• U.N. rights boss denounces air strikes on Aleppo as war crimes

    U.N. rights boss denounces air strikes on Aleppo as war crimes

    The top United Nations human rights official said on Friday that the siege and bombing of eastern Aleppo in Syria constituted "crimes of historic proportions" that have caused heavy civilian casualties amounting to war crimes. Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein, in a speech by video to the U.N. Human

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    Turkish military says it killed 18 Kurdish militants in Iraq and southeast

    The Turkish military said on Friday it had killed 12 Kurdish militants in southeast Turkey and another six in air strikes in northern Iraq, while also targeting their allied fighters in northern Syria. Twelve of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) guerrillas were "neutralized" on Thursday in

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    Thailand at a crossroads following king's death, PM says

    Thailand is at a crossroads following the death of revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Friday, urging Thais to stick together and become a "leading country". King Bhumibol, 88, died on Oct. 13 at a Bangkok hospital. Prem Tinasulanonda, 96, the leader

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    North Carolina could be the most interesting state this election

    Democrats raised money to rebuild the office, and the state Republican Party later thanked Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for her statements of support. The state has become more than a must-win for Donald Trump. Other states are electoral battlegrounds, but none have North Carolina

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    How many people has Obama really deported?

    Donald Trump is not the sort of candidate that often looks to precedent when defending his proposals. “President Obama has moved millions of people out,” said the Republican nominee on Wednesday night. To be sure, Mr. Trump has pledged to undo the tethers – fixed in place by directives from Mr. Obama

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    Will Argentina's 'Not one less' protests make change in Latin America?

    Thousands of Argentinians across the country and in dozens of cities worldwide donned black clothing on Wednesday and protested in the memory of Argentinian teenager Lucia Perez, a 16-year-old who was raped and murdered earlier this month. Lucia’s death occurred at a time when public outrage about violence

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    The new global view of cities

    In the past 40 years, the United Nations has held only three conferences on the topic of cities. The latest one, which was held this week in Ecuador, revealed a remarkably different view from earlier ones. Instead of seeing cities as problems to manage, like a permanent scourge of humanity, the UN now

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    Russia summons Belgian envoy in row over Syria air strike

    The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday it had summoned the Belgian ambassador to complain about what it said was Belgium's "stubborn denial" of allegations that Belgian military jets had killed civilians in an air strike near Aleppo in Syria. The Russian Defence Ministry and the Russian

  • Exclusive: Vatican and China in final push for elusive deal on bishops

    Exclusive: Vatican and China in final push for elusive deal on bishops

    By Lisa Jucca and Benjamin Kang Lim ROME/HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - Representatives from the Vatican and China are expected to meet before the end of the month in Rome in an effort to finalize a deal on the ordination of bishops on the mainland, a move aimed at ending a longstanding dispute, according

  • Bombardier to cut 7,500 jobs through 2018

    Bombardier to cut 7,500 jobs through 2018

    The Montreal-based company, which has struggled in recent years with cost overruns in its aerospace unit, said on Friday it will cut about 7,500 jobs globally with about two-thirds of those in Bombardier Transportation. "We understand these are difficult decisions ... but in the end what we are

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    Reshuffle looms as Greek PM, sagging in polls, seeks debt relief

    By Renee Maltezou ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is considering a cabinet reshuffle to reverse a slump in popularity by sidelining ministers he sees as obstacles to winning debt relief from international lenders, government sources say. Tsipras wants reforms to achieve debt

  • British cycling chief to step down

    British cycling chief to step down

    Ian Drake is to step down as chief executive of British Cycling after seven years at the helm in April next year, he announced on Friday. Drake's decision comes in the wake of a tumultuous year which saw success on the track -- the British team dominating at the Olympics -- but also allegations

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    Australia's Minjee Lee opens 6-stroke lead in Blue Bay LPGA

    HAINAN, China (AP) — Minjee Lee patiently navigated Jian Lake's undulating greens again Friday to stretch her lead to six strokes in the Blue Bay LPGA.

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    Top Asian News 9:26 a.m. GMT

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Suspected Abu Sayyaf militants have abducted a South Korean skipper and a Filipino crewman from a South Korean cargo ship in the latest such attacks that have sparked a security alarm in the busy regional sealanes, military officials said Friday. About 10 gunmen boarded the

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    Overall World Cup champion Hirscher voted skier of the year

    SOELDEN, Austria (AP) — Overall World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher has been voted world skier of the year for a third time.

  • Strong quake in western Japan knocks out power, injures 7
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    Strong quake in western Japan knocks out power, injures 7

    TOKYO (AP) — A powerful earthquake in western Japan knocked loose roof tiles, toppled store shelves and caused power outages Friday afternoon, but apparently caused no widespread damage. At least seven people were injured, one seriously.

  • Trump booed in New York, assailed by Obama

    Trump booed in New York, assailed by Obama

    Donald Trump endured boos at a charity event in New York and a biting attack by President Barack Obama as the Republican nominee's threat not to concede if he loses next month's elections roiled the race for the White House. Trump cast the United States into uncharted political waters by suggesting

  • IS jihadists attack Iraq's Kirkuk in Mosul diversion

    IS jihadists attack Iraq's Kirkuk in Mosul diversion

    Jihadist gunmen, some of them wearing suicide vests, attacked the Iraqi city of Kirkuk Friday, an apparent effort to divert the thousands of troops and militiamen closing in on their Mosul stronghold. The assault, together with another further north, left at least 22 people dead and came as pro-government

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    Russians seek answers to central Moscow GPS anomaly

    MOSCOW (AP) — Joggers, taxi drivers, players of Pokemon Go and senior Russian officials are seeking answers as to why mobile phone apps that use GPS are malfunctioning in central Moscow.

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    Britain accuses Russia of 'making the situation worse' in Syria

    Britain sought to shame Russia on Friday for its deadly air strikes on the Syrian city of Aleppo, during a special session of the United Nations Human Rights Council called by London to set up a special inquiry into violations. "Russia, you are making the situation worse, not solving it,"

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    More upheaval at British Cycling with CEO stepping down

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) — The chief executive of British Cycling is stepping down, adding to the upheaval in the country's most successful Olympic sport.

  • Islamic State retaliates as Iraqi forces push on Mosul

    Islamic State retaliates as Iraqi forces push on Mosul

    By Maher Chmaytelli BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State launched a major counter-attack on the city of Kirkuk on Friday as Iraqi and Kurdish forces pursued operations to seize territory around Mosul in preparation for an offensive on the jihadists' last major stronghold in Iraq. Islamic State'

  • Iqbal 55no as Bangladesh make 119-3 by tea vs England
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    Iqbal 55no as Bangladesh make 119-3 by tea vs England

    CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (AP) — Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal was 55 not out as Bangladesh made 119-3 against England by tea on the second day of the first test on Friday.

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    South Africa to quit war crimes court: justice minister

    South Africa is pulling out of the International Criminal Court (ICC) because its obligations are inconsistent with laws giving sitting leaders diplomatic immunity, Justice Minister Michael Masutha said on Friday. Pretoria said last year it planned to leave the ICC after it was criticized for ignoring

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

    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.