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Powerful Hurricane Matthew soaks Colombia, heads for Jamaica

Howard Campbell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 1st - 2:42pm

One of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in recent history weakened a little on Saturday as it drenched coastal Colombia and roared across the Caribbean on a course that threatened Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba.

Syrians refuse attempted relocation along Jordan border

Sam McNeil, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 1st - 2:15pm

Syrians stranded on the border with Jordan protested Saturday over their refusal to move about six kilometers (3.7 miles) west to a soon-to-be opened aid distribution center.

Black-clad Poles protest proposal to completely ban abortion

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 1st - 2:11pm

Thousands of Poles, many dressed in black, rallied Saturday in front of parliament in Warsaw to protest a proposed bill that would impose a complete ban on abortion.

Pakistanis turn flag ceremony near Indian border into rally

Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 1st - 2:02pm

A routine daily flag-lowering ceremony at an Indian-Pakistani border crossing became a show of strength and patriotism Saturday on the Pakistani side thanks to simmering tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbors.

Republic of Congo police say 14 killed in train attack

Louis Okamba, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 1st - 2:01pm

Republic of Congo police say 14 people have been killed in an attack on a train in the country's southeast.

Spain's Socialists oust party leader in bid to end deadlock

Marisol Medina, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 1st - 1:53pm

Spain's Socialists have voted against party leader Pedro Sanchez in a move that seeks to end the party's internal divisions and possibly resolve the country's nine months of political deadlock.

Judge orders reopening of El Salvador military massacre case

Marcos Aleman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 1st - 1:41pm

A judge in El Salvador has ordered prosecutors to reopen a probe into one of the most notorious massacres in recent history: the army's slaying of hundreds of people in the village of El Mozote.

Mexico's Colima volcano erupts, 3 hamlets evacuated

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 1st - 1:32pm

Eruptions at the Colima volcano in western Mexico continued Saturday, forcing authorities to evacuate hundreds of people from three hamlets on the volcano's slopes.

French police clash with protesters backing Calais migrants

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 1st - 1:11pm

French police have fired tear gas and water cannons on protesters defending migrants in the northern city of Calais as the government prepares to shut down the city's notorious migrant camp.

Egypt arrests 3 reporters conducting street interviews

Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 1st - 11:22am

Egyptian police detained three opposition journalists who were conducting street interviews in downtown Cairo about President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's request for small donations of spare change to fund development programs, security officials said Saturday.

The Latest: 4 Albanians arrested in Syrian refugees case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 1st - 11:22am

The Latest on Europe's migration crisis (all times local):

Suspected militants kill 6 police in Egypt's restless Sinai

Ashraf Sweilam, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 1st - 11:21am

Suspected Islamic State militants in Egypt's turbulent Sinai Peninsula ambushed a taxi in which off-duty policemen were traveling back to their units on Saturday, killing five of them before fleeing, according to security and medical officials.

Turkish leader accuses EU of insincerity on visa promise

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 1st - 10:31am

Turkey's president says the European Union wants to back out of lifting visa restrictions for Turks — a key incentive offered Turkey in a deal to stop thousands of migrants from crossing the Aegean Sea to Greece.

Russia warns against US attack on Syrian forces

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 1st - 10:31am

Russia warned the United States Saturday against carrying out any attacks on Syrian government forces, saying it would have repercussions across the Middle East as government forces captured a hill on the edge of the northern city of Aleppo under the cover of airstrikes.

South African universities say academic year is in peril

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 1st - 10:11am

South African protesters lob rocks at security guards at one of the continent's leading universities. Police fire rubber bullets at students on another campus. Vice chancellors warn that students might not be able to finish the academic year if a national dispute over financing higher education is not resolved soon.

Iran says new attack drone modeled on captured US aircraft

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 1st - 9:11am

Iran's Revolutionary Guard has built a new attack drone which is similar to a U.S. unmanned aerial vehicle captured five years ago, Iranian media reported on Saturday.

Leader pledges to rid Nigeria of hunger, omits worst crisis

Michelle Faul, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 1st - 9:11am

Nigeria's president promised Saturday to drive hunger out of Africa's most populous nation but made no mention of a conflict-driven famine threatening to kill tens of thousands of children in northeast Nigeria.

Afghan military kill 6 security forces in air strike mistake

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 1st - 9:00am

Five Afghan soldiers and a police officer were killed in an air strike carried out by an Afghan military helicopter in western Farah province, Afghanistan's Ministry of Defense said Saturday.

Somali police: Car bomb kills 2 at restaurant in Mogadishu

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 1st - 8:30am

A Somali police officer says a car bomb blew up at the entrance of a restaurant in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, killing two people.