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Pakistani PM keeps powerful army chief in place 3 more years

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 9:22am

Pakistan's prime minister is keeping his powerful army chief in place for another three years, amid heightened tensions with India over Kashmir as well as the end of U.S.-Talban peace talks for neighboring Afghanistan.

Afghanistan vows to crush Islamic State havens after attack

Rahim Faiez, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 7:42am

Afghanistan's president on Monday vowed to "eliminate" all safe havens of the Islamic State group as the country marked a subdued 100th Independence Day after a horrific wedding attack claimed by the local IS affiliate.

Body of French hiker in Italy found after 9 days

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 7:30am

Italian mountain rescue squads have recovered the body of a French hiker who had fallen into a ravine and called for help 10 days earlier.

4 German children born to IS to return home from Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 6:37am

Four German children fathered by Islamic State militants, including an ill toddler, were handed over to Germany on Monday by Syria's Kurdish-led administration, a Kurdish official and Germany's foreign minister said.

The Latest: Turkey says its army convoy targeted in Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 5:58am

The Latest on developments in Syria as the government offensive intensifies on the country's last rebel stronghold (all times local):

Turkey says airstrikes targeted a Turkish army convoy inside Syria, killing 3 civilians; no word on Turkish casualties

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 5:40am

Turkey says airstrikes targeted a Turkish army convoy inside Syria, killing 3 civilians; no word on Turkish casualties.

Rescue group proposes flying blocked migrants to Spain

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 5:38am

A charity on Monday suggested chartering a plane to fly to Spain 107 migrants blocked off the coast of Italy aboard its boat, to end a stalemate with the Italian interior minister, who won't let private rescue boats into his nation's ports.

Few demonstrators turn up for Zimbabwe protest in Bulawayo

Tendai Marima, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 4:42am

Few people have turned up for an opposition protest in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second city, on Monday as armed police maintained heavy presence on the streets and at a courthouse where the opposition is pressing to be allowed to hold the demonstration.

The Latest: At least 66 hurt in eastern Afghanistan blasts

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 4:28am

The Latest on attacks in Afghanistan (all times local):

Rescuers use explosives to seek 2 cavers trapped in Poland

Monika Scislowska, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 4:23am

Dozens of rescuers have been working around the clock in southern Poland to find two missing spelunkers trapped by rising water in a cave, using explosives to widen underground passages to help in the search.

Thousands flee from 'monster' wildfire on Canary Islands

Barry Hatton, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 4:14am

An out-of-control wildfire in Spain's Canary Islands was throwing flames 50 meters (160 feet) into the air on Monday, forcing emergency workers to evacuate more than 9,000 people, authorities said.

Storms cause travel chaos, large-scale damage in Germany

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 3:56am

A series of summer storms that uprooted trees and blew over power lines has disrupted rail and road travel across parts of southern and central Germany.

Psychiatric patient kills 5 others in Romania

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 3:52am

Authorities in Romania say a patient at a psychiatric hospital has beaten to death five other patients with a drip stand and wounded several more.

Sudan protesters, army postpone announcement on ruling body

Samy Magdy, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 3:06am

Sudan's ruling military council said on Monday the country's pro-democracy movement has asked for a delay on the announcement of a joint ruling body because of last-minute, internal disputes over the opposition appointees.

Turkey says airstrikes target Turkish army convoy in Syria

Albert Aji and Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 2:40am

Airstrikes targeted a Turkish army convoy inside a rebel-held part of Syria on Monday, the Turkish Defense Ministry said, killing 3 civilians and wounding 12 others. The Syrian government, however, said the convoy entered the country carrying ammunition to help rebels who have lost ground this month amid a government offensive to retake the country's last rebel stronghold.

UK lawyer to join British teen's team in Cyprus rape case

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 2:38am

Court proceedings against a 19 year-old British woman who faces a public nuisance charge for falsely accusing 12 Israelis of rape have been adjourned until Aug. 27 in order to give her new legal team time to prepare their defense.

General accused of war abuses named Sri Lanka's army chief

Krishan Francis, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 2:33am

Sri Lanka's president on Monday appointed a general accused of grave human rights abuses in the final stages of Sri Lanka's long civil war as the country's new army chief.

Lead scrubbed from Paris streets as Notre Dame work resumes

Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 2:18am

Specialists shoring up fire-damaged Notre Dame Cathedral returned Monday to the Paris site for the first time in nearly a month, this time wearing disposable underwear and other protective gear after a delay prompted by fears of lead contamination.

Danish PM: Trump's idea of buying Greenland is 'absurd'

Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 2:14am

Greenland is not for sale and U.S. President Donald Trump's idea of buying the semi-autonomous Danish territory in the Arctic from Denmark is "an absurd discussion," Denmark's prime minister said.