US Senate candidates in Illinois spar over heritage, service

US Senate candidates in Illinois spar over heritage, serviceIllinois Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has mocked his Democratic rival's family history of military service, saying he had forgotten the Asian-American congresswoman's "parents came all the way from ...

IS kills hundreds, kidnaps thousands around Mosul: UN

Iraqi forces gather south of Mosul during an operation to retake the city from the Islamic State (IS) group jihadists on October 24, 2016Islamic State fighters have killed more than 250 people and kidnapped nearly 8,000 families around Mosul in recent days as Iraqi troops advanced on the northern city, the United Nations said Friday. UN rights office spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told reporters in Geneva that the jihadists are forcing civilians living in districts around Mosul into the city, hoping to use them as human shields in an upcoming battle. The IS jihadists slaughtered 24 ex-ISF officers on Tuesday and another 190 on Wednesday, according to rights office reports.

The Latest: Syrian FM: New Aleppo ceasefire possible

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, welcomes his Syrian counterpart Walid al-Moallem during their meeting in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):

Syrian rebels launch Aleppo counter-attack to break siege

A tank for rebel fighters drives in Dahiyat al-Assad west Aleppo cityBy Ellen Francis and Angus McDowall BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian rebels including jihadists began a counter-attack against the army and its allies on Friday aiming to break a weeks-long siege on eastern Aleppo, insurgents said. The assault, employing heavy shelling and suicide car bombs, was mainly focused on the city's western edge by rebels based outside Aleppo. It included Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, a former affiliate of al Qaeda previously known as the Nusra Front, and groups fighting under the Free Syrian Army banner.

Activists split as Clinton makes push for black millennials

FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland. Some young black activists who had their doubts about Hillary Clinton are coming around to support her - some enthusiastically, some because they cannot stand Donald Trump. African-American voters are seen as key to Clinton's path to victory in November. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Six months into Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, she met with a group of Black Lives Matter activists in Washington to make her case and seek their support.

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