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WHO: Excessive air pollution affects 92 percent of people

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 10:33pm

The World Health Organization says more than nine out of 10 people worldwide live in areas with excessive air pollution, contributing to problems like strokes, heart disease and lung cancer.

Failure to get Syria cease-fire stole spotlight at UN

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 10:31pm

The failed attempt by the U.S. and Russia to revive a cease-fire in Syria stole the spotlight at the annual U.N. gathering of world leaders but every other global hotspot had its moment — and there were some chuckles as well including a message to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to be ready to receive his gift of a "white bull" from South Sudan.

Mexico's governing party strips governor of party support

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 9:42pm

An internal committee of Mexico's governing party said Monday that it decided to strip party rights from one of its state governors under federal investigation for corruption.

Colombia, FARC sign historic peace deal ending long conflict

Joshua Goodman and Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 9:21pm

Colombia's government and its largest rebel movement signed a historic peace accord Monday in an emotional ceremony that seeks to put an end to a half-century of combat and put the war-weary nation on the path to reconciliation.

Kerry meets Venezuelan president amid escalating tensions

Vivian Salama, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 8:52pm

Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that he is "deeply concerned" about escalating political tensions in Venezuela as he held his first official meeting with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.

Driving rain and wind diverts plans for Canadian royal tour

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 6:31pm

Plans to show off one of British Columbia's most beautiful areas to Prince William and his wife, Kate, were scuttled by bad weather.

The Latest: Colombia accord signing ends with 'Ode to Peace'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 5:51pm

The latest on the signing of a historic peace deal in Colombia (all times local):

Azerbaijan holds referendum on presidential term extension

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 5:41pm

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

72 accused of running drug-trafficking ring in Puerto Rico

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 5:21pm

Authorities in Puerto Rico say 72 people have been indicted on charges of operating a multimillion-dollar drug-trafficking ring.

Families of missing 43 students lead march in Mexico

Maria Verza, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 5:02pm

The families of 43 missing Mexican college students led a march of unions, students and other supporters through the capital Monday to demand the young men be found on the second anniversary of their disappearance.

Colombia's government, FARC rebels sign historic peace accord to end half-century conflict

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 4:31pm

Colombia's government, FARC rebels sign historic peace accord to end half-century conflict.

Iran: Utah state senator didn't mention job when visiting

Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 4:15pm

Iran's Foreign Ministry says a Utah state senator who traveled to Iran in May did not clarify his job as senator in his visa application.

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.