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Nigerian anti-corruption groups beg Kerry: Return loot

Michelle Faul, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 7:51am

Anti-corruption groups in Nigeria have begged U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to help speed the return of billions of dollars looted from the country's treasury by local officials.

France to teach children how to react to school attacks

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 7:50am

French schools will now hold three security drills a year — including one in which an alleged assailant enters their premises — as the French government ramps up security measures after a string of deadly extremist attacks.

Tourism to Paris slumps after attacks, strikes, floods

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 7:50am

Fewer foreign tourists are visiting the Paris region after deadly attacks last year and a season of strikes, violent labor action and exceptional floods.

Police: Man shouts 'Allahu akbar' in Australian knife attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 7:42am

A French man shouting the Arabic phrase "Allahu akbar" stabbed a British woman to death and wounded two men in an attack at a hostel in northeast Australia, police said Wednesday.

Colombia, leftist rebels putting final touches on peace deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 7:41am

Negotiators for Colombia's government and leftist rebels are putting the final touches on a historic peace deal that they hope to announce in the coming hours.

Former West German president Walter Scheel dies at 97

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 7:40am

Walter Scheel, who helped shape West Germany's policy of reconciliation with the communist bloc as foreign minister and later served as his country's president, has died, his party says. He was 97.

Monsoon floods have killed at least 175 in India since June

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 7:40am

Heavy monsoon rains have ended two successive drought years in India with the Ganges River and its tributaries rising above the danger level, triggering evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people from flooded homes in north and eastern India, an official said Wednesday.

Saudi police thwart attack by Pakistani against mosque

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 7:30am

Saudi Arabia says it has thwarted a terrorist attack by a Pakistani resident who was planning to bomb a mosque during sunset prayers in the predominantly Shiite eastern governorate of Qatif.

Utah man describes 'nightmare' conditions in Venezuela jail

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 7:21am

A Utah man being held in Venezuela on weapons charges described living a "horrible nightmare" of police harassment and recurrent illnesses in his first communication from jail.

Gas explosion in residential building in Iran kills 6

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 7:20am

Iran's official IRNA news agency says a gas explosion in a residential building has killed six people and wounded 11.

Former West German President Walter Scheel has died at age 97, his party says

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 7:20am

Former West German President Walter Scheel has died at age 97, his party says.

Powerful earthquake shakes central Myanmar

Esther Htusan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 7:20am

A powerful earthquake measuring magnitude 6.8 shook central Myanmar on Wednesday, damaging scores of ancient Buddhist pagodas in the former capital of Bagan, a major tourist attraction, officials said.

China seeks info on Chinese drug suspects in Philippines

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 7:20am

China has sought information from Filipino authorities to help capture suspected Chinese drug traffickers in the Philippines and wants to forge a stronger anti-drug pact to fight the menace, the Chinese ambassador said, adding it's "utterly wrong" to say all the drug lords are Chinese.

Lawyer: Timbuktu residents felt shame after sites destroyed

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 7:20am

By reducing historic mausoleums in Timbuktu to dusty piles of rubble, Islamic extremists left residents feeling shame at the desecration of their saints and ancestors, a lawyer said Wednesday at the trial of the man accused of leading the destruction.

Israeli military: Palestinian killed after stabbing soldier

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 7:00am

Israel's military says a Palestinian was shot and killed after he stabbed and wounded a soldier in the West Bank.

Italy earthquake described as 'Dante's Inferno' kills dozens

Paolo Santalucia and Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 6:43am

A strong earthquake in central Italy reduced three towns to rubble as people slept early Wednesday, with reports that as many as 50 people were killed and hundreds injured as rescue crews raced to dig out survivor

Turkey to repeat Gulen extradition demand during US VP visit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 6:10am

Turkey's president said Wednesday he planned to demand the extradition of the cleric accused of masterminding last month's failed coup during his meeting with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.

Turkey in cross-border operation to free IS-held Syrian town

Suzan Fraser and Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 6:00am

After a pre-dawn barrage of heavy artillery and airstrikes, Turkey sent tanks and special forces into Syria on Wednesday to help clear a border town of Islamic State militants, marking the NATO member's most significant military involvement so far in the Syria conflict.

Pro-independence Basque leader*s election candidacy blocked

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 5:30am

Basque authorities say a prominent regional leader who was jailed for his links with the outlawed armed group ETA can*t stand as candidate in upcoming elections because his sentence bans him from holding office until 2021.