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Powerful earthquake shakes central Myanmar

Min Kyi Thein and Esther Htusan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 12:00am

Using brooms and their hands, soldiers and residents of an ancient Myanmar city famous for its historic Buddhist pagodas began cleaning up the debris Thursday from a powerful earthquake that shook the region and damaged nearly 200 temples.

Australia police: No extremist motive found in hostel attack

Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 11:30pm

Australian police were investigating whether a French man accused of fatally stabbing a British woman while shouting the Arabic phrase "Allahu akbar" had a romantic obsession with her, an official said Thursday.

The Latest: Italian officials say quake death toll hits 247

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 10:43pm

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

Italy's civil protection agency says death toll in earthquake rises to 247

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 10:31pm

Italy's civil protection agency says death toll in earthquake rises to 247.

Colombia, FARC rebels reach deal to end half-century war

Andrea Rodriguez and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 8:21pm

Colombia's government and the country's biggest rebel group reached a historic deal Wednesday evening for ending a half-century of hostilities in one of the world's longest-running and bloodiest armed conflicts.

UN to consider statement on North Korea missile launch

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 8:11pm

The U.N. Security Council agreed at an emergency meeting late Wednesday to consider issuing a statement on the latest North Korean missile launch.

Attack on American University in Afghanistan leaves 7 dead

Lynne O'Donnell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 8:00pm

An attack on the American University of Afghanistan has ended, a senior police officer said Thursday, after at least seven people were killed and more than 30 were wounded.

Report: Syria and Islamic State blamed for chemical attacks

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 7:40pm

An international team has concluded that the Syrian government and Islamic State militants carried out chemical attacks in the conflict-wracked nation during 2014 and 2015, according to a report circulated on Wednesday.

Colombia's president says he will hold Oct. 2 plebiscite on peace deal with FARC rebels

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 7:01pm

Colombia's president says he will hold Oct. 2 plebiscite on peace deal with FARC rebels.

STORY REMOVED: BC-LT--APNewsAlert

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 5:31pm

The Associated Press has withdrawn its NewsAlert about Colombia and FARC rebels announcing a peace deal. They are about to make an announcement, but haven't given the details.

Violence has taken years off of life expectancy in Syria

Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 4:43pm

The ongoing violence in Syria has taken years off of people's life expectancy, according to a new analysis published in the journal Lancet on Wednesday.

Italy's civil protection agency says death toll in earthquake rises to 159

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 3:41pm

Italy's civil protection agency says death toll in earthquake rises to 159.

Israel clears forces in several deadly 2014 Gaza war cases

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 2:22pm

The Israeli military on Wednesday cleared its forces of wrongdoing in three deadly incidents that took place during the 2014 Gaza war — including an airstrike that killed 15 members of a single family.

Canadian Mounties allow officers to wear hijab

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 2:21pm

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

UN chief: Review potential information on Hammarskjold death

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 2:11pm

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for a review of potential new information, including from South Africa, on the mysterious 1961 plane crash that killed U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold.

At least 1 dead in American University attack in Kabul

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 2:01pm

Officials in the Afghan capital say militants killed at least one person and wounded another 18 in an attack today on the American University of Afghanistan. They say security forces are still combing the campus in search of attackers.

Biden calls on Turkey to be patient in Gulen case

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 1:51pm

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.

Kerry in Saudi Arabia for meetings on Yemen war impasse

Abdullah Al-Shihri and Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 1:51pm

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday for meetings with the kingdom's senior royals and other Gulf officials for talks focusing on Yemen's stalled peace process.

Italy earthquake kills at least 120, reduces towns to rubble

Paolo Santalucia, Frances D'Emilio and Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 1:41pm

A strong earthquake in central Italy reduced three towns to rubble as people slept early Wednesday, killing at least 120 people and injuring hundreds more as rescue crews raced to dig out survivors with bulldozers and their bare hands.