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Spain: Police arrest Moroccan for Islamic State group ties

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 04:04 AM

MADRID (AP) — Spain's Interior Ministry says police have arrested a Moroccan who was preparing to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group.

A ministry statement Tuesday said the 32-year-old man used his restaurant in the northern city of Pamplona to show and distribute IS videos and photographs. He also worked to recruit militants to travel to Syria for the group.

The statement said police suspicions of the man's radicalization were raised when he recently began changing his behavior, appearance and circle of friends.

German Cabinet OKs military mission against IS in Syria

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 04:03 AM

BERLIN (AP) — The German Cabinet has approved plans to commit up to 1,200 soldiers to support the international coalition fighting against the Islamic State group in Syria.

The mandate, which requires parliamentary approval, was endorsed by ministers Tuesday, news agency dpa reported. It isn't yet clear when lawmakers will consider it, but Chancellor Angela Merkel's governing coalition has a large majority and approval looks assured.

Ukrainian president pardons Russian in prisoner exchange

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 04:01 AM

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — President Petro Poroshenko has pardoned a Russian citizen arrested in eastern Ukraine and exchanged him for a Ukrainian serviceman held by Russian-backed separatists.

Poroshenko announced the exchange on his official website, which showed a photograph of him meeting early Tuesday with the freed Ukrainian, Andrei Grechanov.

Turkey: Russia in IS oil trade claim to cover-up violation

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 03:58 AM

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's prime minister has accused Russia of trying to "cover up" its infringement of Turkey's airspace with "unfounded" claims that Turkey is illegally importing oil from the Islamic State group in Syria.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed that Turkey shot down its plane to protect what he described as Turkish profiteering from the oil trade — a charge Turkey denies.

Indonesia probe: Rudder control problem led to AirAsia crash

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 03:57 AM

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian investigators say a faulty rudder control system and the pilots' response led to the crash of an AirAsia plane last year that killed all 162 people on board.

The National Transportation Safety Committee announced Tuesday that an analysis of Flight 8501's data recorder showed that the Airbus A320 had problems with its rudder control system while flying between the Indonesian city of Surabaya and Singapore on Dec. 28.

Japan probes mystery boats carrying dead bodies off coast

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 03:43 AM

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese authorities are investigating nearly a dozen wooden boats carrying decomposing bodies found drifting off the northwestern coast over the past month.

Coast Guard officials said Tuesday they have found at least 11 shoddy boats carrying the bodies of unknown nationality since late October. They have also found fishing equipment and nets on board and signs written in Korean, suggesting they came from North Korea.

Officials say dozens of wrecked boats drift toward Japan's northwestern coasts every year.

Syria's al-Qaida branch releases captive Lebanese soldiers

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 03:38 AM

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's al-Qaida branch has freed a group of Lebanese soldiers held captive since August 2014 as part of a swap deal.

The group, known as Nusra Front, released the 16 soldiers on Tuesday near the border town of Arsal, where they were abducted last year.

Lebanese and other media broadcast the release. The soldiers were being transported by the militants to a location outside the border town, to be handed over to Lebanese authorities who were waiting in Red Cross vehicles.

Egypt holds final 2 days of voting in parliament elections

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 03:21 AM

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian polling centers in nearly half of the country, including in the capital of Cairo, have opened their doors to voters for the final round of runoffs in parliament elections.

The balloting is for Egypt's first legislature since a chamber dominated by Islamists was dissolved by a court ruling in 2012. Tens of thousands of troops and policemen have been deployed to safeguard the two-day vote, which started on Tuesday.

Fire kills 6 children at Quran school in Turkey

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 03:16 AM

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says six children have died in a fire that broke out at a school teaching the Quran.

The Anadolu Agency says three other children were injured Tuesday in the fire at the school in Karaagac village, in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir.

Anadolu says an electrical heater is believed to have caused the fire.

US Marine found guilty of killing transgender Filipino

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 03:08 AM

OLONGAPO, Philippines (AP) — A U.S. Marine has been found guilty of killing a transgender Filipino after discovering her gender in a hotel in the Philippines last year.

Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton was convicted Tuesday of homicide by first strangling Jennifer Laude and then dunking her head into a toilet bowl in the hotel they had checked into after meeting in a disco bar in Olongapo city, northwest of Manila. Court clerk Gerry Gruspe said Pemberton was sentenced to up to 12 years in jail.

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