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Report: Explosion rocks sports center in Belgian town of Chimay, at least one dead

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 7:01pm

Report: Explosion rocks sports center in Belgian town of Chimay, at least one dead.

Belgian media report blast at Chimay sports center

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 7:00pm

A Belgian newspaper is reporting that an explosion has rocked a sports center in the Belgian town of Chimay, with reports of at least one person dead and two injured.

Israel rejects immunity for indicted UN engineer in Gaza

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 5:51pm

The Israeli government on Thursday rejected a U.N. request for diplomatic immunity for a Palestinian engineer who worked for the U.N. in the Gaza Strip but is now in prison after being accused of assisting the territory's Islamic militant Hamas rulers.

Colombia's president rushing vote on deal with rebels

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 4:12pm

Colombia's president is moving quickly to hold a national referendum on a peace deal meant to end a half-century of bloody conflict with leftist rebels, delivering the final text of the deal to congress on Thursday and declaring a definitive cease-fire with the guerrillas.

The Latest: UN schedules meeting to discuss role in Colombia

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 4:04pm

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

Police: 3 dead, 1 hurt in Toronto, crossbow found nearby

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 3:53pm

Three people were killed in what Canadian police on Thursday called a homicide that may have involved a crossbow.

UN agency: No confirmed Zika cases linked to Rio Olympics

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 3:41pm

The U.N. health agency says reports from national authorities indicate no confirmed laboratory cases of the Zika virus in anyone associated with the Rio Olympics.

Nun in iconic Italy quake photo texted friends 'adieu'

Trisha Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 3:32pm

She became the face of Italy's earthquake: Sister Marjana Lleshi, blood staining her veil as she texted her family and friends in her native Albania that she was alive.

Russia downplays conflict with US over Syria weapons report

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 3:11pm

Russia's U.N. ambassador said Thursday there doesn't have to be a confrontation with the United States over a report that blames the Syrian government and Islamic State militants for carrying out chemical attacks in the conflict-torn country.

Turkey sends more tanks to Syria, insists on Kurdish retreat

Suzan Fraser and Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 2:43pm

Turkey sent more tanks into northern Syria on Thursday and gave Syrian Kurdish forces a week to scale back their presence near the Turkish border, a day after it launched a U.S.-backed cross-border incursion to establish a frontier zone free of the Islamic State group and Kurdish rebels.

The Latest: Turkish artillery strikes Syrian Kurdish militia

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 2:11pm

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

Correction: UN Weapons Proliferation story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 1:31pm

UNITED NATIONS — In an Aug. 23 story about the threat of terrorist groups obtaining weapons of mass destruction, The Associated Press reported incorrectly that Interpol had seized an Islamic State group laptop in 2014 in Syria owned by a Tunisian chemistry and physics student that contained information on developing biological weapons. The laptop was not seized by Interpol, but by another rebel group, Interpol says.

UN rights chief seeks international probe of Yemen violence

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 12:52pm

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, insisting that a domestic panel set up to look into violations has not been up to the task.

Aftershocks rattle Italian quake zone; Toll rises to 250

Frances D'Emilio and Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 12:51pm

Aftershocks in central Italy rattled residents and rescue workers alike Thursday, as crews worked to find more earthquake survivors and the country anguished over its repeated failure to protect ancient towns and modern cities from seismic catastrophes.

A look at what's next in the Colombian peace process

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 12:41pm

Colombia's government and the country's biggest leftist rebel group have reached a peace deal that puts the South American nation on the threshold of ending a five-decade war. Here's what lies ahead and some of the remaining hurdles:

The Latest: UN seeks improvements in Greek refugee camps

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 12:41pm

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

Ashes of Polish Battle of Britain ace return home for burial

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 12:32pm

The ashes of Polish fighter ace Capt. Kazimierz Sporny, who is credited with downing at least five enemy planes in the World War II Battle of Britain, were brought from London to Poland and buried with military honors on Thursday.

Kerry in Saudi Arabia for talks on Yemen, Syria conflicts

Abdullah Al-Shihri and Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 12:31pm

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 mostly focusing on Yemen's 18-month-long war and the conflict in Syria.

50,000 flee South Sudan's instability for Darfur, UN says

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 12:21pm

The U.N. humanitarian office says more than 50,000 South Sudanese have fled into the troubled Darfur region in neighboring Sudan this year.