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2 Eritrean pilots defect to Ethiopia with jets, group says

Elias Meseret, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 4:22am

Two Eritrean pilots have defected with their fighter jets to neighboring Ethiopia, an Eritrean opposition group confirmed Thursday, in a dramatic exit from one of the world's most closed-off states.

Indonesian woman given 20-year jail term in cyanide murder

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 4:20am

An Indonesian court has given a 20-year jail sentence to an Indonesian woman accused of killing a former classmate at an Australian school with cyanide-laced coffee, in a trial that was broadcast live and became a national spectacle.

UNICEF says school attack a potential war crime

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 4:10am

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.

Thailand seeks 3 returned from Cambodia over alleged insults

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 4:00am

A Cambodian official says authorities are working on a request from Thailand's government to extradite three Thais accused of insulting the monarchy.

EU lawmakers: 2 Yazidi women win EU human rights prize

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 3:50am

Two Yazidi women who survived sexual enslavement by the Islamic State before escaping and becoming advocates for their people have won the EU's Sakharov Prize for human rights.

Pakistan bans protest and rallies in Islamabad for 2 months

Asif Shahzad, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 3:42am

The Pakistani government on Thursday 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.

EU lawmakers' group: 2 advocates for Yazidi women win the EU's Sakharov human rights prize

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 3:40am

EU lawmakers' group: 2 advocates for Yazidi women win the EU's Sakharov human rights prize .

Bulldozers start demolishing French migrant camp

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 3:40am

Bulldozers have started demolishing the makeshift migrant camp in the French port city of Calais, one day after authorities declared it empty.

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.

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.

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.