Mass killing reported in Aleppo as Syria troops near victory

BEIRUT (AP) — Pro-government forces reportedly killed 82 civilians "on the spot" as they closed in on the last rebel enclave in Syria's Aleppo Tuesday, the U.N. human rights office said, while world leaders and aid agencies issued dramatic appeals on behalf of trapped residents.

  • Written by BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press; JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press

2 Yazidi women accept EU's Sakharov Prize for human rights

BRUSSELS (AP) — Two Yazidi women who escaped sexual enslavement by the Islamic State group have accepted the European Union's Sakharov Prize for human rights and said they would continue to be a voice for others suffering a similar fate.

  • Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF

Accused shooter had list of other black churches in his car

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — When he was arrested, the man accused of killing nine people during a Bible study in a Charleston church had a list of other area black churches in his car, law enforcement officials testified Monday.

  • Written by MEG KINNARD, Associated Press

Trump picks Exxon Mobil's Tillerson to lead State Department

NEW YORK (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump announced Tuesday he has picked Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be secretary of state, calling the oil executive with close to ties to Russia one of the most accomplished "international dealmakers in the world."

  • Written by JULIE PACE, Associated Press; CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press

AP Interview: Gorbachev says US was short-sighted on Soviets

MOSCOW (AP) — As the Soviet Union was breaking up 25 years ago, Mikhail Gorbachev expected the United States and its Western allies to provide vital aid. The former Soviet president thinks their failure to offer significant help wasted a chance to build a safer world and resulted from short-sighted gloating at a Cold War rival's demise.

  • Written by KATE DE PURY, Associated Press; VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press