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UN oficial to monitor Colombia peace tribunals closely

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 8:31pm

The top U.N. human rights official said Thursday he will closely watch how special peace tribunals set up under Colombia's peace accord operate, to ensure people who committed serious war crimes during the long conflict are held accountable.

US defense chief calls alliance with Philippines 'ironclad'

Tran Van Minh, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 8:12pm

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has described the U.S.-Philippines alliance as ironclad, one day after the Philippine president said joint military exercises with the U.S. would end.

China reports 6 dead in landslides following typhoon

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 8:11pm

Six people are reported dead in two landslides triggered by a major typhoon that lashed southeastern China.

Former Australian government minister visits Iraq front line

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 6:41pm

A former Australian government minister was branded "stupid" by the prime minister on Friday for visiting the Iraqi front line in a battle between the Islamic State movement and Kurdish Peshmerga.

Amnesty: Hundreds trapped in Libya's Benghazi amid fighting

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 6:21pm

An international rights group expressed alarm Friday over the fate of hundreds of Libyan and foreign nationals trapped for months amid fighting in the eastern city of Benghazi.

UN warns of 'merciless abyss' in besieged eastern Aleppo

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:21pm

Syrian government forces continued their push into rebel-held districts of Aleppo on Thursday as international officials issued dire warnings of an ongoing humanitarian disaster in Syria's largest city.

Mexico, 5 South American countries question Venezuela rules

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 3:31pm

Mexico has joined five South American countries in expressing concern over the decision by electoral authorities in Venezuela to effectively delay a presidential recall vote until 2017.

British royal kids make rare appearance in Canada

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 3:11pm

Princess Charlotte took her first steps in public on Thursday as she and brother Prince George played in a children's party with Prince William and Kate.

Austria: Man convicted of murder for plowing car into crowd

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 2:32pm

An Austrian court has found a man guilty on multiple murder and attempted murder counts and sentenced him to life in prison for plowing his car through a crowd of pedestrians, killing three and injuring dozens.

Group calls for Darfur chemical weapons investigation

Michael Astor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 2:31pm

Amnesty International is calling on the U.N. Security Council to take action over reports that the Sudanese government has used chemical weapons in Darfur.

UN rights council seeks greater monitoring of Yemen abuses

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 2:23pm

The United Nations Human Rights Council has passed a resolution calling for greater U.N. monitoring of rights abuses in war-torn Yemen, while shrugging off calls from the U.N. human rights chief and others for an independent investigation of abuses.

Ukraine marks Babi Yar massacre's 75th anniversary

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 2:23pm

Ukraine on Thursday marked the 75th anniversary of the Babi Yar massacre, one of the most infamous mass slaughters of World War II.

The Latest: Russia says US boycott would help 'terrorists'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 1:51pm

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UN impotent before Syria war crimes

Michael Astor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 1:41pm

Russia and Syria faced a growing chorus of international condemnation over their actions in Aleppo, but U.N. officials conceded Thursday there was little they could do beyond shaming the two countries for what they are increasingly calling "war crimes."

Israelis pay respects to Peres, Clinton arrives in Israel

Daniella Cheslow, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 1:41pm

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton joined thousands of Israeli mourners Thursday who paid their respects to the late Shimon Peres outside Israel's parliament in Jerusalem, as the country somberly remembered the Nobel-winning politician who helped lead Israel during a remarkable seven-decade career.

Egyptian court blocks cancellation of islands transfer

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 1:21pm

An Egyptian court has blocked the cancellation of an Egyptian-Saudi pact under which Cairo will transfer control of two Red Sea islands to Riyadh.

Car bomb explodes near home of Egyptian judicial official

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 1:21pm

An Egyptian security official says a car bomb exploded near the home of a senior assistant to the country's prosecutor general.

The Latest: Bill Clinton, Netanyahu meet in Jerusalem

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 1:21pm

The Latest on funeral preparations and a nation in mourning at the death of Israel's ninth President, Shimon Peres (all times local):

India says it has struck militants across Kashmir frontier

Muneeza Naqvi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 1:21pm

India said Thursday it carried out "surgical strikes" against militants across the highly militarized frontier that divides the Kashmir region between India and Pakistan, in an exchange that escalated tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbors.