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Iraqi forces advance near Mosul as IS attacks western town

Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Joseph Krauss, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 9:20am

Iraqi and Kurdish forces advanced on a town near Mosul on Sunday as part of an operation to retake the northern city from the Islamic State group, which staged an assault in western Iraq that appeared to be another diversionary attack.

The Latest: Nasrallah: Turkey on a land grab in Syria, Iraq

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 9:10am

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

Bavarian town honors patron saint of horses in procession

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 9:01am

Townspeople and farmers in Warngau, south of Munich, have donned traditional costumes for their annual procession in horse-drawn carriages to a local church in honor of St. Leonard, considered the patron saint of horses and livestock.

Reports: Russian police kill 2 terror suspects, find bomb

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 8:50am

Russian news reports say police have killed two suspected terrorists in a shootout in a central Russian city and that a bomb was found in the suspects' car.

Lithuanians vote in what is expected to be a close race

Liudas Dapkus, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 8:50am

Lithuanians voted Sunday in a runoff election that is expected to bring the center-right opposition to power and end the rule of the current Social Democrat-coalition, with the incumbents taking the heat for a sluggish economy and a sharp rise in prices following the adoption of the euro currency.

Thousands flood Cameroon hospitals in search of family

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 8:50am

Thousands of Cameroonians have been flooding hospitals in the capital, Yaounde, and the largest city, Douala, looking for corpses and survivors after an overloaded train derailed Friday, killing more than 70 people and injuring 600.

2 announce bids to lead fractious party that pushed 'Brexit'

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 8:41am

Two rival candidates announced bids Sunday to lead Britain's fractious right-wing U.K. Independence Party — both warning that UKIP faces extinction if it doesn't change.

Haiti authorities nab some 1 dozen of 172 escaped inmates

Dieu Nalio Chery, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 8:31am

Police officers were searching cars and boats for escaped prisoners on Sunday after recapturing at least a dozen of the 172 inmates who overpowered guards and escaped from a lockup in central Haiti, the prison's director said.

Poles stage new protests over planned abortion restrictions

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 8:10am

Polish women have again donned black and taken to the streets, launching another round of protests against efforts by the nation's conservative leaders to tighten Poland's abortion law.

Pentagon chief in Irbil for closer assessment of Mosul fight

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 7:50am

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter visited Irbil on Sunday for a closer assessment of the fight against the Islamic State group in northern Iraq and to hear from Kurdish leaders whose forces launched a new offensive in the operation to wrest Mosul from the militants.

Duterte: Filipinos may be able to return to disputed shoal

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 7:30am

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Sunday that Filipino fishermen may be able to return to the Chinese-held Scarborough Shoal in a few days after he discussed the territorial rift with Chinese leaders, but he did not provide details, including whether China imposed conditions.

Spain's Socialists vote to end political impasse

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 7:30am

Spain's Socialist party says it will stop blocking the conservative Popular Party from forming a minority government, ending the country's nearly 10-month political impasse.

Spain's Socialist party votes to end political impasse, give Mariano Rajoy another term as prime minister

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 7:10am

Spain's Socialist party votes to end political impasse, give Mariano Rajoy another term as prime minister.

Widows of victims of Nigeria's Boko Haram say aid overdue

Haruna Umar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 6:21am

After her husband was killed by a Boko Haram suicide bomber late last year, Hajjagana Mbasaru was forced to pull her children from school and rely on friends to feed them. Like other widows of civilians fighting the Islamic extremists in northern Nigeria, she spent long months waiting for any kind of government support.

German police probe alleged encouragement for fatal jump

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 6:00am

German police say they're investigating allegations that onlookers encouraged a teenage Somali migrant to jump from an apartment block, but officers at the scene heard nothing of the kind and they've yet to find any solid evidence.

Iran's president criticizes US presidential candidates

Nasser Karimi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 5:50am

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday criticized the U.S. presidential candidates' behavior during their recent debates.

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.

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.