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Published: Sat, 22 Oct 2016 10:02:42 -0400

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Actress joins London protest seeking end to Aleppo bombing

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 10:02:42 -0400

(image) LONDON (AP) — Hundreds of London protesters, including actress Carey Mulligan, have left teddy bears outside the prime minister's office as they demanded a larger British role in ending attacks on civilians in Syria's Aleppo.

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Turkey 'obliged' to press on to Syria's al Bab, Erdogan says

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 10:00:18 -0400

Turkish-backed forces will press on to the Islamic State-held town of al Bab in Syria, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday, emphasizing Ankara's drive to sweep militants and Syrian Kurdish fighters from territory near its border. Backed by Turkish tanks, special forces and air strikes, a group of rebels fighting under the loose banner of the Free Syrian Army crossed into northern Syria in August and took the border town of Jarablus from Islamic State largely unopposed. The rebels have since extended those gains and now control an area of roughly 1,270 square km (490 square miles) in northern Syria.

Romanians march to demand reunification with Moldova

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 10:00:08 -0400

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — More than 2,000 people have marched through the Romanian capital demanding that their country reunites with neighboring Moldova.

Kurdish region interior minister says Iraqi forces around 5 km from Mosul

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 09:59:36 -0400

By Samia Nakhoul and Michael Georgy ERBIL (Reuters) - Iraqi forces have advanced to 5 km (3 miles) from Mosul in an offensive against Islamic State's last major Iraq stronghold and there are signs of revolt against the group, the interior minister of the Kurdish regional government said on Saturday. He added, however, that the battle is not expected to end soon. Karim Sinjari, who is also acting defense minister in the area, also said Islamic State fighters believed to number between 4,000 and 8,000 will put up a fierce fight because of Mosul's symbolic value for the hardline Sunni Jihadis. ...

Iraqi PM declines Turkish offer to help in Mosul after meeting Carter

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 09:57:02 -0400

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declined an offer from Turkey to take part in the battle to dislodge Islamic State from Mosul after meeting U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter in Baghdad Saturday. "I know that the Turks want to participate, we tell them thank you, this is something the Iraqis will handle," Abadi told reporters traveling with Carter. "If help is needed, we will ask for it from Turkey or from other regional countries." During a visit to Turkey on Friday, Carter had signaled conditional support for a possible Turkish role in the campaign and said there was an agreement in principle that could allow for eventual Turkish participation.

The Latest: Turkey signals expansion of operations in Syria

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 09:51:58 -0400

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey's president says the country will be expanding its operations in north Syria, including entering the cities of al-Bab, Manbij and Raqqa.

Early voting data shows strengths for Trump and Clinton

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 09:50:50 -0400

(image) WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton appears to be displaying strength in the crucial battleground states of North Carolina and Florida among voters casting ballots before Election Day, and may also be building an early vote advantage in Arizona and Colorado.

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China names Marcello Lippi as national team coach

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 09:50:22 -0400

(image) Former World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi has been named to lead China's national side following the resignation of Gao Hongbo, the Chinese Football Association announced Saturday. The appointment comes after World Cup qualifying losses by the men's team to Syria and Uzbekistan left the Asian giant with virtually no chance of qualifying for Russia 2018. Lippi travelled to Beijing to accept an official offer for the post, according to a statement on the CFA's web site.

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Trump to-do list: Speech to lay out agenda for 1st 100 days

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 09:49:13 -0400

(image) GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Donald Trump is pushing ahead with a to-do list for the first 100 days of a Trump administration even as his path to the White House narrows.

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Remembering war, grateful Bosnians rally for Hillary Clinton

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 09:48:28 -0400

(image) SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Residents of Sarajevo expressed Saturday their support for Hillary Clinton in the upcoming U.S. presidential election based in part on the role her husband's administration had in ending Bosnia's devastating war during the 1990s.

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AP Exclusive: 'High threat' Texas border busts aren't always

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 09:39:56 -0400

(image) Drivers in Texas busted for drunken driving, not paying child support or low-level drug offenses are among thousands of "high-threat" criminal arrests being counted as part of a nearly $1 billion ...

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Iraq forces in fierce Kirkuk clashes with IS

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 09:33:35 -0400

(image) Security forces battled for a second day Saturday with Islamic State group gunmen who infiltrated Kirkuk in a brazen raid that rattled Iraq as it ramped up an offensive to retake Mosul. A toxic cloud released by a fire IS militants set off at a sulphur plant south of Mosul earlier this week killed at least two civilians and forced some US service members to wear masks. A day after the shock attack on the Kurdish-controlled city of Kirkuk, jihadist snipers and suspected suicide bombers were still at large, prompting Baghdad to send reinforcements.

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Canada says EU's 'job' to save trade pact

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 09:31:35 -0400

(image) Canada turned up the heat on the European Union Saturday, saying it was the bloc's "job" to save a trade pact put in doubt by a Belgian region's refusal to sign on. Chrystia Freeland, the Canadian trade minister, was firm after leaving last-ditch talks with European parliament head Martin Schulz to salvage the proposed accord that was seven years in the making. "Now the ball is in Europe's court and it's time for Europe to finish doing its job," Freeland said, adding that she was returning to Toronto on Saturday.

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Top EU lawmaker intervenes to try to save Canada trade pact

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 09:30:57 -0400

(image) BRUSSELS (AP) — The Belgian region of Wallonia affirmed Saturday it still stands in the way of a trade deal between the 28-nation European Union and Canada, but its leader and a top EU lawmaker were cautiously optimistic that the standoff could be resolved within days.

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Death toll from Cameroon rail crash climbs to 63

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 09:30:53 -0400

By Sylvain Andzongo DOUALA, Cameroon (Reuters) - The death toll from a train derailment in Cameroon rose to 63 on Saturday, the communications minister said, as rescue efforts continued and work began to clear the vital rail line. The packed Camrail train had been travelling from the capital Yaounde to the port city of Douala on Friday.

Philippines says to keep U.S. ties but will not be subservient

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 09:12:01 -0400

(image) By Karen Lema MANILA (Reuters) - The United States remains the "closest friend" of the Philippines but Manila wants to break away from a "mindset of dependency and subservience" and forge closer ties with other nations, the Philippine foreign minister said on Saturday. The comments by Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay came two days after President Rodrigo Duterte announced his "separation" from Washington, though he went on to strike a more conciliatory tone on Friday. Yasay said in a Facebook posting that Duterte had "unmistakably" stated that severing ties with Washington was not in the nation's interest.

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Cyber attacks cripple Twitter, Netflix, other websites

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 09:11:20 -0400

(image) Cyber attacks pounded the underpinnings of the internet Friday, crippling Twitter, Netflix and other major websites with the help of once-dumb devices made smart with online connections. Waves of attacks incapacitated a crucial piece of internet infrastructure, hampering or outright blocking access to popular online venues. "When I see something like this, I have to think state actor," said Carbon Black national security strategist Eric O'Neill, a former "spy hunter" on the FBI counter-intelligence force.

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Iraq pushes into town near Mosul after IS assault on Kirkuk

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 09:03:02 -0400

(image) BARTELLA, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi forces pushed into a town near the Islamic State-held city of Mosul on Saturday after a wave of militant attacks in and around the northern city of Kirkuk set off more than 24 hours of heavy clashes, with ongoing skirmishes in some areas.

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Iraqi leader resists US push for Turkish role in Mosul fight

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 09:00:49 -0400

(image) BAGHDAD (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter's push for Iraq to let Turkey play a role in the battle to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group encountered stiff resistance Saturday from Iraq's prime's minister, who said his country's forces will oust the militants from the northern city.

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Spain busts sex trafficking ring based on victim hotline tip

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:51:53 -0400

MADRID (AP) — Police in Spain say they have arrested 21 people and freed four women while breaking up an alleged human trafficking ring.

India launches phone app to monitor New Delhi's pollution

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:49:21 -0400

(image) NEW DELHI (AP) — India's capital, laboring under the label of being the world's most polluted city, is trying something new to help clean up its air.

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Sinai general killed near Cairo

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:48:29 -0400

CAIRO (Reuters) - A senior military official who served in the northern Sinai was killed on Saturday in front of his home on the outskirts of Cairo, security sources said. Gunmen opened fire on Brigadier General Adel Rajaaie, an armored division commander, when he left his home in Obour city in the morning, the sources told Reuters Egypt is facing an Islamist insurgency led by Islamic State's branch in North Sinai, where hundreds of soldiers and police have been killed. There have also been attacks in Cairo and other cities. (Writing by Amina Ismail, Editing by Angus MacSwan)

Rescuers work to assist victims of deadly Cameroon rail accident

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:48:02 -0400

By Sylvain Andzongo DOUALA, Cameroon (Reuters) - Rescue workers in Cameroon worked overnight to bring to hospital wounded victims of a passenger train crash that killed at least 55 people as work began to clear wreckage from the vital rail line, the railway company said on Saturday. The Central African nation's government said late on Friday that at least 575 people were injured in the accident, which occurred around 11 a.m. local time (1000 GMT) near the town of Eseka, around 120 km (75 miles) west of the capital, Yaounde. The packed Camrail train, operated by French industrial group Bollore, had been travelling from Yaounde to the port city of Douala when it derailed, causing several carriages to overturn.

Egyptian court confirms 20-year-prison sentence on Mursi

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:26:29 -0400

(image) CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court confirmed a 20-year prison sentence against former president Mohamed Mursi on Saturday, judicial sources told Reuters. It is the first final verdict against Mursi on charges arising from the killing of protesters during demonstrations in 2012. Mursi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, faces charges in other cases including leaking secrets to Qatar, conspiring with the Palestinian militant group Hamas to destabilize Egypt, and organizing a jailbreak during the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak. ...

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Nobel academy member calls Bob Dylan's silence 'arrogant'

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:26:02 -0400

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A member of the Swedish Academy that awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature to Bob Dylan says the U.S. singer-songwriter's silence since receiving the honor is "impolite and arrogant."

The Latest: Snipers kill 2nd journalist in Iraq in 2 days

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:25:22 -0400

(image) BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on developments in Iraq where Iraqi forces and their allies launched a major offensive this week to retake Mosul, the country's second-largest city from the Islamic State group (all times local):

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White substance found at Clinton office not hazardous: police

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:14:03 -0400

(image) (Reuters) - Preliminary analysis has found that a white substance that prompted the evacuation of Hillary Clinton's campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, New York, was not harmful, police said on Saturday. The substance arrived through the mail at Clinton's campaign office in Manhattan, and was transported to the headquarters in Brooklyn Heights, police said. The floor was evacuated as a precaution, and several people were exposed to the substance.

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Anthem singer at Heat-76ers game kneels during performance

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 07:47:59 -0400

(image) MIAMI (AP) — A woman performing the national anthem prior to an NBA preseason game in Miami did so while kneeling at midcourt.

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Wounded await evacuation on day three of Aleppo truce

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 07:37:28 -0400

(image) Hundreds of wounded civilians were stranded in rebel-held areas of Syria's Aleppo Saturday as the UN said security concerns were again preventing evacuations despite Russia extending a ceasefire into a third day. The army says it is an opportunity for civilians and rebel fighters who lay down their arms to leave. An AFP photographer in the Bustan al-Qasr neighbourhood at one of the crossings the army has set up for evacuations said it was deserted on Saturday morning.

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Turkey PM criticizes 'provocative' Iraqi leadership

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 07:27:36 -0400

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Saturday criticized Iraq's leadership, saying it was "being provocative" with recent comments and said Ankara will continue to have a presence in Iraq. Turkey has been locked in a row with Iraq's central government over the presence of Turkish troops at the Bashiqa camp near Mosul, where it has trained thousands of troops. Yildirim's comments could also give pause to chances of an agreement between Turkey and Iraq on the Mosul campaign.

Iraqi army drives Islamic State from Christian region near Mosul

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 07:27:36 -0400

(image) By Phil Stewart and Babak Dehghanpisheh QAYYARA, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi army troops on Saturday stormed into a Christian region that has been under Islamic State control since 2014 as part of U.S.-backed operations to clear the entrances to Mosul, the militants' last major city stronghold in Iraq. The advance took place as U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrived on a visit to Baghdad to meet Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and assess the campaign that started on Monday with air and ground support from the U.S-led coalition. A military statement said Iraqi units entered the center of Qaraqosh, a mainly Christian town about 20 kms (13 miles) southeast of Mosul, and were carrying out mop-up operations across the town.

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Belgian shopping mall evacuated as three gunmen rob jewelry store

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 07:17:48 -0400

A Belgian shopping center was evacuated on Saturday after three masked robbers, armed with at least one Kalashnikov rifle, burst into a jewelry store in Chatelineau, 50 km (35 miles) south of Brussels, police said. Police escorted dozens of shoppers out of the Cora mall, some of whom confused the sound of glass jewelry display cases being smashed with that of gunfire, police commissioner Eric De Brabander said. Earlier, Mayor Daniel Vanderlick told the local RTL News that gunshots had been fired with a Kalashnikov.

Trump to lay out what he would do in first 100 days if elected president

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 07:02:41 -0400

(image) (Reuters) - Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will lay out on Saturday what he would do in the first 100 days of his administration should he win the Nov. 8 election. Trump’s outline - which he will deliver in a speech in the historic town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania - will cover his plans for boosting Americans' economic and physical security and contrast them with those of Democrat Hillary Clinton, campaign aides told reporters on Friday. Clinton published a book of her own policy ideas earlier this year.

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Russian helicopter crash kills 19 in Siberia

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 06:46:48 -0400

(image) Nineteen people died when a helicopter carrying oil and gas field workers crashed in a remote area of Siberia in bad weather, Russian investigators said Saturday. The Mi-8 helicopter carrying 22 people including three crew crashed Friday night in the far-northern Yamalo-Nenetsky region some 2,400 kilometres (1,500 miles) northeast of Moscow, investigators said. Photos published by the emergencies ministry showed the helicopter broken into pieces and lying on snowy moorland close to woods.

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Aleppo city quiet on third day of ceasefire, some clashes

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 06:36:32 -0400

(image) Calm prevailed across the divided Syrian city of Aleppo on Saturday, the third day of a unilateral ceasefire announced by Russia, but medical evacuations and aid deliveries have yet to take place, a war monitor said. No Syrian or Russian air strikes on the eastern rebel-held side of Aleppo, Syria's most populous city before the war, have been reported since Russia began the pause in hostilities on Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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Russia's task in Syria is to liberate it from terrorists: Kremlin

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 06:36:32 -0400

Russia's task in Syria is to liberate its territory from terrorist organizations and help prevent the country's breakup, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Saturday. The Syrian territory must be liberated," Peskov said in an interview for the TV news program "Vesti on Saturday". "We need to liberate and do everything possible to prevent the division of the country," he said, adding that he did not see an end to the Syria conflict in the foreseeable future.

Appeal of women's soccer growing, FIFA chief says in Jordan

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 06:31:13 -0400

(image) AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The U-17 Women's World Cup hosted by Jordan shows that the sport "is not only confined to some parts of the world," FIFA's president said after watching North Korea win the title in a 5-4 penalty shootout against Japan.

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Ivanka Trump backs her father but doesn't want to fall with him

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 06:14:43 -0400

(image) Ivanka, soon to turn 35, is still clearly her father's protegee. Having grown up in the spotlight from an early age, at a time when her father's extramarital affairs filled the tabloid press, Ivanka knows how to tend to her own image -- and that of the clothing line that bears her name.

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