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With a calmer Syria, Hezbollah may reduce its fighters there

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 1:12pm

The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah militia says his group may reduce the number of its fighters in Syria because of an easing of the conflict, particularly after a recent Russian-Turkey agreement that prevented an offensive on the last rebel stronghold.  

Somali officials: Airstrike kills or hurts several al-Shabab

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 1:10pm

Several senior officials with the al-Shabab extremist group have been killed or wounded in an airstrike in southern Somalia, Somali intelligence officials said Wednesday, while the al-Qaida-linked group and a resident said children were among the dead.

UN: Colombia coca production surges to record high

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 12:19pm

A new United Nations report finds that cultivation of the plant used to make cocaine has reached an all-time high in Colombia.

Mexico commemorates victims of deadly quakes

Peter Orsi and Mark Stevenson, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 12:14pm

Mexico on Wednesday commemorated victims of two deadly Sept. 19 earthquakes, one in 1985 that left at least 9,500 dead and another just last year that killed more than 360.

At least 27 dead after boat capsizes on river in Congo

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 11:23am

A local official says at least 27 people are dead after a passenger boat capsized along Congo's Mongala River in the country's north.

Hungary summons Spanish ambassador over xenophobia charge

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 11:04am

Hungary's foreign ministry has summoned the Spanish ambassador over comments made by the Spanish foreign minister that labelled Hungary as xenophobic.

Russia to study Israeli data related to downed plane

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 10:47am

Russian President Vladimir Putin has accepted Israel's offer to share detailed information about its air raid which triggered fire by Syrian forces that downed a Russian reconnaissance plane, the Kremlin said Wednesday.

Zimbabwe inquiry into post-election killings begins

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 10:07am

Zimbabwe's president has sworn in members of a commission of inquiry into the killing of six people following military intervention after the disputed election.

Inquest hears attacker near UK Parliament had violent past

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 9:55am

An inquest into the death of five people in an extremist attack last year on the British parliament has heard that the attacker had a history of violence and heavy drinking and had told his children he planned to die fighting for God.

Azerbaijan loses defamation case against French journalists

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 9:45am

An appeals court has upheld a lower court decision throwing out a case brought by the country of Azerbaijan which accused two French journalists of defamation for calling the country a "dictatorship."

Rwanda's president to newly freed prisoners: Be careful

Ignatius Ssuuna, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 9:40am

Rwanda's president on Wednesday warned a prominent opposition leader and others newly released from prison to be "humble" and "careful" or they'll end up behind bars again.

The Latest: Trump welcomes 'tremendous progress' with NKorea

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 9:24am

The Latest on the summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in (all times local):

France to create a memorial museum for victims of terrorism

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 9:20am

French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to create a memorial museum to honor the victims of terrorism.

The Latest: Official says Pakistan court releases Sharif

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 9:02am

The Latest on the release from prison of former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law on bail after their sentences were suspended. (all times local):

Rumors, conflict challenge Ebola response in eastern Congo

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 8:36am

The latest Ebola outbreak in Congo presents complex challenges as the virus spreads for the first time in an area where long-running conflict is hampering aid efforts, the regional Africa chief for the International Federation of the Red Cross said Wednesday.

Kim agrees to dismantle main nuke site if US takes steps too

Eric Talmadge and Foster Klug, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 8:03am

The leaders of North and South Korea announced a wide range of agreements Wednesday which they said were a major step toward peace on the Korean Peninsula. But the premier pledge on denuclearization contained a big condition, with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stating he'd permanently dismantle his main nuclear complex only if the United States takes unspecified corresponding measures. 

Gaza protests escalate after deal to ease blockade fails

Fares Akram, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 7:39am

Palestinians protested Wednesday at a new location along the perimeter fence between Israel and Gaza as Hamas intensified demonstrations at the border after Egyptian-led cease-fire talks stalled.

Egypt court upholds suspended sentence against activist

Samy Magdy, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 7:24am

An Egyptian appeals court on Wednesday upheld a three-month suspended prison sentence for a prominent rights lawyer convicted of offending public morals

Macedonian court rejects bids to scrap name referendum

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 6:58am

Macedonia's constitutional court has rejected two bids to declare illegal and unconstitutional the upcoming referendum on renaming the country "North Macedonia."