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China's Xi seeks to enforce will at Communist Party meeting

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 12:10am

Having punished more than a million Communist Party members for corruption, Chinese President Xi Jinping will use a key meeting that started Monday to drive home the message that his signature anti-graft campaign is far from over and that his authority remains undiminished.

Police search forests in India after 21 Maoist rebels killed

Nirmala George, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 11:50pm

Security forces were hunting through forests in southeast India for Maoist rebels after a fierce gunfight left 21 rebels dead and two policemen wounded.

US: Philippines' Duterte sparking distress around the world

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 11:42pm

The top American diplomat in Asia says Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial remarks and a "real climate of uncertainty" about his government's intentions have sparked distress in the U.S. and other countries.

South Korea's leader proposes revising presidential system

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 11:00pm

South Korea's president on Monday proposed revising the country's constitution, which limits leaders to a single five-year term. Critics immediately called it an attempt to divert attention from corruption scandals involving her associates.

Police hunting for 230 escaped drug addicts in Vietnam

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 11:00pm

Vietnamese authorities were searching Monday for 230 drug addicts are still at large after a mass escape from a rehabilitation center in southern Vietnam.

UK banker pleads not guilty to murder in Hong Kong trial

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 10:00pm

The Hong Kong trial of a British banker accused of the grisly 2014 killings of two Indonesian women is expected to be "particularly horrifying," including photographic evidence of one victim's torture, the judge told prospective jurors as the case got underway Monday.

Surfer is third Australian shark attack victim in a month

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 7:01pm

A surfer sustained teeth wounds to his thigh on Monday in the third shark attack off New South Wales state north of Sydney in a month, police said.

Venezuelan Congress declares that Maduro has staged a coup

Hannah Dreier, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 6:51pm

Venezuela's Congress on Sunday declared that the government had staged a coup by blocking a drive to recall President Nicolas Maduro in a raucous legislative session that was interrupted when his supporters stormed the chamber.

Agrarian newcomers claim victory in Lithuanian election

Liudas Dapkus, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 4:41pm

Lithuania's political newcomers, representing an agrarian union, claimed victory after Sunday's runoff in parliamentary elections as voters turned their backs on the ruling Social Democrats, blamed for being unable to revive a sluggish economy and held responsible for a sharp rise in prices following the adoption of the euro.

Fear and questions hang over doomed French migrant camp

Elaine Ganey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 3:31pm

Migrants prayed, plotted and played soccer together Sunday, a day before France starts clearing them by the thousands from a makeshift refugee camp that is doomed for destruction.

Chinese-Mexican businessman remains in prison awaiting trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 2:24pm

Mexico's federal judicial council says that a Chinese-Mexican businessman extradited here from the United States last week will face a dozen charges including for drug trafficking and weapons possession.

Haitian authorities recapture a dozen of 172 escaped inmates

Dieu Nalio Chery, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 2:21pm

Police officers were searching cars and boats for escaped prisoners on Sunday after recapturing at least a dozen of the 172 inmates who overpowered guards and fled from a lockup in central Haiti, the prison's director said.

Poles stage new protests over proposed abortion restrictions

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 2:01pm

Polish women put black clothes back on and returned to the streets Sunday, launching another round of protests against efforts by the nation's conservative leaders to tighten Poland's already restrictive abortion law.

Hezbollah to stay in Syria until 'apostate project' defeated

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 12:52pm

Fighting returned to Syria's Aleppo Sunday after a cease-fire to allow rebels and civilians to leave the city's besieged eastern districts expired with no evacuations.

Officers: 83 Nigerian soldiers missing in Boko Haram attack

Haruna Umar and Michelle Faul, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 12:22pm

Some 83 Nigerian soldiers are missing in action since Boko Haram Islamic extremists attacked a remote military base in the northeast, senior army officers said Sunday.

The Latest: Aid convoy reaches Damascus suburb

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 12:11pm

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

Iraqi forces advance near Mosul as IS attacks western town

Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Joseph Krauss, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 12:11pm

Iraqi Kurdish forces pushed toward Mosul on Sunday, cordoning off eight villages and coming within 9 kilometers (5 ½ miles) of the northern city held by the Islamic State group, which staged an attack in a western town hundreds of miles away in an apparent diversionary tactic.

Pentagon chief in Irbil for closer assessment of Mosul fight

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 11:50am

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter visited Irbil on Sunday for a closer assessment of the fight against the Islamic State group in northern Iraq and to hear from Kurdish leaders whose forces launched a new offensive in the operation to wrest Mosul from the militants.

Palestinians arrest 4 who attended settler celebration

Mohammed Daraghmeh, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 11:21am

Four Palestinians have been detained for attending a Jewish holiday celebration in a West Bank settlement, according to Palestinian officials.