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The Latest: Philippines defends crackdown on illegal drugs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 24th - 2:31pm

The latest on the high-level U.N. General Assembly meetings (all times local):

Colombia rebel leaders travel to Cartagena for peace signing

Cesar Garcia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 24th - 2:11pm

Top Colombian rebel leaders have begun leaving the country's remote plains for the Caribbean city of Cartagena, where they will sign a peace accord with the government next week.

South Sudan rebel chief urges armed resistance to Juba govt

Justin Lynch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 24th - 2:01pm

A top South Sudanese opposition leader called Saturday for armed resistance to the government in Juba — a stance that suggests the troubled Central African nation could face a renewed civil war in the near future.

Syrian troops advance in Aleppo amid war's heaviest bombing

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 24th - 1:41pm

Syrian troops captured a rebel-held area on the edge of Aleppo on Saturday, tightening their siege on opposition-held neighborhoods in the northern city after what residents described as the heaviest air bombardment of the 5 ½-year civil war.

Tens of thousands march against same-sex marriage in Mexico

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 24th - 1:30pm

Tens of thousands of people are marching in Mexico City in opposition to Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto's push to legalize same-sex marriage.

French leader vows to shut down 'unacceptable' Calais camp

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 24th - 1:10pm

French President Francois Hollande on Saturday confirmed plans to close the squalid Calais migrant camp known as "the Jungle," saying he hopes authorities can relocate as many as 9,000 migrants to reception centers across France in the coming weeks.

Israel PM hopes Obama won't make final push for Palestinians

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 24th - 12:31pm

Israel's prime minister said Saturday he hopes President Barack Obama refrains from pushing for a Palestinian state in his final months in office.

Turkish Cypriot leaders hope meeting leads to agreement

Dave Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 24th - 12:11pm

Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci says he expects a meeting Sunday with his Greek Cypriot counterpart and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to provide a road map for reunification of the ethnically split Mediterranean island.

Spain: British man arrested in past child abuse case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 24th - 11:50am

Spanish police say they have arrested a British man wanted by U.K. authorities in a sexual abuse case against a minor that was first reported over 20 years ago.

Thousands march in latest anti-govt protest in Poland

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 24th - 11:42am

Waving Polish and European Union flags, thousands of Poles marched Saturday in downtown Warsaw in the latest protest against the conservative government, whose policies critics say are dividing the nation and leading it away from EU values.

Gabon opposition candidate decries high court ruling

Yves Laurent Goma and Krista Larson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 24th - 11:12am

Opposition candidate Jean Ping vowed to not back down from his pursuit of the presidency hours after the constitutional court upheld the victory of incumbent President Ali Bongo Ondimba, whose family has been in power for nearly half a century.

Uganda: Police stop gay pride parade deemed illegal

Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 24th - 11:01am

Ugandan police on Saturday prevented organizers from holding a gay pride parade on the orders of a government minister who said such an event is illegal.

Gabon opposition candidate Jean Ping decries court ruling upholding incumbent's victory, vows not to back down.

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 24th - 10:50am

Gabon opposition candidate Jean Ping decries court ruling upholding incumbent's victory, vows not to back down.

Global efforts against ivory traffickers still falling short

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 24th - 10:41am

Poaching syndicates shipped large amounts of African elephant ivory last year despite global calls to dismantle the trafficking networks that often collude with corrupt officials, conservationists said as an international wildlife conference opened Saturday in South Africa.

Estonia again fails to elect new president; will try again

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 24th - 10:01am

Estonia's presidential election has been delayed yet again, as special electoral body failed to pick a new head of state, sending the process back to parliament.

Tropical Storm Karl passes near Bermuda, turns north

Josh Ball, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 24th - 9:50am

Tropical Storm Karl passed southeast of Bermuda early Saturday and lashed the island with powerful winds and squalls before turning toward the north Atlantic.

India's prime minister says Pakistan a haven for terrorism

Ashok Sharma, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 24th - 9:11am

India's prime minister said Saturday that he would work to isolate Pakistan internationally, accusing his country's archrival of trying to destabilize Asia by exporting terrorism.

Man detained at German airport for alleged IS membership

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 24th - 8:21am

The federal prosecutor's office says a 22-year-old German man has been detained at Duesseldorf airport upon his return from Turkey for alleged membership in the Islamic State group.

Savior or disaster? UK's Labour divided on Corbyn victory

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 24th - 8:20am

Soft-spoken socialist Jeremy Corbyn is the antithesis of Donald Trump.