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Taliban appoints new military chief as new leader settles in

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 2:30am

Taliban officials say the extremist group has appointed a new military chief as the insurgents try to gain ground rather than talk peace under a new leadership.

HRW: Iraqi militias recruiting children ahead of Mosul push

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 2:20am

Iraqi militias are recruiting children from camps for civilians displaced by conflict ahead of the long-awaited operation to retake militant-held Mosul, according to a report from Human Rights Watch Tuesday.

Typhoon threatens to bring flooding to northern Japan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 2:10am

A typhoon was set to slam into northern Japan on Tuesday, threatening to bring floods to an area still recovering from the 2011 tsunami.

State funeral set for Amatrice after quake survivors rebel

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 2:00am

Construction crews have worked through the night to build a tent complex to host an Italian state funeral in quake-devastated Amatrice after residents denounced the government's original plan to hold the service in a distant airport hangar.

India's angry Dalits rise against age-old caste prejudices

Nirmala George, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 1:50am

The video footage posted on social media by India's self-proclaimed cow saviors was brutal. It showed four bare-chested men tied with ropes to a car, flinching as an angry group of men took turns beating them with wooden sticks, belts and iron rods. Their crime: skinning a dead cow.

German EU commissioner 'wouldn't bet big money on Brexit'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 12:50am

Germany's European Union commissioner says public opinion in Britain could shift against leaving the bloc if the economy worsens as a result of the country's decision to exit.

IS buried thousands in 72 mass graves, AP finds

Lori Hinnant and Desmond Butler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 12:30am

Surrounded by smoke and flames, the sound of gunshots echoing around him, the young man crouched in the creek for hours, listening to the men in his family die.

AP documents 72 mass graves left by the Islamic State group, with more expected in group's retreat

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 12:11am

AP documents 72 mass graves left by the Islamic State group, with more expected in group's retreat.

Bangladesh court upholds death sentence in war-crimes case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 11:50pm

Bangladesh's Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a final appeal by a top Islamist party leader convicted of war crimes in the country's independence war against Pakistan, confirming a death sentence handed down earlier by a special tribunal.

Australian Parliament sits for first time since election

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 10:20pm

Australia's Parliament met Tuesday for the first time since the conservative government narrowly won an election almost two months ago and as an opinion poll showed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's popularity falling.

LatAm diplomats urge US to change policy on Cuban migrants

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 9:41pm

The foreign ministers of nine countries in Central and South America are calling for changes in U.S. immigration policy that encourages a flow of Cuban migrants, who in recent months have flooded into the region on their way north to the United States.

Human Rights Watch: Palestinians abuse media, activists

Ian Deitch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 9:34pm

Palestinian authorities are silencing dissent by cracking down on free speech and abusing local journalists and activists critical of their policies, a leading international human rights group said Tuesday.

Aristide joins Haiti rally to urge voters to back candidate

David McFadden, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 5:40pm

Twice-ousted Haitian leader Jean-Bertrand Aristide made a rare public appearance Monday at a street rally to support the presidential candidate of the political movement he founded decades ago.

Mexico's top police chief out after execution allegations

Christopher Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 4:51pm

Mexico's president dismissed the chief of the federal police force Monday, less than two weeks after the country's human rights commission released a scathing report alleging federal police "executed arbitrarily" at least 22 suspected drug cartel members during a raid on a ranch.

UN Diplomat: Portugal's Guterres tops 3rd poll for UN chief

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 4:11pm

Portugal's former prime minister Antonio Guterres topped the third successive poll of candidates seeking to succeed Ban Ki-moon as the next U.N. secretary-general, making him the clear front-runner for the job as the world's top diplomat, U.N. diplomats said Monday.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 3:51pm

Mexico's federal police chief forced out following report alleging executions of gang suspects.

US urges halt to Turkish, Kurdish clashes in northern Syria

Suzan Fraser and Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 3:11pm

The U.S. on Monday urged Turkish troops and Kurdish forces in northern Syria to halt their fighting, saying it hinders efforts to defeat the Islamic State group. But Turkey's president vowed to press ahead with the military operation until the IS and Kurdish Syrian fighters no longer pose a security threat to Ankara.

House speaker of Puerto Rico resigns post under pressure

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 3:02pm

The speaker of the Chamber of Deputies in Puerto Rico resigned from the leadership post Monday under pressure from officials in his party following court testimony that has linked him to a former fundraiser convicted in a political corruption case.

Venezuela accuses US, opposition of planning coup

Fabiola Sanchez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 3:02pm

Venezuela is accusing the United States and the country's political opposition of planning a coup for Thursday, the day that government opponents have called for a march to demand a recall vote against President Nicolas Maduro.