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Russia's top security official wants closer ties with Serbia

Jovana Gec, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 10:04am

Russia's top security official on Wednesday urged closer cooperation from Serbia, the latest of Moscow's efforts to boost its influence in the Balkan country.

Hackers: emails show ties between Kremlin, Ukraine rebels

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 10:00am

A group of Ukrainian hackers has released thousands of emails from an account used by a senior Kremlin official that appear to show close financial and political ties between Moscow and separatist rebels in Eastern Ukraine.

US says it will abstain in UN vote condemning Cuba embargo for the first time in 25 years

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 9:51am

US says it will abstain in UN vote condemning Cuba embargo for the first time in 25 years.

The Latest: Protesters gather in Venezuelan capital

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 9:51am

The Latest on Venezuela's political crisis (all times local):

Pakistan sets date for execution of mentally ill prisoner

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 9:51am

A defense lawyer says Pakistani authorities have set a date for the execution of a death row prisoner diagnosed with schizophrenia after the country's highest court rejected his final appeal.

Russia drops Spain ship refueling request amid NATO uproar

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 9:50am

Russia on Wednesday withdrew a request to refuel a fleet of Russian warships in Spain, as Britain and NATO allies piled pressure on Madrid over concerns that the ships could be used to ramp up air attacks in Syria.

US, Israel condemn new UNESCO resolution on Jerusalem

Thomas Adamson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 9:42am

UNESCO's World Heritage Committee on Wednesday approved a new resolution on the status of conservation of the Old City of Jerusalem, infuriating Israel which says the document's wording denies Judaism's deep ties to the holy site Temple Mount. The move also drew an angry condemnation from the United States, which called it "inflammatory."

Israeli military says soldier wounded by fire from Lebanon

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 9:41am

An Israeli soldier was lightly wounded by fire from Lebanon on Wednesday, the military said, in a rare flare-up along a border that has remained largely calm for the past decade.

Israel charges 13 seen in extremist wedding video

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 9:41am

Israel has charged 13 people in connection with a video from a Jewish wedding party showing a frenzied crowd brandishing military-issued rifles and stabbing a photo of a Palestinian toddler killed in an arson attack.

Montenegro's long-ruling prime minister to step down

Predrag Milic, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 9:41am

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.

South African photographer Juda Ngwenya is remembered

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 9:31am

A memorial service has been held in South Africa for Juda Ngwenya, a former photographer for the Reuters news agency who documented some of the most pivotal moments in his country's transition from white racist rule to multi-racial democracy.

French authorities declare the Calais migrant camp empty

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 9:31am

French authorities declared the Calais migrant camp known as "the jungle" empty on Wednesday, after fires set by departing migrants accelerated plans to evacuate the burgeoning slum.

Iraqi forces evacuate 1,000 civilians from Mosul front lines

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 9:31am

Iraqi special forces have moved more than 1,000 people out of 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 abuses in recent days, officials said Wednesday.

US defense chief: Don't seek repayment of enlistment bonuses

Lolita C. Baldor and Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 9:12am

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Wednesday ordered the Pentagon to suspend its effort to seek repayments of enlistment bonuses given to thousands of California National Guard members who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Moldovan presidential candidate quits, boosting EU hopes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 9:11am

A key candidate in Moldova's presidential election withdrew from the race Wednesday, giving a boost to a pro-European candidate in the former Soviet republic.

Syria airstrikes kill 22, mostly children, outside school

Sarah El Deeb and Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 9:11am

Airstrikes in Syria killed up to 22 people, mostly children, on Wednesday when warplanes struck a residential area housing a school complex in the northern rebel-held province of Idlib, activists and rescue workers said.

7 Islamic State suspects detained in raid in Turkey

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 9:03am

Turkey's state-run news agency says police have detained seven suspected Islamic State group militants in a raid in an apartment in a southern town.

Police disperse crowd protesting detentions in Turkey

Zeynep Bilginsoy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 9:01am

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

Gambia says it is leaving International Criminal Court

Abdoulie John, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 8:51am

Gambia has become the third African nation to say it will leave the International Criminal Court, deepening fears of a mass pullout from the body that pursues some of the world's worst atrocities.