Hong Kong court sees chilling video describing torture
HONG KONG (AP) ? A jury in Hong Kong watched chilling video Tuesday of a British banker describing how he tortured and killed an Indonesian woman he met in a bar, saying he repeatedly raped her and "tortured her badly."
Islamic State takes control of half Iraqi town near Jordan-Syria border: sourcesIslamic State fighters expanded the area under their control in a remote western Iraqi town near the borders with Syria and Jordan from a third to about half, security sources said on Tuesday. The insurgents attacked the town of Rutba on Sunday in a bid to relieve pressure on the northern city of Mosul where they are fighting off an offensive by the Iraqi army and Kurdish fighters backed by the U.S.-led coalition. The Iraqi army and Sunni tribal fighters remained in control of the other half, at the town's entrances from the express highway that links Baghdad and the western border, they said.
Islamist militants kill 60 in Pakistan police attack
Heavily-armed Islamist militants wearing suicide vests stormed a Pakistani police academy, killing at least 60 people and wounding dozens more, officials said Tuesday, in one of the deadliest extremist attacks this year. The attack on the Balochistan Police College, around 20 kilometres east of provincial capital Quetta, began at around 11:10 pm (1810 GMT) Monday, with gunfire continuing to ring out at the site for several hours. Sarfaraz Bugti, home minister of Balochistan province, told reporters there had been three attackers.
World Series managers downplay epic droughts
World Series managers sent a clear message to their players - pay no attention to the historic title droughts that have created such a tremendous buzz around your games. The Chicago Cubs, who have not won a title since 1908 in the longest championship futility streak in American sports history, worked out on the eve of the opener of the 112th World Series against the Cleveland Indians, whose title drought since 1948 is the second-longest in Major League Baseball annals. "I think we all have a tremendous amount of respect for history and what has happened before us or not happened before us, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.
Jury acquits man of stalking TV star Kendall Jenner
Report: Iranian-American held in Iran gets 18-year sentenceDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) ? An Iranian-American held in Tehran reportedly has been sentenced to 18 years in prison, the latest dual national convicted in secret trials since Iran's nuclear deal with world powers.
AP Was There: Cubs win the 1908 World Series
Saunders family presses on with Wolves after Flip's deathMINNEAPOLIS (AP) ? The easy thing for the Saunders family to do would have been to walk away.
Officials say four people were killed in an accident at a theme park on Australia's east coastSYDNEY (AP) ? Officials say four people were killed in an accident at a theme park on Australia's east coast.
Afghan air force spreads its wings amid record army losses
Under pressure from the Taliban, Afghanistan's military is increasingly relying on the country's young air force, and, together with Western allies, is speeding up its training of pilots and ground controllers in order to strike the enemy. Once a strong flying power supported by the Soviet Union, Afghanistan's air force was decimated by the civil war of the 1990s and the turbulent period of Taliban-rule. "There are currently 78 trained and available aircrews in the Afghan Air Force," says Captain James Smith, spokesman for the US 438th Air Expeditionary Wing, which is responsible for training the Afghans.