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This image made from a militant video posted on a social media site on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, purports to show a militant standing next to another man who identifies himself as 30-year-old Tomislav Salopek, kneeling down as he reads a message at an unknown location. An online image purports to show the Croatian hostage being held by an Islamic State affiliate in Egypt has been beheaded. (Militant video via AP, File)

Nuclear smugglers sought Middle East terrorists

- Associated Press

Gangs with Russian ties are driving a thriving black market in nuclear materials in eastern Europe, often with the explicit intent of connecting sellers to Middle Eastern extremist groups.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human rights said warplanes believed to be Russian have targeted the northern town of Al-Bab, Syria. Some see the fight among Middle East factions as a proxy war between Russia and the U.S. (Associated Press)

Iran an unlikely beneficiary of Russia’s military campaign in Syria

- The Washington Times

Russia’s stepped-up military campaign in Syria is not only offering a lifeline to the embattled Assad regime, it is providing badly needed relief for Iranian proxies that will enable them to move more aggressively in the region’s other conflicts — in particular in Yemen, where a war between Tehran-backed rebels and Saudi Arabia has been raging for months.

About 3,000 Romanian doctors emigrate every year to work abroad, where they get better salaries and working conditions. (Associated Press)

Romania considers legalized bribery to keep doctors

Romanian leaders believe they have found a solution to the low pay and corruption that are driving doctors out of this impoverished Eastern European country: legalized bribery.

Cyprus' president Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci shake hands after a meeting at U.N. buffer zone at Ledra Palace Hotel in divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus in September. The heads of Cyprus' Christian and Muslim communities are meeting with the ethnically divided island's rival leaders to lend their support to ongoing reunification talks. (Associated Press)

In Cyprus, hopes for a thaw in a long-frozen standoff

- The Washington Times

It ranks among the world’s oldest frozen conflicts, but an “unusual alignment of the stars” is raising new hopes that Cyprus may soon be on the road to reunification, the top diplomat of the divided island’s Turkish Cypriot government said in an interview.

Max Schrems, left, and his lawyer Herwig Hofmann, right, walk in the hallway at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. Europe's highest court has ruled in favor of an Austrian law student who claims a trans-Atlantic data protection agreement doesn't adequately protect consumers. (Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

EU voids data-sharing deal for U.S. firms

- The Washington Times 31 minutes ago

Europe’s top court ruled Tuesday that data stored on U.S. servers isn’t adequately protected because of government spying, a giant blow to companies such as Facebook and Google that had relied on a 15-year-old data-sharing agreement with the European Union and now may be forced to change the way they handle private data and user records.

Syria’s skies crowded with multiple air forces

- Associated Press

The skies over Syria are increasingly crowded — and increasingly dangerous. The air forces of multiple countries are on the attack, often at cross purposes in Syria’s civil war, sometimes without coordination. And now, it seems, they are at risk of unintended conflict.

A Palestinian demonstrator uses a slingshot during clashes following a demonstration in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

Israel demolishes militants’ homes amid unrest in West Bank

- Associated Press

The Israeli military on Tuesday demolished homes of two Palestinian militants in east Jerusalem, the army’s first concrete steps following a late night Cabinet meeting in which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised a “strong hand” to quell recent deadly attacks.

A Nasr missile is loaded on a military vehicle during the Pakistan National Day parade in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, March 23, 2015. (Associated Press)

Pakistan’s air force chief denies China helped military acquire armed drones

- The Washington Times

Reports that China helped Pakistan’s military acquire armed drones are wrong, according to the head of the Pakistani air force, who said engineers in his nation developed the technology on their own and Washington should increase coordination with Islamabad to target and eliminate al Qaeda and other terrorist groups.

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FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2013, file photo, Ambassador John Ashe, of Antigua and Barbuda, the President of the General Assembly 68th session, speaks at United Nations headquarters. Former United Nations General Assembly President Ashe accepted more than $500,000 in bribes from a Chinese real estate mogul and other businesspeople in exchange for help obtaining lucrative investments and government contracts, according to federal court documents unsealed Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

The Latest: Prosecutor: Ex-UN official implicated himself

- Associated Press

The latest on allegations that former United Nations General Assembly President Josh Ashe accepted bribes to help a Chinese real estate mogul and other businesspeople gain investments and government contracts (all times local):

Prosecutor: Burkina Faso coup leader formally charged

- Associated Press

A military prosecutor says the general who took power after last month's coup now has been formally charged along with one other formal top official accused of supporting the overthrow of Burkina Faso's government.

In this Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 photo released by the Rased News Network, a Facebook account affiliated with Islamic State militants, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, people gather at the site of an airstrike in Al-Bab on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human rights said warplanes believed to be Russian have targeted the northern town of Al-Bab that is a stronghold of the Islamic State group. The Arabic at the bottom reads, "The destruction that was caused by airstrikes of the Crusader-Alawite coalition on the town of Al-Bab." (Rased News Network via AP)

Syrian rebels face a new reality amid Russian air campaign

- Associated Press

The U.S.-backed rebel group Tajammu Alezzah has been fighting the Syrian military outside the city of Hama for months, but a new player has joined the fray: Russian warplanes, which have repeatedly hit their front-line positions, followed by airstrikes from government planes.

U.S. Forces-Afghanistan Resolute Support Mission Commander Gen. John Campbell testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Situation in Afghanistan. U.S. forces attacked a hospital in northern Afghanistan last weekend, killing at least 22 people, despite "rigorous" U.S. military procedures designed to avoid such mistakes, the top commander of U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Top general recommends keeping more US troops in Afghanistan

- Associated Press

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan recommended on Tuesday that President Barack Obama revise his plan and keep more than 1,000 U.S. troops in the country beyond 2016, just days after a deadly U.S. airstrike "mistakenly struck" a hospital during fierce fighting in the north.

Correction: Protecting the Ocean story

- Associated Press

In a story Oct. 5 about the United States and Chile setting up new marine sanctuaries, The Associated Press incorrectly quoted Secretary of State John Kerry as saying, "There is literally too much money chasing too much fish." What Kerry said was, "There is literally too much money chasing too few fish."

In this photo taken on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, a Russian pilot fixes an air-to-air missile at his Su-30 jet fighter before a take off at Hmeimim airbase in Syria. NATO also strongly criticized the Russian air campaign in Syria that began Wednesday. (AP Photo/Dmitry Steshin, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Photo via AP)

NATO chief: Russian jets in Turkish airspace no accident

- Associated Press

NATO's secretary-general on Tuesday rejected Moscow's claim that its military incursion into alliance airspace over Turkey wasn't intentional or important, saying there were two separate incidents and "the violation lasted for a long time."

New evidence suggests Iran and Hezbollah colluded to hide a suspect in the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing that killed 19 U.S. servicemen and wounded hundreds. (Associated Press)

Bill Clinton White House suppressed evidence of Iran's terrorism

- The Washington Times

Bill Clinton's administration gathered enough evidence to send a top-secret communique accusing Iran of facilitating the deadly 1996 Khobar Towers terrorist bombing, but suppressed that information from the American public and some elements of U.S. intelligence for fear it would lead to an outcry for reprisal, according to documents and interviews.