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4 killed on river rapids ride at Australian theme park

Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 4:01pm

Four people including a young mother and her brother were killed Tuesday after a river rapids ride malfunctioned at a popular theme park on Australia's east coast, officials said.

Ontario nurse charged in deaths of 8 nursing home residents

Charmaine Noronha, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 3:34pm

A nurse has been charged with the murders of eight elderly people at nursing homes in southwestern Ontario over a seven-year period, police said Tuesday.

Venezuela's congress opens political trial against Maduro

Joshua Goodman and Jorge Rueda, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 3:31pm

Venezuela's opposition-controlled congress has opened a political trial against President Nicolas Maduro for breaking the constitutional order, deepening a standoff triggered by authorities' suspension of a recall referendum against the widely unpopular socialist leader.

US says coalition laying groundwork to retake Raqqa from IS

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 3:02pm

Even as it provides support for Iraq's battle to retake Mosul, the U.S. led-coalition is laying the groundwork to push Islamic State militants out of the Syrian city of Raqqa, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday.

Police vehicle set on fire near South African university

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 2:33pm

Rioters in South Africa set a police vehicle on fire Tuesday and stoned vehicles near a Johannesburg university that has been the scene of sometimes violent protests by students demanding free education.

Iraq battles IS in western town, far from Mosul

Joseph Krauss and Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 2:01pm

Iraqi forces battled Islamic State fighters for a third day in a remote western town far from Mosul on Tuesday, but the U.S.-led coalition insisted the latest in a series of "spoiler attacks" had not forced it to divert resources from the fight to retake Iraq's second-largest city.

Turkey: pro-Kurdish mayor detained in 'terror' probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 1:51pm

Turkey's state-run news agency says the mayor of Turkey's largest Kurdish-populated city has been detained for questioning as part of a "terrorism" investigation. A second local pro-Kurdish politician also was detained.

Common-law wife of Mexico narco "El Chapo" files complaint

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 1:11pm

Mexico's national security commissioner insisted Tuesday that drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's health is fine after the kingpin's common-law wife filed a complaint saying he's faring poorly behind bars.

Mosul Today: Iraq battles IS far from Mosul front lines

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 1:01pm

Iraqi forces battled Islamic State militants for a third day on Tuesday in a remote western town far from the Mosul offensive, but the U.S.-led coalition said the militants have not succeeded in diverting resources from the fight to retake Iraq's second largest city.

Montenegro PM hints Russian connection in coup attempt

Predrag Milic, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 12:12pm

Montenegro's prime minister suggested Tuesday that Russia was involved in an alleged coup attempt on the country's election day and he accused the opposition of collaborating with the Kremlin.

Maduro's opponents fan flames of Venezuela birther debate

Joshua Goodman and Jorge Rueda, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 12:11pm

A birther debate is heating up in Venezuela as President Nicolas Maduro's opponents seek to push the embattled socialist leader from office at any cost.

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

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 12:02pm

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

Mexican police find border tunnel with light, ventilation

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 11:51am

Mexican prosecutors say they have found a tunnel equipped with ventilation and lighting that headed from the city of Tijuana toward the United States.

Israeli killed by gunfire from Egypt on border

Tia Goldenberg, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 11:50am

An Israeli was shot and killed near a border fence with Egypt on Tuesday, Israel said, in an incident that an Egyptian official said occurred when an Egyptian soldier mistook him for an illegal migrant and opened fire.

UN Envoy to Yemen hands peace plan outline to rival parties

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 11:42am

The United Nations envoy to Yemen has handed an outline for a peace plan to Houthi rebels in control of the capital which includes depriving their rival, President Abed-Rabbo Mansour Hadi, of his authorities and the withdrawal of militias from major cities, a Houthi-affiliated politician said Tuesday.

Syria refugees in Lebanon now get aid with debit card

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 11:41am

International agencies in Lebanon have begun distributing aid to Syrian refugees through a single debit card.

Romanians celebrate 95th birthday of their last king

Alison Mutler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 11:41am

Romanians on Tuesday celebrated the 95th birthday of their former king, Michael, the nation's last sovereign and one of the last surviving heads of states from the World War II era.

Boy arrested after stabbing teen in clown mask in Germany

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 11:41am

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.

The Latest: Iraq PM offers new details of assault on town

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 11:34am

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):