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Syrian government claims gains as Russia talks 2-day truce

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 10:12am

The U.S. and Russia escalated their war of words over Syria Thursday as government forces kept up their assault on Aleppo's rebel-held quarters and registered tenuous gains.

Russia accuses US of siding with 'terrorists' in Syria

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 10:11am

Russian officials accused the U.S. on Thursday of siding with "terrorists" in Syria, in a sign of escalating tensions between Moscow and Washington amid the battle for Aleppo.

UN warns of 'disaster' once Iraqi troops take on IS in Mosul

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 10:01am

A looming Iraqi military operation against the Islamic State group in Mosul could spark "one of the largest man-made disasters" in years, the U.N. refugee agency's top official in Iraq warned Thursday, urging the international community to keep up support for displaced Iraqis before a battle that could mark a turning point for the war-ravaged country.

France nabs prosperous smuggler sneaking migrants to Britain

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 9:51am

French authorities have arrested and convicted a top smuggler and his accomplice who had reigned over desperate migrants trying to sneak to Britain.

Mexico, 5 South American countries question Venezuela rules

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 9:51am

Mexico has joined five South American countries in expressing concern over the decision by electoral authorities in Venezuela to effectively delay a presidential recall vote until 2017.

Nearly a hurricane, 'Matthew' crosses Southern Caribbean

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 9:41am

Tropical Storm Matthew was nearing hurricane strength Thursday as it moved toward the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao in the Southern Caribbean.

1 lion recaptured, 1 killed after escape at German zoo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 9:41am

Animal rights activists have called for an investigation after one of two lions who escaped from their cage at the Leipzig Zoo in Germany was shot dead Thursday.

Erdogan hints state of emergency can be extended to a year

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 9:41am

Turkey's president hinted on Thursday that the three-month state of emergency declared following the failed July 15 coup could be extended to over a year.

Student protests at Mugabe-attended Zimbabwe graduation

Farai Mutsaka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 9:31am

Witnesses say a student has been whisked away by unknown people for protesting during a University of Zimbabwe graduation ceremony featuring President Robert Mugabe.

Study: Police using body cameras see huge drop in complaints

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 9:11am

A Cambridge University study of British and U.S. police shows a 93 percent decrease in the number of complaints made against officers when they are using body cameras — pivotal findings that suggest the simple devices could reduce conflicts between police and the public.

India says it has struck militants across Kashmir frontier

Muneeza Naqvi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 9:11am

India said Thursday it carried out "surgical strikes" against militants across the highly militarized frontier that divides the Kashmir region between India and Pakistan, in an exchange that escalated tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbors.

Spain: Socialists in turmoil as board revolts against leader

Ciaran Giles, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 8:51am

Spain's leading opposition Socialist party was in crisis Thursday, a day after nearly half of its executive board resigned in a rebellion against leader Pedro Sanchez.

The Latest: Russia's Putin expresses condolences over Peres

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 8:24am

The Latest on funeral preparations and a nation in mourning at the death of Israel's ninth President, Shimon Peres (all times local):

Afghan president, insurgent warlord sign peace agreement

Lynne O'Donnell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 8:21am

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani signed a peace treaty with a notorious warlord on Thursday, pledging to lobby the U.S. and the United Nations to remove him and his party from terrorist blacklists.

Canadian-Iranian prof thrilled to be home after detention

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 8:13am

A retired professor who was released from an Iranian prison this week said Thursday it was wonderful to be home after a "bitter seven months" in detention that left her weak and tired.

Israelis pay respects to Peres, Clinton arrives in Israel

Daniella Cheslow, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 8:12am

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton joined thousands of Israeli mourners Thursday who paid their respects to the late Shimon Peres outside Israel's parliament in Jerusalem, as the country somberly remembered the Nobel-winning politician who helped lead Israel during a remarkable seven-decade career.

Ukraine marks Babi Yar massacre's 75th anniversary

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 8:03am

Ukrainians have marked the 75th anniversary of the Babi Yar massacre, one of the most infamous mass slaughters of World War II.

World figures to attend funeral of Israel's Shimon Peres

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 7:52am

The following world figures have confirmed attendance at Shimon Peres' funeral in Jerusalem on Friday:

Lead lawyer in troubled UK child sex inquiry suspended

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 7:40am

Britain's long-running official inquiry into child sex abuse has suffered another setback with the suspension of its lead lawyer.