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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.

Group says Burundians don't want presidential term limits

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 8:51am

A government-backed commission in Burundi says the majority of Burundians want presidential term limits removed from the country's constitution.

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.

Turkey: Kurdish rebels attack soldiers guarding party leader

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 8:22am

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

The Latest: Italian quake survivors retrieve what they can

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 8:20am

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

At least 13 dead in attack on American University outside Kabul

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 8:10am

At least 13 people are dead after an hours-long militant attack on the American University of Afghanistan.

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):

The Latest: UN says Russia backs aid plan for Syria's Aleppo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 7:51am

The Latest developments in the Syrian civil war, following Turkish ground forces' incursion (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.

Egypt orders release of a lawyer in solitary confinement

Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 7:00am

An Egyptian court on Thursday ordered the release of a prominent rights lawyer held in solitary confinement for more than 100 days after he raised a legal challenge to a decision by the country's president to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.

Germany: 3 wounded in shootout with anti-govt extremists

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 6:51am

Three people have been wounded in an armed standoff in eastern Germany between police and members of a group that denies the legitimacy of the modern German state.

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.

Attack on American University in Afghanistan leaves 13 dead

Lynne O'Donnell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 6:40am

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

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.

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.

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.