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New Zealand crush Australia for record 18th straight win

TJ Perenara of the New Zealand All Blacks celebrates his try during the third Bledisloe Cup Test against Australia at Eden Park in Auckland on October 22, 2016Auckland (AFP) - New Zealand beat Australia 37-10 on Saturday to win their 18th consecutive Test, breaking a 47-year-old record for top-tier nations in rugby union.

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 04:49:43 -0400
Wounded await evacuation on day three of Aleppo truce

In Aleppo, three months of siege by the army and nearly four weeks of relentless air strikes by Syrian and Russian warplanes has eroded civilian trust in government assurances of safe passage out of the cityHundreds of wounded civilians were stranded in rebel-held areas of Syria's Aleppo Saturday after the UN said security concerns had prevented evacuation convoys even as Russia extended a ceasefire into a third day. An AFP photographer in the Bustan al-Qasr neighbourhood at one of the crossings over the front line the army has set up for evacuations said it was deserted on Saturday morning. The United Nations had hoped to use the ceasefire to evacuate seriously wounded people, and possibly deliver aid.

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 04:45:16 -0400
Last-ditch talks aim to save EU-Canada trade deal

A placard reads 'Stop CETA - it's enough' during a protest against the CETA trade deal in front the Walloon parliament in Namur, Belgium on October 21, 2016The head of the European parliament and Canada's trade minister held last-ditch talks Saturday aimed at salvaging a trade deal threatened by a Belgian region's refusal to sign on. EU assembly chief Martin Schulz also planned an 11th-hour huddle with Paul Magnette, head of Wallonia's socialist government which is blocking the agreement between Ottawa and the 28-nation European Union. The Brussels meetings are aimed at "reviving CETA talks.

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 04:31:48 -0400
U.S. citizens urged to defer travel to Ethiopia -State Department

Protestors run from tear gas launched by security personnel during the Irecha, the thanks giving festival of the Oromo people in Bishoftu town of Oromia region, EthiopiaThe U.S. State Department urged U.S. citizens on Friday to defer all non-essential travel to Ethiopia because of ongoing unrest that has killed hundreds of people, led to thousands of arrests and prompted restrictions on diplomatic travel. The Ethiopian government declared a state of emergency on Oct. 8 and issued a decree on Oct. 15 that permitted the arrest of individuals without court order for some routine activities like attending gatherings and engaging with foreign organizations, the State Department said.

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 04:27:29 -0400
South Africa to quit troubled UN war crimes court

The entrance of the ICC is seen in The HagueBy Joe Brock PRETORIA (Reuters) - South Africa said on Friday it was quitting the International Criminal Court (ICC) because membership conflicted with diplomatic immunity laws, dealing a new blow to the struggling court and angering the political opposition. Pretoria last year announced its intention to leave after the ICC criticised it for disregarding an ICC order to arrest Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who is accused of genocide and war crimes, when he visited South Africa. Bashir has denied the accusations.

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 04:26:04 -0400
Cameroon train derails; at least 55 dead, hundreds injured

By Sylvain Andzongo ESEKA, Cameroon (Reuters) - Fourteen people remained trapped on Friday under the wreckage of a packed passenger train that derailed en route between Cameroon's two largest cities, killing at least 55 and injuring 575, the government said in a communique read on state television. The Camrail inter-city train was travelling from the capital, Yaounde, to the port city of Douala when the accident occurred around 11 a.m. local time (1000 GMT) near the train station in the town of Eseka, around 120 km (75 miles) west of the capital. Before its departure from Yaounde, he said that a railway employee said additional wagons had been added to the train to accommodate extra passengers, though it was unclear if that played a role in the accident.

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 04:24:51 -0400
Seven migrants die on day of "Libyan Coast Guard" attack

The crew of a speedboat labelled "Libyan Coast Guard" attacked a migrant boat packed with some 150 migrants, beating them with sticks and causing many to fall into the water and at least four to drown, humanitarian group Sea-Watch said on Friday. Rescuers recovered three more dead bodies on a different rubber boat and picked up a total 3,300 survivors from 24 different boats during the day, Italy's coast guard said. Germany-based Sea-Watch, one of several non-governmental organisations operating vessels off the coast of Libya, said the speedboat swooped in just as they were about to go to the aid of the overcrowded rubber boat in the early hours of Friday.

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 04:24:15 -0400
Burkina Faso foiled coup attempt in early October, minister says

Burkina Faso's President Roch Marc Christian Kabore addresses the United Nations General Assembly in the Manhattan borough of New YorkSecurity forces in Burkina Faso foiled a coup attempt planned for earlier this month by about 30 ex-members of the elite presidential guard, known as the RSP, Interior Minister Simon Compaore said on Friday. Security forces initially clashed with the coup leaders on Oct. 8, when four former RSP members were stopped by police as they returned from a "neighbouring country". Nineteen people have been arrested for trying to overthrow President Roch Marc Christian Kabore and his government.

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 04:22:18 -0400
The Latest: Iraqi army says town near Mosul taken from IS

Iraq's elite counterterrorism force soldiers raise an Iraqi flag in front of the main church in Bartella, Iraq, Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. By Thursday, the Iraqi forces had advanced as far as Bartella, a historically Christian town some nine miles (15 kilometers) from Mosul's outskirts. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) The Latest on developments in Iraq where Iraqi forces and their allies launched a major offensive this week to retake Mosul, the country's second-largest city from the Islamic State group (all times local):

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 04:19:43 -0400
Top EU lawmaker intervenes to try to save Canada trade pact

Top EU lawmaker intervenes to try to save Canada trade pactThe president of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, is trying to salvage an EU trade deal with Canada in a personal intervention following the breakdown of talks. Schulz planned Saturday to meet Chrystia ...

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 04:10:33 -0400
India launches phone app to monitor New Delhi's pollution

NEW DELHI (AP) The Indian capital, laboring under the label of being the world's most polluted city, is trying something new to help clean up its air.

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 03:51:17 -0400
Marquez on pole for Australian MotoGP

Spanish rider Marc Marquez on a Repsol Honda, clocked the fastest lap of 1min30.189secs to grab pole position for the Australian MotoGPNewly-crowned world champion Marc Marquez's gamble on using slick tyres under the threat of rain paid off Saturday when he stormed to pole position for this weekend's Australian MotoGP at Phillip Island. The 23-year-old Spaniard, on a Repsol Honda, posted the fastest lap of one minute 30.189 seconds amid threatening rain to start on the inside of the grid for Sunday's race. It was Marquez's 37th MotoGP pole and 65th across all classes as he vies for his 30th career premier class win at Phillip Island.

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 03:49:19 -0400
IS raid in Iraq's Kirkuk kills 46, mostly security forces

Iraqi police and Kurdish security forces deploy in Kirkuk on October 21, 2016, after Islamic State jihadist gunmen attacked the cityAn ongoing attack by the Islamic State group in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk has killed at least 46 people, mostly members of the security forces, security and medical sources said Saturday. "We have 46 dead and 133 wounded, most of them members of the security services, as result of the clashes with Daesh (IS)," an interior ministry brigadier general told AFP. US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter arrived in Baghdad Saturday to review the six-day-old offensive to retake Mosul, the Islamic State group's last major stronghold in Iraq.

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 03:41:06 -0400
Clinton campaign ponders 'what if' Trump doesn't concede

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton points to the crowd while speaking at a rally at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) Hillary Clinton's campaign is increasingly preparing for the possibility that Donald Trump may never concede the presidential election should she win, a development that could enormously complicate the crucial early weeks of her preparations to take office.

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 03:38:23 -0400
Officials: Taliban brief Pakistan about talks with Kabul

ISLAMABAD (AP) Three senior Taliban members traveled to Pakistan this week and held a series of meetings with Pakistani officials in Islamabad, mainly to brief them about the recent talks held in Qatar between the Taliban and Kabul, a senior Taliban official, an Afghan diplomat and a Pakistani official said Saturday.

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 03:33:56 -0400
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