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Trial for ranking French IS fighter in recruiting network
PARIS (AP) -- Accused of running a network to recruit French extremists to fight in Syria, designated a terrorist by the United States and a fugitive by his homeland, Salim Benghalem promised to only return to France to carry out an attack "with a maximum of damage."... 12/1/2015 8:10 PM

Tunisian security minister fired after IS-claimed attacks
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid has dismissed the country's security minister after an Islamic State-claimed suicide bombing killed 12 members of the presidential guard last week.... 12/1/2015 8:09 PM

UN experts: Up to 3,000 Islamic State fighters in Libya
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.N. experts say the Islamic State group has between 2,000 and 3,000 fighters in Libya and intends to control more territory in the strategically located North African country.... 12/1/2015 7:59 PM

Puerto Rico makes debt payment, warns of dwindling funds
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico narrowly avoided a multimillion-dollar default on Tuesday by announcing a last-minute bond payment while warning that a deepening financial crisis has forced the government to divert money slated for future debt payments to avoid a shutdown of basic services.... 12/1/2015 7:47 PM

Syria's al-Qaida branch releases captive Lebanese soldiers
BEIRUT (AP) -- Al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria released more than a dozen Lebanese soldiers and police it has held for more than a year on Tuesday as part of a Qatar-brokered deal in which Lebanon freed at least 11 prisoners, including a former wife of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.... 12/1/2015 7:23 PM

Israel to begin enlisting HIV-positive soldiers
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's military says it will begin enlisting soldiers who are HIV-positive.... 12/1/2015 7:20 PM

Pipe bomb explodes in Istanbul, wounding 5 at rush hour
ISTANBUL (AP) -- A pipe bomb left on a highway overpass near an Istanbul subway station exploded Tuesday, wounding five people, a local official said. The blast caused some panic in the city, which is on edge following a spate of deadly bombings in Turkey.... 12/1/2015 7:20 PM

European Space Agency delays launch of gravity probe
BERLIN (AP) -- The European Space Agency is postponing the launch of probe that will test technology for a future mission to measure gravitational waves.... 12/1/2015 7:05 PM

Argentina's ex-president Menem sentenced for embezzlement
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- A court in Argentina has sentenced former President Carlos Menem to four and half years in prison for embezzlement.... 12/1/2015 6:55 PM

For gays under IS rule, isolation and fear of a cruel death
REYHANLI, Turkey (AP) -- Before a crowd of men on a street in the Syrian city of Palmyra, the masked Islamic State group judge read out the sentence against the two men convicted of homosexuality: They would be thrown to their deaths from the roof of the nearby Wael Hotel.... 12/1/2015 6:51 PM

US, NATO allies concerned by Russia, but need its help
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The United States and its NATO allies struggled Tuesday to come up with a clear message to send Russia at a time of conflicting concerns in Europe and the Middle East.... 12/1/2015 6:51 PM

Gunmen abduct Tunisian Red Cross worker in Yemen's capital
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross says unidentified gunmen in Yemen's capital kidnapped a Tunisian woman working for the group.... 12/1/2015 6:48 PM

Brazil's economic downturn deepens with further GDP drop
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Latin America's largest economy has shrunk even more than expected, increasing fears about the well-being of a nation hammered by falling commodity prices and a massive corruption scandal.... 12/1/2015 6:47 PM

Iraqi forces surround Ramadi, but it could be a long siege
BAGHDAD (AP) -- After months of sluggish progress, stalled advances and outright failures, Iraqi troops and militias backed by U.S.-led airstrikes have surrounded the key city of Ramadi and appear poised to launch a new attempt to wrest it from the Islamic State group.... 12/1/2015 6:42 PM

Mexico experts: passageway may lead to Aztec ruler's tomb
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A Mexican archaeologist said his team has found a tunnel-like passageway that apparently leads to two sealed chambers, the latest chapter in the search for the as-yet undiscovered tomb of an Aztec ruler.... 12/1/2015 6:35 PM

Clerics promote climate justice with music, fasting
PARIS (AP) -- Imam Ibrahim Saidy brought his symposiums and his monthly fasting to the Paris climate talks, hoping to call attention to the problems and injustice of global warming.... 12/1/2015 6:11 PM

Egypt official says journalist detained for 'false news'
CAIRO (AP) -- A police official and the wife of an Egyptian researcher and freelance journalist say he was detained upon arrival at Egypt's Hurghada airport.... 12/1/2015 6:05 PM

Kenya police investigate university drill in which 1 died
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- A leading Kenyan university should have sought authorization from the "highest security office in the country" for a practice exercise to test terrorism preparedness that led to a stampede in which one person died, a police spokesman said Tuesday.... 12/1/2015 5:51 PM

After pope's visit, hard work ahead for C. African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) -- The Rev. Justin Nary opened his gate to nearly 800 Muslims threatened with death from the roving gangs of Christian militia fighters who even threatened to burn his church down. Nearly two years later, more than 500 of the displaced are still living there in fear of going home.... 12/1/2015 5:49 PM

Marcus Klingberg, Israeli who spied for Soviets, dies
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Marcus Klingberg, an Israeli scientist jailed for passing information on biological warfare to the Soviet Union, has died. He was 97.... 12/1/2015 5:48 PM

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