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Families plead for answers in Australian theme park deaths

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 9:51pm

Relatives of some of the people killed at a theme park when their ride malfunctioned are pleading for answers into their loved ones' deaths.

Countries OK world's largest marine reserve in Antarctica

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 9:50pm

The countries that decide the fate of Antarctica reached an historic agreement on Friday to create the world's largest marine protected area in the ocean next to the frozen continent.

Filipino mayor among 10 dead in clash with anti-drug police

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 9:31pm

Philippine anti-narcotics officers gunned down a town mayor and nine of his men in a clash Friday in one of the bloodiest operations since President Rodrigo Duterte launched a crackdown on illegal drugs.

Kashmir kids find refuge in makeshift schools amid uprising

Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 9:21pm

When Kashmir erupted in anti-India protests almost four months ago, 14-year-old Shazia Batool was sequestered at home — forbidden from venturing out as stone-throwing protesters faced off in street clashes with government forces and demanded an end to Indian rule in the disputed Himalayan region.

Philippine police say town mayor, 9 others killed in gunbattle with anti-narcotics squad

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 8:41pm

Philippine police say town mayor, 9 others killed in gunbattle with anti-narcotics squad.

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.

Libya's navy says 90 migrants perished after boat fell apart

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 4:20pm

The Libyan navy said on Thursday that at least 90 migrants are believed to have perished when their rickety boat started to fall apart in the Mediterranean Sea, after leaving the Libyan coast.

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.