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Turkey: Kurdish rebels attack soldiers guarding party leader

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 6:40am

Turkey's interior minister says Kurdish rebels have opened fire at security forces protecting a convoy of vehicles carrying Turkey's main opposition party leader in the northeast, wounding three soldiers.

Kerry in Saudi Arabia for talks on Yemen, Syria and Libya

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 6:30am

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

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

Stuart Graham, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 6:22am

A Bengal tiger rescued from what activists have called "the worst zoo in the world" arrived in South Africa for a new home Thursday.

Iraq army takes key town on road to Mosul from Islamic State

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 6:20am

The Iraqi prime minister says his country's forces have retaken the key town of Qayara, near a major air base south of Mosul, from the Islamic State group.

Iraqi prime minister says troops have retaken key town near a major air base south of Mosul from Islamic State group

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 6:10am

Iraqi prime minister says troops have retaken key town near a major air base south of Mosul from Islamic State group.

Egypt to free lawyer after 3 months in solitary confinement

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 5:50am

An Egyptian court has ordered the release of a prominent rights lawyer held in solitary confinement for the past three months after he challenged in court a decision by the country's president to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.

The Latest: Italian officials revise quake death toll to 241

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 5:50am

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

Philippine leader orders extremists crushed after beheading

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 5:40am

Abu Sayyaf extremists have beheaded a kidnapped Filipino villager after a ransom deadline lapsed in their first such brutal act under President Rodrigo Duterte, who ordered troops to destroy the militants.

The Latest: Germany wants to keep planes at Turkish base

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 5:30am

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

Iran: Forces will warn any vessel after US warship incident

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 4:50am

Iran's naval forces will warn or confront any foreign ship entering the country's territorial waters, the Iranian defense minister said Thursday, remarks that came after an incident this week involving a U.S. warship.

Soldiers, residents begin cleanup after quake in Myanmar

Min Kyi Thein and Esther Htusan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 4:50am

Using brooms and their hands, soldiers and residents of an ancient Myanmar city famous for its historic Buddhist temples began cleaning up debris Thursday from a powerful earthquake that shook the region and damaged nearly 200 pagodas.

5 men drown off British beach without lifeguard

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 4:30am

British police say five men have drowned off a beach in southern England that had no lifeguard.

UN rights chief seeks international probe of Yemen violence

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 4:20am

The U.N. human rights chief on Thursday called for an international investigation of rights abuses and violence in Yemen's civil war, which has killed thousands of people, as he insisted that a domestic panel set up to look into violations has not been up to the task.

Egypt family to join boy who crossed sea alone seeking help

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 3:40am

Egypt's Foreign Ministry says the family of an Egyptian boy who crossed the Mediterranean Sea on his own to find medical help abroad for his sick brother, will leave for Italy within days to join him there.

Serbia police find 34 migrants in a Belgrade house

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 3:20am

Serbian police say they have arrested a man after finding 34 migrants in his house in a Belgrade suburb.

UN human rights chief calls for international investigation of abuses in Yemen's civil war

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 3:10am

UN human rights chief calls for international investigation of abuses in Yemen's civil war.

Seoul: Surviving sexual slavery victims will receive $90,000

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 2:50am

Surviving South Korean women who were forced into sexual slavery by Japan's military in World War II will be eligible to receive around 100 million won (about $90,000) each from a foundation that will be funded by the Japanese government.

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

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 2:40am

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has told his Turkish counterpart that Syrian Kurdish forces have started withdrawing east of the Euphrates River, Turkish officials said Thursday.

Syria's Kurds: An embattled US ally in a complex civil war

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 2:30am

Syria's battle-hardened Kurds have proven their mettle against the Islamic State group, and in the process, carved out an autonomous zone across the country's north. But their advance has alarmed Turkey, and Ankara on Wednesday sent tanks across the border against IS, and demanded that the Kurds withdraw from recently seized territory.