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British reporter 'Fake Sheikh' jailed for 15 months

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 10:31am

A judge sentenced a British journalist who often posed as a Middle Eastern tycoon in sting operations to 15 months in prison on Friday, after the tabloid reporter was convicted of perverting the course of justice in an effort to get scoops.

The Latest: Iraqis raise flag over church in town near Mosul

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 10:23am

The Latest on the developments in Iraq where Iraqi forces and their allies launched a major offensive this week to retake Mosul, the country's second-largest city from the Islamic State group (all times local):

IS attacks Iraq city of Kirkuk, power plant amid Mosul fight

Emad Matti and Adam Schreck, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 10:23am

Islamic State militants armed with assault rifles and explosives attacked targets in and around the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk early Friday, in an assault that appeared aimed at diverting Iraqi security forces from a massive offensive against the IS-held city of Mosul.

Calais' "Jungle" dismantling to start next week

Samuel Petrequin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 10:10am

French authorities say the closure of the slum-like camp in Calais will start on Monday and will last approximatively a week in what they describe as a "humanitarian" operation.

South Africa's move on ICC raises concerns of African exodus

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 10:10am

South Africa on Friday reversed its early support for the International Criminal Court and said it will withdraw from it, raising concerns of a possible African exodus that would undermine a human rights tribunal accused by some leaders of unfairly targeting the continent.

Russia denies Polish claim Egypt sold it warships for $1

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 10:02am

Poland's defense minister said he thinks Egypt has sold two French-made Mistral warships to Russia for the symbolic price of $1, a claim dismissed by the Russian military Friday.

Carter says Turkey should play role in Mosul fight

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 10:02am

There "is an agreement in principle" for Turkey to play a role in the battle to retake the northern Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State group, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday, expressing optimism that friction between the Turks and Iraqis can be worked out.

Anti-terror police arrest man over London subway alert

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 9:31am

British police arrested a 19-year-old man Friday on suspicion of a terrorism offense over a suspicious package discovered on a London subway train.

German group: Migrants die amid Libya 'coast guard' attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 9:20am

At least four people died off the coast of Libya and more were missing after a rubber boat carrying around 150 migrants was attacked Friday by a group aboard a speedboat labeled as belonging to Libya's coast guard, a German aid group said.

Ex-top diplomat: Duterte's China shift a 'national tragedy'

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 8:50am

A former top Filipino diplomat, who brought the triumphant arbitration case against China over territorial disputes, said Friday the Philippine president's declaration to pivot away from Washington to Beijing should be regarded "a national tragedy."

Car hits, kills South African student leader during protest

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 8:40am

A South African university says a student leader of protests for free education was struck and killed by a car while protesters were allegedly blocking traffic on a road outside campus.

Russia summons Belgian ambassador over attack in Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 8:30am

The Russian Foreign Ministry has summoned the Belgian ambassador to present evidence that Belgian jets were involved in a strike on a Syrian village.

Opposition cries dictatorship after Venezuela blocks recall

Hannah Dreier, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 8:30am

The Venezuelan opposition's campaign to oust President Nicolas Maduro has been thrown into disarray with elections officials' decision to suspend a recall drive against the socialist leader a week before it was to start.

Congo security forces killed 48 protesters, UN report says

Saleh Mwanamilongo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 8:00am

Congo's security forces shot, burned, stabbed and beat to death at least 48 people during opposition protests in September against a delay in elections that would keep President Joseph Kabila in power beyond his mandate, a U.N. human rights report said Friday.

NATO officer: cyberattacks complicate threats to alliance

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 7:30am

A senior NATO officer said Friday the addition of cyber warfare to traditional threats means the military alliance faces a 360-degree threat.

Jailed Ukrainian filmmaker 'staying' in Russia

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 7:23am

Ukraine says Russia is refusing to hand over jailed Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, who was convicted of conspiracy to commit terror attacks by a Russian military court in 2015 and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Medical evacuations from Aleppo fail to materialize

Bassem Mroue and Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 7:21am

The Syrian government on Friday opened a new corridor for rebels and civilians who want to leave the besieged eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo, but the U.N. said planned medical evacuations haven't begun as planned because of a lack of security assurances from the warring sides.

Germany reports scary clown incidents, fights hoaxes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 7:00am

A man in northern Germany has reported being attacked by someone in a clown costume wielding a baseball bat, while a woman said she was accosted by a man in a clown mask with a chain saw, police said Friday.

In Haiti, hopes dim for missing victims of Hurricane Matthew

David McFadden, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 7:00am

Nobody has seen or heard from Edma Desravine, a 71-year-old grandfather known for his sly sense of humor and bad luck at cock fights, in the roughly 2 ½ weeks since Hurricane Matthew sent floodwaters and debris crashing into his riverside shantytown.