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EU official: Cyprus accord 'game changer' for bloc, region

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 10:31am

A deal reunifying ethnically divided Cyprus would be a "game changer" for the European Union and a conflict-wracked region in need of good news to restore faith in diplomacy and political discourse, the EU's foreign policy chief said Friday.

Syrian rebels launch Aleppo offensive to break siege

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 10:31am

Syrian rebels launched a broad offensive for Aleppo Friday as the Russian, Syrian, and Iranian foreign ministers vowed to intensify their fight against terrorism in the country.

Haitians struggle for clean water weeks after hurricane

David McFadden, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 10:30am

It's been nearly a month since Hurricane Matthew tore through southern Haiti and people like Kettley Rosier and many of her neighbors still have to spend their meager savings for water to drink.

The Latest: Putin rejects Russian request for Aleppo strikes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 10:25am

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

UN pays tribute to late Thai king

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 9:51am

The United Nations is paying tribute to the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej with a ceremony in the General Assembly Hall.

Spain Deputy PM: New govt stability a task for all parties

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 9:33am

The stability of a new minority government expected to take power in Spain next week will depend on the willingness of all parties to negotiate and act responsibly, acting deputy prime minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said Friday.

Philippines verifying if Chinese ships left disputed shoal

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 9:33am

The Philippine defense chief said Friday that authorities are trying to verify a report that Chinese coast guard ships have left a disputed shoal, allowing Filipino fishermen to sail back to the rich fishing area that China seized in 2012.

Politician indicted of war crimes related to Kosovo war

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 9:21am

Kosovo prosecutors have accused a senior politician of crimes in connection with two murders dating back to the 1998-99 Kosovo war.

Iraqis bury their dead in cemetery destroyed by IS

Susannah George and Bram Janssen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 9:11am

Sabriya Hammad buried her son in a cemetery that was destroyed by the same people who killed him.

Maldives government hit by defections in Parliament

Krishan Francis, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 9:01am

Six ruling party lawmakers in Maldives have defected to work with the opposition in the party's first open split and a major challenge to President Yameen Abdul Gayoom's rule.

Swedish court convicts German of stealing toxins

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 8:21am

A Swedish court has sentenced a 27-year-old German man to one year's imprisonment for stealing toxic substances from a university where he was a student.

National Geographic's famed 'girl' denies getting fake ID

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 8:00am

A Pakistani prosecutor says National Geographic's famed green-eyed 'Afghan Girl' has made her first appearance before a court, insisting she did not fraudulently obtain Pakistani nationality.

UN: IS using tens of thousands as 'human shields' in Mosul

Susannah George and Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 8:00am

For three months, as Islamic State militants ranged across farms and villages south of Mosul, they took Sayid Naheer, his wife and eight children with them. The family was among tens of thousands of people that the U.N. says have been rounded up to be used as human shields.

German midwife jailed for giving patients blood thinner

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 7:50am

A German court convicted a midwife on seven counts of attempted murder Friday for secretly administering blood thinners to women shortly before they were to give birth by cesarean section.

UN has reports IS using 1,000s as 'human shields' in Mosul

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 7:41am

The Islamic State group appears to be using tens of thousands of civilians in and around Mosul as "human shields," the United Nations' human rights office said Friday.

Tensions soar along frontier in disputed Kashmir region

Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 7:41am

Tensions soared Friday along the frontier between India and Pakistan in the disputed Kashmir region as soldiers from the nuclear-armed rivals continued to shell villages and border posts.

Turkish court orders man who kicked nurse re-arrested

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 7:31am

Turkey's state-run news agency says a man charged with assaulting a woman on a bus because she was wearing shorts has been taken into custody for the third time following public outcry at two decisions to release him from jail.

Sweden denies Assange permission to attend funeral

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 6:10am

Swedish prosecutors say a request from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to leave the Ecuadorean Embassy in London without being detained in order to attend a funeral has been dismissed on procedural grounds.

Croatia offers to help Bosnia with joining the EU

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 6:00am

Croatia's prime minister says his country will use its recent European Union admission experience to help Bosnia join the alliance as fast as possible.