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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.

Biden calls on Turkey to be patient in Gulen case

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 8:41am

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden called on Turkish authorities on Wednesday 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.

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.

Powerful earthquake shakes central Myanmar

Esther Htusan and Min Kyi Thein, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 8:30am

A powerful earthquake shook central Myanmar on Wednesday, damaging nearly a hundred ancient Buddhist pagodas in the former capital of Bagan, a major tourist attraction, officials said.

German govt OKs new crisis guidelines, rejects criticism

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 8:21am

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.

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.

Advocacy groups write Oman's sultan over journalists' trial

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

Two journalism advocacy groups have jointly written to Oman's sultan over the trial of three reporters and the shuttering of their newspaper.

Former West German president Walter Scheel dies at 97

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 8:10am

Walter Scheel, who helped shape West Germany's policy of reconciliation with the communist bloc as foreign minister and later served as his country's president, has died. He was 97.

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

Bullit Marquez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 8:10am

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.

The Latest: Greece searches for 60 people on smuggling boat

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 8:02am

The Latest on the influx of asylum-seekers and migrants in Europe (all times local):

Turkish state media says Syrian opposition forces have reached 'entrance' to IS-held town of Jarablus

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 8:00am

Turkish state media says Syrian opposition forces have reached 'entrance' to IS-held town of Jarablus.

Italy's civil protection agency upgrades provisional death toll from earthquake to 73

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 8:00am

Italy's civil protection agency upgrades provisional death toll from earthquake to 73.

Young man killed in new anti-India protests in Kashmir

Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 7:51am

Indian government forces fired shotguns and tear gas in India's portion of Kashmir on Wednesday to break up new protests demanding an end to Indian rule in the disputed Himalayan region, killing a young man and wounding at least 50 other people.

Nigerian anti-corruption groups beg Kerry: Return loot

Michelle Faul, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 7:51am

Anti-corruption groups in Nigeria have begged U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to help speed the return of billions of dollars looted from the country's treasury by local officials.

France to teach children how to react to school attacks

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 7:50am

French schools will now hold three security drills a year — including one in which an alleged assailant enters their premises — as the French government ramps up security measures after a string of deadly extremist attacks.

Tourism to Paris slumps after attacks, strikes, floods

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 7:50am

Fewer foreign tourists are visiting the Paris region after deadly attacks last year and a season of strikes, violent labor action and exceptional floods.

Police: Man shouts 'Allahu akbar' in Australian knife attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 7:42am

A French man shouting the Arabic phrase "Allahu akbar" stabbed a British woman to death and wounded two men in an attack at a hostel in northeast Australia, police said Wednesday.