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Slovakia to send soldiers to Iraq to train security forces

Associated Press

Slovakia's defense ministry says the country will keep its military presence in Iraq after the government approved a plan to deploy up to 42 soldiers there next year to help train Iraqi security forces as part of a NATO mission.

FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011 file photo, hundreds of newly trained al-Shabab fighters perform military exercises in the Lafofe area some 18 km south of Mogadishu, in Somalia. Somali intelligence officials say the largest U.S. military airstrike against al-Shabab extremists in Somalia in nearly a year largely destroyed a training camp on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018 and killed more fighters than the U.S. announced. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh, File)

US airstrike wiped out al-Shabab camp, intel officials say

- Associated Press

Somali intelligence officials say the largest U.S. military airstrike against al-Shabab extremists in Somalia in nearly a year largely destroyed a training camp where recruits were preparing to graduate and killed more fighters than the U.S. announced.

FILE - In this July 13, 2018, file photo, first lady Melania Trump takes a seat during a visit to The Royal Hospital Chelsea in central London. Trump is visiting Philadelphia on Wednesday, Oct. 17, to meet with families of children who were affected by exposure to opioids while in the womb. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, Pool, File)

Melania Trump visits babies, moms affected by opioid crisis

- Associated Press

First lady Melania Trump toured a hospital's neonatal care unit Wednesday to learn about the treatment given to newborns suffering from opioid withdrawal, after she was initially delayed by mechanical issues on her plane.

Serbian president issues veiled threat over Kosovo

- Associated Press

A U.S. call for the withdrawal of a UN peacekeeping mission from Kosovo would leave Serbia no choice but to "protect" its people in the former Serbian province, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said Wednesday.

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 file photo, Greece's Foreign Minister, left, Nikos Kotzias, speaks with Defense Minister Panos Kammenos before a group picture of the new government outside the Parliament in Athens. Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias has resigned, on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, following a disagreement with the defense minister over the handling of a recent deal which would change Macedonia's name in exchange for Greece dropping its objections to the country joining NATO. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)

Greek foreign minister resigns over Macedonia deal dispute

- Associated Press

Greece's foreign minister resigned Wednesday following a disagreement with the defense minister over the handling of a deal for Greece to drop its objections to neighboring Macedonia joining NATO if the small country's name is changed.

President Donald Trump speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Read the transcript of AP's interview with President Trump

- Associated Press

A transcript of an Oval Office interview Tuesday with President Donald Trump by AP White House reporters Catherine Lucey, Zeke Miller and Jonathan Lemire. "OFF THE RECORD" indicates where portions of the interview occurred that were not for publication.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, foreground right, and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, foreground left, talk with local people during their meeting on embankment of the Olympic Park in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. Egypt's president urged Russia on Tuesday to resume direct flights to Egyptian resorts as he discussed ways to bolster ties with Russian officials and lawmakers. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian and Egyptian presidents sign partnership treaty

- Associated Press

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi signed a strategic cooperation treaty Wednesday that is intended to bolster trade and other ties between the two nations.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrives for a meeting with Ho Chi Minh City's communist party chief Nguyen Thien Nhan in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. (Kham/Pool Photo via AP)

Mattis to meet Chinese counterpart amid US-China tensions

- Associated Press

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis plans to meet on Thursday in Singapore with his Chinese counterpart amid escalating tensions over China's purchase of Russian fighter planes and missiles as well as ongoing friction in the South China Sea.

Federal prosecutor takes over Cologne hostage case

- Associated Press

Germany's federal prosecutor's office has taken over the investigation into a bloody hostage taking in the western city of Cologne amid concerns that it was connected to Islamic extremism.

A campaign bus is covered with posters of parliamentary candidate, Dr. Abdul Baqi Ameen, ahead of Parliamentary elections scheduled for Oct. 20, during a campaign rally in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Bomb kills Afghan candidate as Taliban vow to attack polls

- Associated Press

A Taliban bombing in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province killed a candidate running in the parliamentary elections this weekend, a provincial official said, as attacks elsewhere in the country killed six policemen and two soldiers.

Kashmiri Muslim protesters clash with Indian government forces during the fourth phase of local elections in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. India says the polls are a vital grass roots exercise to boost development and address civic issues. Political separatist leaders and armed rebel groups who challenge India's sovereignty over Kashmir have called for a boycott, saying the polls are an illegitimate exercise under military occupation. Authorities have deployed more than 40,000 additional soldiers in what is already one of world's most heavily militarised regions to guard the voting for urban and village councils. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

Fighting in Kashmir city leaves 3 combatants, civilian dead

- Associated Press

Anti-India protests and clashes erupted in the main city in disputed Kashmir on Wednesday after a gunbattle between militants and government forces killed at least two rebels, a civilian and a counterinsurgency police official, residents and police said.