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Iraqi army aims to reach site of Islamic State executions south of Mosul

SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq The Iraqi army was trying on Thursday to reach a town south of Mosul where Islamic State has reportedly executed dozens to deter the population against any attempt to support the U.S.-led offensive on the jihadists' last major city stronghold in Iraq. | Video

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In Germany, Syrians find mosques too conservative

COLOGNE, Germany Hani Salam escaped civil war in Syria and survived the journey from Egypt to Europe. But when he saw men with bushy long beards at a mosque near his current home in Cologne last November, he was worried.

Egypt, Syria 2:07am EDT

World's largest marine park created in Antarctic Ocean

SYDNEY Twenty-four countries and the European Union agreed on Friday to create the world's largest marine park in the Antarctic Ocean, covering a massive 1.55 million square km (600,000 square miles) of ocean.

Environment, 1:11am EDT

Exclusive: Rohingya women say Myanmar soldiers raped them amid crackdown on militants

U SHEY KYA/YANGON Rohingya Muslims say Myanmar soldiers raped or sexually assaulted dozens of women in a remote village in the northwest of the country during the biggest upsurge in violence against the persecuted minority in four years.

Myanmar, United Nations 12:29am EDT

Philippine mayor among 10 killed in shootout as drug war enters new phase

MANILA A mayor on Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's wanted list for alleged drugs links was killed along with nine of his guards in a shootout on Friday, police said, as a new phase of a bloody narcotics crackdown zeroed-in on high profile targets.

2:18am EDT

Two senior Chinese officers expelled from Communist Party

BEIJING China's ruling Communist Party has expelled from its ranks two senior military officers for corruption, state media said, part of President Xi Jinping's sweeping campaign against graft in all sectors of the government.

China 12:15am EDT

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