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The Latest: Lavrov, Kerry discuss Syria's Aleppo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 12:20pm

The Latest on developments in Syria where government forces have renewed their attacks on eastern rebel-held districts of the city of Aleppo (all times local):

The Latest: Austria right-winger calls Merkel 'dangerous'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 11:50am

The Latest on the flow of migrants into Europe (all times local):

Iraqis on edge of Mosul face a deadly dilemma: Stay or flee

Susannah George and Balint Szlanko, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 11:31am

Bayda Muhammad Khalaf followed the government's advice to stay in her home with her husband and seven children as Iraqi troops advanced near their remote village outside militant-held Mosul. But after the Islamic State fighters fled and Iraqi troops didn't appear, their tiny supply of food quickly ran out, and the family had to flee to search for territory firmly under government control.

First transgender soldiers seek formal Army recognition

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 11:20am

Within weeks of the Pentagon allowing transgender service members to serve openly, Army officials said 10 soldiers have formally asked to be recognized as their new, preferred gender.

EU, Canada leaders think joint summit still possible despite Belgian rejection of trade pact

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 11:00am

EU, Canada leaders think joint summit still possible despite Belgian rejection of trade pact.

Gunmen kill 2 custom officers in southwestern Pakistan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 11:00am

Unknown gunmen shot and killed two customs officers and wounded a third one Monday in the restive southwestern province of Baluchistan, while an intelligence officer was gunned down in the country's northwest, police said.

South African opposition says ICC withdrawal is illegal

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 10:53am

South Africa's main opposition party on Monday tried to block a government plan to withdraw from the International Criminal Court, saying the move is illegal and that the country's top court should intervene.

Mosul Today: Iraqis advance, face questions over airstrike

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 10:51am

U.S.-backed Iraqi forces fought their way into two villages near Mosul on Monday as the offensive to retake the extremist-held city entered its second week, but they faced questions over a suspected airstrike that hit a mosque, killing 13 people.

Italy police bust Nigerian smuggling and prostitution ring

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 10:11am

Police in Italy have arrested 11 Nigerians for allegedly trafficking young women and girls from Nigeria to exploit them as sex slaves.

The Latest: UNHCR soon to have shelters for 150,000 people

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 9:40am

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

German police can't confirm onlookers goaded teen's suicide

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 9:31am

German police say they have conducted extensive interviews with witnesses who saw a 17-year-old migrant throw himself from an apartment block, and none were able to confirm initial reports that he had been encouraged to jump.

France urges Turkey to respect rights in aftermath of coup

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 9:23am

France's foreign minister urged Turkey on Monday to respect fundamental rights and freedoms in the aftermath of the country's failed military coup, saying democracy is the best defense against those trying to defy it.

France moving more than 6,000 migrants from makeshift camp

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 9:20am

Carrying their belongings in bags and suitcases, long lines of migrants waited calmly in chilly temperatures Monday to board buses in the French port city of Calais, as authorities began evacuating the squalid camp they call home.

Serbian president: EU's membership conditions 'humiliating'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 9:10am

Serbia's president has accused the European Union of setting "humiliating" conditions for the Balkan country's membership.

In renewed Aleppo attacks, Syrian troops capture high ground

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 9:00am

Syrian government forces and their allies on Monday captured strategic high ground in embattled Aleppo as Russia — a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad — said it was not planning more "humanitarian pauses" in the fighting in the city's eastern, rebel-held districts.

Israel defense chief gives interview to Palestinian daily

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 7:40am

Israel's defense chief threatened Gaza's militant Hamas rulers and dismissed the Palestinian president as an incapable leader in a rare interview published Monday in the main Palestinian newspaper.

Gays living in partnership OK to adopt children of partners

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 7:10am

The Czech government has approved a plan to allow gays and lesbians living in a registered partnership to adopt the children of their partners.

German prosecutors file appeal in high-profile rape case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 6:40am

Prosecutors in Hamburg say they are appealing against the verdicts and sentences issued in a rape case that prompted public uproar in Germany.

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

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 6:20am

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 done and his authority remains undiminished.