Texas

Federal court weighs abortion standards

Texas women will still be able to get abortions while new, more stringent standards for clinics will protect their health, a lawyer for the state told a federal appeals court considering a challenge to a 2013 law. Similar measures have been challenged in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. The Texas law requires doctors to have local hospital-admitting privileges.

Florida

Sisters fatally shoot their older brother

With help from her younger sister, a 15-year-old girl fatally shot her older brother with a gun that their parents had locked up while they were away, and then the pair took off from the White Springs, Fla., home, authorities said. Law-enforcement officials said they discovered the body of the 16-year-old brother late Monday. The 15-year-old's sister, age 11, assisted in the shooting but didn't pull the trigger, sheriff's spokesman Murray Smith said. The older girl got the gun from a room that her parents had locked, Smith said.

Iran

Supreme leader warns against trusting U.S.

Iran's supreme leader said his country should find internal solutions for dealing with economic sanctions and that the United States could not be trusted to lift sanctions in the event a nuclear agreement is reached. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, repeated in a speech published on his personal website that he did not oppose the current negotiations with the United States and other world powers over Iran's nuclear program, but said Iranians needed to rely on "bright and realistic glimmers of hope, and not on imaginary ones." Talks are scheduled to resume Jan. 18 in Geneva.

Yemen

Car bomb explodes at police academy

A car bomb exploded outside a police academy in Sanaa, killing or wounding dozens of applicants who were lined up at the building's gate. An Interior Ministry official said that at least 31 people were killed and that more than 70 were wounded. It was the deadliest attack in the capital since October, when a suicide bomber killed nearly 50 people at a protest. Violence has surged in Yemen over recent months, reflecting growing instability and tension since the Houthis, a former rebel group, took control of Sanaa last fall.

Turkey

Extremists say they planned bombing

A Marxist extremist group claimed responsibility for a suicide attack in the heart of Istanbul's tourist district that left the assailant and a police officer dead. A female suicide bomber entered a police station in the historic Sultanahmet district, a popular destination for tourists, Tuesday and blew herself up. It was the second time in less than a week that the outlawed Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front carried out an attack against the Turkish police in a show of protest.

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