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Arab responses to 9/11 bill point to US interventions abroad

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 11:31am

A bill passed by Congress allowing the families of 9/11 victims to sue the Saudi government has prompted reactions of outrage and ridicule among some in the Arab world. Many critics say the bill reinforces a long-held perception in the Middle East that the U.S. only demands justice for its own victims of terrorism, despite decades of controversial U.S. interventions around the world.

The Latest: German FM lobbies Moscow on Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 11:21am

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

Russia accuses US of siding with 'terrorists' in Syria

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 11:13am

Russian officials accused the U.S. on Thursday of siding with "terrorists" in Syria, in a sign of escalating tensions between Moscow and Washington amid the battle for the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.

The Latest: Peres remembered at UN ceremony

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 11:11am

The Latest on funeral preparations and a nation in mourning at the death of Israel's ninth President, Shimon Peres (all times local):

Palestinian dies in Islamic Jihad tunnel in Gaza 'accident'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 11:11am

The Gaza Health Ministry says a Palestinian was killed in an accident while working in a "military tunnel" used by Islamic Jihad, a Palestinian militant group.

UN rights council seeks greater monitoring of Yemen abuses

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 11:11am

The Human Rights Council has called for greater U.N. monitoring of rights abuses in war-torn Yemen, but overlooked calls for an independent probe of abuses amid airstrikes by a Saudi-led, Western-backed coalition blamed for the deaths of hundreds of civilians.

ICC to look into Gabon situation at government's request

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 11:01am

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court says she will conduct a preliminary investigation into the situation in Gabon, as requested by the government.

Colombia president says Pope Francis to visit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 11:01am

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos says Pope Francis will pay a visit to his country in the first quarter of next year.

UN in Afghanistan says 15 civilians killed in US air strike

Lynne O'Donnell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 11:01am

The United Nations in Afghanistan said on Thursday that an airstrike in the eastern province of Nangarhar near the Pakistan border killed at least 15 civilians and injured another 13.

India says it has struck militants across Kashmir frontier

Muneeza Naqvi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 11:01am

India said Thursday it carried out "surgical strikes" against militants across the highly militarized frontier that divides the Kashmir region between India and Pakistan, in an exchange that escalated tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbors.

Ukraine marks Babi Yar massacre's 75th anniversary

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 10:51am

Ukraine on Thursday marked the 75th anniversary of the Babi Yar massacre, one of the most infamous mass slaughters of World War II.

World figures to attend funeral of Israel's Shimon Peres

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 10:34am

The following world figures have confirmed attendance at Shimon Peres' funeral in Jerusalem on Friday:

Russia accuses US of threatening support for nuclear attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 10:31am

The Russian Foreign Ministry is accusing the Pentagon of making a veiled threat to back its allies in an attack on Russia with nuclear weapons.

Colombian president says Pope Francis will visit the country early next year

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 10:21am

Colombian president says Pope Francis will visit the country early next year.

France nabs prosperous smuggler sneaking migrants to Britain

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 10:15am

French authorities have arrested and convicted a top smuggler and his accomplice who had reigned over desperate migrants trying to sneak to Britain, earning 300,000 pounds ($390,000) a month and hiding travelers amid onions to keep police off their trail.

Syrian government claims gains as Russia talks 2-day truce

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 10:12am

The U.S. and Russia escalated their war of words over Syria Thursday as government forces kept up their assault on Aleppo's rebel-held quarters and registered tenuous gains.

UN warns of 'disaster' once Iraqi troops take on IS in Mosul

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 10:01am

A looming Iraqi military operation against the Islamic State group in Mosul could spark "one of the largest man-made disasters" in years, the U.N. refugee agency's top official in Iraq warned Thursday, urging the international community to keep up support for displaced Iraqis before a battle that could mark a turning point for the war-ravaged country.

Mexico, 5 South American countries question Venezuela rules

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 9:51am

Mexico has joined five South American countries in expressing concern over the decision by electoral authorities in Venezuela to effectively delay a presidential recall vote until 2017.

Nearly a hurricane, 'Matthew' crosses Southern Caribbean

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 9:41am

Tropical Storm Matthew was nearing hurricane strength Thursday as it moved toward the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao in the Southern Caribbean.