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Japan, US, S. Korea agree to step up pressure on N. Korea

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 3:20am

Senior officials from Japan, the United States and South Korea agreed Thursday to step up pressure on North Korea as they stick to their goal of persuading the communist state to abandon its nuclear weapons.

Russia to destroy all of its chemical weapons by end of 2017

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 3:10am

A top Russian official says Russia will destroy all of its chemical weapons by the end of next year, a year earlier than previously announced.

Cambodia assures US that political deadlock will end soon

Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 3:10am

Cambodia's foreign minister assured the United States on Thursday that the political deadlock in the country will ease soon since opposition lawmakers have agreed to end their boycott of the parliament and attend its upcoming plenary session.  

Israel eases Gaza restrictions with expanded fishing zone

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 2:51am

Israel has expanded the fishing zone off the Gaza coast to allow Palestinian fishermen to sail out further.

Pakistan bans protest and rallies in Islamabad for 2 months

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 2:40am

The Pakistani government has banned all political meetings, rallies and protests in the capital, Islamabad, ahead of a planned opposition march against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Nov. 2.

Officials in quake-ridden central Italy assess damage

Alessandra Tarantino and Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 2:30am

Officials in central Italy began early Thursday to assess the damage caused by a pair of strong earthquakes in the same region of central Italy hit by a deadly quake in August, as an appeal went out for temporary housing adequate for the cold mountain temperatures.

UNICEF says school attack a potential war crime

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 2:30am

The U.N. Children's agency called the airstrikes in Syria's rebel-held northern Idlib province a day earlier an "outrage", suggesting it may be the deadliest attack on a school since the country's war began nearly six years ago. The attack, according to UNICEF, killed 22 children and six of their teachers.

Germany: Syrian teen scouted attack sites for IS in Berlin

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 2:21am

German prosecutors say a 19-year-old Syrian migrant scouted out potential sites in Berlin for an attack by the Islamic State group.

APNewsBreak: Abu Sayyaf got $7.3 million from kidnappings

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 2:20am

Abu Sayyaf pocketed at least 353 million pesos ($7.3 million) from ransom kidnappings in the first six months of the year and have turned to abductions of foreign tugboat crewmen as military offensives restricted the militants' mobility, a confidential Philippine government report said.

Group hopes to preserve heritage of Myanmar's biggest city

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 1:10am

A Yangon historic-preservation group says Myanmar's largest city and commercial capital is facing its "last best chance" to save many crumbling architectural treasures dating back to the days when Myanmar was the British colony of Burma.

Australian theme park cancels opening 3 days after 4 deaths

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 12:51am

The company that owns an Australian theme park where four people died on a river rapids ride defended its safety record on Thursday as police vetoed plans to reopen to the public three days after the tragedy.

China's male-dominated, anti-graft politics by the numbers

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 12:51am

China's ruling Communist Party concludes a key meeting this week aimed at shoring up internal discipline and asserting General Secretary Xi Jinping's authority. The gathering is also expected to lay the groundwork for next year's national congress that will decide major leadership positions and lay out the agenda for Xi's next five-year term.

French authorities declare the Calais migrant camp empty

Elaine Ganley and Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 10:41pm

The grim camp known as "the jungle," a symbol of Europe's failure to come to grips with its crisis over asylum seekers, is no more.

2 quakes rattle Italy, crumbling buildings and causing panic

Nicole Winfield and Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 10:13pm

A pair of strong aftershocks shook central Italy late Wednesday, crumbling churches and buildings, knocking out power and sending panicked residents into the rain-drenched streets just two months after a powerful earthquake killed nearly 300 people.

Younger brother of former Emperor Hirohito dies at age 100

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 10:00pm

The younger brother of former Japanese Emperor Hirohito died Thursday at the age of 100.

Mayor: Heavy structural damage from quake in Ussita, Italy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 9:32pm

The Latest on two strong aftershocks that shook central Italy (all times local):

Mass protest in Venezuela demanding end of 'dictatorship'

Joshua Goodman and Hannah Dreier, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 8:41pm

Anti-government protesters jammed the streets of Venezuela's capital on Wednesday on the heels of a decision by congress to open a political trial against President Nicolas Maduro, whose allies have blocked moves for a recall election.

Vietnam seizes 1 ton of ivory smuggled from Kenya

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 8:31pm

Vietnamese authorities have seized 1 ton of ivory smuggled from Kenya, the fifth such seizure in the past month.

The Latest: Policeman killed in Venezuela, details unclear

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 8:31pm

The Latest on Venezuela's political crisis (all times local):