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Italy earthquake kills dozens, reduces towns to rubble

Paolo Santalucia, Frances D'Emilio and Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 10:13am

A strong earthquake in central Italy reduced three towns to rubble as people slept early Wednesday, killing at least 73 people and injuring hundreds more as rescue crews raced to dig out survivors with bulldozers and their bare hands.

Attack underway at American University in Afghan capital

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 10:03am

The president of the American University in the Afghan capital says a militant attack is underway on the campus.

Biden calls on Turkey to be patient in Gulen case

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 10:01am

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden called on Turkish authorities to be patient with the U.S. legal system as Turkey seeks the return of a cleric accused of masterminding last month's failed military coup.

American University president says militants attack campus in Afghan capital

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 9:50am

American University president says militants attack campus in Afghan capital.

Yemenis say US drone strike kills 5 al-Qaida suspects

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 9:41am

Yemeni witnesses say five suspected al-Qaida militants were killed in an alleged U.S. drone strike in southern Yemen.

Colombia, leftist rebels putting final touches on peace deal

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 9:41am

Colombia's president said Wednesday that government negotiators and leftist rebels are putting the final touches on a peace deal that they hope to announce in the coming hours.

Powerful earthquake shakes central Myanmar

Esther Htusan and Min Kyi Thein, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 9:32am

A powerful earthquake shook Myanmar on Wednesday, killing at least three people and damaging nearly a hundred ancient Buddhist pagodas in the former capital of Bagan, a major tourist site, officials said.

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

Suzan Fraser and Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 9:31am

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.

US and Japan seek emergency UN meeting on North Korea test

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 9:31am

The United States says it has requested an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council along with Japan on the latest North Korean missile launch.

UN-backed Libyan government to present new Cabinet

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 9:20am

Libya's U.N.-backed government will present a new Cabinet for approval by the internationally recognized parliament based in the east after the lawmakers gave it a vote of no confidence.

Lawyer: Timbuktu residents felt shame after sites destroyed

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 9:11am

By reducing historic mausoleums in Timbuktu to dusty piles of rubble, Islamic extremists desecrated holy sites, leaving residents ashamed and impoverished, a lawyer said Wednesday at the trial of the man accused of leading the destruction.

Duterte:'It will be bloody' if Philippine territory breached

Bullit Marquez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 9:01am

The tough-talking Philippine president said Wednesday he will walk the extra mile for peace but warned China "it will be bloody" if the militarily superior Asian neighbor infringes on his country's territory.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 9:00am

Colombia's president says peace deal with rebels near; could be announced within hours.

German govt OKs new crisis guidelines, rejects criticism

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 9:00am

Germany's government on Wednesday approved new guidelines for protecting the population in case of emergencies such as attacks or long-term power outages, and the country's top security official pushed back against criticism of the timing and manner of its presentation.

Canadian Mounties allow officers to wear hijab

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 8:51am

Canada's national police force recently permitted its women officers to wear the hijab.

Saudi police say attacks thwarted in mostly Shiite east

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 8:51am

Saudi Arabia's security forces said Wednesday they have thwarted two terrorist attacks in the predominantly Shiite Eastern Province and that at least one of the bombings was being planned by Islamic State recruits.

Zimbabwe police fire tear gas, gunshots to quell protests

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 8:30am

Zimbabwe police have fired tear gas, water cannons and gunshots to stop hundreds of youths protesting against police brutality in the capital, Harare.

UK police arrest member of armed forces under Terrorism Act

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 8:30am

London's Metropolitan Police say they've arrested a member of Britain's armed forces as part of an investigation into Northern Ireland-related offenses under the Terrorism Act.

Biden says Syrian Kurdish forces will lose US support if they don't retreat to east bank of Euphrates

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 8:11am

Biden says Syrian Kurdish forces will lose US support if they don't retreat to east bank of Euphrates.