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BERLIN (AP) — UN refugee body: 2016 now deadliest year for migrant drownings in Mediterranean.
Portorož (Slovenia) (AFP) - Japan pleaded with the world's whaling watchdog Wednesday to allow small hunts by coastal communities, arguing that for three decades these groups had been unjustly barred from a traditional source of food. As in other years that the issue has come up, Japan's ambitions were backed by fellow whalers Norway and Iceland, and vehemently opposed by the United States, Europe, Australia and others. All whaling other than for aboriginal subsistence or for scientific research is banned under an IWC moratorium introduced 30 years ago.
BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has ordered the Pentagon to stop seeking repayments of enlistment bonuses given to California National Guard members who served overseas.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kenny Chesney will receive the Pinnacle Award during the 50th annual Country Music Association Awards, joining Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift as the only recipients.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Diplomats say the United States is expected to abstain — for the first time — from a U.N. resolution criticizing America's economic embargo against Cuba.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Democratic Party and advocates for the homeless are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take up their case challenging rules for handling thousands of absentee and provisional ballots in the presidential battleground state.
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks continue to slide Wednesday morning. Technology companies are taking some of the biggest losses as investors weren't impressed with Apple's latest results. Energy companies are falling with the price of oil.
An Afghan woman immortalised on a celebrated National Geographic magazine cover as a green-eyed 12-year-old girl was arrested Wednesday for living in Pakistan on fraudulent identity papers. The haunting image of Sharbat Gula, taken in a Pakistan refugee camp by photographer Steve McCurry in the 1980s, became the most famous cover image in the magazine's history. Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) arrested Gul for fraud following a two-year investigation on her and her husband, who has absconded.
WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans bought new homes in September, a sign that demand remains solid despite a shortage of properties on the market.
"Jungle" camp clearance is over with no more migrants left there, French officials in Calais say.
Russia withdraws a request for warships to refuel in Spain, following concern among Nato allies.
The US president says his 15-year-old daughter Sasha mocked him on Snapchat in a message to friends.
More than 20 people, many of them schoolchildren, die in air strikes in rebel-held Syria.
Donald Trump breaks from campaigning to open a new hotel just blocks from the White House.
Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte says he wants US troops to leave his country
The World Economic Forum estimates that globally women work 39 more days a year than men when unpaid labour is factored in.
A $100m initiative to listen for radio signals from aliens is targeting a star with an unusual dimming pattern.
All four original members of Abba are to reunite for a new digital entertainment project.
Scientists are planning to release millions of modified mosquitoes in urban areas of Brazil and Colombia, in an effort to tackle Zika, dengue and chikungunya viruses.
A man was filmed jumping from a hijacked EgyptAir plane cockpit window shortly before the hijacker surrendered.
Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has said that the hijacking of the plane that landed at Larnaca was not linked to terrorism.
Police shot an armed man as he tried to enter the Capitol building visitor centre in Washington DC.
The FBI has managed to unlock the iPhone of the San Bernardino gunman without Apple's help, ending a court case, the US justice department says.
The BBC gains exclusive access in Aleppo province, where Kurdish forces have seized most of the border with Turkey from Islamic State fighters.
Upgrading Myanmar's colonial era sewage system will be one of the tasks facing the new leaders when they take office this week.
With so-called Islamic State militants active in Egypt's Sinai, Israeli troops are on alert for attacks just across the border.
As Pakistani families mourn the park attack on Lahore Christians, the BBC's Shaimaa Khalil reports from the funeral of 16-year-old boy Sharoon.
Drone footage has revealed that the ancient city of Palmyra is largely still intact, after being recaptured from so-called Islamic State (IS).
Wind gusts of up to 105 mph (170 kph) from Storm Katie have caused Gatwick-bound flights to be diverted, and damage across London.