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Iraqi forces clash with Islamic State fighters west of Baghdad

BAGHDAD - Iraqi army tanks and armored vehicles on Wednesday fought off an advance by Islamic State militants on the town of Amiriya Fallujah, west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, army sources said, part of a multinational effort to check the group's progress.

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Kerry welcomes North Korea's release of American, restates terms for resuming talks

BERLIN/SEOUL - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed the release of one of three Americans held in North Korea and said Washington is willing to resume talks with Pyongyang if it takes steps towards de-nuclearization.

U.S., North Korea, 8:16am EDT

Brazil's Rousseff pulls ahead of Neves before Sunday's election: poll

BRASILIA - Incumbent President Dilma Rousseff pulled ahead again in a new poll ahead of Brazil's presidential election and she appears to be the favorite to win Sunday's runoff although the vote is still too close to call.

Brazil 2:58am EDT

EU okays new executive as Juncker vows to seize 'Europe's last chance'

STRASBOURG France - The European Union will have a new executive in place next month led by Jean-Claude Juncker following its approval in a vote by the European Parliament on Wednesday.

8:16am EDT

France does the splits on EU economic governance

PARIS - France has long called for a European economic government to harmonise the bloc's policies, but it is baulking now at that governance being applied to its own fiscal indiscipline.

France 5:59am EDT

Kerry says status quo between Israel, Palestinians 'unsustainable'

BERLIN - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday that current relations between Israel and Palestine were "unsustainable" and that the United States was conscious of the urgency of the situation.

8:10am EDT

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