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South African opposition says ICC withdrawal is illegal

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 10:20am

South Africa's main opposition party on Monday tried to block a government plan to withdraw from the International Criminal Court, saying the move is illegal and that the country's top court should intervene.

Italy police bust Nigerian smuggling and prostitution ring

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 10:11am

Police in Italy have arrested 11 Nigerians for allegedly trafficking young women and girls from Nigeria to exploit them as sex slaves.

German police can't confirm onlookers goaded teen's suicide

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 9:31am

German police say they have conducted extensive interviews with witnesses who saw a 17-year-old migrant throw himself from an apartment block, and none were able to confirm initial reports that he had been encouraged to jump.

France urges Turkey to respect rights in aftermath of coup

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 9:23am

France's foreign minister urged Turkey on Monday to respect fundamental rights and freedoms in the aftermath of the country's failed military coup, saying democracy is the best defense against those trying to defy it.

France moving more than 6,000 migrants from makeshift camp

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 9:20am

Carrying their belongings in bags and suitcases, long lines of migrants waited calmly in chilly temperatures Monday to board buses in the French port city of Calais, as authorities began evacuating the squalid camp they call home.

Serbian president: EU's membership conditions 'humiliating'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 9:10am

Serbia's president has accused the European Union of setting "humiliating" conditions for the Balkan country's membership.

In renewed Aleppo attacks, Syrian troops capture high ground

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 9:00am

Syrian government forces and their allies on Monday captured strategic high ground in embattled Aleppo as Russia — a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad — said it was not planning more "humanitarian pauses" in the fighting in the city's eastern, rebel-held districts.

Israel defense chief gives interview to Palestinian daily

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 7:40am

Israel's defense chief threatened Gaza's militant Hamas rulers and dismissed the Palestinian president as an incapable leader in a rare interview published Monday in the main Palestinian newspaper.

The Latest: Buses start moving migrants out of French camp

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 7:30am

The Latest on the flow of migrants into Europe (all times local):

Iraqis push toward Mosul; group calls for airstrike probe

Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Joseph Krauss, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 7:30am

Iraqi forces fought their way into two villages near Mosul on Monday as the offensive to retake the extremist-held city entered its second week and a rights group urged a probe into a suspected airstrike that hit a mosque, killing over a dozen civilians.

Gays living in partnership OK to adopt children of partners

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 7:10am

The Czech government has approved a plan to allow gays and lesbians living in a registered partnership to adopt the children of their partners.

The Latest: France calls for end to raids by Syria, Russia

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 6:42am

The Latest on developments in Syria where government forces have renewed their attacks on eastern rebel-held districts of the city of Aleppo (all times local):

German prosecutors file appeal in high-profile rape case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 6:40am

Prosecutors in Hamburg say they are appealing against the verdicts and sentences issued in a rape case that prompted public uproar in Germany.

China's Xi seeks to enforce will at Communist Party meeting

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 6:20am

Having punished more than a million Communist Party members for corruption, Chinese President Xi Jinping will use a key meeting that started Monday to drive home the message that his signature anti-graft campaign is far from done and his authority remains undiminished.

Romania: technocrat PM agrees to be candidate for Liberals

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 6:10am

The leader of Romania's Liberal Party says the prime minister has agreed to be the party's candidate for premier ahead of parliamentary elections.

US: Philippines' Duterte sparking distress around the world

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 6:00am

America's top diplomat for Asia said Monday that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial remarks and a "real climate of uncertainty" about his government's intentions have sparked distress in the U.S. and other countries.

Cross-border fire in Kashmir kills 1 soldier, 3 civilians

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 5:50am

A cross-border exchange of fire in the disputed region of Kashmir killed a soldier and three civilians, Pakistan and India said Monday, trading accusations over the latest shooting incident.

Malta says plane crashed en route to Libya surveillance trip

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 5:40am

A small plane heading toward Libya's coast to monitor migrant trafficking routes for the French government crashed soon after takeoff from Malta's airport Monday, killing all five French crew members, authorities said.

Correction: Iraq story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 5:11am

In a story Oct. 23 about Iraq's Mosul offensive, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a UNICEF team had visited a refugee camp near Mosul and found poor conditions there. The people the UNICEF team visited were residents of the area, which had recently been retaken from the Islamic State group.