Kathy Gannon, Associated Press | Posted Oct 20th - 3:20pm
A desperate Pakistani family anxiously awaiting a U.S. visa for their ailing little girl is running out of time: Maria is just six years old but a rare genetic disease has left her frail body wracked with pain and stunted her growth.
Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Susannah George, Associated Press | Posted Oct 20th - 3:10pm
In a significant escalation of the battle for Mosul, elite Iraqi special forces joined the fight Thursday, unleashing a pre-dawn assault on an Islamic State-held town east of the besieged city, and the U.S. military announced the first American combat death since the operation began.
Raphael Satter, Associated Press | Posted Oct 20th - 3:01pm
U.K. Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said Thursday that Britain's military is launching cyberattacks against the Islamic State group in support of the offensive on the Iraqi city of Mosul, a first-of-its kind acknowledgement that British forces are launching attacks across the internet.
Iraqi special forces charged into the Mosul battle Thursday with a pre-dawn advance on a nearby town held by the Islamic State group, a key part of a multi-pronged assault on eastern approaches to the besieged city.
Mexico's Attorney General's office says a federal judge in Mexico has denied drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's appeals against extradition to the United States, but Guzman could still appeal to a higher court.
Raf Casert, Associated Press | Posted Oct 20th - 2:01pm
France warned Britain at the start of a European Union summit on Thursday that it would face a tough, unyielding opponent if it sought too many concessions during its negotiations to leave the 28-nation EU.
Robert Burns and Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press | Posted Oct 20th - 1:52pm
A U.S. military member was killed by a roadside bomb Thursday in connection with the Iraqi effort to retake the key city of Mosul, marking the first American combat casualty in the long-planned push against the Islamic State group.
Ciaran Giles, Associated Press | Posted Oct 20th - 1:02pm
Spain's top court on Thursday overruled a controversial local ban against bullfighting in the powerful northeastern region of Catalonia, saying it violated a national law protecting the much-disputed spectacle.
Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press | Posted Oct 20th - 1:01pm
Gay rights activists are joining with refugees, ethnic minorities and other groups to beat back forces that are exploiting a climate of fear created by terror concerns, an official with an international gay rights advocacy group said Thursday.
Sarah El Deeb and Suzan Fraser, Associated Press | Posted Oct 20th - 12:41pm
Turkey escalated its offensive Thursday against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, pounding them with airstrikes and artillery, and complicating the battle against the Islamic State group by Ankara and Washington, both NATO allies.
Christopher Bodeen and Gillian Wong, Associated Press | Posted Oct 20th - 12:24pm
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced that his country is separating from the U.S. in a speech before a Beijing economic forum on Thursday, after handing China a major diplomatic victory, agreeing to resume dialogue on their South China Sea territorial dispute following months of acrimony.
Mohammed Daraghmeh, Associated Press | Posted Oct 20th - 12:21pm
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is pushing for leadership elections in his Fatah movement and the PLO before the end of the year, as part of what senior officials say is largely an elaborate attempt to block the return of an exiled rival backed by several Arab states.