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Somalia's al-Shabab in comeback as Ethiopia pulls troops

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 7:20am

Somalia's Islamic extremists, al-Shabab, appear to be making a comeback, having recently seized four towns and attacked a guesthouse in neighboring Kenya, killing 12.

China's Communist Party raises Xi to symbolic 'core' status

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 7:10am

China's Communist Party on Thursday elevated President Xi Jinping to the position of "core" of the leadership, underscoring the clout he has amassed on the back of a sweeping anti-corruption campaign and crackdown on dissent.

Dutch court convicts 5 men for mosque arson attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 6:50am

A Dutch court has convicted five right-wing extremists and sentenced them to four years' imprisonment for throwing Molotov cocktails at a mosque, saying the attack had "terrorist characteristics."

Philippine leader's meeting with Japan emperor canceled

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 6:50am

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte left Japan on Thursday without meeting Emperor Akihito as their scheduled meeting had to be canceled because of the death of the emperor's uncle.

Indonesian woman given 20-year jail term in cyanide murder

Ali Kotarumalos, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 6:50am

A Jakarta court sentenced an Indonesian woman accused of killing a former classmate with cyanide-laced coffee to 20 years in prison on Thursday, in a dramatic climax to a trial that was broadcast live and became a national spectacle.

Spokesman: 90 migrants believed dead off Libyan shore

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 6:50am

The spokesman for the Libyan navy said on Thursday that more than 90 migrants are believed dead after their rickety boat was damaged shortly after leaving the Libyan coast.

Slovenia to rebury 800 victims from post-WWII mass grave

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 6:40am

Slovenia is reburying some 800 victims from a mass grave containing the remains of thousands of people believed killed in the aftermath of World War II by the communist authorities.

APNewsBreak: Abu Sayyaf got $7.3 million from kidnappings

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 6:40am

Abu Sayyaf pocketed at least 353 million pesos ($7.3 million) from ransom kidnappings in the first six months of the year and have turned to abductions of foreign tugboat crewmen as military offensives restricted the militants' mobility, a confidential Philippine government report said.

Pakistan bans protest and rallies in Islamabad for 2 months

Asif Shahzad, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 6:32am

The Pakistani government on Thursday banned all political meetings, rallies and protests in the capital, Islamabad, ahead of a planned opposition march against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Nov. 2.

Romanian man asks court to recognize his same-sex marriage

Alison Mutler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 6:20am

A Romanian man asked his country's Constitutional Court on Thursday to recognize his marriage to an American man, in a case that has pitted the nation's conservative majority against those who want to move into the European mainstream.

India expels Pakistani embassy staffer over espionage charge

Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 6:10am

Pakistan's Foreign Ministry on Thursday said India was expelling a Pakistani diplomat in New Delhi after briefly detaining him on what it called "false and unsubstantiated charges," a sign of increasing tension between the two South Asian nuclear-armed archrivals.

European court rejects German far-right party's complaint

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 5:50am

A European court has dismissed a German far-right party's claim that it has been stigmatized to the point that it faces a de facto ban.

NATO allies advance plans for east Europe troop deployment

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 5:41am

Faced with an ever-more belligerent and unpredictable Russia, NATO allies are advancing with plans to deploy thousands of troops and military equipment to the Baltics and Poland.

Bulldozers level French migrant camp, new life for residents

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 5:40am

Bulldozers began demolishing the makeshift migrant camp in northern France on Thursday, the day after it went up in flames and authorities declared it empty and a mass evacuation over.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 5:40am

Libya navy spokesman: 90 migrants believed dead after their rickety boat was damaged hours after leaving Libyan shore.

Spain: Rajoy faces confidence vote in bid to form government

Ciaran Giles, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 5:40am

The Spanish Parliament wrapped up debate Thursday before holding a first confidence vote to allow conservative leader Mariano Rajoy to form a minority government and end a 10-month political impasse.

For UK's Europeans, post-Brexit attacks bring shock and fear

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 5:10am

When his friend Arek was killed in the street, Eric Hind had sickening evidence that the country he'd come to call home had changed.

EU lawmakers: 2 Yazidi women win EU human rights prize

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 4:30am

Two Yazidi women who survived sexual enslavement by the Islamic State before escaping and becoming advocates for their people have won the EU's Sakharov Prize for human rights.

2 Eritrean pilots defect to Ethiopia with jets, group says

Elias Meseret, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 4:22am

Two Eritrean pilots have defected with their fighter jets to neighboring Ethiopia, an Eritrean opposition group confirmed Thursday, in a dramatic exit from one of the world's most closed-off states.