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Poll shows Australians back gay marriage but not plebiscite

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 7:10pm

A majority of Australians support gay marriage, an opinion poll on Wednesday showed, but they do not back the government's plan to hold a national vote on whether it should be allowed.

Guatemala alleges fraud in food buys during disaster

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 6:51pm

Guatemalan authorities say they have broken up a group that sold the government millions of dollars' worth of contraband corn and beans, some of it not fit for human consumption.

LGBTQ festival canceled in Haiti amid threats, gov't order

David McFadden, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 5:50pm

Organizers of a cultural festival in Haiti celebrating the Afro-Caribbean LGBTQ community said Tuesday that it has been called off due to numerous threats of violence and a subsequent prohibition by a government commissioner.

Password breach could have ripple effects well beyond Yahoo

Raphael Satter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 5:50pm

As investors and investigators weigh the damage of Yahoo's massive breach to the internet icon, information security experts worry that the record-breaking haul of password data could be used to open locks up and down the web.

UK opens secret files about 'Jewish terrorists' in 1940s

Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 5:20pm

The call to British military security forces came early in the morning, shortly after 1 a.m., and could not be ignored. The informant's message was alarming: Assassins planned to kill the commander of British forces in Palestine the following morning; evasive action was needed.

Mexican immigration officials attacked to free migrants

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 4:51pm

Mexican immigration officials say five gunmen on motorcycles brazenly attacked a government vehicle transporting 25 immigrants and a suspected human trafficker, helping the smuggler and migrants to escape.

Prosecutor: Woman burned alive for witchcraft in Peru jungle

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 4:30pm

A woman accused of being a witch was burned alive on a bonfire in an indigenous community in a remote part of the country's Amazon rainforest, authorities said Tuesday.

Battle for besieged Syrian city of Aleppo intensifies

Bassem Mroue and Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 3:42pm

With international diplomacy in tatters and the U.S. focused on its election, the Syrian government and its Russian allies are seizing the moment to wage an all-out campaign to recapture Aleppo, unleashing the most destructive bombing of the past five years and pushing into the center of the Old City.

Colombia's road to peace marred by multiple obstacles

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 3:41pm

The contrast couldn't be more dramatic: As Colombia's president and the head of its largest guerrilla movement were putting their signatures on a historic peace deal, a 6-year-old boy was killed when he chased a soccer ball into a field and stepped on a land mine left behind during the half-century conflict.

UN report says Sudan violates Darfur sanctions

Michael Astor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 3:22pm

The Sudanese government continues to violate sanctions imposed by the Security Council over their actions in Darfur, according to a U.N. report.

Puerto Rico frees 3 men convicted of murder in 1995

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 3:04pm

Three men who spent more than 20 years in prison for murder were freed Tuesday in a historic ruling after new tests found none of their DNA on evidence in a case that captivated the U.S. territory.

Confidential UN report details South Sudan threats, violence

Justin Lynch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 3:01pm

The U.N. ambulance carried an urgent patient: a local woman in labor. South Sudan government soldiers stopped the ambulance 15 times at checkpoints in the capital, Juba. The Aug. 2 journey, which usually takes 15 minutes, lasted nearly two hours.

Panama asks US to extradite ex-leader Martinelli

Juan Zamorano, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 2:51pm

Panama has formally asked the United States to extradite former President Ricardo Martinelli in connection with a phone-tapping controversy, the country's foreign ministry said Tuesday.

Toll from Egypt migrant boat sinking rises to more than 200

Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 2:01pm

Rescue workers on Tuesday pulled dozens of bodies from the hold of an Egyptian fishing boat that sank in the Mediterranean Sea carrying hundreds of migrants trying to make it to Europe, bringing the toll from the disaster to more than 200 dead.

Women leaders urge UN chief to press for Korea peace treaty

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 1:31pm

Women leaders from 38 countries urged U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday to fulfill a promise he made in 2007 to start a peace process that would turn the armistice that ended the Korean war into a peace treaty before his term ends on Dec. 31.

US military says it kills 4 al-Shabab fighters in Somalia

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 1:21pm

The U.S. military says it has killed four al-Shabab extremists in Somalia in what it calls airstrikes in self-defense.

India to not participate in regional summit in Pakistan

Muneeza Naqvi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 12:42pm

New Delhi will not participate in a meeting of South Asian nations to be held in Islamabad in November, its foreign ministry said in a statement late Tuesday.

Gunmen shoot dead Somalia journalist in capital: Colleague

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 11:22am

A colleague says unidentified gunmen have shot dead a journalist in Somalia's capital.

Health of Israel's Peres deteriorates after major stroke

Tia Goldenberg, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 11:02am

A person close to former Israeli President Shimon Peres says his condition has deteriorated, two weeks after suffering a major stroke.