World diplomats seek post-battle plan for IS bastion Mosul

PARIS (AP) — Iraq's prime minister vowed Thursday to protect civilians fleeing the battle to oust Islamic State extremists from Mosul, as the offensive picked up speed and diplomats worked to ensure the gains are lasting — and that jihadists don't escape.

  • Written by ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press JEFFREY SCHAEFFER, Associated Press

Syrian forces prepare corridors out of Aleppo

BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of residents left a formerly rebel-controlled suburb of the Syrian capital of Damascus Wednesday, as government and Russian forces prepared to open corridors out of the contested city of Aleppo in the hopes of facilitating an exodus from its rebel-held quarters.

  • Written by PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press

California sheriff's deputy shot to death while on the job

ALTURAS, Calif. (AP) — A sheriff's deputy in a Northern California county near the Oregon border was shot to death Wednesday while responding to a disturbance call, the Modoc County Sheriff's Office said.


China, Philippine to sign $13.5B deals, hold sea bilaterals

BEIJING (AP) — China and the Philippines will sign $13.5 billion in deals this week during the Philippine president's visit to Beijing in which the two sides agreed to resume a dialogue on their dispute over the South China Sea, officials said Thursday.

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press

Leaders agree to create 'road map' for Ukraine peace process

BERLIN (AP) — The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France agreed Wednesday on a 'road map' aimed at reviving the stalled peace process in eastern Ukraine, though details of the plan still need to be worked out by the countries' foreign ministers over the coming month.

  • Written by GEIR MOULSON, Associated Press FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press