• October 27, 2016


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Countries OK world's largest marine reserve in Antarctica

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The countries that decide the fate of Antarctica reached an historic agreement on Friday to create the world's largest marine protected area in the ocean next to the frozen continent.

Libya's navy says 90 migrants perished after boat fell apart

CAIRO (AP) — The Libyan navy said on Thursday that at least 90 migrants are believed to have perished when their rickety boat started to fall apart in the Mediterranean Sea, after leaving the Libyan coast.

Opposition, socialist supporters face off in Caracas

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Hundreds of pro-government demonstrators massed outside Venezuela's congress on Thursday as lawmakers inside debated how to remove the socialist president from office amid an escalating political confrontation.

UN says school attack in Syria may be potential war crime

BEIRUT (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Thursday for an immediate investigation of an attack on a school in Syria's Idlib province that the U.N.'s children's agency is calling one of the deadliest of its kind in the country's six-year war.

Iraqis find bomb factory, tunnels on long road to Mosul

KHAZER, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi forces explored a network of tunnels and uncovered a bomb-making facility on Thursday in a village near Mosul that was recently retaken from the Islamic State group, offering a glimpse of the challenge they will face as they move closer to the city.

With French camp razed, moved migrants try to adapt again

CALAIS, France (AP) — Thousands of migrants dispersed this week from the now-torched camp they had called home in Calais are struggling to adapt to unfamiliar surroundings in towns and villages throughout France.

Study predicts deserts in Spain if global warming continues

BERLIN (AP) — Southern Spain will become desert and deciduous forests will vanish from much of the Mediterranean basin unless global warming is reined in sharply, according to a study released Thursday.

The Latest: Russia says Syria school airstrike report a sham

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The Latest: Obama, Erdogan talk Turkey's role in Mosul fight

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Spain: Rajoy pushed to 2nd vote in bid to form govt

MADRID (AP) — Spanish lawmakers Thursday rejected conservative leader Mariano Rajoy's bid to form a minority government and end a 10-month political impasse, a move that pushes the decision on making him prime minister to a second round of voting later this week.

Iraqis dispense what they call justice for alleged militants

QAYARA, Iraq (AP) — At a checkpoint south of Mosul, men who once suffered under the harsh rule of the Islamic State group are now screening displaced civilians to identify any fleeing fighters, and some are dispensing what they call justice.

Police detain Imran Khan's supporters ahead of his rally

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Police in Pakistan's capital detained dozens of supporters of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan late on Thursday, triggering brief clashes between police and opposition activists in various parts of Islamabad.

Egypt squeezed between need for reforms and fear of backlash

CAIRO (AP) — Inside the glitzy Nile Ritz-Carlton hotel off Tahrir Square, Cairo's business elite were eager to put years of tumult and lost opportunities behind them.

Man shot dead after stabbing guard at US Embassy in Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A man was shot dead after stabbing a policeman guarding the perimeter wall of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi and trying to take his gun, a Kenyan police official said Thursday.

Putin rejects claims of Russian interference in US election

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday dismissed claims that Russia is interfering in the U.S. presidential election, saying the allegations are designed to distract the public from real issues.

India expels Pakistani Embassy staffer over espionage charge

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's Foreign Ministry on Thursday said India was expelling a Pakistani diplomat in New Delhi after briefly detaining him on what it called "false and unsubstantiated charges" — a sign of increasing tension between the two South Asian nuclear-armed archrivals.

Germany arrests Afghan, 19, suspected of Taliban membership

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say they have arrested a 19-year-old Afghan man suspected of fighting for the Taliban.

German police probe possible DNA blunder in murder case

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities are investigating whether contamination was to blame for the discovery of DNA linked to a neo-Nazi at the site where a child's remains were found.

Belgian deal clears way for EU-Canada free trade pact

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and Canada are on the cusp of sealing a landmark free trade deal after the Belgian government on Thursday overcame an impasse with its regional authorities, which had been seeking more protections from multinationals.

2 Yazidi women who escaped IS group win human rights prize

BRUSSELS (AP) — Two Yazidi women who escaped sexual enslavement by the Islamic State group and went on to become advocates for others have won the European Union's Sakharov Prize for human rights.

China's Communist Party raises Xi to symbolic 'core' status

BEIJING (AP) — China's Communist Party on Thursday elevated President Xi Jinping to the position of "core" of the leadership, underscoring the clout he has amassed on the back of a sweeping anti-corruption campaign and crackdown on dissent.

Powerful quakes wreak new havoc in Italian mountain towns

VISSO, Italy (AP) — Authorities scrambled to find housing Thursday for thousands of people displaced by a pair of strong earthquakes that struck the same region of central Italy hit by a deadly quake in August, hoping to prevent a second night for them on the street or in cars.

Somalia's al-Shabab in comeback as Ethiopia pulls troops

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia's Islamic extremists, al-Shabab, appear to be making a comeback, having recently seized four towns and attacked a guesthouse in neighboring Kenya, killing 12.

Replica of part of Hitler's bunker goes on display in Berlin

BERLIN (AP) — A private Berlin museum has unveiled a replica of part of the bunker where Adolf Hitler spent the final phase of World War II, a project that hasn't been universally welcomed.