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Iraqi forces advance near Mosul as IS attacks western town

Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Joseph Krauss, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 12:11pm

Iraqi Kurdish forces pushed toward Mosul on Sunday, cordoning off eight villages and coming within 9 kilometers (5 ½ miles) of the northern city held by the Islamic State group, which staged an attack in a western town hundreds of miles away in an apparent diversionary tactic.

Fear and questions hang over doomed French migrant camp

Elaine Ganey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 12:01pm

Migrants prayed, plotted and played soccer together Sunday, a day before France starts clearing them by the thousands from a makeshift refugee that is doomed for destruction.

Pentagon chief in Irbil for closer assessment of Mosul fight

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 11:50am

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter visited Irbil on Sunday for a closer assessment of the fight against the Islamic State group in northern Iraq and to hear from Kurdish leaders whose forces launched a new offensive in the operation to wrest Mosul from the militants.

Palestinians arrest 4 who attended settler celebration

Mohammed Daraghmeh, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 11:21am

Four Palestinians have been detained for attending a Jewish holiday celebration in a West Bank settlement, according to Palestinian officials.

Hezbollah to stay in Syria until 'apostate project' defeated

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 11:21am

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah cast the insurgency against Syrian President Bashar Assad as a facade designed to weaken Iran's regional access and make "changes to the map", vowing to stay in the country until it could "defeat the apostate project."

Somali extremists retake town in central Somalia

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 10:50am

Islamic extremist rebels recaptured a town in central Somalia after African Union and Somali troops pulled out Sunday, according to residents.

Chinese-Mexican businessman remains in prison awaiting trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 10:21am

Mexico's federal judicial council says in a statement that a Chinese-Mexican businessman extradited here from the United States last week will face a dozen charges including for drug trafficking and weapons possession.

Officers: 83 Nigerian soldiers missing in Boko Haram attack

Haruna Umar and Michelle Faul, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 10:21am

Some 83 Nigerian soldiers are missing in action since Boko Haram Islamic extremists attacked a remote military base in the northeast, senior army officers said Sunday.

Burkina Faso police kill suspected extremist in capital

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 10:10am

Burkina Faso's police director-general says a police squad has killed a suspected Islamic extremist after a shootout in the capital.

Poles stage new protests over planned abortion restrictions

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 10:03am

Polish women again donned black and took to the streets on Sunday, launching another round of protests against efforts by the nation's conservative leaders to tighten Poland's already restrictive abortion law.

Venezuela lawmakers propose legal action against Maduro

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 10:01am

Venezuela lawmakers have gathered at a special session as pro-government militia members rally outside the capitol building.

Thousands flock to Cameroon hospitals in search of family

Edwin Kindzeka Moki, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 10:01am

Thousands of Cameroonians have flocked to hospitals in the country's two main cities on Sunday in search of corpses and survivors after an overloaded train derailed Friday, killing more than 70 people and injuring 600.

Duterte: Filipinos 'may' be able to return to disputed shoal

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 10:01am

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Sunday that Filipino fishermen "may" be able to return to the Chinese-held Scarborough Shoal in a few days after he discussed the territorial rift with Chinese leaders, but he did not say whether China imposed conditions.

Hezbollah to vote for Aoun in coming Lebanese election

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 9:50am

The leader of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah says his parliamentary bloc will vote for former army commander Michel Aoun for president at the next balloting session in parliament.

Haiti authorities nab some 1 dozen of 172 escaped inmates

Dieu Nalio Chery, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 9:50am

Police officers were searching cars and boats for escaped prisoners on Sunday after recapturing at least a dozen of the 172 inmates who overpowered guards and escaped from a lockup in central Haiti, the prison's director said.

Spain's Socialists vote to end political impasse

Marisol Medina, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 9:50am

Spain's Socialist party voted Sunday to stop blocking the conservative Popular Party from forming a minority government, setting the stage to end the country's nearly 10-month political impasse.

The Latest: Turkish says its artillery aiding Iraq Kurds

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 9:20am

The Latest on developments in Iraq where Iraqi forces and their allies launched a major offensive this week to retake Mosul, the country's second-largest city from the Islamic State group (all times local):

Bavarian town honors patron saint of horses in procession

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 9:01am

Townspeople and farmers in Warngau, south of Munich, have donned traditional costumes for their annual procession in horse-drawn carriages to a local church in honor of St. Leonard, considered the patron saint of horses and livestock.

Reports: Russian police kill 2 terror suspects, find bomb

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 8:50am

Russian news reports say police have killed two suspected terrorists in a shootout in a central Russian city and that a bomb was found in the suspects' car.