• Iraq's elite counterterrorism forces advance near Mosul, Iraq, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. Iraqi special forces charged into the Mosul battle Thursday with a pre-dawn advance on a nearby town held by the Islamic State group, a key part of a multi-pronged assault on eastern approaches to the besieged city. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

    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.

  • FILE- In this Sunday, Oct. 2016 file photo, French President Francois Hollande stands during a meeting with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Normally a man of consensus and caution, President Francois Hollande’s frank comments in a new book written by two journalists is causing shockwaves in France. “A President Shouldn’t Say That ...” has exposed the inner workings of Hollande’s troubled presidency and his views on Islamic veils, Barack Obama and his private life. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu, Pool, File)

    French leader’s frank comments in new book cause shockwaves

    PARIS (AP) — Normally a man of consensus and caution, President Francois Hollande’s frank comments in a new book written by two journalists is causing shockwaves in France.

  • Gov. Kurt Riley of Acoma Pueblo testifies at a congressional field hearing in Albuquerque, N.M., on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. The hearing, held by U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich of New Mexico, examined legislation that would make it illegal to export federally protected Native American religious items to foreign markets. (AP Photo/Mary Hudetz)

    Senator: Loopholes allow for trafficking of tribal items

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A diplomatic push for the return of Native American ceremonial objects from auction houses in Paris has been hampered by loopholes in U.S. laws that authorities and lawmakers say prohibit the trafficking of the federally protected items domestically but don’t explicitly ban dealers from exporting them to foreign markets.

  • Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi of the Russian military's General Staff speaks to the media, with a map of the area around Aleppo seen in the background, at the Russian Defense Ministry's headquarters in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. Rudskoi was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying Monday that Russian and Syrian forces will halt their fighting from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 20 in order to allow civilians and rebels safe passage out of the city as well as for the evacuation of the sick and wounded.(AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

    The Latest: Russia introduces Aleppo statement at UN

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the developments in the Syrian civil war (all times local):

  • Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, center, Juventus' Gonzalo Higuain, left, and Juventus' Miralem Pjanic hold their hands after the Champions League Group H soccer match against Lyon, Tuesday Oct. 18, 2016, in Lyon, central France. Juventus won 1-0. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

    Buffon back to his brilliant best as Juve wins at Lyon

    LYON, France (AP) — Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon shrugged off recent uncharacteristic errors with an outstanding performance on Tuesday to help 10-man Juventus win 1-0 at Lyon in the Champions League.

  • Key stages on the 2017 route for the Tour de France

    PARIS (AP) — With 21 stages, 23 tough climbs in five mountain ranges, three mountain-top finishes and two time trials, the route for the 2017 Tour de France, unveiled Tuesday in Paris, promises an array of challenges for the wide variety of skill sets in the professional cycling peloton.

  • Carter, Rokocoko and Imhoff cleared of wrongdoing by FFR

    PARIS (AP) — Former New Zealand stars Dan Carter and Joe Rokocoko and their Racing 92 teammate Juan Imhoff were cleared of wrongdoing by the French Rugby Federation on Tuesday after traces of corticosteroids were found in their urine samples.

  • 2016 Tour de France winner Chris Froome of Britain attends the presentation of the 2017 Tour de France cycling race in Paris, France, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. The race will start on July, 1, 2017 with a prologue in Dusseldorf, Germany, and counts 20 stages. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

    2017 Tour will scale all of France’s mountains

    PARIS (AP) — For the first time in 25 years, all five mountain ranges of continental France will feature in next year’s Tour de France, in a stretched-out endurance test of racing that smiles on the climbing strengths of defending champion Chris Froome and his Colombian rival, Nairo Quintana.

  • In this Oct. 4, 2016 file photo, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange participates via video link at a news conference marking the 10th anniversary of the secrecy-spilling group in Berlin. WikiLeaks said on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, that Assange's internet access has been cut by an unidentified state actor. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

    WikiLeaks: Assange’s internet link ‘severed’ by state actor

    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador’s government acknowledged on Tuesday that it cut off WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s internet access at its embassy in London after the whistleblowing site published a trove of damaging emails from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.