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Formerly high-flying Chinese officials sentenced for graft

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 11:01pm

A pair of formerly highflying Chinese provincial officials have been sentenced to life in prison for corruption and bribe taking.

Duterte 'happy to slaughter' drug suspects; mentions Hitler

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 10:21pm

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte raised his bloody anti-crime war rhetoric to a new level Friday, comparing it to how Hitler massacred millions of Jews and saying how he would be "happy to slaughter" 3 million addicts.

Edge of Hurricane Matthew whips at Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 10:11pm

Rain and winds from a strengthening Hurricane Matthew whipped at Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao early Friday as it passed north of the islands on a rare track through a part of the Caribbean that rarely sees such storms.

China reports 6 dead, 23 missing in typhoon landslides

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 9:51pm

Six people are reported dead and at least 23 people are still missing after two landslides triggered by a major typhoon swept through separate villages in southeastern China, state media reported.

Duterte compares Philippine drug killings to Hitler, says he'd be "happy to slaughter" 3 million addicts.

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 9:31pm

Duterte compares Philippine drug killings to Hitler, says he'd be "happy to slaughter" 3 million addicts.

Hurricane Matthew strengthens brushing by Caribbean islands

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 9:03pm

People in the Dutch Caribbean islands reinforced their homes and stocked up on emergency supplies Thursday as a strengthening Hurricane Matthew took a rare turn through the southern Caribbean ahead of an expected shift to the north.

UN oficial to monitor Colombia peace tribunals closely

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 8:31pm

The top U.N. human rights official said Thursday he will closely watch how special peace tribunals set up under Colombia's peace accord operate, to ensure people who committed serious war crimes during the long conflict are held accountable.

US defense chief calls alliance with Philippines 'ironclad'

Tran Van Minh, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 8:12pm

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has described the U.S.-Philippines alliance as ironclad, one day after the Philippine president said joint military exercises with the U.S. would end.

Former Australian government minister visits Iraq front line

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 6:41pm

A former Australian government minister was branded "stupid" by the prime minister on Friday for visiting the Iraqi front line in a battle between the Islamic State movement and Kurdish Peshmerga.

Amnesty: Hundreds trapped in Libya's Benghazi amid fighting

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 6:21pm

An international rights group expressed alarm Friday over the fate of hundreds of Libyan and foreign nationals trapped for months amid fighting in the eastern city of Benghazi.

UN warns of 'merciless abyss' in besieged eastern Aleppo

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:21pm

Syrian government forces continued their push into rebel-held districts of Aleppo on Thursday as international officials issued dire warnings of an ongoing humanitarian disaster in Syria's largest city.

Mexico, 5 South American countries question Venezuela rules

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 3:31pm

Mexico has joined five South American countries in expressing concern over the decision by electoral authorities in Venezuela to effectively delay a presidential recall vote until 2017.

British royal kids make rare appearance in Canada

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 3:11pm

Princess Charlotte took her first steps in public on Thursday as she and brother Prince George played in a children's party with Prince William and Kate.

Austria: Man convicted of murder for plowing car into crowd

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 2:32pm

An Austrian court has found a man guilty on multiple murder and attempted murder counts and sentenced him to life in prison for plowing his car through a crowd of pedestrians, killing three and injuring dozens.

Group calls for Darfur chemical weapons investigation

Michael Astor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 2:31pm

Amnesty International is calling on the U.N. Security Council to take action over reports that the Sudanese government has used chemical weapons in Darfur.

UN rights council seeks greater monitoring of Yemen abuses

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 2:23pm

The United Nations Human Rights Council has passed a resolution calling for greater U.N. monitoring of rights abuses in war-torn Yemen, while shrugging off calls from the U.N. human rights chief and others for an independent investigation of abuses.

Ukraine marks Babi Yar massacre's 75th anniversary

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 2:23pm

Ukraine on Thursday marked the 75th anniversary of the Babi Yar massacre, one of the most infamous mass slaughters of World War II.

The Latest: Russia says US boycott would help 'terrorists'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 1:51pm

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UN impotent before Syria war crimes

Michael Astor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 1:41pm

Russia and Syria faced a growing chorus of international condemnation over their actions in Aleppo, but U.N. officials conceded Thursday there was little they could do beyond shaming the two countries for what they are increasingly calling "war crimes."