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AP PHOTOS: Families of Peru's disappeared hope for answers

Rodrigo Abd and Franklin Briceno, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 10:03pm

Thousands of Peruvian families who have spent decades wondering about loved ones who disappeared during years of bloody conflict between the state and Maoist guerrillas have new hopes for getting the closure they have been searching for.

TS Ernesto aims at Ireland, Hurricane Lane forms in Pacific

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 10:01pm

Tropical Storm Ernesto is far from land moving rapidly over the north Atlantic toward a weekend approach to Ireland and the United Kingdom, while Hurricane Lane has formed out in the Pacific and is heading on a path likely to take it south of the Hawaiian islands next week.

Mattis says further Taliban assaults likely in weeks ahead

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 8:35pm

The Taliban is likely to keep up its recent surge of violence in advance of scheduled parliamentary elections in October but Western-backed Afghan defenses will not break, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday.

Dog day in Bolivia: Church honors patron saint of canines

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 5:27pm

Many Bolivians brought their dogs, often freshly groomed and dressed in costumes, to the parish of Villa Adela near the capital Thursday for a Mass honoring the patron saint of dogs.

Quakes rock southern Italy, alarmed people sleeping outdoors

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 4:43pm

At least nine earthquakes rocked southern Italy in two hours Thursday night, prompting frightened residents to sleep outdoors for safety and a child to hurt himself when he leaped in fear from a balcony.

Brazilian prosecutors charge 'Dr. Bumbum' with murder

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 3:24pm

Brazilian prosecutors have filed a murder charge against celebrity plastic surgeon Denis Cesar Barros Furtado over the death of a patient who was given injections to enlarge her buttocks.

Argentina offers reward in graft case linked to Fernandez

Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 2:37pm

Argentina is offering a reward for information leading to the recovery of money from a case in which former President Cristina Fernandez is accused of leading a corruption scheme involving officials and business leaders.

Doctors, nurses protest rule of Venezuela's socialist leader

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 2:01pm

Riot police have blocked hundreds of doctors and nurses from marching to Venezuela's presidential palace to protest low pay and shortages of medical supplies amid the nation's deepening crisis.

US and Chile agree to cooperate on cyber security

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 1:12pm

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and his Chilean counterpart have signed an agreement pledging closer cooperation in combating cyber threats.

Mattis aide to be nominated to head US Southern Command

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 1:07pm

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday that his senior military assistant, Navy Vice Adm. Craig Faller, will be nominated to serve as the next head of U.S. Southern Command.

Moscow bristles at US sanctions on Russian company

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 12:59pm

Russia has warned that the latest U.S. sanctions against a Russian company accused by Washington of breaching international restrictions on North Korea could undermine denuclearization talks with Pyongyang.

German passenger jet makes safe unscheduled landing on Crete

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 12:56pm

Greek explosives disposal experts are checking a German Condor Airlines passenger jet flying from Egypt that made a safe unscheduled landing on the southern island of Crete after reporting a potential bomb threat.

Russian court frees from jail 2 teenagers in extremism case

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 12:11pm

A court in the Russian capital has released two teenagers jailed on extremism charges and put them under house arrest, in a case that has sparked public outrage.

Mexico City bans use of models at city events

Amy Guthrie, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 10:59am

They've long been an unmissable part of public events in Mexico, from soccer matches to trade fairs: attractive women hired to be greeters or simply as eye candy, sometimes scantily clad in short skirts and high heels or crop-tops and hot pants emblazoned with corporate logos.

Russian strategic bombers deploy near Alaska

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 10:41am

The Russian military says that two nuclear-capable strategic bombers have flown to the easternmost Chukotka Peninsula, near Alaska, as part of an air force exercise.

Brazil's Temer backs other party's presidential candidate

Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 10:37am

Brazilian President Michel Temer is endorsing another party's candidate as well as his own in October's presidential election.

The Latest: War monitor says IS attack on Syria base kills 7

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 10:13am

The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):

Physician to Queen Elizabeth II killed in cycling accident

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 9:59am

A physician to Queen Elizabeth II has been killed by a truck as he cycled through central London.

Russia says drone attacks on its Syria base have increased

Dmitry Kozlov and Sergei Grits, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 9:19am

Russian air defense assets in Syria have downed 45 drones targeting their main base in the country, its military said Thursday, after an attack by the Islamic State group on a Syrian army base a day earlier killed seven troops.