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The Latest: Turkish, Syrian Kurdish forces agree on truce

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 10:50am

The Latest on developments in the Syrian conflict, following Ankara's incursion into the war-torn state last week (all times local):

Israeli ex-spy chief says Palestinian state crucial to peace

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 10:31am

The former head of Israel's Mossad spy agency on Tuesday said the establishment of an independent Palestinian state is crucial to region-wide peace in the Middle East, joining the ranks of retired security men to urge the government to seek a two-state solution.

As refugee children die, Nigeria probes theft of food aid

Michelle Faul, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 10:31am

Children who escaped Boko Haram's Islamic insurgency now are dying of starvation in refugee camps in northeastern Nigeria's largest city as the government investigates the theft of food aid by officials.

Ex-Istanbul police chief, others detained in anti-coup probe

Cinar Kiper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 10:21am

Turkey detained a former police chief, several governors and nine journalists Tuesday as part of the probe into the movement allegedly behind last month's abortive coup, according to state media.

Estonia's parliament fails to elect new president

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 10:20am

Estonia's parliament has failed to elect a new president in three rounds of voting and has passed on the task of picking a head of state to an electoral college.

Reports: Uzbek concert cancelled amid president health doubt

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 10:10am

News agencies report a concert marking Uzbekistan's 25th anniversary of independence from the Soviet Union has been cancelled amid uncertainty about the health of the country's hospitalized president.

IS destruction of Iraqi base could hinder Mosul operation

Susannah George and Balint Szlanko, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 10:10am

The air base that Iraqi forces hope to use as a staging area to take Mosul back from the Islamic State group was almost completely destroyed by the retreating militants, raising new doubts over whether the long-awaited operation will begin this year.

AP documents 72 mass graves in territory freed of IS

Lori Hinnant and Desmond Butler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 10:00am

Peering through binoculars, the young man watched as Islamic State extremists gunned down the handcuffed men and then buried them with a waiting bulldozer. For six days he watched as IS filled one grave after another with his friends and neighbors.

The Latest: Turk reaches Greece saying he's fleeing purge

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 9:50am

The Latest on the aftermath of the failed coup in Turkey on July 15 (all times local):

France criticizes Turkish military intervention in Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 9:40am

French President Francois Hollande has criticized Turkey's "contradictory" military intervention in Syria and warned Russia not to become a "protagonist" in the war.

State funeral in Amatrice to honor 37 quake victims

Andrea Rosa and Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 9:40am

Construction crews worked through the night to build a tent complex to host an Italian state funeral Tuesday in quake-devastated Amatrice after outraged residents rejected the government's plan to hold the service in a distant airport hangar.

The Latest: UK, France plan to increase security in Calais

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 9:30am

The Latest on Europe's migration crisis (all times local):

United States, India agree to boost anti-terror cooperation

Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 9:20am

The United States and India agreed Tuesday to boost counterterrorism cooperation by expanding intelligence sharing about known or suspected extremists and terrorist threats.

Spain's acting premier launches new bid to take office

Ciaran Giles, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 9:10am

Spain's acting prime minister opened a two-day parliamentary debate Tuesday in hopes of getting enough support to form a new government and ending an eight-month impasse, but expectations of a breakthrough are low.

The Latest: President's impeachment trial resumes in Brazil

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 8:41am

The Latest on Senate proceedings in the impeachment trial of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (all times local):

Danish lawmakers say Nauru refused visit to refugee camp

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 8:41am

Three Danish lawmakers say Nauru has blocked them from taking part in a visit to a detention center where Australia sends asylum-seekers.

EU authorizes new maritime operations in Mediterranean

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 8:41am

An EU naval mission in the Mediterranean has been authorized to start enforcing a UN arms embargo designed to choke off weapon supplies to extremists in Libya.

Taliban appoint military chief as the new leader settles in

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 8:10am

The Taliban have appointed a new military chief as the insurgents try to gain more ground in Afghanistan rather than talk peace under a new leadership, Taliban officials said in telephone interviews over the weekend.

Israel says UN envoy's settlement remarks 'distort history'

Ian Deitch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 7:50am

Israel on Tuesday said remarks by the U.N. Mideast envoy "distort history" after he declared that Israel's settlement-building is a main obstacle to peace with the Palestinians.