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'SOS' in sand leads to rescue of 2 people stranded on island

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 11:01pm

The U.S. Coast Guard says two stranded mariners were rescued Friday after crews saw their "SOS" in the sand on an uninhabited island in Micronesia, Hawaii News Now reports (

N. Korea says UN condemnation of missile tests 'provocation'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 10:12pm

North Korea on Saturday expressed anger at United Nations Security Council discussions over a statement denouncing the country's latest submarine-launched missile test.

Does China still harvest organs of executed? Doctors divided

Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 7:30pm

A Canadian patient's receipt of a kidney transplant after waiting just three days during a recent visit to China raised an immediate red flag among surgeons at the Montreal-based Transplantation Society: A turnaround that quick indicates the organ likely came from the body of an executed prisoner.

US, Russia fall short on deal to restore Syria truce

Matthew Lee and Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 4:40pm

The United States and Russia said Friday they had resolved a number of issues standing in the way of restoring a nationwide truce to Syria and opening up aid deliveries, but were unable once again to forge a comprehensive agreement on stepping up cooperation to end the brutal war that has killed hundreds of thousands.

Photograph of separated elderly Canada couple gets attention

Jeremy Hainsworth, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 4:11pm

A photograph of a crying elderly Canadian couple in wheelchairs, separated into two different care homes after 62 years of marriage because no beds were available together, has received international attention.

UN renews commitment to help implement Colombia cease-fire

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 3:53pm

The U.N. Security Council on Friday warmly welcomed the final peace agreement between the Colombian government and leftist rebels and reiterated its commitment to help implement and verify the cease-fire.

Rebels, civilians leave town after four-year siege

Albert Aji and Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 3:20pm

Escorted by armed troops, dozens of insurgents and their families left this war-wrecked suburb of the Syrian capital on Friday as part of a forced evacuation deal struck with the government to end a four-year siege and aerial campaign that has left the area in ruins.

Kurdish militants claim deadly car bomb attack in Turkey

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 3:12pm

A Kurdish suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden truck into a checkpoint near a police station Friday in southeast Turkey, killing at least 11 police officers and wounding 78 other people, the prime minister said.

Quake damaged roads threaten access to Italy town

Paolo Santalucia and Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 2:53pm

Rescue workers acknowledged Friday they might not find any more survivors from Italy's earthquake as they confronted a new obstacle to their recovery work: a powerful aftershock that damaged two key access bridges to hard-hit Amatrice, threatening to isolate it.

Kerry says 'clarity' achieved with Russia on most steps to renew Syria truce; narrow issues still to be resolved

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 2:41pm

Kerry says 'clarity' achieved with Russia on most steps to renew Syria truce; narrow issues still to be resolved.

The Latest: Death toll rises to 281 in Italian earthquake

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 2:41pm

The Latest on the earthquake in Italy (all times local):

Saudi-led airstrikes reportedly kill 11 civilians in Yemen

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 1:23pm

Airstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition in northern Yemen killed 11 civilians, including women and children, Yemen's rebel-run news agency said Friday.

Toronto man charged in crossbow murders that left 3 dead

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 1:11pm

A man once dubbed the Fake Beard Bandit as a suspect in a string of bank robberies and due to be married in three weeks was charged Friday in a bloody crossbow attack that left three people dead in a middle-class Toronto suburb.

The Latest: UN and Red Cross head to suburb being evacuated

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 1:11pm

The Latest on developments in Syria's civil war (all times local):

Warsaw officials fired over property restitution questions

Monika Scislowska, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 1:04pm

Warsaw's mayor said Friday she was firing three officials for what she described as lax oversight over town hall decisions to return property seized by the communists to private owners.

Canada restores its traditional UN peacekeeping role

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 12:51pm

The Canadian government said Friday it will restore the country's traditional U.N. peacekeeping role by providing up to 600 soldiers for missions around the world.

Member of biker gang shot dead in German capital

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 12:20pm

Berlin police say a member of a biker gang has been shot dead in the German capital.

Charges recommended for Brazil ex-president Silva in probe

Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 10:50am

Brazil's federal police have recommended charges against former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and his wife in connection with the sprawling corruption probe at state-run oil giant Petrobras.

This photo of a couple saying goodbye is breaking hearts

Jamie K. White, CNN  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 10:28am

A photo posted online showing an elderly couple holding hands and crying has been shared thousands of times on Facebook.