• Somalia wants to liberate territory held by al-Shabab soon

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Somalia’s prime minister said Friday the government wants to liberate all remaining territory held by the Islamic militant group al-Shabab in the coming year and have its own forces take over the country’s security from an African Union force in the next two to three years.

  • In this photo made from the footage taken from Russian Defense Ministry official web site on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 a bomb explosion is seen in Syria. Reacting to criticism that it is targeting opponents of the Syrian government, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted on Thursday that Russia's airstrikes in Syria are targeting not only Islamic State militants but also other groups. (AP Photo/ Russian Defense Ministry Press Service)

    The Latest: Putin denies reports of civilian deaths

    MOSCOW (AP) — The latest developments as Russia and other nations counter Islamic State militants in Syria. All times local:

  • French peacekeeping soldiers patrol the city of Bangui, Central African Republic, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015.  42 deaths have been confirmed in Bangui since sectarian clashes erupted on Saturday between rivaling Christian and Muslim militias, but it is too dangerous for aid organizations to collect the bodies or help the wounded, according to Antoine Mbao-Bogo of The Red Cross. (AP Photo)

    Red Cross: Wounded trapped in C. African Republic capital

    BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Aid officials pleaded for access to the neighborhoods of Central African Republic’s treacherous capital on Wednesday, saying that sectarian clashes between rivaling Christian and Muslim militias make it too dangerous to help the wounded and to recover bodies.

  • Wednesday, September 30, 2015

    Russia says warplanes hit Islamic State and coordinated with US, denying criticism

  • President Barack Obama speaks during a United Nations Peacekeeping Summit, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

    Obama: States pledge 30,000-plus troops to UN peacekeeping

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday announced notable steps to upgrade U.N peacekeeping, saying more than 50 countries have pledged to contribute more than 30,000 new troops and police to serve in some of the world’s most volatile areas.

  • In this photo taken Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, migrants from Syria wait in the migrant camp of Grande Synthe, before an attempt to get to Britain, outside Dunkirk, northern France. Migrants in Teteghem or nearby Grande-Synthe wait eagerly for the service they signed up for. People smugglers who get rich off desperate migrants span the globe, and their tentacles extend into nooks and crannies like Teteghem, a small town outside Dunkirk. Here the smuggling kingpins are firmly in control, and growing nasty. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

    Hope, fear, waiting at French migrant camps run by smugglers

    TETEGHEM, France (AP) — A Mercedes and a BMW, both with British license plates, sit in a forest clearing on the edge of a small migrant camp in northern France. Everyone here speaks in whispers, or not at all. Bullet holes pock two shipping containers sheltering migrants, all trying to get to England, helping to explain the silence.