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Cyprus court orders Egyptian hijacker extradited

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 3:20am

A Cyprus court on Friday approved a request from the Egyptian government to extradite a man who hijacked a domestic EgyptAir flight with a fake suicide belt and diverted it to Cyprus.

Syrian troops capture hospital north of Aleppo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 3:20am

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The Latest: Ex-President Peres brought to rest in Jerusalem

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 3:10am

The Latest on the funeral of Israel's former President Shimon Peres (all times local):

1 killed, 2 wounded in bomb attack in southeast Turkey

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 3:10am

Turkey's state-run news agency says Kurdish rebels have detonated a roadside bomb in southeastern Turkey as a military vehicle was passing by, killing a village guard and wounding two soldiers.

Thailand confirms SE Asia's first Zika-linked birth defects

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 3:10am

Thai authorities have confirmed that two cases of babies with microcephaly — abnormally small heads — were caused by the Zika virus, the first time the linkage has been made in Southeast Asia.

Saudi Arabian border guard killed by shell fired from Yemen

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 3:10am

Authorities say a Saudi border guard has been killed by a shell fired from Yemen, where Saudi Arabia is battling Shiite rebels.

Israelis, world leaders gather for Peres funeral

Josef Federman and Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 3:02am

Shimon Peres was being laid to rest on Friday in a ceremony attended by thousands of admirers and dozens of international dignitaries — in a final tribute to a man who personified the history of Israel during a remarkable seven-decade political career and who came to be seen by many as a visionary and symbol of hopes of Mideast peace.

Formerly high-flying Chinese officials sentenced for graft

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 2:41am

Two formerly high-flying Chinese provincial officials were sentenced to prison on Friday for corruption and bribe-taking, the latest targets to fall in President Xi Jinping's years-long campaign against graft at all levels of government and state industry.

French military bolsters Iraq presence for Mosul offensive

Angela Charlton and Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 2:40am

French warplanes are flying over Iraq after the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier rejoined the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State extremists — and as the coalition prepares to try to take back the key city of Mosul.

Speaking at the funeral, Obama says Shimon Peres showed that justice and hope are at the heart of the Zionist ideal.

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 2:21am

Speaking at the funeral, Obama says Shimon Peres showed that justice and hope are at the heart of the Zionist ideal.

Senior lawyer in wide British child sex inquiry resigns

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 2:10am

The senior lawyer of Britain's independent inquiry into historic child sex abuse allegations has resigned.

Syrian monitor: Russian airstrikes killed 9,300 in past year

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 1:52am

A Syrian opposition monitoring group that tracks Syria's civil war says a year of Russian airstrikes have killed more than 9,000 people in the war-torn country.

Kidnappers free Pakistani media group executive

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 1:50am

An executive at a leading Pakistani media group says that a director who was abducted earlier this week has been freed by his captors and has arrived safely in Islamabad.

Major attacks by US designated Pakistani militant group

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 1:30am

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, or the Freedom Movement, a breakaway Taliban faction and a U.S.-designated terrorist group, has claimed responsibility for many of the most brutal militant attacks carried out in recent weeks and months in Pakistan.

Speaking at the funeral, Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu says ex-President Shimon Peres was a 'great man of the world'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 1:20am

Speaking at the funeral, Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu says ex-President Shimon Peres was a 'great man of the world'

Edge of Hurricane Matthew whips at Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 12:40am

Rain and winds from a strengthening Hurricane Matthew whipped at Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao early Friday as it passed north of the islands on a rare track through a part of the Caribbean that rarely sees such storms.

Pakistan militant group jumps to prominence with attacks

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 12:40am

One of Pakistan's most vicious militant groups has dramatically stepped up its attacks over the past month, striking mosques, Christians and security forces in attacks that have killed more than 60 people in what appears to be a backlash to military operations against it.

Duterte 'happy to slaughter' drug suspects; mentions Hitler

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 12:40am

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte raised the rhetoric over his bloody anti-crime war to a new level Friday, comparing it to Hitler and the Holocaust and saying he would be "happy to slaughter" 3 million addicts.

2 dead, 15 injured in fire at hospital in western Germany

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 12:30am

Police say two people have died and 15 have been injured in a hospital fire in western Germany.