Xi urges stronger Chinese stand against "grim" challenges
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday urged a reinvigorated Communist Party to take on a more forceful role in society and economic development to better address "grim" challenges facing the country as he opened a twice-a-decade national congress....
Amnesty: Myanmar army killed at least hundreds of Rohingya
BANGKOK (AP) -- Myanmar security forces killed hundreds of men, women and children during a systematic campaign to expel Rohingya Muslims, Amnesty International said in a new report Wednesday that calls for an arms embargo on the country and criminal prosecution of the perpetrators....
Puerto Rico youth stranded with school still out from storm
HATILLO, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Alanys Arroyo and her little brothers have been cooped up in a school for weeks, but they aren't in class. They've been living in a campus-turned-shelter in western Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria flooded their home and destroyed their belongings, trying to pass the time while their family waits for help to replace the apartment it lost in the storm....
Catalans protest sedition case, court declares vote illegal
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Spain's top court ruled Tuesday that an independence referendum in Catalonia was unconstitutional, adding weight to government efforts to block the region from breaking away from the rest of the country but not persuading demonstrators demanding the release of two jailed separatist activists....
Maltese reporter killed by bomb crusaded against corruption
ROME (AP) -- Daphne Caruana Galizia, a Maltese journalist killed by a bomb that blew up her car, was fearless and formidable, colleagues and admirers recall....
Former hostage says his American wife was rushed to hospital
SMITHS FALLS, Ontario (AP) -- Joshua Boyle, a Canadian who was rescued with his family last week by Pakistani troops, said Tuesday that his wife had to be rushed to the hospital and remains there....
Kenya election official says she's resigning before new vote
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- A Kenyan electoral commissioner announced her resignation on Wednesday and said the presidential vote just eight days away cannot credibly proceed as planned....
Diplomats from Washington, Seoul, Tokyo talk N. Korea threat
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Diplomats from the United States, South Korea and Japan met in Seoul on Wednesday to discuss policy responses to North Korea's accelerating efforts to expand its nuclear weapons program....
Iraqi gov't assumes control after Kurds leave disputed areas
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Kurdish fighters pulled out of disputed areas across northern and eastern Iraq on Tuesday, one day after giving up the vital oil city of Kirkuk - a dramatic redeployment of forces that opened the way for government troops to move into energy-rich and other strategically important territories....
US-backed forces celebrate fall of IS 'capital,' Raqqa
BEIRUT (AP) -- U.S.-backed Syrian forces celebrated in the devastated streets of Raqqa on Tuesday after gaining control of the northern city that once was the heart of the Islamic State's self-styled caliphate, dealing a major defeat to the extremist group that has seen its territory shrink ever smaller since summer....
Monday Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured and held by the Taliban for five years after walking away in 2009 from his Afghanistan post, pleaded guilty to desertion and endangering comrades, some who were seriously wounded during the intensive search. Bergdahl, admitted guilt without striking a deal with prosecutors, meaning his punishment will be decided by a military judge later this month, and due to the severity of the charges, could be sentenced to life in a military prison.
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