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Turkish-backed rebels advance amid airstrikes, killing 35
BEIRUT (AP) -- Turkey-backed Syrian rebels seized a number of villages and towns from Kurdish-led forces in northern Syria on Sunday amid Turkish airstrikes and shelling that killed at least 35 people, mostly civilians, according to rebels and a monitoring group....
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Italy probes to see if criminal negligence raised quake toll
AMATRICE, Italy (AP) -- Bulldozers with huge claws and other heavy equipment rolled through Italy's quake-devastated town of Amatrice on Sunday, pulling down dangerously overhanging ledges and clearing rubble as investigators tried to figure out if negligence in enforcing building codes added to the quake's high death toll....
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The Latest: Pope prays for quake residents, hopes to visit
AMATRICE, Italy (AP) -- The Latest on Italy's devastating Aug 24 earthquake (all times local):...
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In North Korea
NEW YORK (AP) -- The hero, a police inspector, prowls a city known more for its political malevolence than its street crime. If you read the local newspapers, you could think it's a city with almost no crime at all. There have been no murders reported there for years, no bank robberies, no muggings, no rapes....
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Europe's refugee crisis simmers despite efforts to solve it
BERLIN (AP) -- Faced with more than 1 million migrants flooding across the Mediterranean last year, European nations tightened border controls, set up naval patrols to stop smugglers, negotiated an agreement with Turkey to limit the numbers crossing, shut the Balkan route used by hundreds of thousands, and tried to speed up deportations of rejected asylum-seekers....
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Mining leader, 2 others, accused in Bolivia official's death
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) -- Bolivian authorities accused the president of a mining federation and two of his top officials of the killing of deputy interior minister Rodolfo Illanes amid a bitter strike, officials said Saturday. Forty miners have been detained in the case....
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Mosul fight is already redrawing the map of northern Iraq
QARQASHAH, Iraq (AP) -- In the buildup to a long-awaited offensive on the city of Mosul, Kurdish forces are seizing new territory in northern Iraq that they say will become part of their autonomous region. The moves are further straining relations between the Kurds and the Baghdad government and Shiite militias, all ostensibly allies in the fight against the Islamic State group....
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2 United pilots suspected of being drunk arrested in Glasgow
LONDON (AP) -- Police and airline officials say two United Airlines pilots have been arrested for suspected intoxication before they were to fly 141 passengers from Scotland to the United States....
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Little precedent for $400 million cash payment to Iran
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A $400 million cash delivery to Iran to repay a decades-old arbitration claim may be unprecedented in recent U.S. history, according to legal experts and diplomatic historians, raising further questions about a payment timed to help free four American prisoners in Iran....
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Colombian rebels announce final conference of peace talks
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Top commanders from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia are preparing to gather one final time in mid-September to ratify a peace accord reached this week with government negotiators and map out the group's political strategy without weapons....
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