Turkey frees schoolboy arrested for 'insulting' Erdogan

Ankara: A Turkish court Friday ordered the release of a 16-year-old high school pupil arrested for "insulting" President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, following accusations his detention was the latest sign of the country veering to authoritarianism.

 Russia, 4-ex-Soviet nations finalize new alliance

Russia and four other ex-Soviet nations have completed the creation of a new economic alliance intended to bolster their integration, but the ambitious grouping immediately showed signs of fracture as the leader of Belarus sharply criticized Moscow.

 South Korea, US and Japan share intel on North Korea

South Korea says it'll sign a trilateral intelligence-sharing pact with the US and Japan next week to better cope with North Korea's increasing nuclear and missile threats.

 Militants attack African Union base in Somalia; 9 dead

Gunmen attacked the African Union's main base in the Somali capital of Mogadishu leading to an exchange of gunfire between militants and soldiers that killed at least nine people, including three soldiers, an official with the mission in Somalia said.

 Spain's king to give speech after sister indicted

Spain's new King Felipe VI is giving his first Christmas Eve speech amid intense interest over what he might say about his sister Princess Cristina's indictment two days ago on tax fraud charges.

 US man sentenced for stealing dying woman's ring

A 20-year-old Kansas man has been sentenced to nearly eight years in prison for stealing the wedding ring from the hand of a dying woman last year in the drive-thru of a fast-ood restaurant.

 Ex-US Marine held in Iran to start hunger strike

The family of a former US Marine imprisoned in Iran says he is going on a hunger strike and has dictated a letter asking President Obama not to forget him as dialogue continues between the two countries over Iran's nuclear activities.

 South Korean leader's aides, brother summoned over scandal

South Korean President Park Geun-hye faces a political crisis over allegations that a former chief adviser pulled strings behind the scenes on key state affairs and feuded with her younger brother for power.

 French court says Uber may infringe on taxi law

A French court ruled on Friday that Uber's ride-hailing service may infringe French law and ordered the company to make changes to its popular mobile app-based service.

 Charges in theft of US military aircraft documents

A Chinese-born engineer who worked for a defense contractor has been charged with attempting to travel to China with stolen documents on the development of advanced titanium for US military aircraft, federal prosecutors have said.