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IS attacks Iraq city of Kirkuk, power plant amid Mosul fight

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:39:46 GMT2016-10-21T12:39:46Z

KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) -- Islamic State militants armed with assault rifles and explosives attacked targets in and around the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk early Friday, in an assault that appeared aimed at diverting Iraqi security forces from a massive offensive against the IS-held city of Mosul....

Medical evacuations from Aleppo fail to materialize

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:18:29 GMT2016-10-21T13:18:29Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- The Syrian government on Friday opened a new corridor for rebels and civilians who want to leave the besieged eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo, but the U.N. said planned medical evacuations haven't begun as planned because of a lack of security assurances from the warring sides....

The Latest: Large fire amid clashes in Iraqi city of Kirkuk

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:57:12 GMT2016-10-21T11:57:12Z

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -- The Latest on the 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):...

South Africa's move on ICC raises concerns of African exodus

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:44:02 GMT2016-10-21T13:44:02Z

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South Africa on Friday reversed its early support for the International Criminal Court and said it will submit a parliamentary bill to withdraw from it, raising concerns of a possible African exodus that would undermine a human rights tribunal accused by some African leaders of unfairly targeting their continent....

In the West Bank, Samaritans provide a sanctuary

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:11:52 GMT2016-10-21T07:11:52Z

MOUNT GERIZIM, West Bank (AP) -- In one of the tensest corners of the West Bank, Israeli settlers and Palestinians live in separate worlds. But there is a spot on the top of a mountain that connects them both: a village of Samaritans....

The Latest: UN rights body calls for probe over Aleppo

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:16:35 GMT2016-10-21T15:16:35Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on developments in Syria where a Russia-announced pause in the fighting is underway to allow civilians and rebels to leave besieged areas of Aleppo (all times local):...

In Haiti, hopes dim for missing victims of Hurricane Matthew

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:52:49 GMT2016-10-21T12:52:49Z

PORT-A-PIMENT, Haiti (AP) -- Nobody has seen or heard from Edma Desravine, a 71-year-old grandfather known for his sly sense of humor and bad luck at cock fights, in the roughly 2 ½ weeks since Hurricane Matthew sent floodwaters and debris crashing into his riverside shantytown....

Luxury for less: Tourists are winners in pound's drop

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:11:18 GMT2016-10-21T14:11:18Z

LONDON (AP) -- Would you travel halfway around the world for a handbag, or a coat? Maybe if you really loved it - and could get 20 percent off....

AP Explains: Why African states have started leaving the ICC

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:28:14 GMT2016-10-21T10:28:14Z

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Until this week, no country had withdrawn from the International Criminal Court. Now two African states, South Africa and Burundi, have made official decisions to leave. Concerns are high that more African countries now will act on years of threats to pull out amid accusations that the court unfairly focuses on the continent. Here's a look at what it all means....

Opposition cries dictatorship after Venezuela blocks recall

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:27:47 GMT2016-10-21T14:27:47Z

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- The Venezuelan opposition's campaign to oust President Nicolas Maduro has been thrown into disarray with elections officials' decision to suspend a recall drive against the socialist leader a week before it was to start....