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15 Philippine troops killed in clash with Abu Sayyaf rebels

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 9:10am

Philippine officials say 15 army soldiers have been killed in a clash with Abu Sayyaf extremists in a major offensive in the south.

Egypt's parliament is to vote on tougher penalties for FGM

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 9:00am

Egypt's parliament is to vote on tougher penalties for female genital mutilation, after the Cabinet approved a bill to redefine it as a felony.

Saudi Arabia to close contentious school in Germany

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 9:00am

Saudi Arabia is closing a government-sponsored school in Germany that has been the subject of tension in the past.

European ships rescue thousands of migrants off Libyan coast

Emilio Morenatti, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 8:50am

Spanish and Italian naval ships, along with vessels from non-government groups, are rescuing thousands of migrants off the Libyan coast.

Former Iraqi soldier charged with war crimes by Germany

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 8:42am

German prosecutors say they have charged a former Iraqi soldier with war crimes on allegations he posed for a photo holding the severed heads of two Islamic State fighters killed in combat.

Spain premier's talks with Socialist fails to break impasse

Ciaran Giles, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 8:40am

Spain's acting prime minister said Monday that he would continue to seek support to form a minority government and end an eight-month political impasse even if he fails to win confidence votes in parliament this week as is expected.

2 arrested in Kenya, accused of IS anthrax attack plot

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 8:40am

Kenyan police say they have arrested a medical intern and an associate who are accused of being part of an Islamic State group extremist cell of medics attempting to launch an anthrax attack in the country.

The Latest: US calls on Turkey, Syria Kurds to halt clashes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 8:31am

The Latest on the developments in the Syrian civil war (all times local):

Turkish jets strike Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 8:30am

Turkey's state-run news agency says Turkish jets have pounded suspected Kurdish rebels targets in a new cross-border raid in northern Iraq.

IS suicide attack in Yemen kills 54 government fighters

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 8:20am

Officials in Yemen say at least 54 pro-government recruits are dead after a suicide car bombing. The Islamic State group is claiming responsibility.

UN expert decries Iran executions of 12 linked to drug crime

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 8:20am

A U.N. expert focusing on Iran has condemned the execution of 12 people there over the weekend on drug-related charges.

IS suicide attack in Yemen kills 54 government fighters

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 8:10am

A suicide car bombing claimed by the Islamic State group in Yemen's southern city of Aden on Monday killed at least 54 pro-government recruits, officials said.

NATO: Russia increasingly staging snap military drills

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 8:00am

Russia is increasingly conducting unannounced military exercises, straining its relationship with NATO, the alliance's No. 2 official said Monday.

Duterte to raise sea feud ruling against Chinese wishes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 7:30am

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told China's ambassador Monday that he will not immediately press Beijing to comply with an international tribunal's ruling that invalidated Chinese territorial claims in the South China Sea, but would do so in the future.

Philippine president says no genocide in his bloody drug war

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 7:20am

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte defended his bloody anti-drug campaign on Monday, saying the nearly 1,800 deaths in two months didn't compare with brutality in Syria or atrocities committed by Islamic State group extremists.

Poland: Germany wrong to criticize anti-migrant EU partners

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 7:20am

Poland says German Chancellor Angela Merkel is wrong to criticize European Union partners who are refusing to give refugee protection to Muslims.

3 Canadians charged in Sydney in $23 million cocaine case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 7:11am

Three Canadian cruise ship passengers were charged with drug smuggling Monday after Sydney police allegedly found 95 kilograms (209 pounds) of cocaine in their cabin luggage.

Attackers set fire to Belgian crime lab, sparking bomb scare

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 7:10am

Attackers rammed a car through the gates of Belgium's crime institute early Monday and set fire to a lab containing crime scene samples, apparently in an effort to destroy evidence, Brussels prosecutors said.

Permanent cease-fire taking effect in Colombia under accord

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 7:00am

A permanent cease-fire took effect in Colombia on Monday, a major step in bringing an end to 52 years of bloody combat between the government and the country's biggest rebel group.