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The ANSA news agency says two bodies have been pulled from the rubble of quake-hit Amatrice in central Italy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 11:20pm

The ANSA news agency says two bodies have been pulled from the rubble of quake-hit Amatrice in central Italy.

Strong quake rattles central Italy: "The town isn't here"

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 10:57pm

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck central Italy early Wednesday, levelling buildings in several towns as residents slept. The mayor of hard-hit Amatrice said: "The town isn't here anymore."

Mayor of quake-hit Italian town of Accumoli says family of four trapped under debris without any signs of life

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 10:30pm

Mayor of quake-hit Italian town of Accumoli says family of four trapped under debris without any signs of life.

Japan, China, S. Korea ministers slam N. Korea missile test

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 10:01pm

The foreign ministers of China, Japan and South Korea criticized North Korea's latest submarine missile test on Wednesday during their annual talks that were held amid lingering frictions over territorial disputes and wartime history.

Seoul: North Korea fires submarine-launched missile

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 9:42pm

A North Korean ballistic missile fired from a submarine Wednesday flew about 500 kilometers (310 miles) in the longest flight by that type of weapon, Seoul officials said, a range that can place much of South Korea within its striking distance.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 9:41pm

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.

1 killed, 29 injured as 2 bombs explode in southern Thailand

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 9:41pm

Officials say two bombs have exploded near a hotel in southern Thailand, killing one employee and injuring 29 others.

Turkey says operation launched to free IS-held Syrian town

Suzan Fraser and Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 9:41pm

Turkey's prime minister's office said the Turkish military and the U.S.-backed coalition forces on Wednesday launched an operation to clear a Syrian border town from Islamic State militants.

Turkey says operation launched to free IS-held Syrian town

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 9:33pm

Turkey's prime minister's office says the Turkish military and the U.S.-backed coalition forces have launched an operation to clear a Syrian border town from Islamic State militants.

Mayor of quake-hit Amatrice in Italy says residents are buried under debris and that the town "isn't here anymore"

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 9:20pm

Mayor of quake-hit Amatrice in Italy says residents are buried under debris and that the town "isn't here anymore"

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude estimated at 6.1 has rattled Rome and central Italy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 8:20pm

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude estimated at 6.1 has rattled Rome and central Italy.

OAS rights' commission asks protection for Guatemala judge

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 6:40pm

The Inter-American Human Rights Commission is calling on Guatemala's government to provide protection for a judge involved in high-profile anti-corruption cases.

Experts: Mexico storms led to deaths of millions of monarchs

Mark Stevenson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 6:20pm

Storms earlier this year blew down more than a hundred acres of forests where migrating monarch butterflies spend the winter in central Mexico, killing more than 7 percent of the monarchs, experts reported Tuesday.

North Korea seeks UN meeting on US-South Korea exercises

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 5:10pm

North Korea on Tuesday warned that joint military exercises between South Korea and the United States are pushing the situation on the Korean Peninsula "to the brink of a war" and asked for an urgent meeting of the U.N. Security Council.

Montenegro's Luksic drops out of race to be next UN chief

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 5:10pm

Montenegro's Foreign Minister Igor Luksic withdrew from the race to be the next U.N. secretary-general on Tuesday, leaving 10 candidates vying to succeed Ban Ki-moon.

Utah man describes 'nightmare' conditions in Venezuela jail

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 5:00pm

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.

South Korea military says North Korea has test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 4:01pm

South Korea military says North Korea has test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile.

Half of 117 bodies buried in common grave not linked to file

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:20pm

Academics and human rights activists in Mexico say a preliminary analysis shows that little attempt was made to identify bodies buried by government officials in a common grave in the central state of Morelos.

Private lives are exposed as WikiLeaks spills its secrets

Raphael Satter and Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:11pm

WikiLeaks' giant data dumps have rattled the National Security Agency, the U.S. Democratic Party, and the Saudi foreign ministry. But its spectacular mass-disclosures have also included the personal information of hundreds of people — including sick children, rape victims and mental health patients, The Associated Press has found.