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The Latest: UN Sec-Gen 'appalled' by Syria violence

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 12:31pm

The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):

UN chief pledges help for talks to reunify divided Cyprus

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 12:01pm

The United Nations secretary-general is promising to lend his personal support to rival Cypriot leaders continue to engage in complex talks aimed at reunifying the ethnically divided island nation.

Jordanian writer gunned down outside courthouse

Khetam Malkawi and Mohammed Daraghmeh, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 11:31am

A prominent and outspoken Jordanian writer on Sunday was shot dead in front of the courthouse where he had been on trial for posting a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam on social media.

Jordan's king re-appoints prime minister to new term

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 10:51am

Jordan's King Abdullah II has re-appointed his prime minister in what is largely a formality following Sept. 20 parliamentary elections.

Israeli official: Gaza underground wall to be done in months

Daniel Estrin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 10:41am

A senior Israeli military official on Sunday said a massive underground barrier being built along the Gaza border to defend against Hamas tunnels should be finished in a matter of months, dealing what he said would be a serious blow to the Islamic militant group.

At least 23 killed in Aleppo as UN meets over Syria

Philip Eissa and Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 10:20am

At least 26 civilians were killed in renewed government airstrikes on the contested city of Aleppo, Syrian activists said Sunday, as the United Nations Security Council convened an emergency meeting on the spiraling violence in Syria.

North Korean defectors who became Chinese brides end silence

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 9:50am

North Korean defectors who became brides for rural Chinese men, they faced another excruciating choice when they suffered abuse: to flee to South Korea and leave their children. Women who've made that choice have lived with the guilt and shame for years, but some are breaking their silence and trying to get international help for their situation. What some of the women told The Associated Press about their experiences:

Syrian activists: Intense airstrikes on rebel-held parts of Aleppo kill at least 23 people

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 9:31am

Syrian activists: Intense airstrikes on rebel-held parts of Aleppo kill at least 23 people.

Turks protest assault of young nurse who wore shorts on bus

Neyran Elden, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 9:24am

Turks donned shorts and gathered in central Istanbul on Sunday to condemn the assault of a young nurse who was attacked on a bus for wearing shorts.

France's former grand rabbi Joseph Sitruk dies at 71

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 9:21am

Joseph Sitruk, a former grand rabbi of France for more than two decades who oversaw a growth in synagogues and Jewish schools, has died after a long illness. He was 71.

Attendees at North Korean air show wowed by model F-16

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 9:21am

Now here's something you don't see every day: an F-16 fighter jet buzzing through the skies of North Korea and launching — fireworks.

Kuwaiti armed with hunting rifle shoots an Egyptian, Syrian

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 9:21am

Kuwaiti police say they have arrested a man who says he accidentally shot a Syrian and Egyptian near a bloc of stores selling hunting rifles.

UK leader May accused of duplicity in run-up to Brexit vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 7:50am

A former senior British government official says Prime Minister Theresa May undermined her predecessor, David Cameron, in the run-up to Britain's June 23 referendum to leave the European Union.

Swiss vote to grant new powers to intelligence services

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 7:41am

Swiss voters granted new powers Sunday to the country's intelligence services, allowing them to track internet activity, snoop on email and tap phones to better fight spies, criminal hackers and violent extremists.

Hollande honors Algerians who fought for French colonizers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 7:00am

French President Francois Hollande has acknowledged the state's culpability in abandoning Algerians who fought alongside French colonial forces in Algeria's war for independence — and were then massacred as traitors after the French retreat in 1962.

Egypt moves to tighten borders after migrant ship tragedy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 6:42am

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi ordered the tightening of border security after more than 160 mainly Egyptian migrants died when their Europe-bound boat sank in the Mediterranean, a tragedy that highlighted the extent of Egypt's economic woes.

Suicide bomber targets Shiites in Iraqi capital, kills 7

Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 6:20am

A suicide bomber in Iraq killed at least seven people who were setting up tents on Sunday ahead of a major Shiite religious observance next month, officials said.

Regional elections unlikely to end stalemate in Spain

Ciaran Giles and Marisol Medina, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 6:11am

Residents of Spain's Basque and Galicia regions voted in regional parliamentary elections on Sunday, but with few hopes of ending the country's 9-month political stalemate and avoiding a third round of national elections in one year.

Israeli military indicts Palestinians for online incitement

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 5:40am

The Israeli military says it has indicted more than 145 Palestinians so far this year for incitement over social media.