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Moldova: presidential candidate quits, boosting EU hopes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 8:11am

A key candidate in Moldova's presidential election has withdrawn from the race, giving a boost to a pro-European candidate in the former Soviet republic.

French authorities declare the Calais migrant camp empty

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 8:00am

French authorities declared the Calais migrant camp known as "the jungle," empty on Wednesday, after fires set by departing migrants accelerated plans to evacuate the burgeoning slum.

Where the International Criminal Court has investigated

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 7:50am

Three African countries in the space of a week have announced they are withdrawing from the International Criminal Court, amid accusations that the tribunal is unfairly targeting Africa. But half of the situations the court has investigated have been requests from African states. Here's a look at where the ICC has probed and at whose request.

Russia withdraws request to refuel ships in Spain

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 7:41am

Russia on Wednesday withdrew its request to refuel in Spain a fleet of Russian warships, amid pressure from Britain and NATO who raised concerns that the ships could be used to ramp up air attacks in Syria.

Swiss relax alcohol driving limit for volunteer firefighters

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 7:40am

The Swiss government is exempting volunteer firefighters who are called to emergencies from a near-total ban on consuming alcohol before getting behind the wheel.

Mexican police chief charged in disappearance of 43 students

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 7:40am

A federal judge in Mexico has ordered that a once-fugitive police chief be held on charges of kidnapping in the disappearance of 43 students.

Philippine, Japanese leaders sign military, economic deals

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 7:40am

The leaders of Japan and the Philippines agreed Wednesday to cooperate in promoting regional peace and stability, and acknowledged the importance of their alliances with the U.S., although a joint statement focused largely on Japan's contribution to Philippine maritime security and other projects totaling a 21 billion yen ($210 million) loan.

Russia's embassy in Madrid says Russia has withdrawn its request to refuel its warships in Spain.

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 7:20am

Russia's embassy in Madrid says Russia has withdrawn its request to refuel its warships in Spain.

Syria airstrikes kill 17, mostly children, outside school

Sarah El Deeb and Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 7:20am

Airstrikes in Syria killed 17 people, mostly children on Wednesday when warplanes struck a school complex in the northern rebel-held province of Idlib, activists said.

Hungary: Police officer killed during attempted home search

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 7:00am

Hungarian authorities say that a police officer was killed during an attempted home search in the village of Bony, near the western city of Gyor.

Woman who posed as Germanwings relative convicted of fraud

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 6:50am

A German court has convicted of fraud a woman accused of posing as a cousin of a victim of last year's Germanwings crash and flying to France twice at parent company Lufthansa's expense.

UNESCO approves new controversial resolution on Jerusalem

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 6:43am

The U.S. Ambassador to UNESCO has condemned as "inflammatory" a resolution approved Wednesday by UNESCO's World Heritage Committee on the status of conservation of the Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls — a document that Israel says denies Judaism's deep ties to the holy site Temple Mount.

The Latest: France clears out Calais migrant camp

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 6:40am

The Latest on the influx of asylum-seekers and migrants to Europe (all times local):

Group: IS land mines killed, wounded dozens in Syrian town

Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 6:40am

Improvised land mines planted by the Islamic State group have killed and wounded hundreds of civilians, including dozens of children, in a town recently freed of the militants in northern Syria, a leading human rights group said Wednesday.

The Latest: Erdogan: Turkey can soon oust Syrian Kurd forces

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 6:40am

The Latest on developments in the civil war in Syria (all times local):

Gambia says it is leaving International Criminal Court

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 6:20am

A third African country, Gambia, says it will leave the International Criminal Court as fears grow of a mass pullout from the body that pursues some of the world's worst atrocities.

Afghan official: Taliban insurgents abduct, kill 26 people

Rahim Faiez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 6:10am

Taliban insurgents on Wednesday killed 26 Afghan civilians after abducting them in the remote central province of Ghor the previous day, officials said, the latest brutal attack targeting the local population in one of the country's most lawless areas.

Pakistan city shuts down, mourns 61 killed at police academy

Abdul Sattar and Asif Shahzad, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 6:00am

Pakistan's city of Quetta shut down on Wednesday following a militant rampage at a police academy the day before as the victims' families buried 60 police cadets and an army officer killed in the attack — one of the deadliest targeting Pakistani security forces in recent years.

Mixed marks for US intel chief's North Korea nuke comments

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 5:40am

Getting North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program has long been the holy grail of multilateral diplomacy with Pyongyang. So, now that the U.S. intelligence director has publicly stated that he thinks it's probably a "lost cause," how are North Korea's neighbors responding?