist militias in the eastern city…

  • Protesters in Mexico slam German weapons supplier

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Protesters in Mexico claim that German arms manufacturers exported rifles to a corrupt local police department implicated in the disappearance of 43 students.

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  • Jordan vows 'all efforts' to save pilot seized by IS

    Jordan vowed Thursday to make every effort to save a pilot captured by the Islamic State group in Syria as Washington denied claims the jihadists had shot down his warplane. Maaz al-Kassasbeh, a 26-year-old first lieutenant in the Jordanian air force, was captured by IS on Wednesday after his F-16…

  • US traveler released from East Timor jail

    PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) — A U.S. traveler detained for months in East Timor has been released from jail.

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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…

  • 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…