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Countries agree on huge marine reserve for Antarctica

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 5:40pm

New Zealand officials say the countries which decide the fate of Antarctica have agreed to create a huge marine reserve there.

UN committee calls for outlawing nuclear weapons

Michael Astor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 5:32pm

United Nations member states voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to approve a resolution calling for negotiations on a treaty that would outlaw nuclear weapons, despite strong opposition from nuclear-armed nations and their allies.

Mexico chief state judge takes leave; ran over woman in 1984

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 5:30pm

Apparently background checks didn't impede a man convicted of a form of manslaughter from becoming the chief justice of the western Mexico state of Jalisco.

New Zealand officials say countries which decide the fate of Antarctica have agreed to create a huge marine reserve

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 5:20pm

New Zealand officials say countries which decide the fate of Antarctica have agreed to create a huge marine reserve.

Russia unconvinced by UN report on Syria chemical weapons

Michael Astor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 4:42pm

Russia remains unconvinced by a report linking the Syrian government to the use of chemical weapons in at least three instances, the country's U.N. ambassador said Thursday.

Opening of talks with Colombia's No. 2 rebel group delayed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 2:51pm

Colombia's president has ordered his negotiating team to delay its departure for Ecuador's capital to open peace talks with the country's No. 2 rebel group.

UN says school attack in Syria may be potential war crime

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 2:24pm

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Thursday for an immediate investigation of an attack on a school in Syria's Idlib province that the U.N.'s children's agency is calling one of the deadliest of its kind in the country's six-year war.

Afghan officials say US strikes targeted al-Qaida militants

Amir Shah, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 1:41pm

U.S. airstrikes this week in eastern Afghanistan killed several al-Qaida militants, including two Arabs and four Pakistanis, Afghan officials said Thursday, but added that authorities cannot definitively identify the slain militants because of the area's inaccessibility and remoteness.

Japan, US, SKorea agree to step up pressure on N. Korea

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 1:31pm

Senior officials from Japan, the United States and South Korea agreed Thursday to step up pressure on North Korea as they stick to their goal of persuading the communist state to abandon its nuclear weapons.

With French camp razed, moved migrants try to adapt again

Jeffrey Schaeffer and Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 1:30pm

Thousands of migrants dispersed this week from the now-torched camp they had called home in Calais are struggling to adapt to unfamiliar surroundings in towns and villages throughout France.

Police detain Imran Khan supporters ahead of his rally

Munir Ahmed and Asif Shahzad, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 1:12pm

Police in Pakistan's capital detained dozens of supporters of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan late on Thursday, triggering brief clashes between police and opposition activists in various parts of Islamabad.

The Latest: Russia says Syrian rebels kill 3 kids in Aleppo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 1:11pm

The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):

Spain: Rajoy pushed to 2nd vote in bid to form govt

Ciaran Giles, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 12:32pm

Spanish lawmakers Thursday rejected conservative leader Mariano Rajoy's bid to form a minority government and end a 10-month political impasse, a move that pushes the decision on making him prime minister to a second round of voting later this week.

India, Pakistan each expel a diplomat amid rising tensions

Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 12:21pm

Pakistan and India on Thursday each expelled a diplomat from the other country in an exchange amid escalating tensions between the two South Asian archrivals over the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.

Putin rejects claims of Russian interference in US election

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 11:53am

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday dismissed claims that Russia is interfering in the U.S. presidential election, saying the allegations are designed to distract the public from real issues.

Italy quakes take out buildings standing after August jolt

Colleen Barry and Alessandra Tarantino, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 11:21am

The red brick Amatrice city hall resisted the devastating Aug. 24 quake that collapsed buildings all around it, only to crumble under the one-two punch of lesser jolts Wednesday night. They also brought down a centuries-old church tower in Camerino that had withstood both a quake in 1997 and the one in August.

Russia to destroy all of its chemical weapons by end of 2017

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 11:16am

A top Russian official says Russia will destroy all of its chemical weapons by the end of next year, a year earlier than previously announced.

Man shot dead after stabbing guard at US Embassy in Kenya

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 11:01am

A man was shot dead after stabbing a policeman guarding the perimeter wall of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi and trying to take his gun, a Kenyan police official said Thursday.

Hikers replace soldiers in Czech army zone turned reserve

Karel Janicek, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 10:12am

Half an hour's drive outside Prague, visitors looking for something different near the Czech capital can find themselves hiking in a former military zone — with army bunkers and a top secret Cold War depot to boot.