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China's Xi lays out vision for 'new era' led by 'still stronger' Communist Party

BEIJING Chinese President Xi Jinping opened a critical Communist Party Congress on Wednesday with a pledge to build a "modern socialist country" for a "new era" that will be proudly Chinese, steadfastly ruled by the party but open to the world.

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Iraqi forces take control of Kurdish-held areas in Mosul's Niveveh's province

BAGHDAD Iraqi forces have taken control of areas previously held by Kurdish forces in Mosul's Nineveh province in northern Iraq, a military statement said on Wednesday.

4:19am EDT

Smugglers offer new routes to Europe for jobless Tunisians

OFF THE TUNISIAN COAST Tunisian smugglers are offering migrants seeking a fresh start in Europe a new route from Africa to Italy.

Italy, Tunisia, Africa 4:17am EDT

Defiant Kurds shrug off risk of trade war after independence vote

ZAKHO, Iraq More than three weeks after Iraq's Kurds voted for independence, it's business as usual at the bustling Ibrahim Khalil border crossing with Turkey.

Turkey, Iraq 3:18am EDT

Portugal interior minister resigns after fire disasters

LISBON Portugal's Interior Minister Constanca Urbano de Sousa resigned from her post after fires killed more than a hundred people in the country's two worst disasters of recent times, the government said on Wednesday.

4:23am EDT

Spanish PM asks Catalan leader to 'act sensibly'

MADRID Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy appealed to Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to "act sensibly" on Wednesday, as a government deadline approached for the northeastern region to renounce a bid for independence.

4:31am EDT

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