• Reuters

    Magnitude 5.4 earthquake strikes central Italy, felt in Rome

    ROME (Reuters) - A 5.4-magnitude earthquake struck central Italy on Wednesday, two months after a stronger quake killed almost 300 people and levelled small towns. The United States Geological Survey initially gave its strength as 5.6, later revising it to 5.4, at a depth of 10 km (six miles). There

  • Israel recalls UNESCO ambassador in protest at Jerusalem resolutions

    Israel recalls UNESCO ambassador in protest at Jerusalem resolutions

    Israel on Wednesday recalled its ambassador to UNESCO for consultations after the U.N. culture body adopted a second resolution in two weeks that Israeli leaders said ignored Judaism's connection with one of Jerusalem's holiest sites. According to a text provided by Palestinian officials, the

  • Reuters

    Air strikes kill 26, mostly children in Syria's Idlib: rescuers, monitor

    Air strikes by Syrian or Russian warplanes killed at least 26 people, most of them school children, in a village in Syria's rebel-held Idlib province on Wednesday, rescue workers and a monitoring group said. The raids hit a residential area and a school in Haas village, the Syrian Civil Defence

  • Christian Science Monitor

    What you need to know about the botnet that broke the internet

    A wave of cyberattacks against a core internet service provider last week caused disruptions at major websites and marked the third time in the past month that criminals used a network of malware-infected devices to cause havoc.

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Undecided voters in North Carolina: struggling but hopeful

    Does anybody like both main presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton? Veteran Democratic pollster Peter Hart puts the question to a table of 12 undecided voters in Charlotte, N.C. At this late stage in the 2016 campaign, watching a focus group of undecided voters can be painful.

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Non-state actor suspected in massive cyberattack: Is that less worrying?

    Last week's major cyberattack, which affected millions of computer users, was probably the work not of a foreign government but of a non-state actor, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Tuesday. "But I wouldn't want to be conclusively definitive about that yet," Mr

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Guns on campus unlikely to increase safety, study finds

    A new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health finds that allowing concealed carry on university campuses is unlikely to decrease mass shootings, and may worsen other violent crimes, contrary to some claims of those who support expanding campus carry gun laws

  • Associated Press

    Quake shakes central Italy near devastated quake zone

    ROME (AP) — A 5.4-magnitude earthquake rattled central Italy on Wednesday, knocking out power, closing a major highway and sending panicked residents into the streets just two months after a powerful temblor killed nearly 300 people.

  • Gambia becomes latest African nation to quit ICC

    Gambia becomes latest African nation to quit ICC

    The Gambia has become the latest African nation to announce its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court, accusing the war crimes tribunal of "persecuting" Africans. Banjul's decision follows similar action by South Africa and Burundi this month that have shaken the only permanent

  • IS driving hundreds into Mosul, using them as human shields
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    IS driving hundreds into Mosul, using them as human shields

    QAYARA, Iraq (AP) — Islamic State militants have been going door to door in villages south of Mosul, ordering people at gunpoint on a mileslong trek into the city and using them as human shields as the extremists prepare to defend it from Iraqi forces, according to residents swept up in the forced evacuations

  • Number of Iraqis displaced in Mosul op reaches 10,000

    Number of Iraqis displaced in Mosul op reaches 10,000

    More than 10,000 Iraqis have fled their homes since the October 17 start of an offensive to retake Mosul from the Islamic State jihadist group, the United Nations said Wednesday. "Over 10,500 people are currently displaced and in need of humanitarian assistance," the UN's Office for the

  • Reuters

    Britain cannot have it all in Brexit deal: French ag minister

    Britain cannot have it all as it exits the European Union and cannot leave behind the bloc's problems while benefiting from its advantages, French agriculture minister Stephane Le Foll said on Wednesday. "You cannot say when exiting the EU you will keep all the advantages but leave behind anything

  • NATO reports progress on eastern troop deployments

    NATO reports progress on eastern troop deployments

    NATO is making good progress in building up the battalions being deployed in eastern European allies badly rattled by a more assertive Russia, alliance head Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday. NATO leaders endorsed plans at their Warsaw summit in July to rotate troops into the three Baltic states and Poland

  • Reuters

    Islamic State-aligned group takes Somali town, say officials

    By Feisal Omar and Abdi Sheikh MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A group loyal to Islamic State seized the small port town of Qandala in Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region on Wednesday, the first town it has taken since emerging a year ago, officials said. The group, which refers to itself simply as

  • Reuters

    Italian student's murder in Egypt is 'open wound': Italy minister

    The case of Italian student Giulio Regeni, who was murdered in Egypt in February, is an "open wound" for Italy, Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said on Wednesday. "We got a few hopeful signals in September from the Egyptian judicial authorities, and the Rome prosecutor interpreted that

  • Tribunal doubles doping ban against Jeptoo

    Tribunal doubles doping ban against Jeptoo

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Wednesday doubled a doping ban against Kenyan marathon star Rita Jeptoo to four years, signalling the end of her career. The world sports tribunal said there were aggravating circumstances including Jeptoo's "deceptive and obstructive" behaviour, which

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 6:30 p.m. GMT

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban insurgents on Wednesday killed 26 Afghan civilians after abducting them in the remote central province of Ghor the previous day, officials said, the latest brutal attack targeting the local population in one of the country's most lawless areas. The slain civilians

  • Associated Press

    Kyrgyzstan's Cabinet resigns amid political turmoil

    BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — Kyrgyzstan's Cabinet resigned Wednesday following the breakup of the governing coalition, part of political maneuvering ahead of a constitutional referendum set for this fall in the ex-Soviet Central Asian nation.

  • Venezuela opposition seeks to up pressure on Maduro

    Venezuela opposition seeks to up pressure on Maduro

    Venezuela's opposition moved to ratchet up pressure on embattled President Nicolas Maduro at mass protests on Wednesday, announcing plans for a general strike, a legislative onslaught and a new march. Opposition leaders called a 12-hour general strike for Friday and vowed to use their legislative

  • U.S. abstains for first time on U.N. call for end to Cuba embargo

    U.S. abstains for first time on U.N. call for end to Cuba embargo

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday abstained for the first time from a United Nations General Assembly vote on a resolution calling for an end to a U.S. economic embargo on Cuba, after opposing such measures every year for 24 years. For the 25th time, the

  • Reuters

    French Socialists celebrate Mitterrand and slam Hollande

    By Ingrid Melander PARIS (Reuters) - The same first name and title seemed to be the most that embattled French President Francois Hollande had in common with Francois Mitterrand on Wednesday as he marked the 100th anniversary of his late predecessor's birth. Mitterrand, who exercised iron-fist

  • Kei Nishikori advances to Swiss Indoors quarterfinals
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    Kei Nishikori advances to Swiss Indoors quarterfinals

    BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Kei Nishikori eased past Paolo Lorenzi of Italy 7-6 (3), 6-2 in the Swiss Indoors second round on Wednesday.

  • Reuters

    Islamic State takes hostages deeper towards Mosul as Iraqi forces advance

    For two years he had prayed he would again see the family he had left behind when his village near Mosul was overrun by Islamic State while he was off on deployment. Last week he learned from other advancing Iraqi forces who reached his home village that they had arrived too late to protect his family

  • Kuznetsova edges Pliskova in thriller to reach semis

    Kuznetsova edges Pliskova in thriller to reach semis

    Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova produced another extraordinary comeback to win her second straight match at the WTA Finals on Wednesday, sealing a place in the semi-finals. Just two days after she saved a match point to defeat the defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska, Kuznetsova again rallied back from

  • Kurdish YPG will be part of coalition effort to isolate Raqqa: U.S. commander

    Kurdish YPG will be part of coalition effort to isolate Raqqa: U.S. commander

    By Idrees Ali and Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Kurdish YPG militia fighters will be included as a part of the force to isolate the Islamic State-held Syrian city of Raqqa, the top U.S. military commander in Iraq said on Wednesday. Army Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend also said in a news