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Iraq army takes key town on road to Mosul from IS

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 6:51am

Iraqi forces have retaken the key town of Qayara, near a major air base south of Mosul, from the Islamic State group, according to a statement from The Iraqi prime minister's office.

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.

Russia calls snap military drills

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 6:50am

Russia's defense ministry says President Vladimir Putin has announced snap military drills on land and in the Black and Caspian Seas.

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.

Turkey: Kurdish rebels attack soldiers guarding party leader

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 6:40am

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

Kerry in Saudi Arabia for talks on Yemen, Syria and Libya

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 6:30am

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has met with Saudi King Salman in the Red Sea city of Jiddah ahead of talks focusing on the conflicts in Yemen, Syria and Libya with other Gulf Arab officials.

Tiger taken from 'world's worst zoo' arrives in South Africa

Stuart Graham, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 6:22am

A Bengal tiger rescued from what activists have called "the worst zoo in the world" arrived in South Africa for a new home Thursday.

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.

The Latest: Italian officials revise quake death toll to 241

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 5:50am

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

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.

The Latest: Germany wants to keep planes at Turkish base

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 5:30am

The Latest developments in the Syrian civil war, following Turkish ground forces' incursion (all times local):

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.

Soldiers, residents begin cleanup after quake in Myanmar

Min Kyi Thein and Esther Htusan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 4:50am

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

5 men drown off British beach without lifeguard

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 4:30am

British police say five men have drowned off a beach in southern England that had no lifeguard.

UN rights chief seeks international probe of Yemen violence

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 4:20am

The U.N. human rights chief on Thursday called for an international investigation of rights abuses and violence in Yemen's civil war, which has killed thousands of people, as he insisted that a domestic panel set up to look into violations has not been up to the task.

Egypt family to join boy who crossed sea alone seeking help

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 3:40am

Egypt's Foreign Ministry says the family of an Egyptian boy who crossed the Mediterranean Sea on his own to find medical help abroad for his sick brother, will leave for Italy within days to join him there.

Serbia police find 34 migrants in a Belgrade house

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 3:20am

Serbian police say they have arrested a man after finding 34 migrants in his house in a Belgrade suburb.

UN human rights chief calls for international investigation of abuses in Yemen's civil war

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 3:10am

UN human rights chief calls for international investigation of abuses in Yemen's civil war.