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Philippine, Japanese leaders sign military, economic deals

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 5:22am

The leaders of Japan and the Philippines agreed Wednesday to cooperate in promoting regional peace and stability and endorsed Japan's provision of patrol boats and military training aircraft to bolster Philippine maritime security, without discussing their alliances with the U.S., whose relationship with Manila has quickly become strained.

AP Explains: Why African states have started leaving the ICC

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 5:20am

Until last week, no country had withdrawn from the International Criminal Court.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.

Gambia says it is leaving International Criminal Court

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 5:20am

A third African country, Gambia, says it will leave the International Criminal Court as fears grow of a mass pullout from the body that pursues some of the world's worst atrocities.

Mixed marks for US intel chief's North Korea nuke comments

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 5:11am

Getting North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program has long been the holy grail of multilateral diplomacy with Pyongyang. So, now that the U.S. intelligence director has publicly stated that he thinks it's probably a "lost cause," how are North Korea's neighbors responding?

Couple on trial in German court for abusing, killing women

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 5:10am

A couple accused of luring women to their home in western Germany and abusing them so badly that two of them died went on trial Wednesday, charged with murder by omission and bodily harm.

Montenegro's long-ruling prime minister to step down

Predrag Milic, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 5:10am

Montenegro's prime minister Milo Djukanovic, who led the tiny Adriatic nation to independence from Serbia in 2006, will step down after ruling unchallenged for more than 25 years, his party officials said Wednesday.

Pakistan arrests National Geographic's famed 'Afghan girl'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 5:00am

A Pakistani investigator says the police have arrested National Geographic's famed green-eyed 'Afghan Girl' for having a fake Pakistani identity card.

The Latest: Pope calls for generosity in Italy over migrants

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 4:50am

The Latest on the influx of asylum-seekers and migrants to Europe (all times local):

Police disperse crowd protesting detentions in Turkey

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 4:41am

Turkish police on Wednesday used tear gas and water cannons to disperse hundreds of demonstrators protesting the detentions of two leading politicians in the largest city in the country's mainly-Kurdish southeast.

Israeli military says soldier wounded by fire from Lebanon

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 4:40am

The Israeli military says a soldier has been lightly wounded by fire from Lebanon.

Afghan official: Taliban insurgents abduct, kill 26 people

Rahim Faiez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 4:40am

Taliban insurgents on Wednesday killed 26 Afghan civilians after abducting them in the remote central province of Ghor the previous day, officials said, the latest brutal attack targeting the local population on one of the country's most lawless areas.

Swathes of migrant camp in Calais destroyed as fires rage; no injuries reported

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 4:20am

Swathes of migrant camp in Calais destroyed as fires rage; no injuries reported.

Iraqi forces evacuate 1,000 civilians from Mosul front lines

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 4:20am

Iraqi special forces have moved more than 1,000 people from villages near the front lines of the battle to retake the Islamic State-held city of Mosul and surrounding areas, where the U.N. says militants have committed a number of atrocities in recent days, officials said Wednesday.

Turkey says barrel bombs have hit Syrian opposition fighters

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 3:42am

A helicopter believed to belong to Syrian government forces dropped barrel bombs in a deadly attack on Turkey-backed opposition forces in the border area, Turkish officials and reports said Wednesday.

Group: IS land mines killed, wounded dozens in Syrian town

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 3:22am

A leading international rights group says that homemade land mines planted by the Islamic State group have killed and wounded hundreds of civilians, including dozens of children, in a town recently freed of the militants in northern Syria.

Police: 2 children lucky to survive accident at Aussie park

Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 3:00am

Two children are fortunate to be alive, police said Wednesday, after they were thrown clear and survived an accident that killed their mothers and two other people on a river rapids ride at a popular theme park in Australia.

Pakistan city shuts down, mourns 61 killed at police academy

Abdul Sattar and Asif Shahzad, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 3:00am

Pakistan's city of Quetta was completely shut down Wednesday following a militant rampage at a police academy the day before while families buried 60 police cadets and an army officer killed in the attack — one of the deadliest targeting Pakistani security forces in recent years.

In leaked speech, Britain's May warned of Brexit damage

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 2:50am

A leaked recording of a speech by Theresa May sheds some light on the depth of the prime minister's opposition to taking Britain out of the European Union before the referendum earlier this year.

Spain: Suspected pro-Islamic State supporter arrested

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 2:20am

Spain's Interior Ministry says police have arrested a Moroccan man suspected of spreading propaganda for the Islamic State armed group.