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Norwegian man held on suspicion of joining IS group in Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 10:20am

A court in Norway has detained a 32-year-old Norwegian man, suspected of joining the militant Islamic State group in Syria two years ago.

The Latest: Russia downplays US conflict over Syria report

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 10:13am

The Latest developments in the Syrian civil war, following Turkish ground forces' incursion (all times local):

Turkey: Kurdish rebels attack soldiers guarding party leader

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 10:10am

Kurdish rebels opened fire Thursday at security forces protecting a convoy of vehicles carrying Turkey's main opposition party leader in the northeast, killing a soldier and wounding two others, officials said.

Anti-government extremist wounded in German police shootout

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 10:02am

An armed anti-government extremist trying to prevent his eviction was wounded in an exchange of gunfire with police Thursday in an eastern German town.

The Latest: Death toll in Italy quake up to 250; 365 injured

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 10:01am

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

Egyptian lawyer in solitary confinement for defying el-Sissi

Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 9:50am

From the day he was imprisoned more than 100 days ago, Egyptian rights lawyer Malek Adly has been locked in solitary confinement with almost no communication with the outside world, sleeping on a bare floor in conditions his lawyers say amount to torture.

Attack on American University in Afghanistan leaves 13 dead

Lynne O'Donnell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 9:40am

A brazen, hours-long militant attack on the American University of Afghanistan ended early Thursday after at least 13 people were killed and dozens wounded in the assault on the sprawling campus on Kabul's outskirts, a government spokesman said.

Portugal asks Baghdad to lift immunity for ambassador's sons

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 9:30am

Portugal's foreign ministry asked Baghdad on Thursday to lift the diplomatic immunity of the Iraqi ambassador's teenage sons who are suspected of attempted homicide.

Group says Burundians don't want presidential term limits

Eloge Willy Kaneza and Ignatius Ssuuna, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 9:30am

The majority of Burundians want presidential term limits removed from the country's constitution, a government-backed commission in Burundi has announced, despite last year's deadly uproar over the president's stay in power.

Somalia central bank teller on the run after taking $530,000

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 9:10am

Somalia's central bank says a bank teller is on the run after stealing $530,000 in a month-long scam that replaced real cash with fake bills.

The Latest: Kerry praises Colombia peace deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 8:53am

The Latest on Colombia's peace deal (all times local):

Iraqi defense minister gets no-confidence vote

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 8:52am

Iraq's minister of defense has received a no-confidence vote from parliament just as Iraqi forces retook a key northern town near the Islamic State-held city of Mosul.

Russia calls snap military drills, raising concern in Poland

Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 8:51am

Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced snap military drills on land and in the Black and Caspian Sea, the defense ministry said on Thursday.

For 10 years, possibly biggest pearl was hidden under bed

Teresa Cerojano, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 8:50am

A Filipino fisherman in western Palawan island has found possibly the world's biggest pearl, but he didn't know it.

Italian quake death toll rises to 241, anguish mounts

Frances D'Emilio and Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 8:47am

Rescue crews aided by sniffer dogs dug through crumbled homes Thursday looking for earthquake survivors as Italy again anguished over how to secure its ancient towns and modern cities from the country's highly seismic terrain.

Kerry in Saudi Arabia for talks on Yemen, Syria conflicts

Abdullah Al-Shihri and Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 8:42am

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Saudi King Salman in the Red Sea city of Jiddah on Thursday ahead of wider talks focusing on the conflicts in Yemen, Syria and Libya with other Gulf Arab officials.

The Latest: Hungarian police may join Serbia migrant patrols

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 8:00am

The Latest on Europe's migration crisis (all times local):

Tiger taken from 'world's worst zoo' arrives in South Africa

Stuart Graham, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 7:10am

A Bengal tiger rescued from what activists have called "the worst zoo in the world" arrived in South Africa for a new home Thursday, after living in a small cage in Gaza alongside another tiger's stuffed corpse.

Turkey: US says Syria Kurds are pulling back in north Syria

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 6:50am

Syrian Kurdish forces have started withdrawing east of the Euphrates River, Turkish officials said Thursday, a move that could fulfill a major demand by Ankara and the United States a day after Turkey sent in tanks across the border to help Syrian rebels take a key Islamic State stronghold.