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Powerful quakes wreak new havoc in Italian mountain towns

Alessandra Tarantino and Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 8:33am

Authorities scrambled to find housing Thursday for thousands of people displaced by a pair of strong earthquakes that struck the same region of central Italy hit by a deadly quake in August, hoping to prevent a second night for them on the street or in cars.

Senior member of Rwandan rebel group arrested, Congo says

Ignatius Ssuuna, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 8:31am

The Congolese army has arrested a senior member of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, a rebel group that includes members accused of carrying out the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, a military official said Thursday.

Journalist on trial in Turkey for alleged pro-PKK tweets

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 8:30am

A Kurdish journalist charged with engaging in terrorist propaganda for a series of Twitter posts has gone on trial in Turkey.

For UK's Europeans, post-Brexit attacks bring shock and fear

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 8:22am

When his friend Arek was killed in the street, Eric Hind had sickening evidence that the country he'd come to call home had changed.

Hikers replace soldiers in Czech army zone turned reserve

Karel Janicek, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 8:20am

Half an hour's drive outside Prague, visitors looking for something different near the Czech capital can find themselves hiking in a former military zone — with army bunkers and a top secret Cold War depot to boot.

China's Communist Party raises Xi to symbolic 'core' status

Gillian Wong, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 8:13am

China's Communist Party on Thursday elevated President Xi Jinping to the position of "core" of the leadership, underscoring the clout he has amassed on the back of a sweeping anti-corruption campaign and crackdown on dissent.

2 Yazidi women who escaped IS group win human rights prize

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 8:10am

Two Yazidi women who escaped sexual enslavement by the Islamic State group and went on to become advocates for others have won the European Union's Sakharov Prize for human rights.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 8:10am

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.

NATO allies advance plans for east Europe troop deployment

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 8:01am

Faced with an ever-more belligerent and unpredictable Russia, NATO allies are advancing with plans to deploy thousands of troops and military equipment to the Baltics and Poland.

The Latest: NATO sending planes, ships to back EU migrant op

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 8:00am

The Latest on Europe's response to the flow of migrants to the continent (all times local):

Somalia's al-Shabab in comeback as Ethiopia pulls troops

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 7:20am

Somalia's Islamic extremists, al-Shabab, appear to be making a comeback, having recently seized four towns and attacked a guesthouse in neighboring Kenya, killing 12.

The Latest: UN will try again to evacuate Aleppo wounded

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 7:20am

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

Dutch court convicts 5 men for mosque arson attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 6:50am

A Dutch court has convicted five right-wing extremists and sentenced them to four years' imprisonment for throwing Molotov cocktails at a mosque, saying the attack had "terrorist characteristics."

Philippine leader's meeting with Japan emperor canceled

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 6:50am

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte left Japan on Thursday without meeting Emperor Akihito as their scheduled meeting had to be canceled because of the death of the emperor's uncle.

Indonesian woman given 20-year jail term in cyanide murder

Ali Kotarumalos, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 6:50am

A Jakarta court sentenced an Indonesian woman accused of killing a former classmate with cyanide-laced coffee to 20 years in prison on Thursday, in a dramatic climax to a trial that was broadcast live and became a national spectacle.

Slovenia to rebury 800 victims from post-WWII mass grave

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 6:40am

Slovenia is reburying some 800 victims from a mass grave containing the remains of thousands of people believed killed in the aftermath of World War II by the communist authorities.

APNewsBreak: Abu Sayyaf got $7.3 million from kidnappings

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 6:40am

Abu Sayyaf pocketed at least 353 million pesos ($7.3 million) from ransom kidnappings in the first six months of the year and have turned to abductions of foreign tugboat crewmen as military offensives restricted the militants' mobility, a confidential Philippine government report said.

Pakistan bans protest and rallies in Islamabad for 2 months

Asif Shahzad, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 6:32am

The Pakistani government on Thursday banned all political meetings, rallies and protests in the capital, Islamabad, ahead of a planned opposition march against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Nov. 2.

India expels Pakistani embassy staffer over espionage charge

Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 6:10am

Pakistan's Foreign Ministry on Thursday said India was expelling a Pakistani diplomat in New Delhi after briefly detaining him on what it called "false and unsubstantiated charges," a sign of increasing tension between the two South Asian nuclear-armed archrivals.