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Turkey in cross-border operation to free IS-held Syrian town

After a pre-dawn barrage of heavy artillery and airstrikes, Turkey sent tanks and special forces into Syria on Wednesday to help clear a border town of Islamic State militants in Ankara's most significant military involvement so far in the Syria conflict. Syrian opposition fighters were also part of the cross-border ...

UN envoy: No more 'taboo' issues in Cyprus peace talks

A U.N. envoy says everything is up for discussion in an intensified phase of ongoing talks aimed at reunifying ethnically divided Cyprus. Espen Barth Eide says there are no remaining "taboo" issues that the rival leaders would opt to tackle at a later stage. Eide said Wednesday it's the first ...

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Strong quake rocks central Italy, at least 23 reported dead

A devastating earthquake rocked central Italy early Wednesday, collapsing homes on top of residents as they slept. At least 23 people were reported dead in three hard-hit towns where rescue crews raced to dig survivors out of the rubble, but the toll was expected to rise as crews reached homes ...

Train hits bus in northwestern Germany, 10 injured

German police say a train hit a bus on a road crossing, injuring 10 people. Police in northwestern Osnabrueck said the driver of the articulated bus apparently stopped to let passengers on and off next to the crossing in nearby Melle on Wednesday. But the back of the vehicle remained ...

A post office is engulfed by rubbles in Arcuata del Tronto, central Italy, where a 6.1 earthquake struck just after 3:30 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. The quake was felt across a broad section of central Italy, including the capital Rome where people in homes in the historic center felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks. (AP Photo/Sandro Perozzi)

The Latest: Rescuers free dozens alive in quake-hit town

The Latest on the earthquake in central Italy (all times local): 11:05 a.m. Italy's forestry police say they have extracted dozens of people alive from hard-hit Pescara del Tronto in Italy's Le Marche region, but rescue crews still haven't reached the nearby hamlet of Peracchia di Acqua Santa Terme. The ...

A man walks past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo, Japan, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. Asian stocks meandered Wednesday as investors awaited fresh cues from Federal Reserve on the outlook for interest rates. Markets were steady following the submarine launch of a ballistic missile by North Korea. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Global shares lackluster ahead of Fed chair's speech

Asian stocks meandered Wednesday as investors awaited fresh cues from Federal Reserve on the outlook for interest rates. Markets were steady following the submarine launch of a ballistic missile by North Korea. In Japan, shares rose on speculation the Bank of Japan may make a surprise move to help shore ...

Qatari state fund buys stake in NY's Empire State Building

Qatar's sovereign wealth fund has made an iconic purchase in America — a stake in the company owning New York's Empire State Building. The Empire State Realty Trust Inc., which manages the building, said late on Tuesday that the Qatar Investment Authority purchased a 9.9-percent stake in the company for ...

Commodities giant Glencore trims loss after asset sales

Swiss commodities producer Glencore says it narrowed its net loss in the first half of 2016, after selling billions of dollars' worth of assets to slash debt as global economic concerns soured the market for raw materials. The company based in Baar, Switzerland, reported its net loss shrank to $369 ...

In this Tuesday, August 23, 2016, photo, Ahmad Abughaush displays his taekwondo gold medal from the 2016 Olympics for photographers on his arrival to the Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan. Abughaush, Jordan's first Olympic champion, has returned home to a royal welcome. The 20-year-old was greeted by three princes and a cheering crowd at the kingdom's main airport, after his return from the Rio games. Abughaush says he'll seek to defend his title at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

Jordan's first Olympic medalist comes home to royal welcome

Jordan's first Olympic champion, taekwondo gold medal winner Ahmad Abughaush, has returned home to a royal welcome. The 20-year-old was greeted by three princes, his family and a cheering crowd late on Tuesday at the kingdom's main airport, after his return from the Rio games. Abughaush told reporters that he ...

The Latest: Syrian rebels at Turkey border cross into Syria

The Latest developments in the civil war in Syria (all times local): 11:55 a.m. A Syrian activist group monitoring the civil war says Syrian rebels who were amassed at the Turkish border have crossed into Syria as part of a Turkey-backed operation to liberate an Islamic State-controlled border town. The ...

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