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Syrian rebels caution civilians in Aleppo about offensive

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 5:40am

A leading northern Syrian rebel coalition warned civilians in Aleppo to stay away from government positions around the contested city early Sunday as rebels and pro-government forces clashed along the city's outskirts.

Italy recovers 14 dead on smugglers boats in 2 days

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 5:10am

Italian officials say that 14 bodies have been recovered in a two-day period on smugglers' boats packed with migrants making the perilous journey across the Mediterranean.

Duterte: Filipinos may be able to return to disputed shoal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 5:10am

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says Filipino fishermen may be able to return to the China-held Scarborough Shoal in a few days after he discussed the territorial rift with Chinese leaders during his trip to Beijing this past week.

3 dead in Russian apartment explosion

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 5:00am

Russian emergency officials say three people are dead and 13 others are injured after an explosion in a high-rise apartment building believed to have been caused by gas.

Little known group says it's behind Egypt officer's killing

Maamoun Youssef, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 5:00am

A little known Egyptian group has claimed responsibility for the killing of a senior Egyptian army officer outside his suburban Cairo home.

2 explosions hit Japanese city, killing 1; suicide suspected

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 4:50am

Two apparent explosions hit the Japanese city of Utsunomiya back-to-back Sunday, killing one person and injuring three others in what police are viewing as a possible suicide.

Spain's Socialists to vote on ending political impasse

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 3:10am

Spain's Socialist party is meeting to decide whether to help end the country's nearly 10-month political impasse and deliver another term to acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

Lithuanians vote in what is expected to be a close race

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 3:00am

Lithuanians are voting in an election that could see a change of government after four years of power by a ruling coalition led by the Social Democrats.

Report shows increase in Afghanistan opium poppy cultivation

Rahim Faiez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 3:00am

Afghanistan saw an increase of 10 percent in opium poppy cultivation and 91 percent decrease in eradication across the country, according to a new joint survey released Sunday by the UN and Afghan government.

Iraqi forces launch new advance northeast of Mosul

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 2:41am

Iraqi and Kurdish forces have launched a new offensive on a town near Mosul as part of a massive operation aimed at retaking the country's second largest city from the Islamic State group.

Saudi-led coalition stages airstrikes after Yemen truce ends

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 2:21am

A Saudi-led coalition launched a series of airstrikes around the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Sunday, just hours after a 72-hour cease-fire expired, according to security officials.

Property restitution an issue in Poland long after communism

Monika Scislowska, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 2:20am

A Warsaw court had no questions when a landlord known for brutal evictions sought the return of an apartment house seized under communism from a Jewish woman. It was tenants who came forward with information that blocked the restitution, showing the woman — who would have been 106— died in 1974.

Carter in Irbil to get closer assessment of Mosul fight

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 1:40am

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrived Sunday in Irbil to get a closer look at the fight against Islamic State militants in northern Iraq and likely expand his discussions about the role of Turkish troops in the region.

Officials: 100 mostly barefoot inmates escape Haiti lockup

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 6:51pm

More than 100 mostly barefoot inmates overpowered guards on Saturday and escaped from a lockup in central Haiti, officials said.

Venezuela braces for turbulence after recall is stalled

Hannah Dreier, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 5:12pm

Venezuela is bracing for turbulence after the socialist government blocked a presidential recall referendum in a move opposition leaders are calling a coup.

In Aleppo, jewel of Syrian rebellion faces possible collapse

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 4:41pm

The Aleppo that Ibrahim al-Haj's son Laith was born into 10 months ago is now being destroyed.

UN envoy asks for Yemen cease-fire extension

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 4:11pm

The U.N. special envoy for Yemen on Saturday urged the warring parties in the Arab country to extend a temporary cease-fire for at least another renewable 72 hours.

Possible new home for Gitmo ex-detainee unhappy in Uruguay

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 3:50pm

Supporters of a former Guantanamo prisoner who has been unhappy living in Uruguay said Saturday that another country has offered to accept him.

Kremlin: demands for Assad's departure "thoughtless"

Vladimir Isachenkov and Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 2:01pm

The entire territory of Syria must be "liberated," Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said in remarks televised Saturday, dismissing demands for Syrian President Bashar Assad's departure as "thoughtless."