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Azerbaijan votes on presidential term extension

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 1:20am

Amid international criticism, proposed constitutional changes that would extend the president's term and increase the office's power have come before Azerbaijan's voters in a referendum.

Japan vows to watch Chinese warplane activity closely

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 1:10am

Japan's top government spokesman warned China on Monday against expanding its military activity to the skies over disputed East China Sea islands after eight Chinese warplanes flew near the area over the weekend.

Teenage surfer stable after shark attack at Australian beach

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 12:50am

A teenage surfer was in stable condition after he was bitten by a shark Monday at the same Australian beach where a Japanese surfer was fatally mauled last year, officials said.

Moderate quakes rattle Japan; no injuries or damage reported

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 12:30am

A pair of moderate earthquakes rattled northern and southern Japan on Monday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, and there was no danger of a tsunami.

A Syrian refugee balances life in Germany with chaos at home

Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 12:30am

At the intersection, Mohammed al-Haj waited patiently for the "green man." No cars were coming, no policemen watching. Back home in Syria, he wouldn't hesitate.

Britain's Prince William, Kate tour Vancouver without kids

Jeremy Hainsworth, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 11:32pm

Prince George and Princess Charlotte stayed behind with their nanny as Britain's Prince William and his wife, Kate, continued their tour of British Columbia on Sunday, a day after George left Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hanging on a high-five.

PAL plane safely lands in Manila after smoke seen in cabin

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 11:00pm

A Philippine Airlines plane en route to Haneda airport in Tokyo returned to Manila's airport 20 minutes into its flight Monday after the crew detected smoke in the cabin. The plane with 235 people on board landed safely and there were no reports of injury.

Colombia to sign historic peace deal on ending long conflict

Joshua Goodman and Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 10:10pm

Colombia will take a big step toward emerging from its long nightmare of bloody violence Monday when the government and the country's largest rebel movement sign a peace accord that emerged from four hard years of negotiations.

Spain's regional elections give boost to Rajoy's party

Ciaran Giles and Marisol Medina, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 5:21pm

Acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's conservative Popular Party got a boost in regional elections Sunday, while the opposition Socialists lost ground.

Brazilian city council candidate shot dead at Rio rally

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 4:41pm

Brazilian police say gunmen have killed a city council candidate as he was leaving a political rally outside Rio de Janeiro.

Jewish settlement soccer clubs bring politics to the pitch

Tia Goldenberg, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 3:50pm

The Beitar Shabi Givat Zeev players huddled around for a training session, lobbing soccer balls as an autumn evening breeze swept through the surrounding rocky hills. It was a routine scene played out on soccer fields around the world, but if Palestinian authorities have their way, the team could soon find itself permanently sidelined.

At least 26 killed in Aleppo as UN meets over Syria

Philip Issa and Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 3:42pm

At least 26 civilians were killed in fresh government airstrikes on the contested city of Aleppo, Syrian activists said Sunday, as the United Nations Security Council convened an emergency meeting on the spiraling violence in Syria but failed to take any action because of deep divisions between Russia and the Western powers.

4 wounded in shooting in Swedish city of Malmo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 2:01pm

Swedish police say four people have been wounded in a shooting in Malmo, the country's third-largest city.

The Latest: UN takes no action after arguments over Aleppo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 1:52pm

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UN chief pledges help for talks to reunify divided Cyprus

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 1:14pm

The United Nations secretary-general promised Sunday to lend his personal support to rival Cypriot leaders who are locked in complex talks aimed at reunifying the ethnically divided island nation.

Hungary manhunt in Budapest blast that wounded 2 officers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 12:41pm

Hungarian authorities are hunting for a man who set off a homemade fragmentation bomb that seriously wounded two officers in central Budapest, the country's police chief said Sunday.

Jordanian writer gunned down outside courthouse

Khetam Malkawi and Mohammed Daraghmeh, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 11:31am

A prominent and outspoken Jordanian writer on Sunday was shot dead in front of the courthouse where he had been on trial for posting a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam on social media.

Jordan's king re-appoints prime minister to new term

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 10:51am

Jordan's King Abdullah II has re-appointed his prime minister in what is largely a formality following Sept. 20 parliamentary elections.

Israeli official: Gaza underground wall to be done in months

Daniel Estrin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 10:41am

A senior Israeli military official on Sunday said a massive underground barrier being built along the Gaza border to defend against Hamas tunnels should be finished in a matter of months, dealing what he said would be a serious blow to the Islamic militant group.