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US, Israel condemn new UNESCO resolution on Jerusalem
Palestinian ambassador to UNESCO Elias Sanbar, left and Jordanian ambassador to UNESCO Makram Mustafa Queisi, address the media after a resolution was passed by secret ballot at its headquarters in Paris, France, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. UNESCO's World Heritage Committee on Wednesday passed a conservation resolution on the status of the Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls that the United States condemned and that is likely to rile Israel _ especially after the body adopted a similar resolution last week. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)PARIS (AP) — UNESCO's World Heritage Committee on Wednesday approved a new resolution on the status of conservation of the Old City of Jerusalem, infuriating Israel which says the document's wording denies Judaism's deep ties to the holy site Temple Mount. The move also drew an angry condemnation from the United States, which called it "inflammatory."

Jihadists 'shave beards' as pressure builds on Mosul
Tens of thousands of Iraqi fighters have been advancing on Mosul from the south, east and north after an offensive was launched on October 17 to retake the last major Iraqi city under control of the Islamic State groupJihadists with the Islamic State group were shaving their beards and changing hideouts in Mosul, residents said, as a major Iraqi offensive moved ever closer to the city on Wednesday. With pressure building on the 10th day of the Mosul assault, Western defence chiefs were already looking ahead to the next target -- IS's other major stronghold of Raqa in Syria. Recent advances on the eastern front have brought elite Iraqi forces to within five kilometres (three miles) of Mosul, and several residents reached by AFP said the jihadists seemed to be preparing for an assault on the city itself.

Venezuela braces for anti-government protests amid crisis
Venezuela braces for anti-government protests amid crisisVenezuela's political standoff deepened Wednesday as anti-government demonstrators began gathering for a mass protest after congress voted to open a political trial against President Nicolas Maduro, hoping ...

US, UK expect Raqa offensive in next few weeks
The Islamic State group took control of the Syrian city of Raqa after pushing out government troops in 2013The offensive to drive the Islamic State group from its Raqa stronghold in Syria will begin in the next few weeks, top US and British defence officials said Wednesday. US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter and his British counterpart Michael Fallon made the predictions nearly 10 days into a US-backed Iraqi offensive on Mosul, the last major Iraqi city under IS control. "It will be within weeks, not many weeks," Carter told reporters at a two-day NATO defence ministers meeting in Brussels.

Hackers: emails show ties between Kremlin, Ukraine rebels
MOSCOW (AP) — A group of Ukrainian hackers has released thousands of emails from an account used by a senior Kremlin official that appear to show close financial and political ties between Moscow and separatist rebels in Eastern Ukraine.

Virus-resistant mosquitoes to be unleashed in Colombia, Brazil
A view of Aedes aegypti mosquito larvae infected with the Wolbachia bacteriumGovernments and philanthropists on Wednesday announced an $18 million plan to release mosquitoes resistant to Zika, dengue and other viruses in urban areas of Colombia and Brazil. The program aims to boost mosquito-control efforts by using Wolbachia bacteria beginning next year, following the alarming spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which can cause devastating birth defects. Wolbachia occurs naturally in 60 percent of insects, but not mosquitoes.

Homeless advocates, Democrats appeal Ohio voting rules
WASHINGTON (AP) — Advocates for the homeless and the Ohio Democratic Party filed a longshot appeal with the Supreme Court on Wednesday, asking the justices to block election rules that could disqualify thousands of absentee and provisional ballots because of minor mistakes or omissions.

US probes China-tied aluminum firms: report
Agents from the Department of Homeland Security recently questioned US companies and former employees tied to Liu Zhongtian, founder of China Zhongwang Holdings Ltd, The Wall Street Journal reportedUS authorities are investigating whether companies tied to a Chinese billionaire evaded punitive tariffs on aluminum imports, according to a media report on Wednesday. Agents from the Department of Homeland Security recently questioned US companies and former employees tied to Liu Zhongtian, founder of China Zhongwang Holdings Ltd, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing knowledgeable sources. Zhongwang aluminum products made in China are subject to import tariffs of as much as 374 percent because the US has found they are heavily subsidized.

Trump's Hollywood star vandalized
The Hollywood Walk of Fame Star of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is surrounded by a miniture barbed-wire wall placed there by Californian street artist Plastic Jesus in July 2016A man defaced Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Wednesday, hacking out the gold lettering displaying his name and the television logo. A man who identified himself to a local news agency as James Lambert Otis, said he vandalized the tribute with a sledgehammer and pickaxe, originally intended to remove the entire star from the sidewalk on Hollywood Boulevard.

Britain, U.S. sending planes, troops to deter Russia in the east
NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg briefs the media during a NATO defence ministers meeting in BrusselsBy Robin Emmott and Phil Stewart BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain said on Wednesday it will send fighter jets to Romania next year and the United States promised troops, tanks and artillery to Poland in NATO's biggest military build-up on Russia's borders since the Cold War. Germany, Canada and other NATO allies also pledged forces at a defense ministers meeting in Brussels on the same day two Russian warships armed with cruise missiles entered the Baltic Sea between Sweden and Denmark, underscoring East-West tensions. In Madrid, the foreign ministry said Russia had withdrawn a request to refuel three warships in Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta after NATO allies said they could be used to target civilians in Syria.

Group: Senate flier exploits Hassan's 'Muslim-sounding name'
Candidates for U.S. Senate, Democrat Gov. Maggie Hassan, left and incumbent Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte attend a forum with business leaders Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A Muslim civil rights group says a campaign flier targeting U.S. Senate candidate Maggie Hassan associates Muslims with violence and exploits her "Arab and Muslim-sounding name," though similar mailers are targeting candidates in other states and Hassan's last name has Irish roots.

Experts hope bacteria can beat Zika
LONDON (AP) — Researchers are trying to infect mosquitoes in Brazil and Colombia with a type of bacteria that could prevent them from spreading Zika virus and other dangerous diseases.

Apple results weigh on Wall Street; oil cuts some losses
People walk through the lobby of the London Stock Exchange in LondonApple's results weighed on U.S. equities on Wednesday after the technology giant posted its first annual revenue decline since 2001, offsetting a boost from Boeing's strong profit, while oil prices recovered from steep early losses. Shares of Apple, the world's most valuable public company, fell as much as 3.7 percent - set for their worst day in six months - after the company said sales of its flagship iPhones fell for the third quarter in a row. "The earnings season, on balance, has been much better than expected, said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at Wunderlich Equity Capital Markets.

Despite ratings drop, Olympics boosts Comcast in 3Q
FILE - This June 11, 2013, file photo, shows the Comcast Corp. logo during The Cable Show 2013 convention in Washington. Comcast reports financial results Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. Comcast’s marriage with NBCUniversal foreshadows what can come from the kind of “vertical integration” that AT&T and Time Warner are attempting. There are potential marketplace and consumer harms, but also benefits to advertisers and subscribers. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast's profit rose 12 percent in the July-September quarter thanks to the Olympics and the first third-quarter gains in video subscribers in a decade.

Police: Oklahoma man wanted for violent crimes had hit list
This June 8, 2010 photo provided by the Kay County Detention Center shows Michael Vance. Authorities are searching for Vance, who is suspected in a double slaying and accused of shooting and wounding multiple police officers near Oklahoma City on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. (Kay County Detention Center via AP)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma man who has been on the run since Sunday, wanted in a string of killings, shootings and carjackings, likely intends to attack several people linked to a sexual assault case against him, authorities said Wednesday.

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