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Iraqi special forces join Mosul offensive against IS

Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Susannah George, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 1:32pm

In a significant intensification of the battle for Mosul, elite Iraqi special forces joined the fight Thursday, unleashing a pre-dawn assault on an Islamic State-held town east of the besieged city. The U.S. military announced the first American death since the operation began.

UN urges greater investment in the world's 10-year-old girls

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 1:11pm

The U.N. population agency is urging greater investment in 10-year-old girls saying that what happens at that age can determine their futures.

The Latest: Reports: 3 Russian officers wounded in Aleppo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 1:11pm

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Spain's top court overturns Catalan bullfighting ban

Ciaran Giles, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 1:02pm

Spain's top court on Thursday overruled a controversial local ban against bullfighting in the powerful northeastern region of Catalonia, saying it violated a national law protecting the much-disputed spectacle.

South Sudan rebel leader says he could return next month

Cara Anna and Justin Lynch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 1:02pm

South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar says he could return to the turbulent country as early as next month, even if he has to enter the way he fled — on foot.

Gay rights groups build alliances to counter climate of fear

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 1:01pm

Gay rights activists are joining with refugees, ethnic minorities and other groups to beat back forces that are exploiting a climate of fear created by terror concerns, an official with an international gay rights advocacy group said Thursday.

Mosul Today: Iraqi special forces push into IS-held town

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 12:54pm

Iraqi special forces charged into the Mosul battle Thursday with a pre-dawn advance on a nearby town held by the Islamic State group, a key part of a multi-pronged assault on eastern approaches to the besieged city.

UK sends warships to watch Russian ships in English Channel

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 12:52pm

Britain has deployed warships to monitor a Russian aircraft carrier group and other vessels Thursday as they sailed through the North Sea and the English Channel reportedly en route to Syria's coast.

Turkey ramps up fight against Kurdish fighters in Syria

Sarah El Deeb and Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 12:41pm

Turkey escalated its offensive Thursday against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, pounding them with airstrikes and artillery, and complicating the battle against the Islamic State group by Ankara and Washington, both NATO allies.

Philipine President announces separation from US

Christopher Bodeen and Gillian Wong, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 12:24pm

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced that his country is separating from the U.S. in a speech before a Beijing economic forum on Thursday, after handing China a major diplomatic victory, agreeing to resume dialogue on their South China Sea territorial dispute following months of acrimony.

Seeking to block rival, Abbas calls for Fatah, PLO elections

Mohammed Daraghmeh, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 12:21pm

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is pushing for leadership elections in his Fatah movement and the PLO before the end of the year, as part of what senior officials say is largely an elaborate attempt to block the return of an exiled rival backed by several Arab states.

The Latest: US soldier dies of wounds from bombing in Iraq

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 12:11pm

The Latest on the campaign to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State group (all times local):

The Latest: EU chief says no appetite for refugee quotas

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 12:03pm

The Latest on Europe's response to the inflow of asylum-seekers and migrants to the continent (all times local):

U.S. military says American soldier dies of wounds from bomb in northern Iraq

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 11:51am

U.S. military says American soldier dies of wounds from bomb in northern Iraq.

The Latest: US puzzled by Duterte comments

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 11:51am

The Latest on Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's meetings with top officials in China (all times local):

World diplomats seek post-battle plan for IS bastion Mosul

Angela Charlton and Jeffrey Schaeffer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 11:01am

Iraq's prime minister vowed Thursday to protect civilians fleeing the battle to oust Islamic State extremists from Mosul, as the offensive picked up speed and diplomats worked to ensure the gains are lasting — and that jihadists don't escape.

Israel indicts couple who traveled to Mosul to join IS

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 10:23am

An Israeli court indicted an Arab Israeli couple on Thursday for joining the extremist Islamic State group with their three young children.

South African student leader is injured in protest

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 9:50am

The student council at a leading South African university says a student leader was hit multiple times in the back by police rubber bullets during a protest for free education.

Israel: Troops shoot Palestinian throwing rocks in West Bank

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 9:41am

The Israeli military says soldiers have shot and killed a Palestinian who threw rocks at them in the West Bank.