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Pentagon chief in Irbil for closer assessment of Mosul fight

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 12:07:32 GMT2016-10-23T12:07:32Z

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter visited Irbil on Sunday for a closer assessment of the fight against the Islamic State group in northern Iraq and to hear from Kurdish leaders whose forces launched a new offensive in the operation to wrest Mosul from the militants' control....

Iraqi forces launch new advance northeast of Mosul

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 13:23:39 GMT2016-10-23T13:23:39Z

KHAZER, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi and Kurdish forces launched a new offensive Sunday on a town near Mosul as part of a massive operation aimed at retaking the country's second largest city from the Islamic State group....

Syrian rebels caution civilians in Aleppo about offensive

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 11:33:28 GMT2016-10-23T11:33:28Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- A leading northern Syrian rebel coalition warned civilians in Aleppo to stay away from government positions around the contested city early Sunday as rebels and pro-government forces clashed along the city's outskirts....

Widows of victims of Nigeria's Boko Haram say aid overdue

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 12:03:36 GMT2016-10-23T12:03:36Z

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- After her husband was killed by a Boko Haram suicide bomber late last year, Hajjagana Mbasaru was forced to pull her children from school and rely on friends to feed them. Like other widows of civilians fighting the Islamic extremists in northern Nigeria, she spent long months waiting for any kind of government support....

Somali pirate says 26 Asian sailors freed after 4 years

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 17:23:14 GMT2016-10-22T17:23:14Z

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A Somali pirate said Saturday that 26 Asian sailors held hostage for more than four years have been released after a ransom was paid, and international mediators said it "represents the end of captivity for the last remaining seafarers taken hostage during the height of Somali piracy."...

Iraqi parliament passes bill banning alcohol

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 13:20:15 GMT2016-10-23T13:20:15Z

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's parliament has passed a law forbidding the import, production or selling of alcoholic beverages in a surprise move that angered many in the country's Christian community who rely on the business....

In Aleppo, jewel of Syrian rebellion faces possible collapse

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 22:33:57 GMT2016-10-22T22:33:57Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- The Aleppo that Ibrahim al-Haj's son Laith was born into 10 months ago is now being destroyed....

The Latest: Iraq says it repelled IS attack on western town

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 13:40:11 GMT2016-10-23T13:40:11Z

KHAZER, Iraq (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):...

Pope says he is pained by murder of innocents in Mosul

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 10:49:04 GMT2016-10-23T10:49:04Z

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The pope says the cruelty of the fighting in the Iraqi city of Mosul "makes us cry, leaves us without words."...

2 explosions hit Japanese city, killing 1; suicide suspected

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 10:45:29 GMT2016-10-23T10:45:29Z

TOKYO (AP) -- Two apparent explosions hit the Japanese city of Utsunomiya back-to-back Sunday, killing one person and injuring three others in what police are viewing as a possible suicide....