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Spain plans to force Catalonia into January elections: opposition

MADRID The Spanish government has secured opposition support to dissolve Catalonia's parliament and hold new elections there in January in an effort to defuse the regional government's push for independence.

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Iranian military chief visits frontline near Aleppo

BEIRUT Iran's military chief of staff visited a frontline position near the Syrian city of Aleppo, a military news outlet run by the Lebanese group Hezbollah reported on Friday, during a visit that has underlined Tehran's deep military role in Syria.

Syria 4:42am EDT

Pakistan militant group finds likely replacement after U.S. drone strike kills leader

PESHAWAR, Pakistan Senior militant commander Asad Afridi has emerged as the favorite to become the new leader of a deadly Pakistani Taliban faction, militant sources said on Friday, days after a U.S. drone strike killed the group's chief.

Afghanistan 4:22am EDT

Former Nazi death camp guard charged with accessory to murder

FRANKFURT German public prosecutors have charged a 96-year-old former guard at a Nazi death camp with having been an accessory to murder, as Germany races against time to bring elderly suspects from the Hitler era to trial before they die.

Germany 5:18am EDT

Iraqi forces complete takeover of Kirkuk province after clashing with Kurds

BAGHDAD/KIRKUK, Iraq Iraqi forces took control on Friday of the last district in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk still in the hands of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters following a three-hour battle, security sources said.

Iraq 5:57am EDT

Kenyan police say four people killed during opposition demonstrations in past two weeks

NAIROBI Kenya's police said on Friday that four people had died as result of police intervention during opposition protests in the past two weeks, amid concerns violence will break out in next week's repeat presidential vote.

Africa 5:30am EDT

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