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UN Diplomat: Portugal's Guterres tops 3rd poll for UN chief

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 4:11pm

Portugal's former prime minister Antonio Guterres topped the third successive poll of candidates seeking to succeed Ban Ki-moon as the next U.N. secretary-general, making him the clear front-runner for the job as the world's top diplomat, U.N. diplomats said Monday.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 3:51pm

Mexico's federal police chief forced out following report alleging executions of gang suspects.

US urges halt to Turkish, Kurdish clashes in northern Syria

Suzan Fraser and Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 3:11pm

The U.S. on Monday urged Turkish troops and Kurdish forces in northern Syria to halt their fighting, saying it hinders efforts to defeat the Islamic State group. But Turkey's president vowed to press ahead with the military operation until the IS and Kurdish Syrian fighters no longer pose a security threat to Ankara.

House speaker of Puerto Rico resigns post under pressure

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 3:02pm

The speaker of the Chamber of Deputies in Puerto Rico resigned from the leadership post Monday under pressure from officials in his party following court testimony that has linked him to a former fundraiser convicted in a political corruption case.

Venezuela accuses US, opposition of planning coup

Fabiola Sanchez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 3:02pm

Venezuela is accusing the United States and the country's political opposition of planning a coup for Thursday, the day that government opponents have called for a march to demand a recall vote against President Nicolas Maduro.

Kerry urges Bangladesh to step up efforts against terrorism

Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 2:42pm

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Monday for Bangladesh to step up efforts to fight extremist violence, come to terms with links between local and international militants and protect and promote human rights.

Permanent cease-fire takes effect in Colombia under accord

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 2:41pm

A permanent cease-fire took effect in Colombia on Monday, a major step in bringing an end to 52 years of bloody combat between the government and the country's biggest rebel group.

European ships rescue thousands of migrants off Libyan coast

Emilio Morenatti, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 1:51pm

Italian naval ships and vessels from non-government groups rescued thousands of migrants off the Libyan coast on Monday, the latest surge in desperate attempts to flee to Europe driven by war, poverty, and human traffickers.

UN says Israelis, Palestinians both imperil 2-state solution

Michael Astor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 1:41pm

Political leaders on both sides of the Israeli Palestinian conflict continue to shy away from the steps needed for peace, further eroding the prospect of a two-state solution, the United Nations' Mideast envoy said Monday.

Romania: 6 gov't officials on embezzlement charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 1:41pm

Romanian anti-corruption prosecutors say six senior interior ministry officials have been indicted on suspicion of embezzlement and making false statements.

The Latest: US asks Turkey to focus on fight against IS

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 1:23pm

The Latest on the developments in the Syrian civil war (all times local):

Aristide joins Haiti rally to urge voters to back candidate

David McFadden, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 1:11pm

Twice-ousted Haitian leader Jean-Bertrand Aristide made a rare public appearance Monday at a street rally to support the presidential candidate of the political movement he founded decades ago.

Islamic State bombing kills 54 government recruits in Yemen

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 1:01pm

A suicide car bombing claimed by the Islamic State in Yemen's southern city of Aden on Monday killed at least 54 pro-government recruits, officials said, underscoring how the militant group has been able to exploit Yemen's civil war to stage large-scale attacks.

Quake survivors erupt in anger at funeral plan; govt relents

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 1:01pm

Italian quake survivors rebelled in anger Monday over the government's plan to hold a state funeral for their loved ones in an airport hangar in a distant town, where scores of bodies are being kept in refrigerated trucks, and let them watch it on screens from near their emergency tent camp.

North Korea denounces UN condemnation, warns US of action

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 1:01pm

North Korea has denounced a U.N. Security Council statement condemning its four latest ballistic missile launches, calling it "a hostile act" perpetrated by the United States and warning that it could precipitate America's "self-destruction."

Oil wells south of Mosul burn days after key town retaken

Susannah George and Balint Szlanko, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 12:30pm

The skies above this small northern Iraqi town are black with smoke and ash rains down from around a half dozen oil wells that Islamic State group fighters set ablaze as Iraqi troops moved in to retake Qayara last week.

Hunger grips thousands of new South Sudan refugees in Uganda

Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 11:31am

When the refugees arrive at this camp near the border with South Sudan, the beans provided by the United Nations are their only source of protein. There is no milk, not even for the toddlers with distended bellies who tightly hold onto their mothers' skirts in the intense afternoon heat.

Militants kill 3 Tunisian soldiers in patrol attack

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

Tunisia's defense ministry says that three soldiers have been killed in an explosion after a patrol hit anti-tank mines near the Algerian border.

Swiss fighter plane goes missing in central Swiss Alps

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 10:41am

The Swiss Defense Department says an air force fighter jet has gone missing in the Alps of central Switzerland.