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Chinese communists party cadres attend the opening ceremony of the 19th Party Congress held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday urged a reinvigorated Communist Party to take on a more forceful role in society and economic development to better address "grim" challenges facing the country as he opened a twice-a-decade national congress. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
5 things to know about China's twice-a-decade party congressMuch of it will be held behind closed doors, but journalists and academics _ and more than a billion Chinese citizens _ will be closely watching for hints signaling change at the congress of China's ruling Communist Party
The Associated Press2 hours ago
FILE- In this July 21, 2012 file photo, monsoon clouds hover over the Taj Mahal in Agra, India. India's famed monument of love, the white marble Taj Mahal, is finding itself at the heart of a political storm with some members of India's ruling Hindu right-wing party claiming that the mausoleum built by a Muslim emperor does not reflect Indian culture. (AP Photo/Pawan Sharma, File)
Monument of love, the Taj Mahal, at heart of political stormThe white marble monument of love, the Taj Mahal, is at the heart of a political storm, with some members of India's ruling Hindu right-wing party claiming the mausoleum built by a Muslim emperor does not reflect Indian culture
The Associated Press2 hours ago
This July 22, 2016 photo, Gord Downie, performs during the first stop of the Man Machine Poem Tour at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Downie, the poetic lead singer of the Tragically Hip whose determined fight with brain cancer inspired a nation, has died. He was 53.  Downie died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017,  "with his beloved children and family close by," the band said in a statement on its website Wednesday morning.   (Chad Hipolito/The Canadian Press via AP)
Gord Downie, lead singer of The Tragically Hip, has diedGord Downie, the revered lead singer and songwriter of iconic Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip, has died
The Associated Press3 hours ago
President Donald Trump, right, sitting next to Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., left, speaks during a meeting with members of the Senate Finance Committee and members of the President's economic team in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Under fire, Trump defends call to soldier's grieving familyPresident Donald Trump strongly rejected the claim Wednesday that was he was disrespectful to the grieving family of a slain Army sergeant
The Associated Press3 hours ago
Quebec lawmakers pass law obliging citizens to uncover facesLegislators in Canada's Quebec province have passed a religious neutrality bill that will oblige citizens to uncover their faces while giving and receiving state services, triggering criticism that the law targets Muslim women
The Associated Press5 hours ago
Hungary summons US diplomat over negative comments on mediaHungary's foreign ministry says it has summoned the top United States diplomat in Hungary over comments he made about the country's "negative trends" for press freedom
The Associated Press6 hours ago
CORRECTING SPELLING OF LAST NAME TO AZIRI - Zoulika Aziri the mother of the Merah brothers leaves the courthouse in Paris, France, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. The mother of Islamic extremist Mohammed Merah testifies in the trial into the 2012 killings of Jewish schoolchildren and soldiers in southern France. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Mother's testimony at France terror trial angers relativesA lawyer for the older brother of a French extremist who killed seven people in 2012 told a judge and a jury of magistrates that testimony given by the men's mother is unreliable
The Associated Press6 hours ago
Candles, notes and paper cuttings lie next to the Love Monument in St. Julian, Malta, Tuesday Oct. 17, 2017 the day after the killing of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. Daphne Caruana Galizia, the Maltese investigative journalist who exposed the island nation's links to offshore tax havens through the leaked Panama Papers, was killed Monday when a bomb exploded in her car. (AP Photo/ Rene Rossignaud)
Bootleg Libyan oil, shady havens: Slain reporter's beatsOn tiny Malta, slain reporter had no shortage of international intrigues to probe
The Associated Press6 hours ago
5 dead in Ukraine after vehicle plows into sidewalk crowdUkrainian police say five people are dead after a vehicle plowed into a crowd on a sidewalk in the city of Kharkiv
The Associated Press7 hours ago
Orthodox Christians try to halt play, clash with policeGreek riot police have used batons to stop an attempted theater invasion by monks, priests and other Orthodox Christian protesting against what they claim is a blasphemous play
The Associated Press8 hours ago
FILE - In this file image from video released by Taliban Media in December 2016, Caitlan Coleman talks in the video while her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle holds their two children. The couple and their three children were rescued Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2017, five years after the couple was abducted in Afghanistan on a backpacking trip. The children were born in captivity. (Taliban Media via AP)
Former hostage says his American wife was rushed to hospitalFormer hostage Joshua Boyle says his wife had to be rushed to the hospital and remains there
The Associated Press8 hours ago
Dutch artist Joep van Lieshout poses for photographs in front of his sculpture "Domestikator", displayed in the plaza outside the Centre Pompidou modern art museum in Paris, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. The Centre Pompidou modern art museum in Paris has unveiled a provocative sculpture meant to represent the domestication of the earth by humanity. The huge sculpture, made of cubical metal containers, suggests two human figures having sexual intercourse, and the Louvre Museum ruled it too obscene to display in the nearby Tuileries Gardens as part of the FIAC contemporary art exhibition.(AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Provocative sculpture rejected by Louvre finds new homeAn abstract sculpture deemed too obscene for the regal gardens of the Louvre Museum has found a new home outside Paris' edgier Pompidou Center
The Associated Press9 hours ago
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