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Philippines, US verifying if Chinese left disputed shoal

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 6:50pm

The Philippines and the U.S. are trying to verify a report that Chinese coast guard ships have left a disputed shoal, allowing Filipino fishermen back to the rich fishing area that China seized in 2012, triggering tensions in the South China Sea.

UN panel tells Argentina to release activist Milagro Sala

Luis Andres Henao, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 6:42pm

A United Nations panel says Argentina has arbitrarily detained activist Milagro Sala and is calling for the government to release her immediately.

Former head of Guatemala's congress convicted of bribery

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 6:21pm

A court in Guatemala has sentenced the former leader of Congress to 13 years and four months in prison for trying to bribe a judge to issue a ruling favoring the vice president at the time, who is also accused of corruption.

Canadian teen pleads guilty to mass shooting at high school

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 5:41pm

A teenager pleaded guilty Friday to the murder of two people and wounding seven others in a mass shooting at a high school in a remote aboriginal community in western Canada earlier this year.

Stores in Mexico's Zihuatanejo resort close to protest crime

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 5:21pm

Dozens of stores in the Mexican beach town of Zihuatanejo have closed temporarily or hung banners in their doorways to protest crime and violence in the once-idyllic resort.

Annual Ibero-American summit losings its luster

Juan Zamorano, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 5:00pm

Spain, Portugal and their former Latin American colonies have been holding annual meetings for a quarter century, few as piquant as the 2007 affair when then-King Juan Carlos lost his temper with Venezuela's president.

Anti-violence group says Brazil's killings drop slightly

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 5:00pm

The number of homicides in Brazil dipped slightly last year, according to a report Friday from an anti-violence watchdog group.

UN expert to examine Israeli human rights groups

Michael Astor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 4:22pm

A United Nations expert said Friday that he will examine the Israeli government's treatment of human rights groups in the region in his next report.

UN gets release of 876 children detained by Nigeria military

Michelle Faul, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 3:40pm

The United Nations has negotiated the release this year of 876 children detained at a Nigerian army barracks holding suspected collaborators of the Boko Haram Islamic extremist group, the U.N. Children's Fund announced Friday.

'Everything on the table' in revived Colombia peace talks

Frank Bajak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 2:51pm

President Juan Manuel Santos told Colombians on Friday that "everything is on the table" in efforts to revive a peace pact that voters narrowly defeated Oct. 2 and said a revised accord could be reached "in a matter of days."

The Latest: EU foreign policy chief in Iran for Syria talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 2:01pm

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

Russia voted off UN Human Rights Council

Michael Astor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 1:51pm

The General Assembly voted Russia off the U.N. Human Rights Council on Friday, a stunning rebuke to the country which is increasingly being accused of war crimes over its actions in Syria.

UN chief says quitting ICC sends wrong message

Michael Astor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 1:41pm

Three African nations that have said they will quit the International Criminal Court could send the wrong message about their commitment to justice, the U.N. Secretary-General said Friday.

I killed in collapse of Italy overpass after closure sought

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 1:21pm

An overpass north of Milan has collapsed under the weight of a truck carrying an oversized load just hours after highway authorities say they requested the road's immediate closure.

Mosul Today: UN says IS using thousands as human shields

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 1:11pm

The Islamic State group is using tens of thousands of people as "human shields" in and around Mosul while the Iraqi forces are waging a large-scale offensive aimed at retaking the country's second-largest city, the U.N. human rights office said Friday.

Migrants board last buses from destroyed French camp

Jeffrey Schaeffer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 12:33pm

More than 100 migrants stranded in northern France after the evacuation of a notorious makeshift camp were transferred on Friday to reception centers around the country.

Letter shows Malta gave clearance to fuel Russian tanker

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 12:01pm

Malta gave diplomatic clearance to a Russian tanker a week before the foreign minister said the country would not refuel Russian ships, a letter obtained by The Associated Press shows.

Syrian rebels launch Aleppo offensive to break siege

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 12:01pm

Syrian rebels launched a broad offensive for Aleppo Friday as the Russian, Syrian, and Iranian foreign ministers vowed to intensify their fight against terrorism in the country.

Thousands of Iraqis being used as human shields near Mosul

Susannah George and Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 11:21am

For three months, as Islamic State militants ranged across farms and villages south of Mosul, they took Sayid Naheer, his wife and eight children with them. The family was among tens of thousands of people that the U.N. says have been rounded up to be used as human shields.