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Mediterranean pen shell listed as critically endangered

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 9:57am

A fan mussel found only in the Mediterranean was officially added to the list of critically endangered species, after scientists recorded a dramatic decline in its population numbers caused by a newly discovered pathogen.

Iraq's top Shiite cleric condemns hanging of teen gunman

Samya Kullab and Murtada Faraj, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 9:25am

Iraq's top Shiite cleric Friday denounced the killing of a teenager whose body was strung up by his feet from a traffic pole in a Baghdad square, as conflicting versions emerged about what led to the 16-year-old’s death.

Turkmenistan passes new anti-corruption law

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 9:22am

Turkmenistan's president signed a law Friday that excludes prisoners convicted of corruption from state amnesties and pardons that take place several times each year and usually coincide with major national holidays.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson says his government will build 'new partnership' with the European Union as 'friends.'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 8:10am

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson says his government will build 'new partnership' with the European Union as 'friends.'.

AP Interview: New Cuban ballet head pledges renovation

Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 8:10am

The new head of Cuba's legendary National Ballet says she hopes to renew the institution after the death of long-time director Alicia Alonso by introducing new choreography and appearances by dancers who have emigrated to other companies.

UN: Greece still in violation of some norms for detention

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 7:09am

A group of United Nations experts on arbitrary detention said Friday that despite some improvements, Greece was still in violation of certain international obligations in how and where people are imprisoned.

Death toll in aircraft carrier fire in Russia rises to 2

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 6:35am

A crew member who went missing during a fire on Russia's only aircraft carrier was found dead Friday, raising the death toll from the blaze to two, the nation's military officials said Friday.

Germany: 1 dead, 11 injured in apartment building explosion

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 5:05am

One person died and 11 were injured in an explosion at an apartment building in eastern Germany on Friday, authorities said.

Islamic State group claims attack on Niger military; 71 dead

Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 4:49am

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack on a military camp in Niger that killed at least 71 soldiers.

Ex-PM elected Algeria's new president, to protesters' dismay

Aomar Ouali and Thomas Adamson, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 4:29am

Protesters in Algeria's main cities took to the streets again Friday after Abdelmadjid Tebboune, a former prime minister and loyalist of the influential army chief, was declared the oil-rich nation's new president in an election boycotted by members of the vibrant pro-democracy movement.

Obama says Paris climate deal is still the way forward

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 4:27am

Former U.S. President Barack Obama said Friday the Paris Agreement on climate change may fall short of expectations but is still the way forward to achieve progress and encourage businesses to invest in clean energy.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at Buckingham Palace for meeting with Queen Elizabeth II to form new government

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 3:55am

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at Buckingham Palace for meeting with Queen Elizabeth II to form new government.

Man who threatened Paris officers with knife shot to death

Lori Hinnant, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 3:33am

A man who lunged at a Paris police patrol with a knife and threatened to kill the officers was shot to death Friday in the French capital's main business district, two police officials told The Associated Press.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson says getting Brexit done is now the decision of the British people

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 12:24am

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson says getting Brexit done is now the decision of the British people.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EST

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 12:20am

The House Judiciary Committee has approved two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. The charges now go to the full House for an expected vote next week.  The votes on both articles were strictly along party lines, 23 Democrats to 17 Republicans. The abuse of power charge stems from Trump's July phone call with the Ukraine president pressuring him to announce an investigation of Democrats as he was withholding US aid. The obstruction charge involves Trump's blocking of House efforts to investigate his actions. Trump has denied all wrongdoing.  

Johnson claims Brexit mandate with new conservative majority

Jill Lawless, Danica Kirka and Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 11:54pm

Boris Johnson's gamble on early elections paid off as voters gave the UK prime minister a commanding majority to take the country out of the European Union by the end of January, a decisive result after more than three years of stalemate over Brexit.

From punchline to political star: the rise of Boris Johnson

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 11:53pm

Boris Johnson's many critics have often dismissed him as a political clown. He's having the last laugh now.

Hong Kong police slip on banana peel with tear gas tweet

John Leicester, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 9:23pm

Hong Kong's much-maligned police force has slipped on a banana peel by trying to make light of its liberal use of tear gas during the territory's protest movement.

Malaysian court approves US bid to extradite North Korean

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 9:05pm

A Malaysian court Friday approved the extradition of a North Korean man to the U.S. to face money laundering charges in a case he says is politically motivated.