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11 outside OPEC to pump less oil; Saudis set to deepen cut

updated: 12/11/2016 4 a.m. Discuss

VIENNA -- OPEC has persuaded 11 nonmembers to cut oil production, a move aimed at draining a worldwide oil glut and boosting low prices that have squeezed government finances in Russia and Saudi Arabia.

Boko Haram's lesson: Schooling sinful

posted: 12/11/2016 3:55 a.m. Discuss

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria -- The killers were hunting their former teachers, gunning them down in their offices and in their classrooms.

No new vote, Gambian president-elect says

posted: 12/11/2016 3:50 a.m. Discuss

DAKAR, Senegal -- Gambia's president-elect said Saturday that the outgoing leader who now rejects his defeat has no constitutional authority to call for another election, and he called on President Yahya Jammeh to help with a smooth transition in the interest of the tiny West African country.

ISIS militants return to Syria city

updated: 12/11/2016 3:48 a.m. Discuss

BEIRUT -- Islamic State militants re-entered the historic city of Palmyra in central Syria on Saturday for the first time since they were expelled by Syrian and Russian forces nine months ago.

Aleppo fight rages; civilians stream out

updated: 12/11/2016 3:47 a.m. Discuss

BEIRUT -- Hundreds more civilians fled what remained of the Syrian opposition's enclave in Aleppo on Saturday as rebels and government forces exchanged artillery and mortar fire across the northern city.

Colombian's peace efforts feted

updated: 12/11/2016 3:46 a.m. Discuss

STOCKHOLM -- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on Saturday, saying it helped his country achieve the "impossible dream" of ending a half-century-long civil war.

Russia's military beefing up under Putin

posted: 12/11/2016 3:45 a.m. Discuss

MOSCOW -- With an aircraft carrier deployed off Syria's shores and hundreds of new jets, missiles and tanks entering service each year, President Vladimir Putin can project Russian military power on a scale unseen since Soviet times.

Timed suicide blasts fatal to 29 in Turkey

updated: 12/11/2016 3:44 a.m. Discuss

ISTANBUL -- Twin attacks by a suicide bomber and a car bomber near an Istanbul soccer stadium Saturday night killed 29 people and wounded 166 others in the latest large-scale attack in a nation confronting an array of security threats.

S. Koreans rally to celebrate Park's impeachment

updated: 12/11/2016 3:42 a.m. Discuss

SEOUL, South Korea -- The last 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 held candlelight vigils night after night to save late liberal President Roh Moo-hyun.

Dance provides West Bank escape

posted: 12/11/2016 3:39 a.m. Discuss

RAMALLAH, West Bank -- It's Tuesday evening, and a small group of young women has gathered for their weekly dance class. Warming up with sensual, yogalike movements, they eventually face one another in coordinated steps.

The world in brief

updated: 12/11/2016 3:38 a.m. Discuss

Fiery tanker crash kills 30 in Kenya

Church roof falls in Nigeria; 60 die

posted: 12/11/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

LAGOS, Nigeria — The roof of a crowded church collapsed onto worshippers in southern Nigeria on Saturday, killing at least 60 people, witnesses and an official said.

20 cops hurt in pair of Istanbul explosions

posted: 12/10/2016 3:20 p.m. Discuss

Two explosions hit Saturday night outside a major soccer stadium in Istanbul, and Turkish authorities say about 20 police officers have been wounded.

Secretary Carter vows continued aid to Afghans

updated: 12/10/2016 3:38 a.m. Discuss

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan -- U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Friday that the U.S. will stick with Afghanistan for years to come as a new president takes over what is already the United States' longest war.

Fukushima price tag doubles

updated: 12/10/2016 3:37 a.m. Discuss

TOKYO -- The estimated cost of cleaning up Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant has doubled to nearly $190 billion, with decommissioning expenses expected to continue to increase, a government panel said Friday.






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