Afghan official: Taliban insurgents abduct, kill 20 peopleKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) ? Taliban insurgents have killed at least 20 Afghan civilians after abducting them in the remote central province of Ghor the previous day, officials said Wednesday.
Gambia announces withdrawal from International Criminal Court
The government of Gambia said on Tuesday it was withdrawing from the International Criminal Court, accusing the world body of ignoring the "war crimes" of Western nations and seeking only to prosecute Africans. The decision by the tiny West African nation, whose president, Yahya Jammeh, has called on the court to investigate African migrant deaths on the Mediterranean, comes just days after South Africa said it was quitting The Hague-based tribunal. "This action is warranted by the fact that the ICC, despite being called the International Criminal Court, is in fact an International Caucasian Court for the persecution and humiliation of people of colour, especially Africans," Information Minister Sheriff Bojang said on state television.
South Africa's Zuma admits he is "implicated" in graft report: eNCA TV
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has filed court papers to determine if an unreleased report into allegations of political interference by wealthy brothers Ajay, Atul and Rajesh Gupta is final, eNCA TV said on Wednesday. In the affidavit filed on Tuesday and published on the channel's website, Zuma also admitted he was "an implicated person" in the report by the former Public Protector, a constitutionally mandated anti-graft watchdog. Zuma has denied granting undue influence to the Guptas and they have denied seeking it. ...
Workplace shooting suspect described as 'perfect neighbor'
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) ? The man authorities say killed a former co-worker and wounding three others at a rail car factory in Virginia was described by neighbors as a good friend and hard worker who showed no signs of violence.
Bayer boosts forecast after strong third quarter
German chemicals and pharmaceuticals giant Bayer on Wednesday said it had slightly increased its forecast for the whole year after boosting sales and profits in the third quarter. Based on its performance, Bayer said it would target a "high single-digit percentage increase in adjusted profits per share" for the whole year rather than the "mid-to-high" increase it had in its sights previously. Bayer's agriculture activities are in the spotlight as it prepares for a 58.8-billion-euro takeover of US maker of genetically modified seeds and pesticides Monsanto, the biggest ever acquisition by a German company.
Kluber, Perez, Indians beat Cubs 6-0 in World Series opener
San Francisco filmmaker won't face criminal chargesSAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? A well-regarded San Francisco filmmaker and community activist arrested in connection with a fatal shooting won't immediately face criminal charges, prosecutors said.
Asian shares hit by gloom on Wall Street, lower oil prices
Markets fell broadly in Asia on Wednesday after a gloomy session on Wall Street, where shares of household names like appliance maker Whirlpool and athletic apparel maker Under Armour suffered their worst ...
Philippine leader Duterte says he wants foreign troops out
TOKYO (AP) ? Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, speaking in a country that hosts 50,000 U.S. troops, said Wednesday that he wants his country to be free of foreign troops, possibly within two years.
Tourism overtakes dairy as New Zealand's top overseas earner