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‘A very delicate issue’: Chinese leader Xi Jinping may not step down as expected after party congress next year BEIJING — The Chinese president, Xi Jinping, appears prepared to defy the Communist Party’s established script for transferring power and delay the designation of his successor until after a party congress next year, unsettling the party elite and stirring speculation that he wants...

North Korean defectors planning to create a government in exile in the U.S., report says A group of high-profile defectors are planning to establish a North Korean government in exile in the U.S. early next year, a South Korean newspaper reported Friday, citing one the of the group’s leaders. The defectors — some of whom are based in South Korea —...

Powerful Mafia boss listed as one of Italy’s most dangerous fugitives arrested — at his own home Polizia di StatoA photo from 2008 when he was last arrested before escaping After five years of being listed as one of Italy’s most dangerous fugitives, a powerful Mafia boss was finally arrested Wednesday — at his own home. To his apparent dismay, Antonio Pelle,...

From #ThatMexicanThing to an ‘avalanche of insults,’ five can’t-miss moments from the VP debate The face-off between Tim Kaine, the Democrat running alongside Hillary Clinton, and Mike Pence, Republican Donald Trump’s running mate, is the kind of thing you feel like you have to watch because everyone’s going to be talking about it, but it was as dry as over-cooked...

Chechen leader in hot water for televising kids’ mixed martial arts fights that included his sons Ramzan A. Kadyrov, the leader of the Russian republic of Chechnya, has long sought to project himself as a muscle-bound brawler. He scares critics, wears camouflage and orders women to stay home. Now Kadyrov is publicly indoctrinating his three young sons in how to...

Canadian general says anti-ISIS fight about to grow harder Brig. Gen. Dave Anderson told reporters at the Pentagon he is certain the Iraqis will prevail in Mosul.

Historian tortured, killed for K first edition of Wind in the Willows, prosecutor tells British jury The Wind in the Willows, first published in 1908, is a lovely tale by Kenneth Grahame of camaraderie, friendship and overcoming greed and excess. The beloved children’s novel features four anthropomorphized animals — a mole, water vole, badger and toad — who become close friends...

Will two hurricanes collide? Matthew forecast to loop back and hit Florida — as Nicole races across Atlantic As if the first major hurricane in years pressing toward the state couldn’t get worse, several projections show Matthew could loop around and strike Florida again next week. It’s daunting news for a packed east coast bracing for the storm’s inevitable impact,...

Man who confessed to shooting his ex-wife, son — and that he may die next — on Facebook live found dead Earl Valentine had just critically injured his ex-wife and killed his namesake son in North Carolina, authorities said. He was somewhere on a dark road, possibly driving to Richmond to kill his former in-laws. That’s when Valentine went on Facebook...

India’s final frontier for military modernization: ‘Space is considered a fourth dimension of warfare’ India is laying the groundwork for the formation of a space command to give it a military edge in the tense South Asia region, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi pursues a broader upgrade of the armed forces. Signaling a shift in focus from civil to military use...

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