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Lawyer: Timbuktu residents felt shame after sites destroyed

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 9:11am

By reducing historic mausoleums in Timbuktu to dusty piles of rubble, Islamic extremists desecrated holy sites, leaving residents ashamed and impoverished, a lawyer said Wednesday at the trial of the man accused of leading the destruction.

Powerful earthquake shakes central Myanmar

Esther Htusan and Min Kyi Thein, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 9:10am

A powerful earthquake shook central Myanmar on Wednesday, damaging nearly a hundred ancient Buddhist pagodas in the former capital of Bagan, a major tourist attraction, officials said.

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Italy earthquake described as 'Dante's Inferno' kills dozens

Paolo Santalucia and Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 9:08am

A strong earthquake in central Italy reduced three towns to rubble as people slept early Wednesday, with reports that as many as 50 people were killed and hundreds injured as rescue crews raced to dig out survivor

Duterte:'It will be bloody' if Philippine territory breached

Bullit Marquez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 9:01am

The tough-talking Philippine president said Wednesday he will walk the extra mile for peace but warned China "it will be bloody" if the militarily superior Asian neighbor infringes on his country's territory.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 9:00am

Colombia's president says peace deal with rebels near; could be announced within hours.

Colombia, leftist rebels putting final touches on peace deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 9:00am

Colombia's president says government negotiators and leftist rebels are putting the final touches on a historic peace deal and hope to announce it in the coming hours.

German govt OKs new crisis guidelines, rejects criticism

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 9:00am

Germany's government on Wednesday approved new guidelines for protecting the population in case of emergencies such as attacks or long-term power outages, and the country's top security official pushed back against criticism of the timing and manner of its presentation.

The Latest: Syrian rebels say they've entered IS-held town

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 8:52am

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

Canadian Mounties allow officers to wear hijab

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 8:51am

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

Saudi police say attacks thwarted in mostly Shiite east

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 8:51am

Saudi Arabia's security forces said Wednesday they have thwarted two terrorist attacks in the predominantly Shiite Eastern Province and that at least one of the bombings was being planned by Islamic State recruits.

Biden calls on Turkey to be patient in Gulen case

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 8:41am

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden called on Turkish authorities on Wednesday 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.

Zimbabwe police fire tear gas, gunshots to quell protests

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 8:30am

Zimbabwe police have fired tear gas, water cannons and gunshots to stop hundreds of youths protesting against police brutality in the capital, Harare.

UK police arrest member of armed forces under Terrorism Act

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 8:30am

London's Metropolitan Police say they've arrested a member of Britain's armed forces as part of an investigation into Northern Ireland-related offenses under the Terrorism Act.

Biden says Syrian Kurdish forces will lose US support if they don't retreat to east bank of Euphrates

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 8:11am

Biden says Syrian Kurdish forces will lose US support if they don't retreat to east bank of Euphrates.

Advocacy groups write Oman's sultan over journalists' trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 8:11am

Two journalism advocacy groups have jointly written to Oman's sultan over the trial of three reporters and the shuttering of their newspaper.

Former West German president Walter Scheel dies at 97

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 8:10am

Walter Scheel, who helped shape West Germany's policy of reconciliation with the communist bloc as foreign minister and later served as his country's president, has died. He was 97.

The Latest: Greece searches for 60 people on smuggling boat

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 8:02am

The Latest on the influx of asylum-seekers and migrants in Europe (all times local):

Turkish state media says Syrian opposition forces have reached 'entrance' to IS-held town of Jarablus

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 8:00am

Turkish state media says Syrian opposition forces have reached 'entrance' to IS-held town of Jarablus.

Italy's civil protection agency upgrades provisional death toll from earthquake to 73

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 8:00am

Italy's civil protection agency upgrades provisional death toll from earthquake to 73.