• This photo taken on Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, shows an apartment building freshly renovated by an international developer group that bought the house from the husband of Warsaw Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, in Warsaw, Poland. Its previous ownership rights and its restitution to the Waltz family are one of the issues raised amid a current political storm. Poland’s ruling party leader called this week for a special commission to deal with a problem that has resulted in the eviction of thousands of Warsaw residents, concerning private property that was “nationalized,” or seized by the communist regime in 1945, just after World War II. In recent years some of the properties have been slowly returned to their original owners or people claiming to represent them, but the process has been tainted by false claims and corruption. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

    Property restitution an issue in Poland long after communism

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Warsaw court had no questions when a landlord known for brutal evictions sought the return of an apartment house seized under communism from a Jewish woman. It was tenants who came forward with information that blocked the restitution, showing the woman — who would have been 106— died in 1974.

  • Sylvester, a feral cat, sits in a loading dock at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 in New York.  Multitudes of feral cats roam New York City's nooks and crannies, and some now have a practical purpose: getting rid of rats. The NYC Feral Cat Initiative trains volunteers to trap wild cats that multiply and become a nuisance; after spaying, neutering and vaccinations, some end up serving as rodent exterminators in places like the Javits. (AP Photo/Verena Dobnik)

    Stray cat patrol: Feral felines deployed in NYC war on rats

    NEW YORK (AP) — Multitudes of feral cats roam New York City’s concrete jungle, and some now have a practical purpose: They’re helping curb the city’s rat population.

  • Commission rejects move of Confederate statue from park

    GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Historical Commission is blocking a plan by Memphis city leaders to move a statue honoring a Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader out of the downtown area.

  • In this March 1, 2016 file photo, voters make their choice in the ballot booth during primary election day at Sherrod Elementary School in Arlington, Texas. Officials in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana say they've denied a request by Russian officials to be present at polling stations during the November general election. The U.S. State Department's spokesman says Russia hasn't participated in an international mission to observe elections, so its effort to do so on the state level represents "nothing more than a PR stunt." (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

    3 states say they denied Russia request to monitor election

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma and at least two other states said Friday that they have denied efforts by Russian officials to be present at polling stations during the election, requests the U.S. State Department’s spokesman dismissed as “nothing more than a PR stunt.”

  • In this Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016 photo, Bertha Mesilier holds the national identification card of her missing husband Edma Desravine, who was last seen seeking refuge from the heavy rainfall and winds brought by Hurricane Matthew, in Port-a-Piment, a district of Les Cayes, Haiti.Nobody has seen or heard from the 71-year-old grandfather known for his sly sense of humor and bad luck at cock fights, in the 2 ½ weeks since Hurricane Matthew sent floodwaters and debris crashing into his riverside shantytown.(AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

    In Haiti, hopes dim for missing victims of Hurricane Matthew

    PORT-A-PIMENT, Haiti (AP) — Nobody has seen or heard from Edma Desravine, a 71-year-old grandfather known for his sly sense of humor and bad luck at cock fights, in the roughly 2 ½ weeks since Hurricane Matthew sent floodwaters and debris crashing into his riverside shantytown.

  • The Latest: IS militants attack police in Iraq’s Kirkuk

    IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — The Latest on the developments in Iraq where Iraqi forces and their allies launched a major offensive this week to retake Mosul, the country’s second-largest city from the Islamic State group (all times local):

  • Search for Roswell city manager to begin again

    ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — The search for a new city manager in Roswell is starting over as Mayor Dennis Kintigh’s selected candidate accepted a job offer elsewhere.

  • Anthony Crawford is seen in this undated photo provided by the Crawford Family. Crawford was a wealthy black farmer in Abbeville County, South Carolina, lynched by a white mob in 1916. Descendants of Anthony Crawford will honor him and unveil a historical marker Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in a ceremony outside the Abbeville Opera House.  (Courtesy of the Crawford family via AP)

    Lynching memorial rises near revered Confederate sites

    ABBEVILLE, S.C. (AP) — In this small South Carolina town near the Georgia line, where some say the Confederacy was born and died, descendants of a man lynched 100 years ago are erecting a downtown memorial to him and other black men killed by white mobs after the Civil War.

  • 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.

  • In this Sept. 5, 2016 photo, the body of alleged drug user Marcelo Salvador lies on the pavement after being shot by unidentified men in Las Pinas, south of Manila, Philippines. Drug dealers and drug addicts, were being shot by police or slain by unidentified gunmen in mysterious, gangland-style murders that were taking place at night. Salvador became a victim, the casualty of a vicious war on drugs that has claimed thousands of lives as part of a campaign by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

    In Philippine drug war, a family struggles to stay safe

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The bodies terrified Betchie Salvador, because she always knew her husband could be next.