International News International News Supplied by AP en-us (c) 2016 EarthLink Networks Inc. Mon, 24 Oct 2016 07:59:56 EDT Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:10:41 EDT 5 Iraqis push toward Mosul; group calls for airstrike probe BARTELLA, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi forces fought their way into two villages near Mosul on Monday as the offensive to retake the extremist-held city entered its second week and a rights group urged a probe into a suspected airstrike that hit a mosque, killing over a dozen civilians. Mon, 24 Oct 2016 07:59:56 EDT 20161024/9097f8ea-ed35-4380-8cb1-47dd328585f1 By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and JOSEPH KRAUSS Associated Press The Latest: Strikes in northwest Syria town kill at least 5 BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria where government forces have renewed their attacks on eastern rebel-held districts of the city of Aleppo (all times local): 1:50 p.m. Mon, 24 Oct 2016 07:54:52 EDT 20161024/cf6f33d7-c675-4d2d-b380-ee90908916f0 Associated Press Israel defense chief gives interview to Palestinian daily RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The main Palestinian newspaper is publishing a rare interview with Israel's ultranationalist defense minister where he threatened the militant group Hamas that rules Gaza and dismissed the Palestinian president. Mon, 24 Oct 2016 07:44:51 EDT 20161024/1dd39307-765f-43b2-b5e2-a4e06384d7f4 Associated Press In renewed Aleppo attacks, Syrian troops capture high ground BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces and their allies on Monday captured strategic high ground in embattled Aleppo as Russia — a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad — said it was not planning more "humanitarian pauses" in the fighting in the city's eastern, rebel-held districts. Mon, 24 Oct 2016 07:34:47 EDT 20161024/3fc2cae3-859e-434f-85e0-94e1ec35317a By BASSEM MROUE Associated Press Malta says plane crashed en route to Libya surveillance trip VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — A small plane heading toward Libya's coast to monitor migrant trafficking routes for the French government crashed soon after takeoff from Malta's airport Monday, killing all five French crew members, authorities said. Mon, 24 Oct 2016 07:34:01 EDT 20161024/fd1da702-f54b-423f-9ece-551ce4c5ad78 Associated Press