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Leader pledges to rid Nigeria of hunger, omits worst crisis

Michelle Faul, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 1st - 9:11am

Nigeria's president promised Saturday to drive hunger out of Africa's most populous nation but made no mention of a conflict-driven famine threatening to kill tens of thousands of children in northeast Nigeria.

Powerful Hurricane Matthew soaks Colombia, heads for Jamaica

Howard Campbell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 1st - 9:10am

One of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in recent history weakened a little on Saturday as it drenched coastal Colombia and roared across the Caribbean on a course that still puts Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba in the path of potentially devastating winds and rain.

Afghan military kill 6 security forces in air strike mistake

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 1st - 9:00am

Five Afghan soldiers and a police officer were killed in an air strike carried out by an Afghan military helicopter in western Farah province, Afghanistan's Ministry of Defense said Saturday.

The Latest: Serbia: 9,300 migrants try to get in since July

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 1st - 8:51am

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Somali police: Car bomb kills 2 at restaurant in Mogadishu

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 1st - 8:30am

A Somali police officer says a car bomb blew up at the entrance of a restaurant in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, killing two people.

Russia warns against US attack on Syrian forces

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 1st - 7:30am

Russia warned the United States Saturday against carrying out any attacks on Syrian government forces, saying it would have repercussions across the Middle East as government forces captured a hill on the edge of the northern city of Aleppo under the cover of airstrikes.

Israel condemns Philippines president for invoking Hitler

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 1st - 6:30am

Israel's Foreign Ministry says it's "unfortunate" that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte chose to invoke Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust in his bloody anti-crime war.

Egypt arrests 3 reporters conducting street interviews

Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 1st - 6:30am

Egyptian police detained three journalists who were conducting street interviews in downtown Cairo about President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's request for small donations of spare change to fund development programs, security officials said Saturday.

South African universities say academic year is in peril

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 1st - 5:52am

South African protesters lob rocks at security guards at one of the continent's leading universities. Police fire rubber bullets at students on another campus. Vice-chancellors warn that students might not be able to finish the academic year if a national dispute over financing higher education is not resolved soon.

Albania activists hold protest against waste dumping

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 1st - 5:20am

Hundreds of Albanian activists have held a protest in Tirana, the national capital, against a law allowing the importation of garbage from foreign countries for recycling.

Merkel: Germans need to understand their history better

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 1st - 4:30am

Angela Merkel says Germans need to understand their own history better to lay the right foundations for the country's future.

Pakistan rattled by 5.5-magnitude earthquake

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 1st - 4:20am

A Pakistani official says a 5.5-magnitude earthquake has struck the country's remote north, with no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

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.