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Israel defense chief gives interview to Palestinian daily

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 6:50am

Israel's defense chief threatened Gaza's militant Hamas rulers and dismissed the Palestinian president as an incapable leader in a rare interview published Monday in the main Palestinian newspaper.

The Latest: France calls for end to raids by Syria, Russia

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 6:42am

The Latest on developments in Syria where government forces have renewed their attacks on eastern rebel-held districts of the city of Aleppo (all times local):

German prosecutors file appeal in high-profile rape case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 6:40am

Prosecutors in Hamburg say they are appealing against the verdicts and sentences issued in a rape case that prompted public uproar in Germany.

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

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 6:20am

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 done and his authority remains undiminished.

Romania: technocrat PM agrees to be candidate for Liberals

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 6:10am

The leader of Romania's Liberal Party says the prime minister has agreed to be the party's candidate for premier ahead of parliamentary elections.

Iraqis push toward Mosul; group calls for airstrike probe

Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Joseph Krauss, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 6:00am

Iraqi forces fought their way into two villages near Mosul on Monday as the offensive to retake the extremist-held city entered its second week and a rights group urged a probe into a suspected airstrike that hit a mosque, killing over a dozen civilians.

US: Philippines' Duterte sparking distress around the world

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 6:00am

America's top diplomat for Asia said Monday that 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.

Cross-border fire in Kashmir kills 1 soldier, 3 civilians

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 5:50am

A cross-border exchange of fire in the disputed region of Kashmir killed a soldier and three civilians, Pakistan and India said Monday, trading accusations over the latest shooting incident.

Malta says plane crashed en route to Libya surveillance trip

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 5:40am

A small plane heading toward Libya's coast to monitor migrant trafficking routes for the French government crashed soon after takeoff from Malta's airport Monday, killing all five French crew members, authorities said.

In renewed Aleppo attacks, Syrian troops capture high ground

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 5:40am

Syrian government forces and their allies on Monday captured strategic high ground in embattled Aleppo as Russia — a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad — said it was not planning more "humanitarian pauses" in the fighting in the city's eastern, rebel-held districts.

Correction: Iraq story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 5:11am

In a story Oct. 23 about Iraq's Mosul offensive, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a UNICEF team had visited a refugee camp near Mosul and found poor conditions there. The people the UNICEF team visited were residents of the area, which had recently been retaken from the Islamic State group.

King meets party chiefs as Spain's gov't impasse nears end

Ciaran Giles, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 5:10am

Spain appeared close to ending 10 months of political deadlock Monday as King Felipe VI began talks with political party leaders before he is expected to call on conservative acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to try to form a government.

British banker tortured, killed victim, Hong Kong court told

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 5:00am

A British banker accused of killing two Indonesian women in his Hong Kong apartment had tortured one of the victims for three days while using cocaine, a prosecutor said at the opening of his murder trial Monday.

Police search forests in India after 21 Maoist rebels killed

Nirmala George, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 4:50am

Security forces were hunting through forests in southeast India on Monday for Maoist rebels after a fierce gunfight left 21 rebels and a police commando dead and another policeman wounded.

Migrant riot at Greek island camp damages asylum offices

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 4:40am

Greek police say dozens of residents in an island camp for refugees and other migrants have set fire to part of the facility that handles asylum applications, during a protest over delays in the asylum process.

South Korea's leader proposes revising presidential system

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 4:40am

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.

France moving more than 6,000 migrants, destroying huge camp

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 4:31am

Lines of migrants with their lives in small bags waited calmly to get on buses in the French port city of Calais on Monday, the first day of the mass evacuation and destruction of the squalid camp they called home.

Maltese gov't says 5 killed in plane crash were French officials tracing Mediterranean trafficking routes from Libya

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 4:30am

Maltese gov't says 5 killed in plane crash were French officials tracing Mediterranean trafficking routes from Libya.

Egypt detains 14 policemen over their role in jailbreak

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 4:00am

Egyptian prosecutors have ordered the detention of 14 policemen for their alleged role in a deadly jailbreak last week in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia.