• EU puts Iran’s Aseman Airlines on its air safety blacklist

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has added Iran’s Aseman Airlines to its blacklist of companies banned from European skies due to safety concerns.

  • The Latest: Turkish, Russian leaders discuss Aleppo truce

    This Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 photo, released by the International Committee for the Red Cross, shows members of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent laying a patient on stretcher after taking him out of a medical facility in the Old City of Aleppo, Syria. The ICRC said it evacuated 148 disabled or civilians in need of urgent care from the facility, now under Syrian government control. ICRC said in a statement Thursday the evacuation was possible after fighting calmed down in the area. (Syrian Arab Red Crescent/Noor Hazouri via AP)

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):

  • An officer and a refugee: New policeman straddles worlds

    In this Dec. 6, 2016 photo, Abdesselam Baddaoui studies in his class at the police station, where he is one of the newest members of the department, in Manchester, N.H. Baddaoui came to the U.S. as a refugee, born in Algeria and lived in Syria and Lebanon before moving to Manchester. Manchester joins a handful of cities nationwide, mostly much larger, where police departments are specifically recruiting refugees amid a political climate in which some quarters accuse them of taking jobs or, in the case of Muslims, posing a potential security threat. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Soon after arriving in New Hampshire as a teenager, Abdesselam Baddaoui met two fellow refugees who accidentally ended up involved in a criminal case because, after being instructed about domestic violence laws, the wife mistakenly believed she had to call police any time she and her husband argued.

  • WHY IT MATTERS: Rebel-held Aleppo on the brink of collapse

    BEIRUT (AP) — With rebel defenses crumbling in eastern Aleppo, President Bashar Assad is on the brink of regaining full control of Syria’s largest city and one-time commercial center. Holding the city is seen as key to overall victory in the Syrian conflict, and a defeat in Aleppo would be a crushing blow to the rebels.

  • Iraqi special forces capture new land in eastern Mosul

    An Iraqi soldier from the 9th Infantry Division holds his machine gun while heading to the frontline in Shyma district in Mosul, Iraq, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Iraqi forces, backed the U.S.-led international coalition, launched a campaign in October to retake Mosul, the country's second largest city and IS's last major urban bastion in Iraq. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)

    MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Iraq special forces captured a new neighborhood Wednesday from the Islamic State group in eastern Mosul, according to a senior commander — the latest gain in a massive military operation now its seventh week.

  • Caddie dies, 1st round stopped and event shortened in Dubai

    Anne-Lise Caudal of France studies her shot next to her caddie on the 10th hole during the 1st round of Dubai Ladies Masters golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A caddie was pronounced dead after collapsing during the Dubai Ladies Masters on Wednesday, forcing the suspension of the first round and shortening the tournament to 54 holes.

  • Caddie pronounced dead after he collapses at Dubai Ladies Masters

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Caddie pronounced dead after he collapses at Dubai Ladies Masters.

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  • Trump DC hotel attracting foreign envoys and controversy

    In this Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump, left, and Vice President-elect Mike Pence acknowledge the crowd during the first stop of his post-election tour, in Cincinnati. The Heritage Foundation says Pence will deliver a speech Tuesday night, Dec. 6, 2016, to a conservative group at Trump’s new hotel in Washington, about areas of focus for the Trump administration in the first 200 days. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

    NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump’s new luxury hotel in Washington D.C. has been attracting foreign envoys, special interest groups — and a bit of controversy.

  • Obama defending terrorism strategy before handover to Trump

    President Barack Obama waves before speaking at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, about the administration's approach to counterterrorism campaign. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Closing out two terms as a president at war, Barack Obama staunchly defended his counterterrorism strategy as one that rejected torture, held to American values and avoided large-scale troop deployments, in an implicit effort to shape the strategy his successor might employ.