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Non-nuclear states advance push for UN treaty to ban nukes

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 2:31pm

Despite arm-twisting and vocal opposition from nuclear powers like the United States, six non-nuclear countries urged the U.N. General Assembly Wednesday to work toward a "legally-binding" accord to ban nuclear weapons in hopes of ridding them from the planet altogether one day.

Top US diplomat to visit an increasingly isolated Venezuela

Hannah Dreier, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 1:52pm

President Nicolas Maduro says a top U.S. State Department official will soon visit Venezuela in a bid to ease tensions between the two nations.

Arabs greet Peres death with silence and animosity

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 1:41pm

Israel's Shimon Peres was widely admired around the world as a peacemaker and visionary, but the view in the Arab world was more complex: Memories linger of another Peres, who built up Israel's military might, waged war in Lebanon and promoted policies seen as harmful to the Palestinians.

Syrian government attacks 2 hospitals, bread line in Aleppo

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 1:41pm

Government shelling and airstrikes in Syria's Aleppo landed near a bread distribution center and two hospitals Wednesday, killing seven people and putting at least one of the medical facilities completely out of service, activists and medics said.

Probe says missile launcher from Russia downed Malaysian jet

John-Thor Dahlburg, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 1:34pm

An international criminal probe concluded that a missile which destroyed a Malaysian passenger jet over Ukraine in 2014 and killed all 298 people aboard was fired from rebel-controlled territory by a mobile launcher trucked in from Russia and hastily returned there.

The Latest: France working on UN resolution for Syria truce

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 1:34pm

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

UN says EU may ratify Paris Agreement soon

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 1:11pm

U.N. officials say the Paris Agreement on Climate Change appears likely to enter into force within the next few days with India announcing that it has ratified the agreement and the EU signaling it may ratify within the next few days.

Tropical Storm Matthew forms in eastern Caribbean

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 12:40pm

Tropical Storm Matthew formed Wednesday in the eastern Caribbean and lashed several islands with heavy wind and rain.

Appeals court can't guarantee Snowden safe travel to Norway

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 11:52am

A Norwegian appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit seeking a legal guarantee to allow Edward Snowden to travel to Norway without risk of being extradited to the United States.

Nigeria trying to muzzle dissenting voices, Amnesty says

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 11:51am

Amnesty International says Nigeria is trying to muzzle dissent by arresting and intimidating journalists and protesters.

Pakistan says India will 'disintegrate' when Kashmir is free

Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 11:31am

Pakistan's defense minister on Wednesday said India will "disintegrate" when Kashmir gains independence, in a sign of mounting tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals.

Croatian president opens formal talks to form government

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 11:21am

Croatia's president on Wednesday launched formal consultations with political parties in a step toward forming a new government after a snap election earlier this month.

Saudi Arabia has ways to hit back at 9/11 lawsuit effort

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 11:11am

Saudi Arabia and its allies are warning that U.S. legislation allowing the kingdom to be sued for the 9/11 attacks will have negative repercussions.

Polish prime minister fires finance minister in overhaul

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 10:32am

Poland's conservative prime minister on Wednesday fired her finance minister and is gave his duties to the country's deputy prime minister as part of a government restructuring.

Pair of ex-nuns joined in civil union in Italian town

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 10:31am

Two former nuns who met in a convent have been joined in a civil union in a ceremony in a small town in northern Italy.

UK Labour leader addresses claims of anti-Semitism in party

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 10:11am

The leader of Britain's Labour Party is calling anti-Semitism an evil that must be wiped out as he hits back against claims that he has allowed prejudice to spread in the left-of-center party.

Norwegian mediator: Israeli leaders today lack Peres' vision

Karl Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 10:01am

One of the mediators who helped broker the 1993 Oslo Peace Accord remembers Shimon Peres as a charismatic leader who saw peace with the Palestinians as key to Israel's future.

South African police clash with student protesters

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 9:41am

South African media say police fired rubber bullets during clashes with university students protesting for free education.

Shark attack survivor campaigns for sharks at UN meeting

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 9:41am

A medal-winning Paralympian from South Africa lost part of his right leg in a great white shark attack a decade ago. This week, he is an ambassador for sharks at a U.N. wildlife conference.