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AP INVESTIGATION: Nuclear black market seeks IS extremists

Desmond Butler and Vadim Ghirda, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 10:51am

Over the pulsating beat at an exclusive nightclub, the arms smuggler made his pitch to a client: 2.5 million euros for enough radioactive cesium to contaminate several city blocks.

AP INVESTIGATION: Nuclear black market seeks IS extremists

Desmond Butler and Vadim Ghirda, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 10:43am

In the backwaters of Eastern Europe, authorities working with the FBI have interrupted four attempts in the past five years by gangs with suspected Russian connections that sought to sell radioactive material to Middle Eastern extremists, The Associated Press has learned. The latest known case came in February this year, when a smuggler offered a huge cache of deadly cesium — enough to contaminate several city blocks — and specifically sought a buyer from the Islamic State group.

The Latest: Israeli police say Palestinian stabs Israeli man

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 10:12am

The latest developments in ongoing tensions between Palestinians and Israelis following days of violence in Jerusalem and the West Bank (all times local).

Germany and France try to turn tide of European skepticism

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 10:02am

French President Francois Hollande has forcefully defended a stronger Europe and, in response to an insult from the far-right, said those who disagree should leave the EU.

Putin spends his birthday playing hockey with NHL stars

Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 9:21am

Russian President Vladimir Putin spent his 63rd birthday on the ice Wednesday, playing hockey with NHL stars against Russian officials and tycoons.

Official: Iraqi Kurdish fighters exposed to mustard gas

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 11:12am

A spokesman for the Iraqi Kurdish forces says a number of their fighters have tested positive for mustard gas after battles with the Islamic State group in northern Iraq.

Amnesty says 2 representatives expelled from Azerbaijan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 11:12am

Amnesty International says two of its representatives were detained when trying to enter Azerbaijan and then deported.

In Libya, explosion near Tripoli parliament during session

Rami Musa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 11:12am

Libyan security officials say an explosion went off next to the parliament in the capital, Tripoli, as lawmakers were in session.

The Latest: US aircraft rerouted over Syria, avoids Russians

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 11:11am

The latest developments after Syrian troops, emboldened by Russian airstrikes, launch a ground offensive against insurgents (all times local).

EU to agree crack down on people refused asylum or residency

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 10:51am

European Union countries are working on an agreement to crack down on migrants who have been refused entry into the bloc so they can be swiftly sent home.

Aid group seeks fact-finding mission over Kunduz strike

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 10:32am

Doctors Without Borders called for an independent and unprecedented fact-finding mission on Wednesday to investigate a U.S. airstrike on its hospital in Afghanistan that killed at least 22 people.

Gunmen kidnap Italian restaurant owner in south Philippines

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 10:23am

Gunmen abducted an Italian restaurant owner and former Roman Catholic missionary in the southern Philippines on Wednesday, just a few weeks after the kidnapping of three foreigners and a Filipino woman by suspected Muslim militants in the restive region, police said.

Nigeria: Female suicide bombers kill 18 including in mosque

Adamu Adamu and Haruna Umar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 10:05am

Suicide bombers killed at least 18 people Wednesday in three dawn attacks including in a mosque in the northeastern Nigerian town of Damaturu, officials and witnesses said.

The Latest: UK wants UN vote soon on refugee smuggling

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 9:54am

The latest developments as hundreds of thousands of people seeking safety make an epic trek through Europe. All times local.

Holocaust-era archive places thousands of documents online

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 9:41am

The International Tracing Service says it has begun putting its Holocaust-era archive online for the first time, including photos of items seized from concentration camp victims and other historical documents.

Russian warships fire cruise missiles as Assad launches ground offensive in central Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 9:01am

Russian warships in the Caspian Sea have been firing cruise missiles as Syrian government troops launch a ground offensive in central Syria.

Zimbabwe official: 5 arrested for poisoning 11 elephants

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 8:31am

A Zimbabwean wildlife official says five people are in police custody and being questioned over the killing of 11 elephants poisoned by cyanide at Hwange National Park in the west of the country.

Official: Extremists kill 2 in drive-by shooting in Somalia

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 8:12am

Islamic extremist rebels killed two men including the president's nephew in a drive-by shooting in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, a Somali official said Wednesday

Turkey demands that Russia respect its borders

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 7:32am

Turkey's prime minister demanded Wednesday that Russia respect Turkey's borders, saying the nation won't "make any concessions" on matters of border security, after two Russian warplanes strayed into Turkish airspace over the weekend.