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Innocent, Brazil president insists

updated: 08/30/2016 3:51 a.m. Discuss

BRASILIA, Brazil -- Fighting to save her job, suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff told senators Monday that the allegations against her have no merit and that history would judge the country if she is removed from office.

Colombia, rebels’ cease-fire begins

posted: 08/30/2016 3:47 a.m. Discuss

BOGOTA, Colombia — A permanent cease-fire took effect in Colombia on Monday, a key step in bringing an end to 52 years of war between the government and the country’s largest rebel group.

Quake survivors slam funeral plan

updated: 08/30/2016 3:29 a.m. Discuss

ROME -- Italian quake survivors rebelled Monday over the government's plan to hold a state funeral for their loved ones in an airport hangar in a distant town, where scores of bodies were being kept in refrigerated trucks, and let them watch it on screens from near their emergency tent camp.

Stop fighting, U.S. tells Turkey, Kurds

updated: 08/30/2016 3:28 a.m. Discuss

ANKARA, Turkey -- The United States on Monday urged Turkish troops and Kurdish forces in northern Syria to halt their fighting, saying it hinders efforts to defeat the Islamic State militant group. But Turkey's president vowed to press ahead with the military operation until the Islamic State and Kurdish Syrian fighters no longer pose a security threat to Ankara.

3,000 migrants afloat rescued in Mediterranean

updated: 08/30/2016 3:23 a.m. Discuss

OFF THE COAST OF LIBYA -- Italian naval ships and vessels from nongovernment groups rescued thousands of migrants off the Libyan coast Monday, the latest surge in attempts to flee to Europe driven by war, poverty, and human traffickers.

The world in brief

updated: 08/30/2016 3:22 a.m. Discuss

Kerry to Bangladesh: Boost terror fight

Turkey vows destruction of terrorists

posted: 08/29/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

ISTANBUL -- Turkey's president vowed on Sunday to "destroy terrorists" after months of deadly attacks throughout the country and reiterated his claim that a child suicide bomber was responsible for an Aug. 19 explosion that claimed at least 54 lives in the southeast.

U.S. to resettle 10,000th from Syria, envoy says

posted: 08/29/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 3

AMMAN, Jordan -- The U.S. will reach its target today of taking in 10,000 Syrian war refugees in a year-old resettlement program, the U.S. ambassador to Jordan said Sunday after meeting families headed to California and Virginia.

Hamas, Fatah to battle for votes

posted: 08/29/2016 3:08 a.m. Discuss

NABLUS, West Bank -- Palestinian rivals Hamas and Fatah are gearing up for their first contest at the polls since 2006 -- a vote for mayors and local councils in 425 communities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Brazilian president to testify at her trial

posted: 08/29/2016 3:07 a.m. Discuss

BRASILIA, Brazil -- Suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is scheduled to face her accusers in the Senate during an impeachment trial that could remove her permanently from office.

Africans pay for inequality, U.N. reports

posted: 08/29/2016 3:03 a.m. Discuss

NAIROBI, Kenya -- Sub-Saharan Africa loses around $95 billion a year as a result of gender inequality, jeopardizing the continent's efforts for economic growth, according to a United Nations report announced Sunday.

Iraq sets sights on reclaiming Mosul

updated: 08/29/2016 3:02 a.m. Discuss

BAGHDAD -- Iraq's security forces continue to gear up for a long-awaited operation to retake the Islamic State-held city of Mosul. But they will be doing so without the minister of defense who has presided over most of the military's recent successes against the Islamic State.

Italy to probe building code fraud

updated: 08/29/2016 3:01 a.m. Discuss

AMATRICE, Italy -- Italian authorities are vowing to investigate whether negligence or fraud in adhering to building codes played a role in the high death toll in last week's earthquake in Italy.

In South Asia, Kerry to address terror

updated: 08/29/2016 2:59 a.m. Discuss

GENEVA -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's stops in Bangladesh and India this week come amid increasing concerns about terrorism in both South Asian nations.

The World in Brief

updated: 08/29/2016 2:59 a.m. Discuss

Philippine militants free 23 from jail

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