Iraq dismisses offer to freeze Kurdish vote results

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, center, reviews an honor guard as he is accompanied by Iranian Senior Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri, during an official welcoming ceremony for him at the Saadabad Palace in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017. Haider al-Abadi is in Iran after recent stops in Turkey and Jordan, and meetings with U.S. officials and allies eager to pull Baghdad into their political orbit. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iraq’s prime minister on Thursday dismissed a proposal from the country’s Kurdish leaders to “freeze” the results of their independence vote last month as Iraqi government forces and Kurdish fighters traded fire near the country’s border with Turkey.

Thailand grieves in elaborate final goodbye to king

Participants take part in the funeral procession and royal cremation ceremony of late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017. Tearful Thais clad in black mourned on Bangkok's streets or at viewing areas around the nation Thursday as elaborate funeral ceremonies steeped in centuries of royal tradition were held for King Bhumibol Adulyadej following a year of mourning. (AP Photo/Kittinun Rodsupan)

BANGKOK (AP) — With solemn faces and outright tears, black-clad Thais said farewell to their king and longtime father figure Thursday on Bangkok’s streets and at viewing areas around the nation, capping a year of mourning with funeral ceremonies steeped in centuries of tradition.

Brazil’s Temer survives corruption vote

Brazil's President Michel Temer flashes two thumbs up as he leaves the Military Hospital, where he was hospitalized with an urinary obstruction, in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. Temer survived a key vote Wednesday night on whether he should be tried on corruption charges, mustering support in Brazil's lower house of Congress despite abysmal approval ratings and widespread rejection among his countrymen. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — President Michel Temer may have saved his job by convincing a small majority in Brazil’s Congress not to suspend him and put him on trial for corruption, but his scandal-rocked government appears more weakened than ever.

Kenyan police, protesters clash during repeat election

A opposition supporter reacts after burning tyres during demonstrations in Mombasa, Kenya, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017. Kenya is holding the rerun of its disputed presidential election Thursday, despite a boycott by the main opposition party and rising political tensions in the East African country. (AP Photo)

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan police on Thursday fired tear gas at stone-throwing protesters in some opposition areas during the second presidential election since August, reflecting bitter divisions in a country whose main opposition leader urged his followers to boycott the vote.



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