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Typhoon Lan sweeps across Japan

A powerful typhoon caused flooding and landslides along the Pacific coast of Japan, killing at least two people before heading out to sea Monday. Read More

DNA test confirms top Filipino terror suspect is dead

DNA tests have confirmed the death of one of the FBI’s most-wanted terror suspects, who the Philippine military reported was killed in a final battle to quell an Islamic State group-linked siege in southern Marawi city, U.S. and Philippine officials said today. Read More

Spanish PM aims to take over Catalan government

Updated on  October 21, 2017 at 6:12 pm
Spain announced an unprecedented plan today to sack Catalonia’s separatist leaders, install its own people in their place and call a new local election, using previously untapped constitutional powers to take control of the prosperous region that is threatening to secede. Read More

Trump celebrates IS defeat in Raqqa

Updated on  October 21, 2017 at 2:39 pm
President Donald Trump says the end of the Islamic State “is in sight” after the militant group was driven out of Raqqa, its self-declared capital in Syria. Read More

Viral smartphone game lets ordinary Chinese ‘clap’ for Xi

Updated on  October 19, 2017 at 9:23 pm
Ordinary young Chinese may not have paid close attention to Xi Jinping’s 3 ½-hour speech this week, but they’re happy to “applaud” the president in the newest viral phenomenon to sweep China’s internet. Read More

Drone video shows devastation in Raqqa, Syria

Drone footage from the northern Syrian city of Raqqa shows the extent of devastation caused by weeks of fighting between Kurdish-led forces and the Islamic State group. Read More

UNICEF: Rohingya children refugees face ‘hell on earth’

UNICEF says the children who make up most of the nearly 600,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in Myanmar are seeing a “hell on earth” in overcrowded, muddy and squalid refugee camps in neighboring Bangladesh. Read More

New Zealand to hold marijuana vote under new leader

After nine years of conservative rule, liberal Jacinda Ardern was confirmed as the nation’s next prime minister today, following negotiations after a close September election. Read More

German study finds dramatic insect decline

The number of flying insects in Germany has been dropping at an “alarming” rate that could signal serious trouble for ecosystems and food chains in the future, scientists say. Read More

U.S. tourist fears he was hit in Cuba, years before diplomats

Chris Allen’s phone started buzzing as word broke that invisible attacks in Cuba had hit a U.S. government worker at Havana’s Hotel Capri. Allen’s friends and family had heard an eerily similar story from him before. Read More

A few militants fight on in Philippine city ripped to shreds

Filipino troops killed 13 more suspected militants Wednesday night, including one believed to be a top Malaysian terror suspect although his body hasn’t been recovered yet, military officials said. Read More

Recovery, reconstruction go slowly after Mexico quake

Thousands of Mexico City residents have been unable to return to their collapsed or severely damaged buildings one month after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake killed 228 people in the capital and many say they have not yet received promised financial assistance. Read More

Al-Qaida set to gain as Islamic State disintegrates

While the U.S.-led coalition and Russian-backed Syrian troops have been focused on driving IS from the country’s east, an al-Qaida-linked insurgent coalition known as the Levant Liberation Committee has consolidated its control over Idlib. Read More