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Bermuda Senate votes to end same-sex marriage in territory


The Senate in Bermuda has voted to end same-sex marriage in the British island territory and allow only domestic partnerships.

Ecuador VP sentenced to 6 years in Odebrecht corruption case


Ecuador's vice president has been sentenced to six years in jail after a court convicted him of accepting bribes from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.

China's DNA database in Xinjiang is in 'gross violation' of global norms, rights group says


China is collecting DNA and other biometric data from the population in western Xinjiang in a “gross violation” of global norms, Human Right Watch said Wednesday

UN chief: Iran may be defying UN on missiles, OK on nukes


U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning that Iran may be defying a U.N. call to halt ballistic missile development even as it complies with the nuclear treaty with six world powers.

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WTO summit ends without substantial deals after US criticism

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A World Trade Organization conference dampened from the start by criticism from the United States has ended without any substantial agreements.


Constitutional arguments begin in Canadian polygamy case


A Canadian man found guilty of marrying two dozen women says he believed he was entitled to practice polygamy because he wasn't charged when police investigated the allegations in the 1990s.


Indian 'happiness minister' sought for murder, police say


A manhunt is underway for India’s so-called “happiness minister” -- who vanished after his arrest was ordered in the 2009 death of an opposition politician, according to local reports.


Congo court sentences 12 to life for child rapes, murder


A military court in eastern Congo has sentenced a dozen militia members, including a lawmaker, to life in prison for the rapes of more than 46 children as young as 11 months old.

State Department investigating injuries, deaths linked to alcohol consumption in Mexico


As cases continue to pile up showing U.S. citizens suffering injury, sexual assault or even death after drinking potentially tainted booze at Mexican resorts, the U.S. Office of Inspector General is taking another look at how the State…


Palmyra before and after ISIS


Here is visual evidence of the damage the Islamic State did to the ruins of ancient Palmyra, Syria, when the terror group occupied the area.


The Latest: Saudis, UAE pledge $130M to anti-terror force


The Latest on a summit in France on a new African military force to counter jihadis in the Sahel (all times local): 2:50 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron says Saudi Arabia has pledged to provide $100 million and the UAE $30 million to…


New Czech government led by billionaire Babis sworn in


Czech President Milos Zeman has sworn in a new minority government led by a populist billionaire after his centrist movement won landslide parliamentary elections.

Swedish 'Laserman' on trial in Germany over 1992 killing


A Swedish convict nicknamed "Laserman" has gone on trial in Frankfurt on murder charges related to the killing of a woman in the German city 25 years ago.


Group protests human rights activist's detention in Burundi


Human Rights Watch is urging Burundian authorities to either free or charge an activist who has been detained since Nov. 21.

Utah man jailed in Venezuela ordered to stand trial on weapons charges

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An American man who's spent the last 18 months in a Venezuelan prison must stand trial on weapons charges, a judge ruled Tuesday, dashing hopes Joshua Holt would be released and reunited with his family for Christmas.

Rwanda-backed report alleges France's role in 1994 genocide


A new report commissioned by Rwanda's government accuses France of supplying weapons to the perpetrators of the East African nation's 1994 genocide in which over 800,000 people were killed.


Meghan Markle to join royal family for Christmas


Prince Harry's fiancee is set to join Britain's royal family for Christmas.


Global firms snared in South Africa's corruption scandal


South Africa's biggest corruption case since the end of apartheid has entangled not only the president and ruling party but also some major international companies, including U.S. firm McKinsey and KPMG.


Ex-king Michael's coffin arrives in Romania ahead of funeral


A coffin carrying the body of the late Romanian King Michael I has arrived at Bucharest's airport from Switzerland ahead of his funeral this weekend.


AP Exclusive: Sold NKorean brides face hard choices in China


The North Korean woman drives a motorbike slowly down a narrow lane shaded by tall corn to the farmhouse where she lives with the disabled Chinese man who bought her.

Wednesday, Dec 13

Port Authority bomber reportedly wasn't on Bangladeshi terror watch lists

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Authorities in Bangladesh have said the man suspected of attempting to detonate a pipe bomb at New York City’s Port Authority Bus Terminal Monday was not on the country’s terror watch list.

Tuesday, Dec 12

Charles Jenkins, Ex-US Army soldier who defected to North Korea, dead at 77

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Charles Jenkins, a former U.S. Army soldier who deserted to North Korea at the height of the Cold War, died Monday. He was 77.

Bangladesh questions family of man accused of NYC attack

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Bangladesh's government condemned an attack on New York City's subway system, as it emerged that the suspect is an immigrant from the South Asian nation.

Oscar Pistorius injured in prison fight over telephone: report


Former Paralympic champion and convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius was injured in a prison fight last week over the use of a public phone.

North Korean defector describes forced abortion, said bodies fed to dogs in prison


United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley held a meeting on the human rights situation in North Korea where one defector spoke about how she was forced to have an abortion following her repatriation from China.

Monday, Dec 11

The Latest: Putin says Jerusalem move may end peace process

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The Latest on Russian President Vladimir Putin's trip to Syria, Egypt and Turkey: (all times local): 10:15 p.m. Russian President Vladimir Putin has criticized the U.S. administration's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, warning…

UN visits Puerto Rico to assess help for hurricane victims


A United Nations expert on extreme poverty and human rights is meeting with hurricane victims in Puerto Rico, marking the first time such an envoy has visited the U.S. territory in recent history.

Reports: Man who hit pedestrians in Italy aimed to kill


Italian media say an Italian man who drove his car last week into pedestrians near a Christmas market had been aiming to kill.

Germany condemns anti-Semitic incidents at Berlin protest


The German government is condemning anti-Semitic incidents that took place during protests in cities across Germany in recent days.

Sunday, Dec 10

Netanyahu slams Turkey's Erdogan for claiming Israel is 'terrorist state' that 'kills children'


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday described Israel as a “terrorist state” and said that it “kills children.”

Anti-migrant leader pushes to win national power in Italy


The leader of an Italian party that hopes to capitalize on growing resentment of migrants and asylum-seekers told supporters in Rome Sunday it would be "splendid" if he wins national elections and his government can issue one-way tickets…

Israel is 'terrorist state' that 'kills children,' Turkish president says, as violence flares in Lebanon after Trump's Jerusalem decision


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday described Israel as a “terrorist state” and said that it “kills children.”

German intel chief: Islamic radical numbers are growing


The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency says the number of Islamic radicals is growing and becoming increasingly difficult to keep under surveillance as recruiting efforts move underground.

Saturday, Dec 9

Italy's left rallies to warn of danger of fascism comeback


Italy's governing Democrats have led a rally to warn about fascism making a comeback in the nation, which had suffered under fascist dictator Benito Mussolini.

Iraq declares victory in war against ISIS

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Iraq declared its war against the Islamic State was over after more than three years of combat operations drove extremist fighters from all of the territories they once held.

Powerful Iraqi militant appears on Lebanon-Israel border


A powerful Iran-backed Iraqi militant commander has visited the Lebanon-Israel border expressing support for the Lebanese and Palestinians against the Jewish state.

14 Security Council members criticize US action on Jerusalem

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One by one, 14 members of the U.N. Security Council spoke out against President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel at an emergency meeting on Friday, some with regret and some with anger at the 15th…