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Associated Press count shows over 1,360 pilgrims killed in Saudi hajj crush, stampede in Mina

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 11:51am

An Associated Press count shows more than 1,360 pilgrims were killed in a crush and stampede during the hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia last month.

Lebanese police use water cannons to disperse protesters

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 11:41am

Lebanese security forces used water cannons and eventually fired tear gas canisters to disperse dozens of anti-government protesters who tried to get past security barricades and reach parliament.

UN: Polio vaccines in Ukraine safe despite local concerns

Maria Cheng and Katherine Jacobsen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 11:31am

The World Health Organization says it's worried that millions of doses of polio vaccine might be wasted in Ukraine after a patient group raised concerns that the doses are unsafe.

Tanzania police charge Chinese woman with smuggling ivory

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 11:31am

A Chinese woman has been charged in a Tanzanian court with smuggling nearly 1.9 tons of ivory.

Polish parliament's last session before election disturbed

Monika Scislowska, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 11:12am

As emotions are mounting in the campaign before Poland's general election, an agitated lawmaker on Thursday disrupted parliament's last session before the Oct. 25 vote.

UN orders audit of 2 foundations linked to bribery case

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 11:12am

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon ordered an audit Thursday of two foundations whose leaders are linked to an alleged bribery case involving former U.N. General Assembly president John Ashe.

New bursts of ash and gas from Ecuador's Cotopaxi

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 10:51am

Ecuador's restive Cotopaxi volcano has been spewing plumes of ash and gas far above its crater and volcanologists say its activity has been on the upswing.

The Latest: Arab stabs Israeli soldier in northern city

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 10:51am

The latest developments in ongoing tensions between Palestinians and Israelis following days of violence in Jerusalem and the West Bank (all times local).

AP count from Saudi hajj disaster shows over 1,360 killed

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 10:51am

A crush and stampede last month outside of Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca killed at least 1,364 people during the annual hajj pilgrimage to the kingdom, an Associated Press count showed Thursday, nearly 600 more than the official death toll.

Benin businessman accused in poisoning plot back from exile

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 10:31am

Relatives say a businessman once accused of trying to have Benin's president poisoned has returned to the West African country after several years of self-imposed exile.

Kosovo opposition disrupts parliament with tear gas

Sylejman Kllokoqi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 10:31am

Opposition lawmakers in Kosovo disrupted parliament's session on Thursday, using tear gas and whistles to protest the government's recent EU-sponsored deal with Serbia giving the country's Serb-majority areas greater powers.

Activists: IS group kills 3 Syrian Christian captives

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 10:21am

Activists say Islamic State militants have shot and killed three Assyrians from among nearly 200 members of the Syrian Christian minority abducted in February.

Qatar royal sentenced by Prague court

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 9:51am

A Prague court has convicted a Qatari royal family member of sexually abusing minors and sentenced him to 11 months and eight days in prison.

NATO leaves door open for troops to remain in Afghanistan

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 9:30am

NATO is leaving the door open for a larger security force in Afghanistan than initially planned after 2016, but officials said Thursday the alliance is waiting for the U.S. to announce its decision, which could come as soon as next week.

Italian prosecutor: convicted US diplomat held in Portugal

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 9:21am

A former CIA operative convicted of the kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric as part of the extraordinary renditions program has been detained in Portugal and is awaiting a decision on whether she will be turned over to Italy to serve her six-year sentence, a top Italian prosecutor said Thursday.

Rome mayor under pressure to resign over new expense scandal

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 9:02am

Rome's embattled mayor, Ignazio Marino, was under mounting pressure to resign Thursday following a scandal over his expense accounts that threatened to be the final straw in a months-long campaign by opponents inside and out of his party to force him from office.

Syrian general says Russian strikes aid ground offensive

Albert Aji and Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 9:01am

Syria's top general on Thursday said Russian strikes had helped government forces launch a "wide-ranging" offensive in central and northwestern Syria, where al-Qaida's affiliate as well as other insurgents had advanced toward key government strongholds in recent months.

Indonesia asks for foreign help to extinguish forest fires

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 8:20am

Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said Thursday the government has asked other countries for help in extinguishing forest fires that have caused widespread haze in Southeast Asia.

Turkey seizes coin-making material used by IS, arrests 6

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 8:20am

Officials say Turkish police have seized material allegedly used by Islamic State militants to produce coins for the group and arrested six foreign nationals.