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Peak-lovers piqued as Welsh mountain downgraded to hill

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 6:42am

The Welsh mountain Fan y Big has had a comedown. It has been downgraded to a hill.

UK military academy probes waterboarding claim

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 5:50am

Authorities at Britain's Sandhurst military academy say they are investigating allegations that two cadets waterboarded another at the officer-training school.

The Latest: Across Africa, mourning over Kofi Annan

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 4:41am

The Latest on the death of former U.N. secretary-general Kofi Annan (all times local):

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dies at age 80

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 3:57am

Kofi Annan, one of the world's most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become the first black African secretary-general, has died. He was 80.

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has died at age 80, his foundation says

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 3:50am

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has died at age 80, his foundation says.

The Latest: Imam blesses coffins of 2 Italian bridge victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 2:54am

The Latest on the Italy bridge collapse (all times local):

Toll rises to 42 in Italy bridge collapse ahead of funerals

Frances D'Emilio and Paolo Santalucia, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 2:03am

Italy's president spoke quiet words of comfort to families of many of the dead in the Genoa bridge collapse at state funeral held on the city's fair grounds.

Thousands await rescue amid deadly south Indian floods

Tim Sullivan, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 12:11am

Thousands of stranded people were waiting for rescue Saturday and officials pleaded for more help as relentless monsoon floods battered the south Indian state of Kerala, where more than 190 have died in a little over a week and much of the state is partially submerged.

Taliban say no peace with 'occupation,' want US talks

Rahim Faiez, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 12:11am

The leader of the Taliban said Saturday there will be no peace in Afghanistan as long as the foreign "occupation" continues, reiterating the group's position that the 17-year war can only be brought to an end through direct talks with the United States.

Pakistan's cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan is sworn in as prime minister

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 11:26pm

Pakistan's cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan is sworn in as prime minister.

US criticizes Vietnam for jailing peaceful activists

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 8:54pm

The United States said it was deeply concerned over Vietnam's conviction and sentencing of an activist this week, calling the trend of increased arrests and harsh sentences of government critics "troubling."

Taiwan improves missiles to counter China military expansion

Ralph Jennings, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 8:33pm

Taiwan is responding to China's arms buildup by developing missiles and interceptors of its own that could reduce Beijing's military advantage over the self-ruled island, defense experts say.

Mexico says major drug lab busted with 50 tons of synthetics

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 7:59pm

Mexican authorities say they have busted a major narcotics lab in the northern state of Sinaloa with about 50 tons of synthetic drugs.

6.1 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 on Friday evening, toppling items from store shelves and knocking out power in places, but authorities said there was no major damage or reports of serious injuries.

Chile: Man angry over suitcase behind wave of bomb threats

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 5:41pm

A Chilean man angry over an airline not returning his suitcase made false bomb threats that caused up to 11 commercial flights to take emergency measures in Chile, Argentina and Peru, authorities charged Friday.

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.