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AMATRICE, Italy (AP) — The mayor of the central-Italian city of Amatrice (ah-mah-TREE'-cheh) says rescue teams are trying to reach all of the city's 69 hamlets following this morning's powerful earthquake and numerous aftershocks. There are reports of as many as 50 deaths and hundreds of injuries. Crews are trying to dig out survivors.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Syrian rebels and Turkish armored united reportedly have captured a Syrian village held by the Islamic State group. Turkey's state-run Andalou Agency says the capture of the town, some 1.8 miles from the Turkish border, comes hours after Turkish ground troops crossed into Syria to clear another nearby border town of IS militants. Turkish President Recep Erdogan (REH'-jehp UR'-doh-wahn) says the military operation aims to prevent threats from "terror" groups and a U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish militia.
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's president says that when he meets with Vice President Joe Biden today, he'll demand the extradition of the leader allegedly responsible for last month's failed coup. President Recep Erdogan (REH'-jehp UR'-doh-wahn) has previously made demands for the extradition of Fethullah Gulen (FEH'-too-lah goo-LEN'), who's been in the United States. Gulen denies he took part in last month's failed coup.
NEW DELHI (AP) — The Indian government says it wants to protect poor women from exploitation by banning foreigners, single parents and gay couples from using the country's surrogacy services. India's foreign minister says legislation will soon be introduced in Parliament that would allow only married Indian couples who've been childless for five years to have a baby through surrogacy.
ATLANTA (AP) — An investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says the doctors who engage in sexual misconduct with patients are routinely treated as having "impairment" issues and may not be reported to law enforcement. The paper says it's now common across the country for medical regulators to send doctors accused of sexual abuse to treatment. That way, the offending doctors avoid criminal charges and can return to practice.
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