At least 120 killed as quake flattens towns in central Italy
By Steve Scherer ACCUMOLI, Italy (Reuters) - An earthquake flattened towns in central Italy in the early hours of Wednesday, killing at least 120 people and burying some alive in their sleep, with volunteers and firefighters racing to free those trapped under mounds of rubble as darkness fell. In the nearby village of Accumoli, a family of four, including two boys aged 8 months and 9 years, were buried when their house imploded. Aerial photographs showed whole areas of Amatrice, last year voted one of Italy's most beautiful historic towns, flattened by the 6.2 magnitude quake.
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:37:57 -0400
Turkish tanks roll into Syria, pushing Islamic State out of key border town
By Humeyra Pamuk and Jeff Mason KARKAMIS, Turkey/ANKARA (Reuters) - Syrian rebels backed by Turkish special forces, tanks and warplanes entered one of Islamic State's last strongholds on the Turkish-Syrian border on Wednesday, in Turkey's first major U.S.-backed incursion into its southern neighbor. A column of at least nine Turkish tanks crossed into Syria with the group of largely Arab and Turkmen rebels to drive Islamic State out of Jarablus and surrounding villages. President Tayyip Erdogan said the operation was targeting both Islamic State and the Kurdish YPG militia, whose gains in northern Syria have alarmed Turkey.
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:59:20 -0400
Gunmen attack American university in Kabul, students flee
By Hamid Shalizi KABUL (Reuters) - Suspected militants stormed the Kabul campus of the American University of Afghanistan on Wednesday with some students jumping from second floor windows to escape the gunfire and explosions, witnesses and officials said. News of casualties was sketchy, but the head of hospitals in the Afghan capital said at least one person had been killed and 14 students wounded in the assault. "Many students jumped from the second floor, some broke their legs and some hurt their head trying to escape," Abdullah Fahimi, a student who escaped, told Reuters.
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:00:26 -0400
U.N./OPCW inquiry blames Syria government for gas attacks, likely sanctions fight looms
By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Syrian governmenttroops wereresponsible for twotoxic gas attacks and Islamic Statemilitantsused sulfur mustard gas, a joint investigation by the United Nations and the global chemical weapons watchdog found onWednesday, according to a confidential report seen by Reuters. The year-long U.N. and Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) inquiry - unanimously authorized by the U.N. Security Council - focused on nine attacks in seven areas of Syria, where a separate OPCW fact-finding investigation had already determined that chemical weapons had likely been used.
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:00:56 -0400
Biden seeks to ease Turkey tensions over coup suspect Gulen
By Jeff Mason and Ece Toksabay ANKARA (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden sought on Wednesday to ease tensions with Turkey over its demands for extradition of a cleric it blames for July's failed coup, saying Washington was cooperating but needed evidence to meet U.S. legal standards. Demands for the extradition of Fethullah Gulen, in exile since 1999, and Turkish perceptions of an unsympathetic Western response to the coup soured relations between the United States and Turkey, a NATO partner in the U.S.-led war on Islamic State.
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:22:45 -0400
U.S. military says air strike in Syria may have killed civilians
An air strike by U.S.-led forces on an Islamic State weapons facility near Raqqa, Syria, on Tuesday may have killed civilians, the U.S. Central Command said on Wednesday in a statement after conducting a post-strike assessment. An apparent non-military vehicle drove into the target area after the aircraft had released its weapon, and the occupants of the vehicle may have been killed, Central Command said.
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:03:24 -0400
England beats Pakistan in rain-hit 1st ODI
SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) England beats Pakistan by 44 runs using the Duckworth-Lewis method in a rain-affected one-day international on Wednesday to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:12:16 -0400
Pfizer on buying spree with AstraZeneca antibiotics deal
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) Drugmaker Pfizer Inc. is continuing its shopping spree with its fourth acquisition since the April collapse of its planned $160 billion megadeal to buy rival Allergan PLC and move its headquarters, on paper, to Allergan's base in lower-tax Ireland.
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:11:59 -0400
France: Syria and Islamic State blamed for chemical attacks
UNITED NATIONS (AP) An international team has blamed the Syrian government and Islamic State militants for chemical attacks in the conflict-wracked nation during 2014 and 2015, a French diplomat said Wednesday.
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:10:30 -0400
'Extremely dangerous' tornado near Indianapolis: U.S. Weather Service
(Reuters) - The National Weather Service said on Wednesday a "confirmed large and extremely dangerous tornado" was located near Indianapolis, Indiana, and was moving east at 20 miles per hour (32 kmh). A tornado was reported east-northeast of downtown Indianapolis on Interstate 70, the NWS said in a bulletin, citing law enforcement sources. Local television station WTHR reported a large tornado in Kokomo had flattened a Starbucks coffee shop at a shopping mall.
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:10:01 -0400
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