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VIDEO: Aftershocks rattle Italian quake zone; death toll rises to 250

updated: 08/25/2016 11:27 a.m. Discuss

PESCARA DEL TRONO, Italy — Aftershocks in central Italy rattled residents and rescue workers alike Thursday, as crews worked to find more earthquake survivors.

Quake levels 3 Italian towns

posted: 08/25/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Rescue crews using bulldozers and bare hands raced to dig out survivors from an earthquake that reduced three central Italian towns to rubble Wednesday.

Turkish forces roll into northern Syria

updated: 08/25/2016 3:56 a.m. Discuss

Turkey sent tanks, warplanes and special operations forces into northern Syria on Wednesday, enabling Syrian rebels to capture an important Islamic State stronghold within hours.

U.S. tells how $1.3B in interest paid to Iran

updated: 08/25/2016 3:53 a.m. Discuss

President Barack Obama's administration on Wednesday revealed the details of how it paid in January the $1.3 billion in interest owed to Iran to resolve a decades-old dispute over an undelivered military sale, two days after allowing $400 million in cash to fly to Tehran.

N. Korean leader praises missile launch

posted: 08/25/2016 3:48 a.m. Discuss

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said early today that his country had achieved the "success of all successes" in launching a missile from a submarine, saying it essentially gave the country full nuclear-attack capability and put the U.S. mainland within striking distance.

Kabul's American University hit

updated: 08/25/2016 3:42 a.m. Discuss

An attack on the American University of Afghanistan has ended, a senior police officer said today, after at least seven people were killed and more than 30 were wounded.

Olympics over, Brazil back to gutter politics

posted: 08/25/2016 3:40 a.m. Discuss

Just days after the closing ceremony of the Rio Olympics, Brazilian senators are about to decide whether to permanently remove President Dilma Rousseff from office, the climax of a monthslong political battle.

Colombia, rebels reach peace accord

posted: 08/25/2016 3:39 a.m. Discuss

Colombia's government and the country's biggest rebel group reached a deal Wednesday evening for ending a half-century of hostilities in what has been one of the world's longest-running armed conflicts.

6.8 quake jolts Burma; 3 killed

updated: 08/25/2016 3:35 a.m. Discuss

A powerful earthquake shook Burma on Wednesday, killing at least three people and damaging nearly 200 ancient Buddhist pagodas in the former capital, Bagan, a major tourist site, officials said.

Assad, ISIS get blame for Syrian gas attacks

updated: 08/25/2016 3:33 a.m. Discuss

An international team has concluded that the Syrian government and Islamic State militants carried out chemical attacks in the conflict-wracked nation during 2014 and 2015, according to its report circulated Wednesday.

The world in brief

updated: 08/25/2016 3:32 a.m. Discuss

Bombs in Thailand south kill 1, injure 29 PATTANI, Thailand -- Two bombs exploded near a hotel in insurgency-wracked southern Thailand, killing one employee and wounding 29 people, police and hospital officials said Wednesday.

In the news

updated: 08/25/2016 3:22 a.m. Discuss

Jeffrey Williams, 58, a NASA astronaut now in orbit as commander of the International Space Station, has set a U.S. record for total days spent in space, 521 days over four flights, surpassing the 520-day record set earlier this year by Scott Kelly.

North Korean submarine missile launch shows improved ability, analysts say

posted: 08/24/2016 11:11 a.m. Discuss

SEOUL, South Korea — A ballistic missile fired from a North Korean submarine on Wednesday flew about 310 miles, the longest distance achieved by the North for such a weapon, Seoul officials said, putting all of South Korea, and possibly parts of Japan, within its striking distance.

Turkey begin cross-border operation to free Islamic State-held Syrian town

posted: 08/24/2016 11:06 a.m. Discuss

NKARA, Turkey — After a pre-dawn barrage of heavy artillery and airstrikes, Turkish tanks and special forces pushed into Syria on Wednesday in a U.S.-backed assault aiming to retake a border town from Islamic State militants and contain Kurdish expansion. It marked the NATO member's most significant military involvement so far in the Syria conflict.

Militants attack American University in Afghanistan; 1 dead

updated: 08/24/2016 3:12 p.m. Discuss

KABUL, Afghanistan — Militants attacked the American University of Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing at least one person and wounding another 18, officials said.

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