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Turkey, Syrian Kurds on track for conflict in northern Syria

Suzan Fraser and Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 2:42pm

Turkey signaled Tuesday it would step up its engagement in the Syrian war, as Turkish-backed Syrian rebels massed along the border to assault one of the last Syrian frontier towns held by Islamic State militants.

Experts: Mexico storms led to deaths of millions of monarchs

Mark Stevenson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 2:21pm

Storms earlier this year blew down more than a hundred acres of forests where migrating monarch butterflies spend the winter in central Mexico, killing more than 7 percent of the monarchs, experts reported Tuesday.

North Korea seeks UN meeting on US-South Korea exercises

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 2:11pm

North Korea on Tuesday warned that joint military exercises between South Korea and the United States are pushing the situation on the Korean Peninsula "to the brink of a war" and asked for an urgent meeting of the U.N. Security Council.

UN: 4.5 million need food assistance in northern Nigeria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 2:00pm

The United Nations' World Food Program is warning that the number of people in need of food assistance in northeast Nigeria has risen to 4.5 million — nearly twice as many as in March.

Chile issues alert over faulty condoms

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 1:51pm

Chilean authorities are issuing a health alert, saying they distributed more than 712,000 defective condoms.

The Latest: UN says 65,000 fled fighting in Syria's Hasakeh

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 1:11pm

The Latest on the Syrian civil war (all times local):

Turkish, US officials discuss US-based cleric's extradition

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 1:02pm

Turkish and American justice officials met on Tuesday to discuss Turkey's demands for the extradition of a U.S.-based cleric accused of masterminding last month's failed coup attempt.

Biden: US committed to protecting Baltic states from Russia

Pietro Decristofaro, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 12:50pm

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday reaffirmed America's determination to defend the Baltic nations of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia against any aggression from neighboring Russia.

Utah man describes harsh conditions in Venezuela jail

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 12:50pm

A Utah man being held in Venezuela on weapons charges says he's been harassed by police and forced to sleep in a hot cell barely big enough for a small bed.

UN: Over a million could be displaced by Mosul offensive

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 12:40pm

The United Nations says more than a million people could soon be displaced as a result of the fighting in Iraq.

Ex-Dutch general to lead probe into South Sudan attacks

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 12:33pm

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed a retired Dutch general on Tuesday to lead an independent investigation into allegations that U.N. peacekeepers did not take action to prevent multiple cases of abuse and sexual violence against civilians and foreigners in South Sudan's capital.

Sudan says it has South Sudan's former rebel leader who fled

Mohamed Osman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 12:22pm

South Sudan's former rebel leader and vice president who fled the country last week has re-emerged in neighboring Sudan, which announced Tuesday that he had needed "urgent medical attention." Riek Machar's whereabouts had been largely unknown for weeks, leaving an already fragile peace deal in limbo.

UN chief calls for renewed focus on mass destruction weapons

Dave Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 12:11pm

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday that technological advances have made it easier for terrorist and criminal groups to obtain materials needed to make weapons of mass destruction, and some are actively trying to obtain nuclear, biological and chemical weapons to target civilians.

Bahamas gov't says islands 'safe' despite 4 cases of Zika

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 11:41am

The Bahamas has confirmed four cases of mosquito-born Zika virus, including two transmitted in the islands.

Nigeria: Air raid 'fatally wounds' Boko Haram leader

Michelle Faul, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 11:30am

Nigeria's military said Tuesday it believes an airstrike has "fatally wounded" Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau and killed about 300 militants, but there was no way to confirm yet another claim of the death of Nigeria's Islamic extremist leader.

Cambodia's Khmer Rouge tribunal hears about forced marriages

Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 9:50am

The U.N.-backed tribunal trying members of Cambodia's former Khmer Rouge regime for genocide and other crimes turned its attention Tuesday to forced marriages, with witnesses testifying how such bonds were supposed to serve the state rather than personal wishes.

Virgin Trains challenges Corbyn's train-too-full claims

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 9:50am

Virgin Trains has taken issue with British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn's claim he was forced to sit on the floor on a recent journey.

Iran parliament pushes back on military for Russian base use

Nasser Karimi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 9:33am

Iran's parliament on Tuesday pushed back against the military after it appeared to dismiss civilian oversight following Russia's use of an Iranian air base to launch airstrikes on Syria.

S. Korea, US start drills despite N. Korea's nuclear threat

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 9:32am

South Korea and the United States began annual military drills Monday despite North Korea's threat of nuclear strikes in response to the exercises that it calls an invasion rehearsal.