• State of emergency to be extended until July 15 in France

    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.

    Associated Press
  • Russia's lab wizard created drug cocktails but caught cheats

    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.

    Associated Press
  • Syria: Kerry, diplomats seek support for Aleppo's opposition

    PARIS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and leading diplomats are trying to find solutions for Syria's desperate opposition, as Syrian government forces squeeze rebels out of Aleppo after a devastating blitz.

    Associated Press
  • Frenchman Pinturault fastest in 1st leg of WCup giant slalom

    VAL D'ISERE, France (AP) — Frenchman Alexis Pinturault dominated the icy Face de Bellevarde course Saturday to post the fastest time in the first leg of World Cup giant slalom.

    Associated Press
  • 5 killed in Bulgarian explosion following train derailment

    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.

    Associated Press
  • Now, a 3-D printed affordable prosthetic hand

    New York, Dec 10 (IANS) A $15 prosthetic hand created by a student at Ithaca College here can offer a helping hand to a person who still has the ability to move their wrist. Unlike electronic hands, which are typically made from metal and are generally expensive, Ryan Bouricius's prosthetic hand

    IANS India Private Limited
  • Russia says thousands fleeing Aleppo as Assad nears victory

    BEIRUT (AP) — Russia says nearly 18,000 people have fled eastern Aleppo in the last 24 hours in a "constant stream" as Syrian government forces close in on the last pocket of opposition control in the northern city.

    Associated Press
  • After weeks of protests, crowds celebrate Park's impeachment

    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

    Associated Press
  • Top Asian News 10:17 a.m. GMT

    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

    Associated Press
  • Suspected car bomb kills two policemen at checkpoint near Somali capital

    MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A suspected car bomb killed at least two policemen when it exploded at a checkpoint near the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday, police said. "A blast took place at the Siinkadheer checkpoint," Police Major Nur Farah told Reuters. The area lies some 15 kilometres northwest

    Reuters
  • China says opposed to unilateral sanctions on North Korea

    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.

    Associated Press
  • Death toll rises as cargo train explodes in Bulgaria

    "There will be more casualties for sure," outgoing Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov said after arriving to the village, some 280 km northeast of capital Sofia and home to around 800 people. Seven of the train's tanks, carrying propane-butane and propylene, derailed at the station

    Reuters
  • Trump transition: Tweet tempests in teacups!

    Washington, Dec 10 (IANS) Time magazine grudgingly named Donald Trump "Person of the Year", overlooking readers' choice of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Manhattan mogul, who was peeved at being passed over last year, called the magazine's choice "a great honour,"

    IANS India Private Limited
  • Cabrera Bello, Brazel share 2-shot lead at Hong Kong Open

    HONG KONG (AP) — Sam Brazel of Australia shot a 3-under 67 Saturday in the third round of the Hong Kong Open to share the lead with Rafa Cabrera Bello of Spain at the Hong Kong Open.

    Associated Press
  • Iraq sends reinforcements to eastern Mosul after IS attack

    MAKHMOUR, Iraq (AP) — An Iraqi commander says 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.

    Associated Press
  • ECOWAS chair denied landing access at Gambia airport - Senegal foreign minister

    The plane of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) chair Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been denied access to Gambia's Banjul airport, Senegal's foreign minister said on independent radio on Saturday. The denial comes just as Gambia President Yahya Jammeh disputes the outcome of

    Reuters
  • 2 runners die after collapsing in China half-marathon

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

    Associated Press
  • West Ham's Bilic praises Sturridge before Liverpool trip

    (Reuters) - West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has admitted his team need to improve in front of goal and praised Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge who has been linked with a move to the Premier League strugglers. West Ham, who travel to Anfield on Sunday, are 17th in the Premier League table, having

    Reuters
  • Norway expresses concern over Israeli settlement bill

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

    Associated Press
  • South Korean leader's fall offers fodder for Pyongyang

    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.

    Associated Press
  • Russia says Syrian government controls 93 percent of Aleppo

    The Syrian government now controls 93 percent of Aleppo, Russian news agencies cited the Russian Defence Ministry as saying on Saturday. "People are leaving through humanitarian corridors in a continuous flow into the part of the city that is controlled by the Syrian government," Defence Ministry

    Reuters
  • U.S. boosts Syria anti-IS forces, urges Gulf military self-reliance

    By William Maclean MANAMA (Reuters) - The United States will send 200 additional military personnel including special forces to the campaign against Islamic State in Syria to create a "tornado" of pressure against the group's Raqqa hub, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Saturday

    Reuters
  • France seeks to extend state of emergency until July - PM Cazeneuve

    The French government will propose extending the country's state of emergency until July 15, 2017 due to presidential and parliament elections in spring next year, Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said on Saturday. The socialist government imposed the state of emergency - which gives police extended

    Reuters
  • Kohli steadies Indian innings after small collapse

    MUMBAI, India (AP) — Virat Kohli anchored India's innings as the host's stuttered in the middle session to 348-6, still trailing England by 52 runs, at tea on day three of the fourth test in Mumbai.

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

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

    Associated Press

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