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Top Iraq Shiite cleric backs PM's fight against IS

|Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

Iraq's top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has met with the country's prime minister in a sign of support for his newly-formed government and its struggle against the Islamic State extremist group.

Obama’s decision to aid Kobani puts him squarely at odds with Turkey’s Erdogan

| |Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

Barack Obama and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan now are in flat disagreement over the fate of the Kurdish enclave. Turkey is willing to let it fall to the Islamic State. Washington clearly isn’t.

Attacks on Afghan checkpoints kill 4 troops

|Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

Officials say insurgents have attacked several army checkpoints in eastern and southern Afghanistan, killing at least four troops and wounding several people.

Nepal to end rescue operation on trekking route

| |Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

Nepal was wrapping up rescue operations in its northern mountains Monday, saying all the hikers believed to have been stranded on a trekking route by a series of deadly blizzards are now safe.

U.S. military drops weapons, supplies to Kurdish forces at Kobani, defying Turkey

| |Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

In a move that marked a break with a key NATO ally, the U.S. dropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies Sunday to Kurdish forces fighting to defend the Syrian city of Kobani from the Islamic State.

China gives $6 million for food in Ebola countries

|Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

China has donated $6 million to help stave off food shortages in the three African countries worst affected by the Ebola virus, the World Food Program announced Monday, part of Beijing's growing assistance to a continent where its companies have become major investors.

Federal police take control of 13 towns in Mexico

| |Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

Federal police have taken control of 13 municipalities in southern Mexico where local police are suspected of links to organized crime and possibly to the case of 43 missing students, a top official said.

HK leader: 'External forces' involved in protests

| |Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

Hong Kong's leader has claimed that "external forces" are participating in student-led pro-democracy protests that have occupied parts of this financial capital for more than three weeks, but provided no evidence to back his accusation.

China's ruling party opens meeting on rule of law

|Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

The conundrum of bolstering rule of law in Communist Party-run China was on the agenda for the ruling party's top leaders Monday as they opened a four-day conclave to guide policy for the coming year.

AP PHOTOS: New gloss on Cuba's classic cars

|Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

When Martin Viera's Chevrolet rolled out of the dealer's lot, Harry Truman was president of the United States, gasoline cost 27 cents a gallon and a 24-year-old lefty named Tommy Lasorda was pitching for Almendares in the Cuban winter baseball league.

Argentine town faces ghosts of its Dirty War

| |Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

Shade trees hide the crumbling farm house outside of Olavarria. Hidden at the end of a dirt path, the white plaster coating is falling away from the brick foundation like scabs peeling off an unhealed wound.

Joko Widodo sworn in as Indonesia's new president

| |Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

Joko Widodo completed a journey from riverside shack to presidential palace on Monday, cheered through the streets following his inauguration by tens of thousands of ordinary Indonesians in a reminder to the opposition-controlled parliament of the strong grass-roots support that swept him to power.

Federal police take control of 13 towns in Mexico

|Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

Security officials say federal police have taken control of 13 municipalities in southern Mexico where local police are suspected of possible links to organized crime and the case of 43 missing students.

Brazilian candidates spar over poverty, corruption

|Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff highlighted her government's achievements in reducing poverty while her rival used Sunday night's presidential debate to attack her on allegations of bribery in state-run oil company Petrobras.

Japan trade, justice ministers quit amid scandals

| |Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

Japan's trade and justice ministers resigned Monday after accusations they misused campaign funds in the biggest setback so far for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's conservative administration.

Kerry seeks Asia's help in anti-Islamic State push

| |Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Indonesia for a brief visit aimed at building Asian support for the fights against Islamic State extremists and the deadly Ebola virus.

Mudslides from rains kill 6 in southern Mexico

|Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

Heavy rains brought by the remnants of Tropical Storm Trudy have caused mudslides and flooding in southern Mexico that left at least six people dead.

Australia's Parliament House lifts face veil ban

| |Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

Australia's Parliament House on Monday lifted a short-lived ban on facial coverings including burqas and niqabs after the prime minister intervened.

Australia to deploy 200 special forces in Iraq

|Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

Australia will soon deploy 200 special forces troops in Iraq to advise and assist Iraqi security forces a month after the Australians were sent to the Middle East, the foreign minister said Monday.

Gonzalo deals glancing blow to Newfoundland

| |Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

Hurricane Gonzalo struck a glancing blow to Newfoundland before racing out into the North Atlantic Sunday after earlier battering Bermuda without causing any deaths or serious injuries.