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Colombia to sign historic peace deal on ending long conflict

Joshua Goodman and Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 3:41pm

More than 220,000 deaths, 8 million homeless and countless human rights violations: These are the tragic toll of South America's oldest armed conflict, which begins to wind down with the signing Monday of a historic agreement between Colombia's government and the country's largest rebel movement to end a half-century of hostilities.

Lawyer for Mexico drug lord 'El Chapo' Guzman claims torture

Maria Verza, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 3:11pm

A lawyer for Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman said Monday he will argue that his client has been the victim of torture.

Magellanic penguin mating season begins in Argentina

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 3:01pm

Thousands of Magellanic penguins are arriving at Argentina's Punta Tombo peninsula for their breeding season.

Human rights groups denounce displacement in El Salvador

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 3:01pm

Human rights activists in El Salvador say more than 1,000 people have been internally displaced by threats from gangs and, in some cases, from authorities since the beginning of 2015.

Rio police kill drug suspect who made bold hospital escape

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 2:21pm

Brazilian police fatally shot a suspected drug trafficker Monday who had stunned Rio de Janeiro by pulling off a violent escape from a hospital three months ago.

Iran releases Canadian-Iranian professor held since June

Nasser Karimi and Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 2:03pm

A Canadian-Iranian retired professor was released from prison on "humanitarian grounds" and flown out of Iran on Monday, Iran's state-run news agency said, ending her months of detention alongside other dual nationals swept up by hard-liners in the security services.

Venezuela opposition to push 2016 recall despite ruling

Hannah Dreier, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 1:31pm

Venezuela's opposition vowed Monday to press forward with its bid to recall President Nicolas Maduro this year and promised street demonstrations should the government continue to stymie the vote.

Syria says truce still viable after week of airstrikes

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 1:20pm

Syria's foreign minister said Monday that an internationally-brokered cease-fire is still viable, as rescue workers in Aleppo sifted through the rubble from the heaviest airstrikes on rebel-held areas of the northern city in five years.

The Latest: US says Russia not abiding by Syria deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 12:51pm

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

India says Pakistan believes terror will bring territory

Michael Astor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 12:32pm

Pakistan continues to believe terrorist attacks will allow it to obtain territory it covets in Jammu and Kashmir, India's foreign minister said Monday.

Jewish WWII 'Avenger' Joseph Harmatz dead at 91

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 12:22pm

Holocaust survivor Joseph Harmatz, who led the most daring attempt by Jews seeking revenge against their former Nazi tormentors, has died. He was 91.

Israel to charge former officials with corruption

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 12:20pm

Israel says it will charge more than a dozen former ministers and other officials from the defense minister's party with corruption.

China investigating North Korean bank, report says

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 12:17pm

Chinese authorities are investigating a North Korean bank suspected of financing its government's imports of goods that might be used by the North's nuclear weapons program, a South Korean newspaper reported Monday.

The Latest: Kosovo blames other nations for radicalization

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 11:41am

The latest on the high-level U.N. General Assembly meetings (all times local):

Boris Johnson: Britain to continue support Turkey's EU bid

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 11:21am

Britain will continue to support Turkey's bid to join the European Union even after Britain itself leaves the bloc, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Monday.

Azerbaijan holds referendum on presidential term extension

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 11:13am

Amid international criticism, Azerbaijanis held a referendum Monday on proposed constitutional changes that would extend the presidential term and powers in the ex-Soviet nation.

AP PHOTOS: These animals are more than meets the eye

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 11:11am

An elephant? Look again. Artist Johannes Stoetter paints on human bodies to create images of endangered and other animals. He unveiled his elephant painting Monday at a global wildlife conference. The plight of Africa's elephants is a key issue at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or CITES, which goes through Oct. 5. Also unveiled was an elephant sculpture by Daniel Jansen van Vuuren. Wildlife groups say poachers kill up to 30,000 elephants across the continent each year in pursuit of ivory. Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa are pushing to sell their ivory stockpiles for millions of dollars, but they are opposed by about 30 African nations that want to tighten an international ban on the ivory trade.

Mexico: 6 slain in Pacific coast resort city of Mazatlan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 11:01am

Mexican authorities say they have found the bound, asphyxiated bodies of five men and a woman in the Pacific coast resort city of Mazatlan.

Diplomats: Portugal's Guterres tops fifth poll for UN chief

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 10:50am

Portugal's former Prime Minister Antonio Guterres kept his spot as the first choice to succeed Ban Ki-moon as the next U.N. secretary-general, and was the only candidate to get the minimum nine required "yes" votes in the Security Council's fifth informal poll on Monday, U.N. diplomats said.