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Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. October 22, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTX2Q192
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Trump Slumps

Hillary Clinton has jumped into a 12-point lead against rival Donald Trump in a new poll, pushed largely by disapproval of the Republican nominee. The poll, one of many with a large deficit for Trump, shows his support dropping to a new low as Clinton's soars


ISIS Sets Oil, Sulfur Fires in Battle for Mosul

Some of the oil fires have burned since last summer. On Friday, Islamic State fighters reportedly torched the Mishraq sulfur plant, north of Qayyarah. At least two civilians died from the effects of the gas

The site where an explosion happened is seen in Utsunomiya, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo October 23, 2016. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. MANDATORY CREDIT. JAPAN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN JAPAN. - RTX2Q2DR

Back-to-Back Explosions Hit Japanese City

Two apparent explosions hit the Japanese city of Utsunomiya, killing one person and injuring three others in what police are viewing as a possible suicide. The victim, believed to be a 72-year-old former military officer, may have set his house on fire


China's Xi Jinping Seeks to Enforce Will at Party Meeting

Having punished more than a million Communist Party members for corruption, Chinese President Xi Jinping will use a key meeting to drive home the message that his signature anti-graft campaign is far from over and that his authority remains undiminished


Philippines: Duterte Rant Hits 'Height of Vulgarity'

Foul-mouthed Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has outdone himself once again with public remarks insulting Western allies — only this time, his rambling rant, delivered at a press conference in Davao, lacked even more clarity than usual


Cambodia Formally Bans Exiled Opposition Leader

The government of Cambodia has formally exiled the country’s opposition leader, Sam Rainsy, ordering immigration officers to “take legal action to prevent this person from entering Cambodia.” Planes with him aboard will be forced to turn around and leave, officials warn

British Banker Rurik Jutting Charged With Two Counts Of Murder

Hong Kong Banker Killings: Rurik Jutting Pleads Not Guilty

The trial of a former British banker suspected of murdering two Indonesian women in his luxury Hong Kong apartment almost exactly two years ago began here on Monday. Rurik Jutting, 31 pleaded not guilty to twin charges of murder by reason of "diminished responsibility"

Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Pedro Strop celebrates after Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in Chicago. The Cubs won 5-0 to win the series and advance to the World Series against the Cleveland Indians. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Cubs Advance to World Series

The Chicago Cubs took their first pennant since 1945, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 Saturday night to win the National League Championship Series in six games. The team will face the Cleveland Indians in the World Series

FILE - In this May 27, 2003, file photo, Junko Tabei, the first woman to summit Mount Everest in 1975, receives a gift from a Kathmandu city official during ceremonies in Kathmandu, Nepal. Tabei, who died Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, at 77, devoted her adult life to scaling peaks, climbing the tallest mountains in more than 70 countries. (AP Photo/Binod Joshi, File)

The First Woman to Climb Everest Has Died

Junko Tabei, a mountaineer who reached the summit of the world's highest peak in 1975, died of cancer, according to Japanese public broadcaster NHK. She was 35 when she reached the 29,000 foot summit of Mount Everest