- Spain: Parents arrested for scam involving ill daughter
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish police have arrested a couple suspected of fraud for exaggerating the illness of their child during a public campaign seeking money to pay for her treatment.
- Southern drought relents but not over, despite recent rains
ATLANTA (AP) — Recent showers and storms across much of the South have eased the severe drought in the region, but experts say it wasn't enough to make up for months of dry conditions before the rain finally fell.
- Syria president says victory in Aleppo won't end the war
BEIRUT (AP) — President Bashar Assad said in comments published Thursday that Syrian forces' victory in the battle for Aleppo will be a "big gain" for his government but that it will not end of the country's civil war.
- EU: Little progress from Turkey on visa conditions
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union says Turkey has made virtually no progress on meeting conditions to earn visa free travel for its citizens, a key part of their deal to prevent refugees reaching Europe.
- Investigators to look at electrical system in Oakland fire
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Federal officials investigating a fire that killed 36 people during a party at an Oakland warehouse plan to bring in engineers to examine the building's electrical system, as they try to pinpoint the cause of a blaze that has cast a spotlight on similar artists' colonies around the country that offer cheap housing but unsafe living conditions.
- Correction: Japan-US-Reconciling the Past story
In a story Dec. 6 about world leaders visiting war sites of former enemies, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Shinzo Abe will become the first Japanese prime minister to visit Pearl Harbor in Honolulu this month. Abe will be the first Japanese prime minister to visit the USS Arizona Memorial, but a predecessor visited the site of the 1941 Japanese attack in 1951, before that memorial was built.
- 2 white South Africans denied bail in coffin assault case
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Two white South Africans accused of forcing a black man into a coffin and threatening to set him on fire have been denied bail.
- Correction: Japan-US-Pearl Harbor story
TOKYO (AP) — In a story published Dec. 5 about Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's upcoming visit to Pearl Harbor, The Associated Press reported erroneously that he would be the first Japanese leader to do so. Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida visited in 1951.
- Authorities think escaped inmate stabbed police officer
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina authorities were searching Thursday for an inmate who escaped a maximum-security prison and was suspected in the stabbing of a police officer miles away.
- Pantone Color Institute's color of the year is 'greenery'
NEW YORK (AP) — Amid social, political and environmental tumult around the world, the Pantone Color Institute on Thursday plucked fresh and zesty "greenery" as the color of the year for 2017.
- Strikes, anti-austerity rallies held across Greece
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A nationwide strike in Greece against spending cuts disrupted public transport, state-run schools, ferries and national rail services and left public hospitals running with emergency staff.
- Egypt president says his economic reforms are no 'picnic'
CAIRO (AP) — The Egyptian president defended on Thursday the tough economic measures undertaken by his government, saying there was no other alternative in the face of the country's deteriorating economy.
- North Carolina police kill man suspected in woman's death
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina police have killed a man they say stabbed a woman to death, then lunged at officers with a knife.
- Former French budget minister sentenced to 3 years
PARIS (AP) — Former French budget minister Jerome Cahuzac was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison in one of the biggest political scandals of President Francois Hollande's government.
- The Latest: EU: Turkey doing little to earn visa-free travel
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Latest on the migrant situation in Europe (all times local):