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'SOS' in sand leads to rescue of 2 people stranded on island

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 7:00pm

The U.S. Coast Guard says two stranded mariners were rescued Friday after crews saw their "SOS" in the sand on an uninhabited island in Micronesia, Hawaii News Now reports (

Colombian rebels announce final conference of peace talks

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 4:00pm

Top commanders from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia are preparing to gather one final time in mid-September to ratify a peace accord reached this week with government negotiators and map out the group's political strategy without weapons.

8 troops killed in suspected rebel attack in north Paraguay

Pedro Servin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:50pm

Suspected members of a little-known rebel group killed eight soldiers in an attack in northern Paraguay on Saturday, just days after guerrillas and officials in Colombia reached a peace deal to end the longest-running insurgency in Latin America.

The Latest: Activists say Syrian planes bomb city of Homs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:50pm

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

Kurdish-led Syria forces face off with Turkish-backed rebels

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 2:20pm

Backed by Turkish tanks and reports of airstrikes, Turkey-allied Syrian rebels clashed with Kurdish-led forces in northeastern Syria in a new escalation that further complicates the already protracted Syrian conflict.

Venezuelan police jail top activist in pre-dawn transfer

Camilo Hernandez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 2:10pm

A prominent Venezuelan opposition leader has been jailed again after intelligence agents picked him up at his home before dawn, a brazen move that the government said was necessary to prevent acts of violence but which has alarmed the opposition and human rights groups.

The embrace of life: A story of 2 sisters in Italy's quake

Vanessa Gera and Trisha Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 2:01pm

In the chaos of Italy's devastating earthquake, an older sister's embrace allowed a young girl to survive.

FARC rebels announce final conference to ratify Colombia peace accords, create political movement

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 12:50pm

FARC rebels announce final conference to ratify Colombia peace accords, create political movement.

Grief erupts in Italy as nation honors, buries quake dead

Trisha Thomas and Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 12:40pm

Mourners in Italy prayed, hugged, wept and even applauded as coffins carrying victims of the country's devastating earthquake passed by at a state funeral Saturday, grieving as one nation after three desperate days of trying to save as many people as possible.

Turkey extradites 5 Macedonians planning to join IS

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 12:10pm

Macedonian police say Turkey has extradited five Macedonians arrested in Istanbul in an operation to crack down on recruitment for the Islamic State group.

Lawyers: 3 former Salvadoran military officers released

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 12:00pm

Three former Salvadoran military officers who Spanish courts wanted to put on trial for their alleged roles in the killing of six Jesuit priests were freed from prison late Friday after the Supreme Court denied their extradition, their lawyers said.

Spanish police arrest 57 in illegal Chinese immigration ring

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 12:00pm

Spanish police say they have arrested 57 people and dismantled an illegal immigration ring giving Chinese citizens Spanish residency permits through fake job contracts as domestic staff.

The Latest: Death toll in Italian earthquake rises to 291

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 10:30am

The Latest on the Italian earthquake (all times local):

Zimbabwe police arrest 67 over anti-government protest

Farai Mutsaka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 9:11am

President Robert Mugabe warned against an Arab Spring type of revolution, as Zimbabwe police said they arrested 67 people following a violent protest that rocked the capital, Harare.

Traffic chaos as truck hits, collapses bridge on UK highway

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 8:50am

Witnesses and British emergency services say a truck has struck an overpass and collapsed a pedestrian bridge onto one of England's busiest highways, injuring one person.

South Sudan's troubled agreement is not keeping the peace

Justin Lynch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 8:32am

When South Sudan's president signed a peace deal a year ago to try to end the country's civil war, he added 16 reservations to the agreement.

Fire sweeps through Russian warehouse, killing 17 workers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 7:50am

A fire swept through a Moscow printing plant warehouse on Saturday, killing 17 migrant workers from Kyrgyzstan, Russia's emergency services said. A representative of the Kyrgyz community said the victims were all young women trapped in a dressing room while changing into their work clothes.

Egypt court orders release of lawyer who defied president

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 7:50am

An Egyptian court has ordered the release of a rights lawyer who had been held without charge in solitary confinement for over 100 days after defying President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

Does China still harvest organs of executed? Doctors divided

Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 7:40am

A Canadian patient's receipt of a kidney transplant after waiting just three days during a recent visit to China raised an immediate red flag among surgeons at the Montreal-based Transplantation Society: A turnaround that quick indicates the organ likely came from the body of an executed prisoner.