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Border Gunbattles Leave 11 Dead in Northern Mexico

A running series of gunbattles caused at least 11 deaths in the northern Mexico border state of Tamauilpas, authorities said Monday. Officials said the shootouts in the border city of Reynosa and the nearby town of Rio Bravo started late Sunday. Gunmen hijacked vehicles and used them to block ...

Two Serbian Students Appear in Court Over April Protests

Two Serbian students have appeared before a court over the street protests last April against the election triumph of President Aleksandar Vucic. Pavle Terzic and Gavrilo Vucetic gave statements Tuesday at the misdemeanor court after police accused them of organizing a protest without notifying ...

Alleged IS Female Recruiter Arrested in Spain With FBI Help

Spain's Interior Ministry says the civil guard has arrested a 21-year-old Spanish woman who allegedly recruited other women to join the Islamic State group in conflict areas. It said the woman is also accused of self-radicalization by consuming IS propaganda and establishing online networks with ...

Microsoft Rolls Out New Windows 10 Update, Laptops

Microsoft has begun rolling out an update to its Windows 10 operating system, hoping to spark enthusiasm for its virtual- and augmented-reality ambitions.   The Windows 10 update became available Tuesday.   Several of Microsoft's partners — Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo — are simultaneously ...

Files Show New Details of US Support for Indonesia Bloodbath

Declassified files have revealed new details of U.S. government knowledge and support of an Indonesian army extermination campaign that killed several hundred thousand civilians during anti-communist hysteria in the mid-1960s. The thousands of files from the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta covering 1963-66 ...

Ophelia Batters UK after Pummeling Ireland, Leaves 3 Dead

Storm Ophelia is battering Scotland and northern England after leaving three people dead and hundreds of thousands without power in Ireland. The former Atlantic hurricane downed trees and power lines, sent waves surging over coastal defenses and disrupted transport again Tuesday, a day after making ...

Liberian Runoff Vote on Nov. 7 With Weah Facing Boakai

Election authorities say Liberia's presidential runoff will take place Nov. 7. Henry Flomo, National Elections Commission communications director, said Tuesday that former international soccer superstar George Weah will face Vice President Joseph Boakai in the second round. Neither of the two men ...

Islamic State Faces Defeat in Raqqa, Syria

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces worked Tuesday to seize control of the last remaining areas of Raqqa, Syria from Islamic State militants. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the SDF, made up of Kurdish and Arab militias, stormed and cleared a stadium that had been the ...

Taliban Suicide Bombing Targets Afghan Police

More than 20 people are dead and dozens more wounded in a terrorist attack on a police training center in eastern Afghanistan Tuesday. Officials say the attack began when a suicide bomber detonated a car filled with explosives near the training center in Gardez, the capital of Paktia province. After ...

Malaysia Says No decision On Offers to Search for Missing MH370

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. MH370 vanished three years ago somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean en route to Beijing ...

Philippine Military Pushes to Defeat Last Marawi Fighters

Gunfire rang out sporadically and explosions thudded as Philippine soldiers fought Tuesday to gain control of the last pocket of Marawi controlled by Islamic militants as President Rodrigo Duterte declared the southern city liberated from “terrorist influence.” The military, boosted by the ...

Anti-Migrant Platform Drives Austrian Vote, Spurs Renewed Momentum To Europe’s Right Wing Populists

Europe looks set to have its youngest leader with Austria's 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz of the conservative People’s Party scoring a clear victory in Sunday's parliamentary election, winning around 32% of the votes cast.  Kurz, who took the reins of the party earlier this year, told his ...

Afghan Officials: Taliban Attacks Kill 10 Policemen

Afghan officials say Taliban attacks in the country's south, west and east have killed at least 10 policemen. In southern Ghazni province, the insurgents stormed a security compound, using a suicide car, and killed at least seven policemen. Provincial chief police, Mohammad Zaman, says the attack in ...

McCain Condemns 'Half-Baked' Nationalism in Liberty Medal Acceptance Speech

U.S. Sen. John McCain jabbed Monday night at unnamed pushers of isolationist politics, saying at his National Constitution Center Liberty Medal ceremony in Philadelphia that abandoning America's role as an international leader is “unpatriotic.” The six-term Republican senator from Arizona ...

Cybersecurity Firm: North Korea Likely Behind Taiwan SWIFT Cyber Heist

Cybersecurity firm BAE Systems Plc said on Monday it believes the North Korean Lazarus hacking group is likely responsible for a recent cyber heist in Taiwan, the latest in a string of hacks targeting the global SWIFT messaging system. "The likely culprit is Lazarus," BAE cyber-intelligence chief ...

Scientists: Plant More Trees to Combat Climate Change

Planting forests and other activities that harness the power of nature could play a major role in limiting global warming under the 2015 Paris agreement, an international study showed Monday. Natural climate solutions, also including protection of carbon-storing peat lands and better management of ...

Weinstein Co., Mired in Sex Scandal, May Be Up for Sale

The Weinstein Co., mired in a sex scandal, may be putting itself up for sale. The company said Monday that it is getting an immediate cash infusion from Colony Capital and is in negotiations for the potential sale of all or a significant portion of the movie studio responsible for films like ...

Trump in Asia Will Call for Increased Pressure on North Korea

President Donald Trump will ask U.S. allies to pressure North Korea on its nuclear program in an upcoming trip to the Asia-Pacific region.   The White House says Trump will travel in November to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines from November 3 to November 14. Trump will also ...

UK Singer Ed Sheeran Tells Fans of Bike Accident, Arm Injury

British singer Ed Sheeran has told fans via Instagram that he's had a bicycle injury and may have to change some concert dates. The popular singer said Monday he's had "a bit of a bicycle accident" and is "currently waiting on some medical advice, which may affect some of my upcoming shows."   ...

Women ID as Assault, Harassment Victims With 'Me Too' Tweets

Thousands of women are responding to actress Alyssa Milano's call to tweet "me too" to raise awareness of sexual harassment and assault following the recent revelation of decades of allegations of sexual misconduct by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Milano suggested women who have been sexually ...

Russian Supply Ship Docks at International Space Station

An unmanned Russian cargo ship has docked successfully at the International Space Station, delivering supplies to its six-member crew.   The Progress MS-07 ship, carrying 2.5 metric tons of water, food and scientific equipment, moored at the space outpost in automatic mode Monday two days after its ...

Militants Rob Bank, Attack Church in Egypt's Sinai; 7 Dead

In a brazen daytime attack, about a dozen Islamic militants robbed a local bank, lobbed grenades and traded gunfire with security forces guarding an unused church in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Monday, killing seven people, including three civilians, officials said. The militants drove into the city ...

Thousands Flee as Iraqi Forces Advance in Kirkuk

As Iraqi forces advance in Kirkuk from the south and west, families are fleeing after gunfire and bombs blasted through the city.   Late Sunday night, Popular Mobilization Units moved into Kirkuk and continue to fight Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers in the contested oil city, in addition to occupying ...

Populism Again Casts Shadow Over Booming Eurozone Economy

For months, the outlook for the eurozone economy has brightened thanks to a series of electoral defeats for populist parties in key states like France. Now, following votes in Germany and Austria and the uncertainty over the Spanish region of Catalonia, concerns are growing again about the potential ...

Clinton Brands WikiLeaks Boss 'Tool of Russian Intelligence'

Hillary Clinton has told an Australian state broadcaster that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was a tool of Russia in his release of hacked emails that hurt the U.S. Democratic presidential nominee's campaign.   Clinton told Australian Broadcasting Corp. in an interview broadcast on Monday that ...

Lawyers of Jailed South Korean President Resign

The seven defense lawyers of ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye resigned en masse Monday to protest what they say is a biased corruption trial. Speaking for the first time since the start of her trial, Park, who was removed from office and arrested in March, called the proceedings against ...

China Party Congress Expected to Signal Next 5 Years of Maritime Policy

Chinese leaders are expected to emerge from a party congress this month with signals on whether they will take a hard or soft stance toward the widely contested South China Sea, a region of concern from Southeast Asia to Washington. China claims nearly the entire 3.5 million-square-kilometer, ...

Venezuela’s Opposition Coalition Challenges Election Results

Venezuela's opposition coalition has rejected the results of Sunday's gubernatorial elections in 23 states and is calling for opposition candidates to hold street demonstrations on Monday. "We do not recognize any of the results at this time. We are facing a very serious moment for the country," ...

Boat Carrying Rohingya Muslims Capsizes, Drowning Six Children

An overcrowded boat carrying Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar capsized Monday in the Bay of Bengal near a Bangladeshi fishing village, killing 12 people, including six children, police said. Survivors of the capsizing told local officials that up to 65 people were on board and almost half of them ...

Venezuela Opposition Hoping for Big Wins in Regional Polls

Venezuela's opposition is hoping Sunday's regional elections will wrest a majority of state governorships from President Nicolas Maduro's ruling Socialist Party, and give the opposition some momentum ahead of next year's presidential election. Polls projected opposition Democratic Union Roundtable ...

Las Vegas Tourism Sees Changes in Aftermath of Shooting

Las Vegas' tourism sector is bracing for changes in the aftermath of the massacre that killed 58 people at an outdoor music festival.   Analysts who closely track the finances of the city's casino companies say Las Vegas will see a short-term dip in visitors in response to the shooting.   Casinos ...

Chill in the Air as McConnell Readies to Sit Down With Trump

President Donald Trump blames the Senate's Republican leader for the health overhaul failure, tantalizes deals with Democrats and watches his former strategist work to bulldoze the Republican establishment on Capitol Hill. There's no need for air conditioning at the White House with that chill in ...

Researchers Sound Alarm Over Antarctic Penguin Chick Deaths

Almost the entire cohort of chicks from an Adelie penguin colony in the eastern Antarctic was wiped out by starvation last summer in what scientists say is only the second such incident in over 40 years.   Researchers said Sunday the mass die-off occurred because unusually large amounts of sea ice ...

Hillary Clinton Warns Britain on Potential Trade Deal with Trump

Former U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton cautioned Britain on Sunday over its push to secure a trade deal with U.S. President Donald Trump after it leaves the European Union. Clinton, the Democratic Party candidate who lost out to Trump in last November's election, also said Britain would ...

Iran Denies It Shut Border with Iraqi Kurdish Region

Iran on Sunday denied reports that Tehran had closed a border crossing with northern Iraq in response to an independence referendum in Iraq's Kurdish region last month, the Iranian Students' News Agency reported. "As we announced earlier, we blocked our airspace to the Kurdish region on a request ...

Trump Administration Accused of Aiding Iranian Militias in Syria

U.S. President Donald Trump lambasted Iranian expansionism in the Middle East Friday when disavowing the international nuclear deal with Tehran, citing in particular Iran’s support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. But analysts charge his strategy to check Iran in the region remains ...

Somali Truck Bomb Death Toll Rises

The death toll from Saturday's massive truck bombing in the Somali capital Mogadishu has risen to more than 230, the deputy speaker of Somalia's upper house of parliament Abshir Mohamed Ahmed tells VOA. More than 200 people were wounded in the blast, including a VOA reporter. Somali President ...

Yes or No? Catalan Separatists Face Critical Answer to Spain

Catalonia's president is facing a critical decision that could determine the course of the region's secessionist movement to break away from Spain. The Spanish government has given Carles Puigdemont until Monday morning to clarify if he did or didn't actually declare independence earlier this week. ...

Refugee Food Festival Aims to Sweeten the Way to People's Hearts

A Refugee Food Festival showcasing the cooking talents of refugee chefs from five different countries has won the hearts of Geneva residents by connecting through the food of their national cuisines.  Over the past week, local chefs have turned their kitchens over to their refugee counterparts from ...

Four-Way Afghan Peace Talks Set to Resume in Oman

Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States are set to resume four-way discussions Monday in Oman in a renewed bid to seek a politically negotiated settlement to the Afghan war. The meeting of the so-called Quadrilateral Cooperation Group, or QCG, in the Gulf state is taking place after a gap ...

Refugee Food Festival Aims to Sweeten the Way to Peoples’ Hearts

A Refugee Food Festival showcasing the cooking talents of refugee chefs from five different countries has won the hearts of Geneva residents by connecting through the food of their national cuisines.  Over the past week, the city's chefs have turned their kitchens over to their refugee counterparts ...

Afghan Police Stop Truck Filled With Explosives, Foil Kabul Attack

Afghan police say they have foiled a major bombing in the capital after arresting a suspect whose truck was loaded with explosives.   Mohamed Salem Almas, the head of criminal investigations in the Kabul police, told a press conference Sunday that the truck carried more than 2,700 kilograms of ...

Protesters March in Australia to Allow Asylum Seekers In

Hundreds of protesters marched through Sydney on Sunday calling for detainees, being held in controversial centers for asylum seekers on remote Pacific islands, to be allowed to stay in Australia as a resettlement deadline approaches. Canberra’s hard-line immigration policy requires asylum ...

Hong Kong, Southern China Brace for Typhoon

Typhoon Khanun is likely to hit southern China early Monday with winds of up to 114 kph , China’s meteorological agency said, as authorities in the financial hub of Hong Kong raised the third-highest weather warning. The typhoon is expected to make landfall between Zhanjiang, in Guangdong ...

Bomb Kills Pakistani Troops Seeking Captors of Freed Western Family

Officials in Pakistan say a roadside bomb attack Sunday killed at least four soldiers and wounded several others near the Afghan border. The troops were part of a search party deployed in the Kurram tribal district to hunt down the handlers of a kidnapped American-Canadian family Pakistani forces ...

IMF: Global Economy Healthy, Still Needs Low Interest Rates

The world economy is the healthiest it’s been in years but could still use a little help from low-interest rates and higher government spending from countries that can afford it, the International Monetary Fund says.    “There was a strong consensus that the global outlook is ...

Kyrgyzstan Votes in Tight Presidential Race

Kyrgyzstan began voting Sunday in a presidential election with no candidate expected to win outright, and observers predicting a close runoff between two pro-Russian candidates, one of whom is backed by the outgoing leader. The mainly Muslim nation of 6 million people is a close ally of Moscow and ...

Tesla Fires Hundreds of Workers After Annual Reviews

Tesla Motors fired hundreds of workers after completing its annual performance reviews, even though the electric automaker is trying to ramp up production to meet the demand for its new Model 3 sedan. The Palo Alto, California-based company confirmed the cuts in a Saturday statement, but didn’t ...

Austria Votes in Poll That Could See Resurgence by Conservatives

Polls are open in Austria where voters are casting ballots in a snap election that analysts say could result in a resurgence by conservatives. Opinion polls favor Sebastian Kurz, the 31-year-old charismatic conservative party leader and current foreign minister, who observers say has succeeded in ...

Minority Residents, Massachusetts City Head to Federal Court

In May, 13 Asian and Hispanic residents of Lowell, Massachusetts, filed a voting rights lawsuit against the city government, alleging the at-large electoral system, in which the winner takes all, dilutes the minority vote and discriminates against the candidates from community of color running for ...