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Syrian rebels advance on Kurds as Turkish strikes kill 35

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 4:52am

Turkey-backed Syrian rebels seized a number of villages and towns from Kurdish-led forces in northern Syria on Sunday amid Turkish airstrikes and shelling that killed at least 35 people, mostly civilians, according to rebels and a monitoring group.

Europe's refugee crisis simmers despite efforts to solve it

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 4:00am

Faced with more than 1 million migrants flooding across the Mediterranean last year, European nations tightened border controls, set up naval patrols to stop smugglers, negotiated an agreement with Turkey to limit the numbers crossing, shut the Balkan route used by hundreds of thousands, and tried to speed up deportations of rejected asylum-seekers.

Filipino militants free 8 comrades, 15 others in jail attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 3:32am

Muslim extremists supporting the Islamic State group freed eight fellow militants in a daring attack that also allowed 15 other inmates to escape from a provincial jail in the southern Philippines, police said Sunday.

Kurdish militants fire rocket at civilian airport in Turkey

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 3:01am

Kurdish militants launched a rocket-propelled grenade at a civilian airport in southeast Turkey early Sunday, causing minor damage and no injuries, officials and the state-run news agency said.

Would-be bomber's explosives fail in Indonesia church

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 2:50am

A would-be suicide bomber's explosives failed to detonate in a packed church in western Indonesia during Sunday Mass, and he injured a priest with an axe before being restrained, police said.

8 troops killed in suspected rebel attack in north Paraguay

Pedro Servin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 10:10pm

Suspected members of a little-known rebel group killed eight soldiers in an attack in northern Paraguay on Saturday, just days after guerrillas and officials in Colombia reached a peace deal to end the longest-running insurgency in Latin America.

Mining leader, 2 others, accused in Bolivia official's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 7:20pm

Bolivian authorities accused the president of a mining federation and two of his top officials of the killing of deputy interior minister Rodolfo Illanes amid a bitter strike, officials said Saturday. Forty miners have been detained in the case.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 7:00pm

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 (http://bit.ly/2c3bhOD.)

Colombian rebels announce final conference of peace talks

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 4:00pm

Top commanders from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia are preparing to gather one final time in mid-September to ratify a peace accord reached this week with government negotiators and map out the group's political strategy without weapons.

The Latest: Activists say Syrian planes bomb city of Homs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:50pm

The Latest developments in the Syrian civil war (all times local):

Kurdish-led Syria forces face off with Turkish-backed rebels

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 2:20pm

Backed by Turkish tanks and reports of airstrikes, Turkey-allied Syrian rebels clashed with Kurdish-led forces in northeastern Syria in a new escalation that further complicates the already protracted Syrian conflict.

Venezuelan police jail top activist in pre-dawn transfer

Camilo Hernandez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 2:10pm

A prominent Venezuelan opposition leader has been jailed again after intelligence agents picked him up at his home before dawn, a brazen move that the government said was necessary to prevent acts of violence but which has alarmed the opposition and human rights groups.

The embrace of life: A story of 2 sisters in Italy's quake

Vanessa Gera and Trisha Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 2:01pm

In the chaos of Italy's devastating earthquake, an older sister's embrace allowed a young girl to survive.

FARC rebels announce final conference to ratify Colombia peace accords, create political movement

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 12:50pm

FARC rebels announce final conference to ratify Colombia peace accords, create political movement.

Grief erupts in Italy as nation honors, buries quake dead

Trisha Thomas and Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 12:40pm

Mourners in Italy prayed, hugged, wept and even applauded as coffins carrying victims of the country's devastating earthquake passed by at a state funeral Saturday, grieving as one nation after three desperate days of trying to save as many people as possible.

Turkey extradites 5 Macedonians planning to join IS

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 12:10pm

Macedonian police say Turkey has extradited five Macedonians arrested in Istanbul in an operation to crack down on recruitment for the Islamic State group.

Lawyers: 3 former Salvadoran military officers released

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 12:00pm

Three former Salvadoran military officers who Spanish courts wanted to put on trial for their alleged roles in the killing of six Jesuit priests were freed from prison late Friday after the Supreme Court denied their extradition, their lawyers said.

Spanish police arrest 57 in illegal Chinese immigration ring

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 12:00pm

Spanish police say they have arrested 57 people and dismantled an illegal immigration ring giving Chinese citizens Spanish residency permits through fake job contracts as domestic staff.

The Latest: Death toll in Italian earthquake rises to 291

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 10:30am

The Latest on the Italian earthquake (all times local):