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South Africa's universities described as inefficient

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 6:40am

A South African official is describing the country's protest-hit universities as inefficient, saying the student body of one million includes several hundred thousand who are performing poorly and languishing in the system.

Israel court says lawmaker Hazan did drugs as casino manager

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 6:40am

An Israeli court has ruled that a lawmaker from the ruling Likud party had used hard drugs when he ran a casino in Bulgaria, before entering politics.

UN warns of 'alarming rise in hate speech' in South Sudan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 6:21am

The U.N. human rights chief warned Tuesday against the "alarming rise in hate speech and incitement to violence against certain ethnic groups" as fighting continues in South Sudan.

3 Russian sailors held in Libya released

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 6:20am

Russia's Foreign Ministry says three Russian sailors have been freed from captivity in Libya.

Russia: Humanitarian corridors in Syria's Aleppo still open

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 6:20am

Russia's Defense Ministry said on Tuesday it was keeping humanitarian corridors out of Syria's Aleppo open following accusations by the U.N. humanitarian chief that warring parties were obstructing medical evacuations from the eastern, rebel-held districts of the city.

Al-Shabab claims attack on African Union base in Somalia

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 6:11am

A suicide truck bomber struck an African Union base in central Somalia on Tuesday, and extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack.

US Embassy issues last-minute visa to ailing Pakistani girl

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 5:50am

The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad has issued a last minute-visa to an ailing 6-year-old Pakistani girl desperately in need of surgery in the United States.

Boy arrested after stabbing teen in clown mask in Germany

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 5:42am

German police say a teenager's attempt to frighten a group of young people by wearing a clown mask and brandishing a hammer on a Berlin street turned out very badly.

South Korea's leader acknowledges ties to woman in scandal

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 5:30am

South Korea's president offered a surprise public apology on Tuesday after acknowledging her close ties to a mysterious woman at the center of a corruption scandal.

German police search apartments in Chechen extremism probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 5:30am

Police conducted simultaneous raids on premises in five German states Tuesday as part of an investigation into Chechen asylum-seekers suspected of involvement in Islamic extremism.

Report: Iranian-American held in Iran gets 18-year sentence

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 5:21am

An Iranian-American held in Tehran has reportedly been sentenced to 18 years in prison for "collaboration with a hostile government," yet another dual national convicted in a secret trial since Iran's nuclear deal with world powers.

Spain: Tourist islands want to stay on summer time

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 5:20am

Spain's popular Mediterranean tourist islands say they want to stay on summer time so they can enjoy more daylight.

The Latest: Turkey mulls Iraq ground action amid IS threat

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 5:20am

The Latest on the developments in Iraq where an operation by Iraqi forces and their allies to retake the city of Mosul from Islamic State militants is no in its second week (all times local):

Vatican: No more scattering of cremation ashes

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 5:10am

The Vatican on Tuesday published guidelines for Catholics who want to be cremated, saying their remains cannot be scattered, divvied up or kept at home but rather stored in a sacred, church-approved place.

3 Vietnamese sailors freed by Somali pirates return home

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 4:50am

Three Vietnamese sailors who were held hostage by Somali pirates for more than four years returned home Tuesday, with one father expressing happiness at seeing a son he hadn't heard from in three years.

Blast in Turkish Mediterranean resort causes slight injuries

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 4:50am

An explosion inside a car left in the parking lot of the local chamber of trade in the Mediterranean resort of Antalya on Tuesday slightly injured about a dozen people, an official said.

Iraqi forces battle IS in western town, far from Mosul

Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 4:41am

Iraqi forces, backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, battled Islamic State militants for a third day on Tuesday in a remote western town, hundreds of kilometers (miles) to the south of the operation to retake Mosul, U.S. and Iraqi officials said.

South Sudan's army committed atrocities, Amnesty says

Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 4:40am

A 6-year old girl who was killed by rocket fire from a helicopter gunship. A journalist who was killed because of his ethnicity. A 15-year-old girl who was gang-raped.

Hong Kong banker's trial jury sees chilling video of torture

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 4:40am

A Hong Kong jury watched chilling video Tuesday of a British banker torturing an Indonesian woman and then talking for hours about how he repeatedly raped her and then killed her without feeling guilt or emotion.