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Oil wells south of Mosul burn days after key town retaken

Susannah George and Balint Szlanko, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 12:30pm

The skies above this small northern Iraqi town are black with smoke and ash rains down from around a half dozen oil wells that Islamic State group fighters set ablaze as Iraqi troops moved in to retake Qayara last week.

Quake survivors erupt in anger at funeral plan; govt relents

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 12:22pm

Italian quake survivors rebelled in anger Monday over the government's plan to hold a state funeral for their loved ones in an airport hangar in a distant town and let them watch it on screens in their emergency tent camp.

Hunger grips thousands of new South Sudan refugees in Uganda

Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 11:31am

When the refugees arrive at this camp near the border with South Sudan, the beans provided by the United Nations are their only source of protein. There is no milk, not even for the toddlers with distended bellies who tightly hold onto their mothers' skirts in the intense afternoon heat.

The Latest: Turkey: Rockets fired from Syria wounded 5 kids

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 11:20am

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

Militants kill 3 Tunisian soldiers in patrol attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 11:01am

Tunisia's defense ministry says that three soldiers have been killed in an explosion after a patrol hit anti-tank mines near the Algerian border.

European ships rescue thousands of migrants off Libyan coast

Emilio Morenatti, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 10:50am

Italian naval ships and vessels from non-government groups rescued thousands of migrants off the Libyan coast on Monday, the latest surge in desperate attempts to flee to Europe driven by war, poverty, and human traffickers.

Swiss fighter plane goes missing in central Swiss Alps

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 10:41am

The Swiss Defense Department says an air force fighter jet has gone missing in the Alps of central Switzerland.

North Korea vows to respond to UN condemnation as a 'power'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 10:10am

North Korea is calling a U.N. Security Council statement strongly condemning its four latest ballistic missile launches "a hostile act" perpetrated by the United States and is vowing to respond "as a full-fledged military power."

15 Philippine troops killed in clash with Abu Sayyaf rebels

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 9:50am

Abu Sayyaf extremists killed 15 Philippine army soldiers in fierce fighting Monday in the country's restive south, dealing the government its largest single-day combat loss under President Rodrigo Duterte, who ordered the militants to be crushed for their brutality.

French official: Calais border deal with UK must be changed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 9:40am

The leader of the French region that includes the Channel port of Calais said Monday he wants a new system for handling asylum-seekers trying to reach Britain from France.

2 arrested in Kenya, accused of IS anthrax attack plot

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 9:23am

Two people accused of being part of an Islamic State group extremist cell of medics attempting to launch an anthrax attack in the country have been arrested, Kenyan police said Monday.

Watchdog calls out India for failing to protect journalists

Ashok Sharma, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 9:12am

India is failing to help and protect journalists who are facing violent threats or attacks for their work, an international watchdog agency said Monday, noting a pattern of resistance in investigating crimes targeting reporters.

Egypt's parliament is to vote on tougher penalties for FGM

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 9:00am

Egypt's parliament is to vote on tougher penalties for female genital mutilation, after the Cabinet approved a bill to redefine it as a felony.

Saudi Arabia to close contentious school in Germany

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 9:00am

Saudi Arabia is closing a government-sponsored school in Germany that has been the subject of tension in the past.

Former Iraqi soldier charged with war crimes by Germany

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 8:42am

German prosecutors say they have charged a former Iraqi soldier with war crimes on allegations he posed for a photo holding the severed heads of two Islamic State fighters killed in combat.

Spain premier's talks with Socialist fails to break impasse

Ciaran Giles, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 8:40am

Spain's acting prime minister said Monday that he would continue to seek support to form a minority government and end an eight-month political impasse even if he fails to win confidence votes in parliament this week as is expected.

Turkish jets strike Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 8:30am

Turkey's state-run news agency says Turkish jets have pounded suspected Kurdish rebels targets in a new cross-border raid in northern Iraq.

IS suicide attack in Yemen kills 54 government fighters

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 8:20am

Officials in Yemen say at least 54 pro-government recruits are dead after a suicide car bombing. The Islamic State group is claiming responsibility.

UN expert decries Iran executions of 12 linked to drug crime

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 8:20am

A U.N. expert focusing on Iran has condemned the execution of 12 people there over the weekend on drug-related charges.