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Plane crashes on takeoff at Malta airport, 5 aboard killed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 3:20am

A light plane crashed Monday after takeoff from Malta International Airport en route to Libya, killing all five crew members on board, airport authorities said.

Cross-border fire in Kashmir kills 1 soldier, 3 civilians

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 3:10am

A cross-border exchange of fire in the disputed region of Kashmir killed a soldier and three civilians, and wounded several people, Pakistan and India said Monday, trading accusations over the latest shooting incident.

King meets party chiefs as Spain's gov't impasse nears end

Ciaran Giles, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 3:10am

Spain appeared close to ending 10 months of political deadlock as King Felipe VI began talks Monday with political party leaders before he is expected to call on conservative acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to try to form a government.

Iraq forces shell IS near Mosul; group urges airstrike probe

Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Joseph Krauss, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 3:01am

Iraqi forces shelled Islamic State positions outside Mosul on Monday as fighting to retake the extremist-held city entered its second week and a rights group urged a probe into a suspected airstrike that hit a mosque, killing over a dozen civilians.

North Korea lashes out at threat of more sanctions

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 3:00am

North Korean officials lashed out Monday at efforts in the United Nations to strengthen sanctions following the North's latest missile launches and nuclear test in September.

France moving more than 6,000 migrants, destroying huge camp

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 2:41am

Lines of migrants with their lives in small bags walked to a registration center in the French port city of Calais Monday, the first day of the mass evacuation and destruction of the filthy camp they called home.

The Latest: US-led coalition helps repel attack on Iraq town

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 2:10am

The Latest on developments in Iraq as the battle for Mosul enters its second week (all times local):

US: Philippines' Duterte sparking distress around the world

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 2:00am

America's top diplomat for Asia said Monday that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial remarks and a "real climate of uncertainty" about his government's intentions have sparked distress in the U.S. and other countries.

Limited gains in first week of Iraq's Mosul offensive

Susannah George and Joseph Krauss, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 1:32am

In the week since Iraq launched an operation to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group, its forces have pushed toward the city from the north, east and south, battling the militants in a belt of mostly uninhabited towns and villages.

China's Xi seeks to enforce will at Communist Party meeting

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 12:50am

Having punished more than a million Communist Party members for corruption, Chinese President Xi Jinping will use a key meeting that started Monday to drive home the message that his signature anti-graft campaign is far from over and that his authority remains undiminished.

Police search forests in India after 21 Maoist rebels killed

Nirmala George, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 12:30am

Security forces were hunting through forests in southeast India Monday for Maoist rebels after a fierce gunfight left 21 rebels dead and two policemen wounded.

South Korea's leader proposes revising presidential system

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 11:00pm

South Korea's president on Monday proposed revising the country's constitution, which limits leaders to a single five-year term. Critics immediately called it an attempt to divert attention from corruption scandals involving her associates.

Police hunting for 230 escaped drug addicts in Vietnam

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 11:00pm

Vietnamese authorities were searching Monday for 230 drug addicts are still at large after a mass escape from a rehabilitation center in southern Vietnam.

UK banker pleads not guilty to murder in Hong Kong trial

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 10:00pm

The Hong Kong trial of a British banker accused of the grisly 2014 killings of two Indonesian women is expected to be "particularly horrifying," including photographic evidence of one victim's torture, the judge told prospective jurors as the case got underway Monday.

Surfer is third Australian shark attack victim in a month

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 7:01pm

A surfer sustained teeth wounds to his thigh on Monday in the third shark attack off New South Wales state north of Sydney in a month, police said.

Venezuelan Congress declares that Maduro has staged a coup

Hannah Dreier, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 6:51pm

Venezuela's Congress on Sunday declared that the government had staged a coup by blocking a drive to recall President Nicolas Maduro in a raucous legislative session that was interrupted when his supporters stormed the chamber.

Agrarian newcomers claim victory in Lithuanian election

Liudas Dapkus, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 4:41pm

Lithuania's political newcomers, representing an agrarian union, claimed victory after Sunday's runoff in parliamentary elections as voters turned their backs on the ruling Social Democrats, blamed for being unable to revive a sluggish economy and held responsible for a sharp rise in prices following the adoption of the euro.

Fear and questions hang over doomed French migrant camp

Elaine Ganey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 3:31pm

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

Chinese-Mexican businessman remains in prison awaiting trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 2:24pm

Mexico's federal judicial council says 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.