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China's male-dominated, anti-graft politics by the numbers

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 12:51am

China's ruling Communist Party concludes a key meeting this week aimed at shoring up internal discipline and asserting General Secretary Xi Jinping's authority. The gathering is also expected to lay the groundwork for next year's national congress that will decide major leadership positions and lay out the agenda for Xi's next five-year term.

Small quakes continue to shake Italy following aftershocks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 12:30am

A series of small temblors have continued to shake a mountainous region of central Italy, further unsettling thousands of residents displaced by a pair of powerful aftershocks to the deadly August quake.

Japan, US, S. Korea agree to step up pressure on N. Korea

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 12:00am

Senior officials from Japan, the United States and South Korea agreed Thursday to step up pressure on North Korea as they stick to their goal of persuading the communist state to abandon its nuclear weapons.

French authorities declare the Calais migrant camp empty

Elaine Ganley and Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 10:41pm

The grim camp known as "the jungle," a symbol of Europe's failure to come to grips with its crisis over asylum seekers, is no more.

2 quakes rattle Italy, crumbling buildings and causing panic

Nicole Winfield and Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 10:13pm

A pair of strong aftershocks shook central Italy late Wednesday, crumbling churches and buildings, knocking out power and sending panicked residents into the rain-drenched streets just two months after a powerful earthquake killed nearly 300 people.

Younger brother of former Emperor Hirohito dies at age 100

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 10:00pm

The younger brother of former Japanese Emperor Hirohito died Thursday at the age of 100.

Mayor: Heavy structural damage from quake in Ussita, Italy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 9:32pm

The Latest on two strong aftershocks that shook central Italy (all times local):

Mass protest in Venezuela demanding end of 'dictatorship'

Joshua Goodman and Hannah Dreier, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 8:41pm

Anti-government protesters jammed the streets of Venezuela's capital on Wednesday on the heels of a decision by congress to open a political trial against President Nicolas Maduro, whose allies have blocked moves for a recall election.

Vietnam seizes 1 ton of ivory smuggled from Kenya

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 8:31pm

Vietnamese authorities have seized 1 ton of ivory smuggled from Kenya, the fifth such seizure in the past month.

The Latest: Policeman killed in Venezuela, details unclear

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 8:31pm

The Latest on Venezuela's political crisis (all times local):

Philippine leader affirms US alliance but wants troops out

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 7:31pm

The leaders of Japan and the Philippines agreed to cooperate in promoting regional peace and stability and acknowledged the importance of their alliances with the U.S., after the tough-talking Rodrigo Duterte said he wants his country to be free of visiting American troops possibly within two years.

Chinese rally to farmer who killed official with nail gun

Nomaan Merchant and Aritz Parra, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 6:30pm

Two years after the leaders of his village razed his home to make way for new development, farmer Jia Jinglong took his revenge with a nail gun.

Humanitarian chief, Russian diplomat spar at UN

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 5:31pm

The U.N. humanitarian chief accused Russia and Syria on Wednesday of using bombing and starvation tactics in eastern Aleppo to push people to surrender or to death, triggering an unusual verbal attack on a U.N. official from the Russian ambassador.

Greece court cancels TV license overhaul; blow to government

Derek Gatopoulos, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 5:01pm

A high court has canceled a television license auction in Greece, dealing a blow to the country's left-wing government which carried out the sale as part of an anti-corruption drive.

AP Explains: Why African states have started leaving the ICC

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 4:40pm

Until last week, no country had withdrawn from the International Criminal Court. Now, three African states — South Africa, Burundi and Gambia — have made official decisions to leave. Gambia announced its decision late Tuesday. Concerns are high that more African countries now will act on years of threats to pull out amid accusations that the court unfairly focuses on the continent. Here's a look at what it all means.

The Latest: Russian envoy attacks UN official over Aleppo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 4:30pm

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

Truck of refugees hits Boko Haram mine in northeast Nigeria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 4:21pm

Military officials say a truck carrying refugees to a newly liberated town exploded a land-mine in northeast Nigeria and wounded several people.

Pentagon suspends California National Guard bonus repayments

Lolita C. Baldor and Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 4:20pm

The Pentagon worked Wednesday to stave off a public relations nightmare, suspending efforts to force California National Guard troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan to repay their enlistment bonuses that may have been improperly awarded.

Rival Cyprus leaders to continue peace talks in Switzerland

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 4:11pm

The leaders of ethnically divided Cyprus' Greek and Turkish speaking communities have agreed to conduct a key phase of reunification talks in Mont Pelerin, Switzerland, next month, a United Nations spokesman said Wednesday.