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AP Explains: Why African states have started leaving the ICC

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 4:03pm

Until last week, no country had withdrawn from the International Criminal Court. Now, three African states — South Africa, Burundi and Gambia — have made official decisions to leave. Gambia announced its decision late Tuesday. Concerns are high that more African countries now will act on years of threats to pull out amid accusations that the court unfairly focuses on the continent. Here's a look at what it all means.

2 quakes rattle Italy, crumbling buildings and causing panic

Nicole Winfield and Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 3:43pm

A pair of strong aftershocks shook central Italy late Wednesday, crumbling churches and buildings, knocking out power and sending panicked residents into the rain-drenched streets just two months after a powerful earthquake killed nearly 300 people.

Hackers: emails show ties between Kremlin, Ukraine rebels

Howard Amos, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 3:21pm

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.

Mass protest in Venezuela demanding end of 'dictatorship'

Joshua Goodman and Hannah Dreier, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 3:21pm

Anti-government protesters jammed the streets of Venezuela's capital on Wednesday on the heels of a decision by congress to open a political trial against President Nicolas Maduro, whose allies have blocked moves for a recall election.

Rival Cyprus leaders to continue peace talks in Geneva

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 3:01pm

The leaders of ethnically divided Cyprus' Greek and Turkish speaking communities have agreed to conduct a key phase of reunification talks in Mont Pelerin, Switzerland, next month, a United Nations spokesman said Wednesday.

US, Israel condemn new UNESCO resolution on Jerusalem

Thomas Adamson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 2:51pm

UNESCO's World Heritage Committee on Wednesday approved a new resolution on the status of conservation of the Old City of Jerusalem that drew angry accusations from Israel that the document denies Judaism's deep ties to the site. The United States decried the resolution as "inflammatory."

Pentagon suspends California National Guard bonus repayments

Lolita C. Baldor and Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 2:51pm

The Pentagon worked Wednesday to stave off a public relations nightmare, suspending efforts to force California National Guard troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan to repay their enlistment bonuses that may have been improperly awarded.

Source: Info from accused nurse led to murder probe

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 1:51pm

A nurse charged in the deaths of eight nursing home residents made incriminating remarks while she was being treated for her addiction at a Toronto clinic, a police source said Wednesday.

Russia drops Spain ship refueling request amid NATO uproar

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 1:32pm

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.

Turkish leader threatens more involvement on Syrian border

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 1:01pm

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened Wednesday to step up his intervention in the conflict along his country's border with Syria, insisting he was determined to oust Syrian Kurdish forces gathering in the region.

IS driving hundreds into Mosul, using them as human shields

Susannah George and Joseph Krauss, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 12:51pm

Islamic State militants have been going door to door in villages south of Mosul, ordering people at gunpoint on a mileslong trek into the city and using them as human shields as the extremists prepare to defend it from Iraqi forces, according to residents swept up in the forced evacuations.

Kyrgyzstan's Cabinet resigns amid political turmoil

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 12:32pm

Kyrgyzstan's Cabinet resigned Wednesday following the breakup of the governing coalition, part of political maneuvering ahead of a constitutional referendum set for this fall in the ex-Soviet Central Asian nation.

Quake shakes central Italy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 12:21pm

There are reports of damage to buildings after a 5.4 magnitude quake rattled central Italy today. It brought down power lines and sent panicked residents into the streets, just two months after a powerful earthquake topped nearby villages and killed nearly 300 people.

After long stalemate, Spain starts process for a new gov't

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 12:21pm

The Spanish Parliament began an investiture debate on Wednesday that will likely result in the conservative Popular Party taking power later this week, ending 10 months of political deadlock during which a caretaker government has run the country.

Moldovan presidential candidate quits, boosting EU hopes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 12:11pm

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.

Chinese rally to farmer who killed official with nail gun

Nomaan Merchant and Aritz Parra, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 12:03pm

Two years after the leaders of his village razed his home to make way for new development, farmer Jia Jinglong took his revenge with a nail gun.

The Latest: Aid group recovers 25 bodies in Mediterranean

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 11:51am

The Latest on the influx of asylum-seekers and migrants to Europe (all times local):

Pakistan sets date for execution of mentally ill prisoner

Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 11:41am

Pakistani authorities have set a date for the execution of a man diagnosed with schizophrenia after the country's highest court rejected his final appeal on the ground that his disease does not qualify as a mental disorder, a defense lawyer said Wednesday.

Displaced Iraqis watch Mosul offensive with longing and fear

Fay Abuelgasim, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 11:41am

Reports about the battle for Mosul play on the TV set in the makeshift barber shop where Faris Khatham cuts hair, but sometimes the news is so overwhelming that he has to change the channel to a sports program.