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N. Korean says military goals in reach

updated: 09/17/2017 4:37 a.m. Discuss

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his country is nearing its goal of reaching an "equilibrium" in military force with the United States, state media reported Saturday.

EU official: U.S. warms to staying in Paris accord

updated: 09/17/2017 4:32 a.m. Discuss

A European Union official said Saturday that President Donald Trump's administration has softened its stance on the Paris climate agreement and may not completely withdraw from it after all.

Britons arrest suspect in blast, scour nation

posted: 09/17/2017 4:20 a.m. Discuss

British police made an apparent breakthrough Saturday in a race-against-time subway bombing investigation with what they called a "significant arrest" as the country remained on a "critical" alert, meaning that another attack is considered imminent.

Deported U.S. vets find a bit of home, hope

updated: 09/17/2017 4:17 a.m. Discuss

They call it the bunker.

Airstrike wounds 6 Syria fighters

updated: 09/17/2017 3:58 a.m. Discuss

A U.S.-backed force in Syria said a Russian airstrike wounded six of its fighters Saturday near the eastern city of Deir el-Zour.

Syrian city starts recovery from ISIS

updated: 09/17/2017 3:57 a.m. Discuss

Deir el-Zour is rising from the ashes, even as rounds of machine-gun fire can still be heard on the outskirts of town as Syrian government troops push out the remaining Islamic State fighters. Government forces now control about two-thirds of the city, while parts of the center and east are still dominated by extremists.

Kurdish vote has Iraqis on military alert

posted: 09/17/2017 3:53 a.m. Discuss

Iraq is prepared to intervene militarily if the Kurdish region's planned independence referendum results in violence, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview Saturday.

In Syria fight, Iran said to recruit from 2 nations

updated: 09/17/2017 3:50 a.m. Discuss

Thousands of Shiite Muslims from Afghanistan and Pakistan are being recruited by Iran to join the fight in Syria, lured by promises including housing and a monthly salary of up to $600, counterterrorism officials and analysts say.

Bangladesh accuses Burma of air violations

posted: 09/17/2017 3:45 a.m. Discuss

Bangladeshi authorities summoned Burma's envoy to protest what they said were violations of their airspace, further straining the nations' ties as the number of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in western Burma in the past three weeks reached more than 400,000.

The world in brief

updated: 09/17/2017 3:37 a.m. Discuss

700 mayors defy Spain's order on vote

United Nations seeks soldiers for Africa security

posted: 09/17/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic is requesting about 750 more troops to help fill a “security vacuum” worsened by the withdrawal of U.S. special forces as violence surges again, according to a confidential cable obtained by The Associated Press.

LATEST: Up to 1,260 civilians killed in Mosul

posted: 09/16/2017 1:22 p.m. Discuss

Iraq's prime minister says between 970 and 1,260 civilians were killed during the grueling nine-month battle against the Islamic State group in Mosul.

U.N. berates N. Korea over latest launch

updated: 09/16/2017 3:47 a.m. Comment 1

UNITED NATIONS -- The U.N. Security Council on Friday condemned North Korea's "highly provocative" ballistic missile test and demanded that the nation immediately halt its "outrageous actions" and demonstrate its commitment to denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.

Blast in London subway leaves 29 people injured

updated: 09/16/2017 3:46 a.m. Discuss

LONDON -- A homemade bomb planted in a rush-hour subway car exploded in London on Friday, injuring 29 people and prompting authorities to raise Britain's terrorism threat level to "critical," meaning another attack may be imminent.

Spain tightens grip on Catalonia funds to foil referendum

posted: 09/16/2017 3:39 a.m. Discuss

MADRID -- Spain's central authorities have increased their control over Catalonia's regional spending to make sure that no funds are diverted to pay for an independence referendum that has been ordered suspended, the country's finance minister said Friday.

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