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Joseph Verner Reed, Jr., UN official and ex-US envoy dies

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 3:32pm

Joseph Verner Reed, Jr., a United Nations undersecretary-general, former U.S. ambassador and chief of protocol under President George H.W. Bush, has died at the age of 78.

The Latest: Matthew now a powerful Category 4 hurricane

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 3:24pm

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'Matthew' grows into Cat 4 hurricane, heads toward Jamaica

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 3:21pm

Hurricane Matthew grew into a powerful Category 4 storm on Friday as it crossed the Caribbean Sea on a course that could have it pounding Jamaica within days.

Police: Autopsies done for sisters found dead in Seychelles

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 2:41pm

Two American sisters found dead in their tropical island villa while vacationing in Seychelles died of excess fluid in their lungs, according to police in the African archipelago nation.

Hunger-striking ex-Gitmo detainee asks Uruguay for answers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 2:21pm

A hunger-striking former Guantanamo prisoner is threatening to stop drinking liquids to press Uruguay's government into allowing him to leave the South American country.

Newest candidate to be UN chief to be grilled on Monday

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 2:12pm

The latest candidate to be the next secretary-general, European commissioner Kristalina Georgieva of Bulgaria, will appear before the U.N. General Assembly on Monday to answer questions from member states.

Syrian monitor: Russian airstrikes killed 9,300 in past year

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 2:03pm

A year of Russian airstrikes on areas outside government control in Syria have killed more than 9,000 people, displaced tens of thousands and caused widespread destruction, an opposition monitoring group said Friday.

Colombia's rebels pave road to peace with apologies

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 2:01pm

For the third time in a week Colombia's largest rebel movement has asked forgiveness from its victims during the country's decades-long conflict.

Duterte 'happy to slaughter' drug suspects; mentions Hitler

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 1:41pm

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte raised the rhetoric over his bloody anti-crime war to a new level Friday, comparing it to Hitler and the Holocaust and saying he would be "happy to slaughter" 3 million addicts.

Netherlands summons Russian envoy over MH17 probe criticism

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 1:31pm

The Netherlands summoned Russia's ambassador Friday to complain about Russian criticism of the Dutch public prosecutor's office over the probe into the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

The Latest: UN urges 48-hour humanitarian pauses in Aleppo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 1:23pm

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Cyprus president: No peace deal with Turkish military rights

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 1:21pm

An insistence by breakaway Turkish Cypriots to cede Turkey the right to militarily intervene under a hoped-for deal reunifying the ethnically divided island of Cyprus is "excessive and unjustified," the island's president said Friday.

Attack on train kills at least 3 in Republic of Congo

Louis Okamba, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 12:11pm

A police spokesman says armed men have attacked a train carrying security forces in Republic of Congo's Pool region, killing several people.

Somalia accuses US over airstrike

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 12:11pm

The Somali government has accused U.S. forces of carrying out an airstrike earlier this week which killed 13 Somali soldiers.

In death, Peres brings Israelis, Palestinians together

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 11:31am

Even in death, Shimon Peres managed to bring Israelis and Palestinians together.

Peres, remembered for tireless peace efforts, laid to rest

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 11:14am

Shimon Peres was laid to rest Friday by dozens of world leaders who praised Israel's former president and prime minister for pursuing peace with an indefatigable spirit and optimism, even though his vision of a "new Middle East" was never fulfilled.

Pakistan blames India for postponement of SAARC conference

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 10:40am

Pakistan's Foreign Ministry says it remains committed to hosting the 19th SAARC Summit, which has been postponed after India's decision to abstain.

Gunmen assassinate a senior intelligence official in Yemen

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 10:21am

Yemeni security officials say that suspected militants have gunned down a senior security official in the southern city of Aden.

South African rangers kill 3 suspected poachers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 10:21am

South African authorities used a helicopter to recover the bodies of three suspected poachers who were fatally shot by rangers in a wildlife park where rhino poaching has increased in recent weeks.