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US service member killed by roadside bomb in northern Iraq

Robert Burns and Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 3:41pm

A U.S. military member assisting Iraqi forces in their push to retake Mosul was killed by a roadside bomb Thursday, marking the first American combat casualty in the campaign to oust the Islamic State group from its last major stronghold in northern Iraq.

The Latest: Russia says Aleppo escape corridors under fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 3:31pm

The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):

Mexican judge denies El Chapo's appeals against extradition

Maria Verza, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 3:31pm

A federal judge ruled against five appeals by convicted drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman in his legal battle to avoid extradition to the United States, the Mexican Attorney General's Office said Thursday, but he can still appeal to higher courts.

UK to pardon thousands convicted under past anti-gay laws

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 3:21pm

Thousands of men who were convicted under now-abolished British laws against homosexuality are to receive posthumous pardons, the government announced Thursday. Those who are still alive can will be eligible to have their criminal records wiped clean.

Desperate Pakistan family awaits US visa for 6-year-old girl

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 3:20pm

A desperate Pakistani family anxiously awaiting a U.S. visa for their ailing little girl is running out of time: Maria is just six years old but a rare genetic disease has left her frail body wracked with pain and stunted her growth.

The Latest: EU leaders want more migrants deported

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 3:13pm

The Latest on Europe's response to the inflow of asylum-seekers and migrants to the continent (all times local):

UK Defense secretary: Our military is hacking Islamic State

Raphael Satter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 3:01pm

U.K. Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said Thursday that Britain's military is launching cyberattacks against the Islamic State group in support of the offensive on the Iraqi city of Mosul, a first-of-its kind acknowledgement that British forces are launching attacks across the internet.

Mosul Today: Iraqi special forces push into IS-held town

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 2:33pm

Iraqi special forces charged into the Mosul battle Thursday with a pre-dawn advance on a nearby town held by the Islamic State group, a key part of a multi-pronged assault on eastern approaches to the besieged city.

France warns UK premier of tough time ahead in Brexit talks

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 2:01pm

France warned Britain at the start of a European Union summit on Thursday that it would face a tough, unyielding opponent if it sought too many concessions during its negotiations to leave the 28-nation EU.

UN urges greater investment in the world's 10-year-old girls

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 1:11pm

The U.N. population agency is urging greater investment in 10-year-old girls saying that what happens at that age can determine their futures.

Spain's top court overturns Catalan bullfighting ban

Ciaran Giles, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 1:02pm

Spain's top court on Thursday overruled a controversial local ban against bullfighting in the powerful northeastern region of Catalonia, saying it violated a national law protecting the much-disputed spectacle.

South Sudan rebel leader says he could return next month

Cara Anna and Justin Lynch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 1:02pm

South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar says he could return to the turbulent country as early as next month, even if he has to enter the way he fled — on foot.

Gay rights groups build alliances to counter climate of fear

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 1:01pm

Gay rights activists are joining with refugees, ethnic minorities and other groups to beat back forces that are exploiting a climate of fear created by terror concerns, an official with an international gay rights advocacy group said Thursday.

UK sends warships to watch Russian ships in English Channel

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 12:52pm

Britain has deployed warships to monitor a Russian aircraft carrier group and other vessels Thursday as they sailed through the North Sea and the English Channel reportedly en route to Syria's coast.

Turkey ramps up fight against Kurdish fighters in Syria

Sarah El Deeb and Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 12:41pm

Turkey escalated its offensive Thursday against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, pounding them with airstrikes and artillery, and complicating the battle against the Islamic State group by Ankara and Washington, both NATO allies.

Philipine President announces separation from US

Christopher Bodeen and Gillian Wong, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 12:24pm

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced that his country is separating from the U.S. in a speech before a Beijing economic forum on Thursday, after handing China a major diplomatic victory, agreeing to resume dialogue on their South China Sea territorial dispute following months of acrimony.

Seeking to block rival, Abbas calls for Fatah, PLO elections

Mohammed Daraghmeh, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 12:21pm

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is pushing for leadership elections in his Fatah movement and the PLO before the end of the year, as part of what senior officials say is largely an elaborate attempt to block the return of an exiled rival backed by several Arab states.

The Latest: US soldier dies of wounds from bombing in Iraq

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 12:11pm

The Latest on the campaign to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State group (all times local):

U.S. military says American soldier dies of wounds from bomb in northern Iraq

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 11:51am

U.S. military says American soldier dies of wounds from bomb in northern Iraq.