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Korea talks resume...Train gunman was on watch list...2 panda cubs appear healthy

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 23, 2015 at 7:01 a.m.

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PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Diplomacy continues in the border village of Panmunjom where senior officials from North and South Korea have begun a second round of talks to reduce tensions that have led the countries to the brink of military confrontation. At the same time, South Korea's military says it detected unusual troop and submarine movements in North Korea that indicate Pyongyang is strengthening its capacity for a possible strike.

PARIS (AP) — Authorities in three countries had their eye on the armed man who was tackled by passengers on a train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris. Officials say the 26-year-old Moroccan, Ayoub El-Khazzani, has ties to radical Islam and may have traveled to Syria. A French official says he was known to authorities in France, Belgium and Spain.

TWISP, Wash. (AP) — Firefighters in north-central Washington state are facing a daunting task as they continue to battle a complex of large wildfires that's scorched 355 square miles in Okanogan (oh-kah-NAH'-guhn) County. The challenge is so great, fire officials are training volunteers with heavy equipment to help the professional crews who are trying to get the fires under control. But diminished winds did allow firefighters to make some headway yesterday.

BERLIN (AP) — A fire department spokesman says two planes have collided in the air at an airshow in northern Switzerland and that at least one of the planes crashed after the impact. Marco Thomas of the Laufental fire department did not have any further information about possible injuries or casualties. Yesterday, seven people died after a military jet participating in an airshow in the UK crashed into a busy road.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Zoo has doubled down on pandas. The zoo says its adult female giant panda, Mei Xiang (may shahng), has given birth to twins. The births happened five hours apart yesterday. Officials say the cubs appear healthy

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