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U.S. official says not ruling out eventual direct talks with North Korea

TOKYO/UNITED NATIONS - The United States is not ruling out the eventual possibility of direct talks with North Korea, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan said on Tuesday, hours after Pyongyang warned nuclear war might break out at any moment.

A divided Iraq tests U.S. influence as fight against Islamic State wanes

WASHINGTON - After years of focusing divided Iraq on a shared fight against the Islamic State group, the United States is now straining to leverage its limited influence to avoid a full-blown conflict between the Iraqi and Kurdish forces it has armed and trained.

U.S. renews call for Cambodia to release opposition leader from prison

PHNOM PENH - The United States renewed a call for Cambodia's government to release the country's main opposition leader Kem Sokha from prison, after parliament voted to change election laws that would re-distribute his party's seats if it was dissolved.

China state media attacks Western democracy ahead of Congress

BEIJING - China's official Xinhua news agency attacked Western democracy as divisive and confrontational on Tuesday, praising on the eve of a key Communist Party Congress the harmony and cooperative nature of the Chinese system.

Spain High Court jails two Catalan separatist leaders pending investigation

MADRID/BARCELONA - Spain moved closer on Monday to imposing central rule over Catalonia to thwart its independence push as Madrid's High Court signaled a hardening line by jailing the leaders of two of the largest separatist organizations.

Macau plans 'simulated attacks' in security ramp-up after Vegas shooting

HONG KONG - Authorities in the Chinese territory of Macau have ramped up security measures following the deadly Las Vegas shooting this month and unveiled plans for a series of mock attacks and crisis training to safeguard the world's largest gambling hub.

Malaysia says no decision yet on new offers to search for missing MH370

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia said on Tuesday it has received proposals from three companies offering to continue the search for Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, which has been missing since 2014, but no decision has been made yet.

Japanese PM Abe sends ritual offering to Yasukuni shrine for war dead

TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to the Yasukuni Shrine for war dead, seen in China and the two Koreas as a symbol of Japan's past militarism, to mark its annual autumn festival, the shrine said on Tuesday.

Venezuela vote dispute escalates foreign sanctions threat

CARACAS - Venezuela's opposition cried foul on Monday over the ruling socialists' win in gubernatorial elections, raising the threat of more foreign sanctions following the vote in what the United States called "an authoritarian dictatorship."

U.S. strike on Islamic State camps in Yemen kills dozens: Pentagon

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces killed dozens of Islamic State members in a strike on Monday on two training camps in Yemen, the Pentagon said.

North Korea warns states: Don't join any U.S. action and you're safe

UNITED NATIONS - North Korea warned countries at the United Nations on Monday in a statement: don't join the United States in military action against the Asian state and you will be safe from retaliation.

Trump says he believes Cuba responsible for attacks that hurt U.S. diplomats

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said on Monday that he believes Havana is responsible for a series of incidents that Washington thinks hurt at least 22 U.S. diplomats over a period of months in Cuba, prompting Washington to scale back its presence there.

Iraqi forces seize oil city Kirkuk from Kurds in bold advance

BAGHDAD/KIRKUK, Iraq - Iraqi government forces captured the major Kurdish-held oil city of Kirkuk on Monday, responding to a Kurdish referendum on independence with a bold lightning strike that transforms the balance of power in the country.

Madrid moves towards direct rule over Catalonia

MADRID/BARCELONA - Spain moved closer on Monday to imposing central rule over Catalonia to thwart its push for independence after Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont missed an initial deadline to make his intentions clear.

U.S.-backed forces in final push against Islamic State Raqqa

RAQQA, Syria - U.S.-backed militias battled foreign fighters defending the last pocket of Islamic State's one-time Syrian capital of Raqqa on Monday, bringing their four-month offensive for the city to the brink of victory.

EU demands 'expensive dinner' with May to unlock Brexit talks

LONDON/BRUSSELS - Prime Minister Theresa May is unlikely to offer new concessions to Brussels over the terms of Britain's divorce from the European Union when she meets European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker over dinner on Monday, her spokesman indicated.

Venezuela vote dispute risks rekindling unrest, sanctions

CARACAS - Venezuela's opposition refused on Monday to recognize a surprise win for the ruling socialists in weekend gubernatorial elections, raising the prospect of new protests and foreign sanctions against President Nicolas Maduro's government.

Syrian refugees should return to calmer areas: Lebanon president

BEIRUT - Lebanon can no longer handle vast numbers of Syrian refugees, its president said on Monday, urging world powers to help them return to the calmer parts of their war-torn homeland.

Israel says attacks Syrian unit that fired at its planes over Lebanon

JERUSALEM - The Israeli air force attacked a Syrian anti-aircraft battery on Monday that Israel said had fired a missile at its planes while they were on a reconnaissance mission over neighboring Lebanon.

Anti-corruption blogger killed by huge bomb in Malta

VALLETTA - Daphne Caruana Galizia, Malta's best-known investigative journalist, was killed on Monday when a powerful bomb blew up her car, police said, in a case that stunned the small Mediterranean island.

Iraqi forces seize Kirkuk from Kurds in bold advance

BAGHDAD/KIRKUK, Iraq - Iraqi government forces captured the Kurdish-held city of Kirkuk on Monday, responding to a Kurdish vote on independence with a bold lightning strike that transforms the balance of power in the country.

Russia's Putin signs decree imposing restrictions on North Korea

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed a decree imposing restrictions on North Korea in order to comply with a United Nations Security Council resolution.

Iraqi forces seize Kirkuk from Kurds in bold advance

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraqi government forces captured the Kurdish-held city of Kirkuk on Monday, responding to a Kurdish vote on independence with a bold lightning strike that transforms the balance of power in the country.

Iraq forces seize Kirkuk outskirts in advance on Kurdish-held territory

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq's central government forces launched an advance early on Monday into territory held by Kurds, seizing a swathe of countryside surrounding the oil city of Kirkuk in bold military response to a Kurdish vote last month on independence.

EU defends Iran deal despite Trump, appeals to U.S. Congress

LUXEMBOURG - The European Union on Monday reaffirmed its support for a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers despite sharp criticism of the accord by President Donald Trump, and it urged U.S. lawmakers not to reimpose sanctions on Tehran.

Explosion in southeast Turkey kills two soldiers: CNN Turk

ISTANBUL - Two Turkish soldiers were killed on Monday in the southeastern province of Hakkari after an improvised explosive device detonated, Turkish broadcaster CNN Turk said.

Madrid moves towards direct rule over Catalonia

MADRID/BARCELONA - Catalan authorities must drop a bid for independence by Thursday, the Spanish government said, moving closer to imposing direct rule over the region after its leader missed an initial deadline to back down.

U.S.-backed militias in final push against Islamic State in Raqqa

RAQQA, Syria - U.S.-backed militias battled foreign fighters defending the last pocket of Islamic State's one-time Syrian capital of Raqqa on Monday, bringing their four-month campaign for the city to the brink of victory.

In New Hampshire, Indonesian Christians caught in Trump immigration crackdown

MANCHESTER, N.H. - Since fleeing deadly violence in Indonesia two decades ago, Meldy and Eva Lumangkun built a life in suburban New Hampshire and raised four children, their illegal status long tolerated by U.S. immigration authorities.

May heads for Brussels after Brexit talks deadlock

LONDON/BRUSSELS - British Prime Minister Theresa May travels to Brussels on Monday for dinner with European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker after deadlock in Brexit talks appeared to dash her hopes a summit this week could launch negotiations on future trade ties.

Austria's conservative shift opens path to power for far right

VIENNA - Austria's shift to the right in a parliamentary election has paved the way for young conservative star Sebastian Kurz to become the country's next leader and opened a path for the resurgent far right to return to power.

On TV, France's Macron looks to style, viewers question substance

PARIS - Never let it be said that President Emmanuel Macron doesn't care about how he comes across.

EU vows to save Iran deal, fears for North Korea mediation

LUXEMBOURG - The European Union vowed on Monday to defend a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers and urged U.S. lawmakers not to reimpose sanctions after President Donald Trump chose not to certify Tehran's compliance with the accord.

'Mad dog' anti-Trump leaflets, suspected floated in from North Korea, turn up in Seoul

SEOUL - Propaganda fliers presumed to be from North Korea and calling U.S. President Donald Trump a "mad dog" have turned up across central Seoul, including near the presidential Blue House, according to posts on social media and people who found them.

Iraq says captures positions south of Kirkuk including airbase

BAGHDAD - Iraqi forces captured several positions south of Kirkuk from Kurdish fighters on Monday in their bid to regain control of the oil-rich city, which is part of a region that declared itself independent at a referendum last month.

EU foreign policy chief expects strong EU backing for Iran deal

LUXEMBOURG - European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Monday she expected strong backing from EU foreign ministers for the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers that the U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized.

Madrid moves towards direct rule over Catalonia as deadline passes

MADRID/BARCELONA - Spain's government set the clock ticking on Monday on imposing direct rule over Catalonia, after the region's leader missed a deadline to clarify whether he had declared independence.

Russia condemns North Korea nuclear tests: agencies

MOSCOW - Moscow condemns North Korea's nuclear tests and calls on North Korea and the international community to comply with all U.N. resolutions, Russian news agencies quoted the speaker of the Russian parliament's upper house as saying on Monday.

Bombs kill Pakistani soldiers hunting U.S.-Canadian family's kidnappers

ISLAMABAD - Bomb blasts killed a Pakistani army officer and three soldiers searching for the kidnappers of a freed U.S.-Canadian family in a tribal region bordering Afghanistan, Pakistani and U.S. officials said.

Jockeying for cash: North Korea allows racetrack gambling as sanctions bite

SEOUL - Punters in North Korea who once risked three years hard labor for gambling are now able to bet on local horse races as the isolated country scrambles to unearth new sources of hard currency amid intensifying international sanctions.

Austrian vote gives mandate to far right to enter coalition talks

VIENNA - Austrians shifted to the right in Sunday's parliamentary elections, giving the far-right Freedom Party a mandate to enter coalition talks with young conservative victor Sebastian Kurz, who fell short of a parliamentary majority.

Death toll in Somalia bombing jumps to 263: medical workers

MOGADISHU - At least 263 people were killed by twin bomb explosions in the heart of Somalia's capital Mogadishu, doctors said on Monday, confirming the deadliest attacks since an Islamist insurgency began in 2007.

Thousands of new Rohingya refugees flee violence, hunger in Myanmar to Bangladesh

COX'S BAZAR - Hungry, destitute and scared, thousands of new Rohingya refugees crossed the border into Bangladesh from Myanmar early on Monday, Reuters witnesses said, fleeing attacks by Buddhist mobs and hunger that the United Nations has called ethnic cleansing.

Venezuela vote dispute risks rekindling unrest, sanctions

CARACAS - Venezuela's opposition refused on Monday to recognize a surprise win for the ruling socialists in a weekend regional election, potentially rekindling protests and fresh foreign sanctions on the oil-rich country's moribund economy.

Philippine troops kill two leaders of pro-Islamic State alliance, minister says

MANILA - Philippine troops killed two leaders of a militant alliance in an operation in southern Marawi City on Monday, the defense minister said, a big boost to a military battling to contain the spread of Islamic State's radical ideology.

Philippine survey shows big support for Duterte's drugs war

MANILA - Nearly nine out of 10 Filipinos support Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, and almost three quarters believe extrajudicial killings are taking place in the bloody crackdown, an opinion poll showed on Monday.

Top international lawyers say Hong Kong rule of law under threat

HONG KONG - The jailing of three Hong Kong democracy activists this year is a serious threat to the city's rule of law, a group of senior international lawyers said on Monday, adding the independence of the judiciary risks becoming a "charade".

Bengaluru building collapse kills at least five: officials

BENGALURU - A multi-storey building collapsed in the south Indian city of Bengaluru on Monday, killing at least five people and injuring several, officials said.

Venezuela socialists win regional vote, opposition sees fraud

CARACAS - President Nicolas Maduro's government won a majority of governorships in Venezuela's regional election on Sunday, drawing fraud suspicions from the opposition whom polls had shown poised for a big win.

Iraq says vast areas taken from Kurds in Kirkuk, Kurds deny gains

BAGHDAD - Iraqi government forces took control of "vast areas" in the region of Kirkuk, including oilfields west of the city, in the early hours of Monday, Iraqi state TV said, but the Kurdistan Regional Government disputed the assertions.