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Iraqi forces push into disputed Kirkuk as Kurds withdraw

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 02:50:14 GMT2017-10-17T02:50:14Z

KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) -- Two weeks after fighting together against the Islamic State group, Iraqi forces pushed their Kurdish allies out of the disputed city of Kirkuk on Monday, seizing oil fields and other facilities amid soaring tensions over last month's Kurdish vote for independence....



China's Xi looks to extend power at Communist Party congress

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 01:29:05 GMT2017-10-17T01:29:05Z

BEIJING (AP) -- Having bested his rivals, Chinese President Xi Jinping is primed to consolidate his already considerable power as the ruling Communist Party begins its twice-a-decade national congress on Wednesday....



Somalia truck bombing toll over 300, scores remain missing

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:38:19 GMT2017-10-16T20:38:19Z

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- More than 300 people were killed in the weekend truck bombing in Somalia's capital and scores remained missing, authorities said Monday, as the fragile Horn of Africa nation reeled from one of the world's worst attacks in years....



After bombing, Somalia fears renewed al-Shabab onslaught

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:37:44 GMT2017-10-16T18:37:44Z

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- As the toll rises above 300 from one of the world's deadliest attacks in years, the al-Shabab extremist group has sent a powerful signal that the international focus on extremism can't afford to overlook the African continent....



Court jails 2 Catalan independence leaders in sedition probe

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:16:10 GMT2017-10-16T23:16:10Z

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Spain's confrontation with its independence-seeking region of Catalonia intensified Monday when a judge ordered the leaders of two pro-independence groups jailed while they are investigated on possible sedition charges for organizing demonstrations before the region's disputed secession vote....






Venezuela opposition looks for answers after election loss

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:06:31 GMT2017-10-17T00:06:31Z

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Voting sites were shifted to distant neighborhoods with rampant crime. Ballots featured the faces of opposition candidates who lost in primaries. The government-stacked National Electoral Council denied monitoring accreditation to one of Venezuela's most important independent observers....



Raw sewage contaminating waters in Puerto Rico after Maria

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:58:22 GMT2017-10-16T20:58:22Z

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Raw sewage is pouring into the rivers and reservoirs of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. People without running water bathe and wash their clothes in contaminated streams, and some islanders have been drinking water from condemned wells....



US, Japan agree to maximize diplomatic pressure on N. Korea

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:31:03 GMT2017-10-17T05:31:03Z

TOKYO (AP) -- U.S. and Japanese diplomats agreed Tuesday to maximize pressure on North Korea to resolve tensions over its nuclear program, while citing the need to be prepared for the worst if diplomacy failed....



AP video journalist describes Somalia's deadliest attack

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:50:14 GMT2017-10-16T17:50:14Z

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Mohamed Sheikh Nor was relaxing and playing with his 10-month-old daughter when his home shook with the worst bombing Somalia's capital had ever seen....