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Matthew strengthens into Category 5 hurricane in Caribbean

Howard Campbell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 9:21pm

Hurricane Matthew grew into a powerful Category 5 storm late Friday as it crossed the Caribbean Sea on a course that could have it pounding Jamaica within days.

The Latest: Matthew strengthens to Category 5 hurricane

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 9:13pm

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13 dead, 20 still missing in China after typhoon landslides

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 9:01pm

Thirteen people have been confirmed dead in two landslides after a major typhoon lashed southeastern China, with the prospect of the toll rising further as rescue crews continued Saturday to search for 20 missing people.

Duterte 'happy to slaughter' drug suspects; mentions Hitler

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 8:22pm

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.

UN condemns Congo clashes, calls for quick election calendar

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 6:11pm

The U.N. Human Rights Council on Friday strongly condemned recent deadly clashes in Congo fueled by political turmoil and called on the government and electoral commission to establish a calendar for elections "as fast as possible."

Joseph Verner Reed, Jr., UN official and ex-US envoy dies

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 5:51pm

Joseph Verner Reed, Jr., a U.N. undersecretary-general, former U.S. ambassador and chief of protocol under President George H.W. Bush, has died at the age of 78.

Hunger-striking ex-Gitmo detainee asks Uruguay for answers

Leonardo Haberkorn, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 5:12pm

A hunger-striking former Guantanamo prisoner is threatening to stop drinking liquids to press Uruguay's government into allowing him to leave the South American country and reunite with his family.

5 soldiers killed in attack on Mexican army convoy

Mark Stevenson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 5:11pm

The sons of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman were likely behind a brazen ambush on a military convoy using grenades and high-powered guns that left five soldiers dead and 10 wounded on Friday, officials said.

Children of Syria's Aleppo bear brunt of violent onslaught

Sarah El Deeb and Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 5:11pm

The 6-year-old girl was found trapped under the rubble of her home, destroyed by an airstrike in Syria's rebel-held city of Aleppo. "Dust!" she wailed as rescue workers pried away the stones and debris on top of her, finally freeing her and placing her on a stretcher as she screamed for her father.

Obama to Bill Clinton after Peres funeral: 'Let's go!'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 4:01pm

President Barack Obama was left cooling his heels after attending the funeral for Israel's Shimon Peres as former President Bill Clinton chatted on the tarmac.

US teen summer program sparks national backlash in Cuba

Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 3:53pm

A few months after President Barack Obama visited Cuba in March, a group of teenagers left the island for a month-long visit to the United States funded by the U.S. State Department.

Police: Autopsies done for sisters found dead in Seychelles

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

Two American sisters found dead in their tropical island villa while vacationing in Seychelles died of excess fluid in their lungs, according to police in the African archipelago nation.

Newest candidate to be UN chief to be grilled on Monday

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 2:12pm

The latest candidate to be the next secretary-general, European commissioner Kristalina Georgieva of Bulgaria, will appear before the U.N. General Assembly on Monday to answer questions from member states.

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

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 2:03pm

A year of Russian airstrikes on areas outside government control in Syria have killed more than 9,000 people, displaced tens of thousands and caused widespread destruction, an opposition monitoring group said Friday.

Colombia's rebels pave road to peace with apologies

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 2:01pm

For the third time in a week Colombia's largest rebel movement has asked forgiveness from its victims during the country's decades-long conflict.

Netherlands summons Russian envoy over MH17 probe criticism

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 1:31pm

The Netherlands summoned Russia's ambassador Friday to complain about Russian criticism of the Dutch public prosecutor's office over the probe into the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

The Latest: UN urges 48-hour humanitarian pauses in Aleppo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 1:23pm

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Cyprus president: No peace deal with Turkish military rights

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 1:21pm

An insistence by breakaway Turkish Cypriots to cede Turkey the right to militarily intervene under a hoped-for deal reunifying the ethnically divided island of Cyprus is "excessive and unjustified," the island's president said Friday.

Attack on train kills at least 3 in Republic of Congo

Louis Okamba, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 12:11pm

A police spokesman says armed men have attacked a train carrying security forces in Republic of Congo's Pool region, killing several people.