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Group: IS land mines killed, wounded dozens in Syrian town

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 3:22am

A leading international rights group says that homemade land mines planted by the Islamic State group have killed and wounded hundreds of civilians, including dozens of children, in a town recently freed of the militants in northern Syria.

Iraqi forces evacuate 1,000 civilians from Mosul front lines

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 3:10am

Iraqi special forces have moved more than 1,000 people from villages near the front lines of the battle to retake the Islamic State-held city of Mosul and surrounding areas, where the U.N. says militants have committed a number of atrocities in recent days, officials said Wednesday.

Police: 2 children lucky to survive accident at Aussie park

Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 3:00am

Two children are fortunate to be alive, police said Wednesday, after they were thrown clear and survived an accident that killed their mothers and two other people on a river rapids ride at a popular theme park in Australia.

Pakistan city shuts down, mourns 61 killed at police academy

Abdul Sattar and Asif Shahzad, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 3:00am

Pakistan's city of Quetta was completely shut down Wednesday following a militant rampage at a police academy the day before while families buried 60 police cadets and an army officer killed in the attack — one of the deadliest targeting Pakistani security forces in recent years.

In leaked speech, Britain's May warned of Brexit damage

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 2:50am

A leaked recording of a speech by Theresa May sheds some light on the depth of the prime minister's opposition to taking Britain out of the European Union before the referendum earlier this year.

Germany: couple on trial for abusing, killing women

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 2:23am

A couple accused of luring women to their home in western Germany and abusing them so badly that two of them died went on trial Wednesday, charged with murder by omission and bodily harm.

Spain: Suspected pro-Islamic State supporter arrested

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 2:20am

Spain's Interior Ministry says police have arrested a Moroccan man suspected of spreading propaganda for the Islamic State armed group.

Afghan official: Taliban insurgents abduct, kill 20 people

Rahim Faiez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 2:10am

Taliban insurgents have killed at least 20 Afghan civilians after abducting them in the remote central province of Ghor the previous day, officials said Wednesday.

EU concerned over politicians' detention in Turkey

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 2:00am

Top European Union officials have voiced concern over the detention of two leading political figures in the largest city in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast.

Montenegro's long-ruling prime minister to step down

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 1:41am

Montenegro's prime minister, Milo Djukanovic, is to step down after ruling unchallenged for more than 25 years.

UNESCO to vote on new controversial report on Jerusalem

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 1:41am

UNESCO's World Heritage Committee is to approve or reject Wednesday a conservation report on the status of the Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls.

Philippine leader Duterte says he wants foreign troops out

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 1:41am

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, speaking in a country that is a staunch U.S. ally and hosts 50,000 American troops, said Wednesday that he wants his country to be free of foreign troops, possibly within two years.

Turkey says barrel bombs have hit Syrian opposition fighters

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 1:30am

Turkey's state-run news agency says a helicopter believed to belong to Syrian government forces has dropped barrel bombs in a deadly attack on Turkey-backed opposition forces in the border area.

Hong Kong lawmakers defy oath ban, sparking more unrest

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 1:00am

Two newly elected pro-democracy lawmakers defied an order Wednesday barring them from taking their oaths after being disqualified earlier for insulting China, sparking more unruly scenes in Hong Kong's legislature.

Rehabilitated orangutans freed in Borneo as species dwindles

Andi Jatmiko, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 12:22am

Jamur didn't hesitate as the door of her temporary cramped quarters slid open. In less than a second, the stocky red-haired orangutan was savoring freedom for the first time in nearly two decades.

Afghan police official: Taliban insurgents kill at least 20 civilians a day after abducting them in central province

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 11:50pm

Afghan police official: Taliban insurgents kill at least 20 civilians a day after abducting them in central province.

Gambia says it is leaving International Criminal Court

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 11:40pm

A third African country, Gambia, says it will leave the International Criminal Court as fears grow of a mass pullout from the body that pursues some of the world's worst atrocities.

Venezuela braces for anti-government protests amid crisis

Joshua Goodman and Jorge Rueda, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 10:23pm

Venezuela's standoff deepened after congress voted to open a political trial against President Nicolas Maduro for breaking the constitutional order and opposition leaders called for mass protests on Wednesday to drive the unpopular socialist leader from office.

Pena Nieto: No president thinks "how do I screw Mexico?"

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 7:51pm

Mexico's increasingly frank president, who is battling low approval ratings, launched a campaign on Tuesday to get people to talk positively about his country.