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Japan vows to closely watch possible China warplane activity

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

Japan's top government spokesman has warned China against expanding its military activity in the skies over disputed East China Sea islands after eight Chinese warplanes flew near the area on Sunday.

Powerful quake rattles Japan's southern island of Okinawa

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

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.7 has rattled Okinawa and other southern Japanese islands, but there was no danger of a tsunami.

PAL plane safely lands in Manila after smoke seen in cabin

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 11:00pm

A Philippine Airlines plane en route to Haneda airport in Tokyo returned to Manila's airport 20 minutes into its flight Monday after the crew detected smoke in the cabin. The plane with 235 people on board landed safely and there were no reports of injury.

Colombia to sign historic peace deal on ending long conflict

Joshua Goodman and Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 10:10pm

Colombia will take a big step toward emerging from its long nightmare of bloody violence Monday when the government and the country's largest rebel movement sign a peace accord that emerged from four hard years of negotiations.

Surfer in stable condition after Australian shark attack

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 10:00pm

A teenage surfer was in stable condition after he was bitten by a shark Monday at the same Australian beach where a Japanese surfer was fatally mauled last year, officials said.

Spain's regional elections give boost to Rajoy's party

Ciaran Giles and Marisol Medina, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 5:21pm

Acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's conservative Popular Party got a boost in regional elections Sunday, while the opposition Socialists lost ground.

Brazilian city council candidate shot dead at Rio rally

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 4:41pm

Brazilian police say gunmen have killed a city council candidate as he was leaving a political rally outside Rio de Janeiro.

Jewish settlement soccer clubs bring politics to the pitch

Tia Goldenberg, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 3:50pm

The Beitar Shabi Givat Zeev players huddled around for a training session, lobbing soccer balls as an autumn evening breeze swept through the surrounding rocky hills. It was a routine scene played out on soccer fields around the world, but if Palestinian authorities have their way, the team could soon find itself permanently sidelined.

At least 26 killed in Aleppo as UN meets over Syria

Philip Issa and Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 3:42pm

At least 26 civilians were killed in fresh government airstrikes on the contested city of Aleppo, Syrian activists said Sunday, as the United Nations Security Council convened an emergency meeting on the spiraling violence in Syria but failed to take any action because of deep divisions between Russia and the Western powers.

4 wounded in shooting in Swedish city of Malmo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 2:01pm

Swedish police say four people have been wounded in a shooting in Malmo, the country's third-largest city.

The Latest: UN takes no action after arguments over Aleppo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 1:52pm

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

UN chief pledges help for talks to reunify divided Cyprus

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 1:14pm

The United Nations secretary-general promised Sunday to lend his personal support to rival Cypriot leaders who are locked in complex talks aimed at reunifying the ethnically divided island nation.

Hungary manhunt in Budapest blast that wounded 2 officers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 12:41pm

Hungarian authorities are hunting for a man who set off a homemade fragmentation bomb that seriously wounded two officers in central Budapest, the country's police chief said Sunday.

Jordanian writer gunned down outside courthouse

Khetam Malkawi and Mohammed Daraghmeh, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 11:31am

A prominent and outspoken Jordanian writer on Sunday was shot dead in front of the courthouse where he had been on trial for posting a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam on social media.

Jordan's king re-appoints prime minister to new term

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 10:51am

Jordan's King Abdullah II has re-appointed his prime minister in what is largely a formality following Sept. 20 parliamentary elections.

Israeli official: Gaza underground wall to be done in months

Daniel Estrin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 10:41am

A senior Israeli military official on Sunday said a massive underground barrier being built along the Gaza border to defend against Hamas tunnels should be finished in a matter of months, dealing what he said would be a serious blow to the Islamic militant group.

North Korean defectors who became Chinese brides end silence

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 9:50am

North Korean defectors who became brides for rural Chinese men, they faced another excruciating choice when they suffered abuse: to flee to South Korea and leave their children. Women who've made that choice have lived with the guilt and shame for years, but some are breaking their silence and trying to get international help for their situation. What some of the women told The Associated Press about their experiences:

Syrian activists: Intense airstrikes on rebel-held parts of Aleppo kill at least 23 people

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 9:31am

Syrian activists: Intense airstrikes on rebel-held parts of Aleppo kill at least 23 people.

Turks protest assault of young nurse who wore shorts on bus

Neyran Elden, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 9:24am

Turks donned shorts and gathered in central Istanbul on Sunday to condemn the assault of a young nurse who was attacked on a bus for wearing shorts.