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Colombia's president declares ceasefire against rebel movement starting next week

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 11:41am

Colombia's president declares ceasefire against rebel movement starting next week.

Russia downplays conflict with US over Syria weapons report

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 11:33am

Russia's U.N. ambassador said Thursday there doesn't have to be a confrontation with the United States over a report that blames the Syrian government and Islamic State militants for carrying out chemical attacks in the conflict-torn country.

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

Stuart Graham, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 11:31am

A Bengal tiger rescued from what activists have called "the worst zoo in the world" arrived in South Africa for a new home Thursday, after living in a small cage in Gaza alongside another tiger's stuffed corpse.

Iraqi defense minister gets no-confidence vote

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 11:21am

Iraq's minister of defense received a no-confidence vote from parliament Thursday just as Iraqi forces retook a key northern town near the Islamic State-held city of Mosul.

The Latest: Cease-fire agreement reached in Damascus suburb

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 11:21am

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

Car bomb explodes near Turkish embassy in Somalia's capital

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 11:20am

A Somali police officer says a car bomber has prematurely detonated an explosives-laden vehicle near the new Turkish embassy compound in the capital, Mogadishu.

UN rights chief seeks international probe of Yemen violence

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 11:00am

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.

Nuns, priest and past quake survivor escape death in Italy

Frances D'Emilio and Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 11:00am

Among the survivors of Wednesday's devastating earthquake in central Italy were nuns, a priest and survivors of previous quakes. Some saw their houses collapse into debris and dust, while the homes of others are still standing but deemed unsafe.

At least 13 dead in attack on American University outside Kabul

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 10:55am

At least 13 people are dead after an hours-long militant attack on the American University of Afghanistan.

Ashes of Polish Battle of Britain ace return home for burial

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 10:50am

The ashes of Polish fighter ace Capt. Kazimierz Sporny, who is credited with downing at least five enemy planes in the World War II Battle of Britain, have been brought from London to western Poland for a military burial.

Kerry in Saudi Arabia for talks on Yemen, Syria conflicts

Abdullah Al-Shihri and Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 10:41am

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Saudi King Salman in the Red Sea city of Jiddah on Thursday ahead of wider talks mostly focusing on Yemen's 18-month-long war and the conflict in Syria.

Burundi: 8 WhatsApp group members detained for defamation

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 10:40am

Burundi police say they have detained eight people accused of being members of a WhatsApp group for defaming the government and insulting public institutions.

The Latest: UN seeks improvements in Greek refugee camps

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 10:30am

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

Norwegian man held on suspicion of joining IS group in Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 10:20am

A court in Norway has detained a 32-year-old Norwegian man, suspected of joining the militant Islamic State group in Syria two years ago.

Turkey: Kurdish rebels attack soldiers guarding party leader

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 10:10am

Kurdish rebels opened fire Thursday at security forces protecting a convoy of vehicles carrying Turkey's main opposition party leader in the northeast, killing a soldier and wounding two others, officials said.

Anti-government extremist wounded in German police shootout

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 10:02am

An armed anti-government extremist trying to prevent his eviction was wounded in an exchange of gunfire with police Thursday in an eastern German town.

The Latest: Death toll in Italy quake up to 250; 365 injured

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 10:01am

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

Egyptian lawyer in solitary confinement for defying el-Sissi

Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 9:50am

From the day he was imprisoned more than 100 days ago, Egyptian rights lawyer Malek Adly has been locked in solitary confinement with almost no communication with the outside world, sleeping on a bare floor in conditions his lawyers say amount to torture.

Attack on American University in Afghanistan leaves 13 dead

Lynne O'Donnell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 9:40am

A brazen, hours-long militant attack on the American University of Afghanistan ended early Thursday after at least 13 people were killed and dozens wounded in the assault on the sprawling campus on Kabul's outskirts, a government spokesman said.