Russia drops Spain ship refueling request amid NATO uproar
BRUSSELS (AP) ? Russia on Wednesday withdrew a request to refuel a fleet of Russian warships in Spain, as Britain and NATO allies piled pressure on Madrid over concerns that the ships could be used to ramp up air attacks in Syria.
Trump, Clinton focus on battleground states as race narrows
Battleground states dominated the race for the White House Wednesday as Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton press their fight just 13 days before Americans pick a new president. Clinton marked her 69th birthday campaigning in Florida as a new poll showed Trump edging past her in a state crucial to his political fortunes. Fresh off a three-day swing through Florida, the New York billionaire is pivoting to North Carolina, another key battleground -- after first carving out precious time for the grand opening of his new luxury hotel in Washington, Trump International Hotel.
Pakistan sets date for execution of mentally ill prisonerISLAMABAD (AP) ? A defense lawyer says Pakistani authorities have set a date for the execution of a death row prisoner diagnosed with schizophrenia after the country's highest court rejected his final appeal.
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Hairstylist uses pepper spray on unhappy client, police sayBLOOMFIELD, N.J. (AP) ? Authorities say a New Jersey hairstylist used pepper spray on a client who was unhappy with her haircut.
Dozens of civilians abducted and killed in AfghanistanGunmen rounded up and shot dozens of civilians in a remote part of Afghanistan on Tuesday, UN officials said, in an attack that prompted angry protests from residents about government failure to protect them. The provincial governor's spokesman blamed fighters from Islamic State for the killings in the central-western province of Ghor, but there was no independent confirmation. Government security forces have long struggled to exert control in Ghor, a poor and mountainous province with sharp ethnic and tribal divisions and illegal armed groups that operate with impunity.
Clinton ally on emails: 'They wanted to get away with it'
The email from Neera Tanden, who currently helps run Clinton's transition team, is dated March 2, 2015, the day The New York Times revealed that Clinton had used a homebrew email server while serving as secretary of state rather than her secured government account. While the FBI concluded earlier this year that federal charges against Clinton were not justified in the case, the issue has dogged her campaign to become America's first woman president. Tanden, the president of the liberal think tank Center for American Progress, was trading messages with John Podesta, who was at the time preparing to chair Clinton's campaign.
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US, Israel condemn new UNESCO resolution on Jerusalem
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."