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6.0 quake shakes Costa Rica near Panama; no major damage

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 5:57pm

A strong earthquake shook southern Costa Rica near the border with Panama Friday evening, toppling items from store shelves and knocking out power in places, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage.

UN chief: 1 option to protect Palestinians is a new force

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 5:09pm

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a new report that options to protect Palestinian civilians under Israeli occupation range from establishing an armed military or police force to deploying civilian observers or beefing up the U.N. presence on the ground.

Anger engulfs families as Italy buries its bridge victims

Colleen Barry, Frances D'Emilio and Paolo Santalucia, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 3:01pm

With anger and grief, Italians began burying some of their dead Friday from the Genoa highway bridge collapse, holding funerals in the victims' hometowns. Several angry families rebuffed the offer of a state funeral and the cardinal of Naples was merciless in his condemnation of negligence by Italian officials.

Armenia's new PM marks 100 days in office with giant rally

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 1:34pm

Armenia's new prime minister has marked his first 100 days in office by calling a rally that has attracted about 100,000 enthusiastic supporters.

Al-Qaida bomb master killed in US strike, officials say

Maggie Michael and Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 12:50pm

Al-Qaida's chief bomb maker, Ibrahim al-Asiri, who was behind the 2009 Christmas Day plot to down an airliner over Detroit and other foiled aviation-related terror attacks, was killed in a U.S. drone strike, Yemeni officials and a tribal leader said Friday.

Mali opposition leader rejects presidential runoff result

Baba Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 12:19pm

Mali's opposition leader on Friday rejected the announcement that President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was the winner of a presidential runoff in this West African nation, saying he would be filing a fraud complaint to the Constitutional Court.

Romanian PM tells EU: Force against protesters was justified

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 12:07pm

Romania's prime minister on Friday defended the use of force by riot police during a violent anti-government protest that left more than 450 people injured earlier this month.

Yemeni official says rebels storm WFP warehouse in port city

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 11:57am

A Yemeni minister has accused rival Houthi rebels of storming a warehouse used by the World Food Program to store humanitarian aid in the war-torn Red Sea port city of Hodeida.

Al-Qaida in Yemen denies AP report on secret deals with UAE

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 11:28am

Yemen's al-Qaida branch denied on Friday an Associated Press report saying it struck secret deals over territories it controls with the Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels in the country.

'Disruptive' man in Tinkerbell dress ousted from Ryanair jet

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 10:45am

Authorities say a man dressed as Tinkerbell has been removed from a plane at London's Stansted Airport for disruptive behavior.

Strong, deep earthquake shakes area off Indonesia

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 10:43am

A strong earthquake located far below the Earth's surface shook an area in Indonesia's Flores Sea late Friday. There were no immediate reports of damage or tsunami warnings.

Palestinians say 2 killed by Israel fire at Gaza border

Fares Akram, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 10:15am

Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire and another 60 injured at a protest along the Gaza border amid ongoing Egyptian efforts to broker a cease-fire, Gaza's Health Ministry said Friday.

Turkey: 2 dead, 5 hurt in shooting at local cleric's office

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 9:52am

Turkey's state-run news agency says an employee at the office of a local Muslim cleric in eastern Turkey has opened fire at his colleagues, before turning the gun on himself in a failed suicide attempt. Two people were killed and five others — including the gunman — were wounded in the incident.

German charged over alleged combat role in Afghan Taliban

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 9:15am

Prosecutors have charged a German citizen who allegedly fought for the Taliban in Afghanistan, accusing him of membership in a terrorist organization, attempted murder and weapons offenses.

Could Brazil's da Silva really run? It's not likely

Sarah Dilorenzo, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 8:53am

While jailed former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has long insisted he can run for Brazil's presidency again despite his conviction, legal experts say the path to doing that is extremely narrow and unlikely to happen. And his Workers' Party risks missing the deadline to register an alternative candidate if it pushes his case for too long.

Culinary greats honor late French master chef Joel Robuchon

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 8:37am

Hundreds of people, among them scores of chefs and students of the culinary arts from around the world, gathered Friday to pay their respects to one of the masters of French cuisine, the late French chef Joel Robuchon.

Sri Lanka police query ex-president over abducted journalist

Krishan Francis, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 8:23am

Police in Sri Lanka questioned the former president on Friday as part of an investigation into the abduction of a journalist during the country's civil war 10 years ago.

Tipping the scales: White lion cubs bulking up in Germany

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 8:04am

They're still tiny, but the white lion cubs at the Magdeburg zoo in eastern Germany are putting on weight fast.

Germany: Possible Syria meeting with France, Russia, Turkey

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 7:51am

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says officials are looking into the possibility of a four-way meeting on Syria involving Turkey, Russia, Germany and France.