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From festivals in Florida to touring Dracula’s digs in Romania, we round up the best destinations to visit this October. As summer abandons Europe again this October, eke out the last of the rays and raves in Ibiza, where nightclubs will be going out with a bang for the winter break. When the party finally stops head to the island’s north.

Pacific nations plan new security pact as Chinese aid grows

CANBERRA, Australia: New Zealand and Australia are set to seal a new security agreement with their Pacific island neighbors as China increases its influence...

Thais fight water and oxygen levels in cave as diver dies

MAE SAI: Thai authorities overseeing the rescue operation for 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped in a flooded cave in the country’s north...

Ethiopian prime minister to visit US at end of July

NAIROBI: Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed will travel to the United States at the end of July to meet with members of the Ethiopian...

Communist rebels reject Philippine government’s new demands

MANILA: The Philippines set fresh conditions Thursday for resuming peace talks with communist rebels, drawing a quick rejection from leaders of the nearly 50-year-old...

France rejects Iranian accusation it backs Paris-based opposition group

PARIS: France on Thursday rejected Iranian accusations that it backs an exiled opposition group that was the possible target of a bomb plot near...

US Navy ready to ensure freedom of navigation in face of Iranian threat

LONDON:  The US Navy stands ready to ensure freedom of navigation and free flow of commerce, a spokesman for the US military's Central Command said on...

Philippine troops retake town after standoff with pro-Daesh militants

MANILA: Philippine soldiers backed by armored vehicles have retaken a southern town held for 12 hours by pro-Daesh militants, the army said on Wednesday,...

10 dead as suicide bomber targets Sikhs, Hindus in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan: A suicide bomber targeted a group of Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan’s eastern city of Jalalabad on Sunday, killing at least 10...

Afghan forces resume offensive operations after govt ceasefire ends

KABUL (AFP) - Afghan security forces resumed offensive operations on Saturday after President Ashraf Ghani declared an end to the government’s unilateral ceasefire with...

Myanmar transit camps sit empty as Rohingya fear return

MAUNGDAW, Myanmar (AFP) - The transit camp in Myanmar’s Rakhine state stands ready to welcome back 150 Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh every day. But on most...

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