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Italy earthquake kills more than 150, reduces towns to rubble

Aug 25 2016 - 12:05am || Comments

AMATRICE, Italy (AP) — Rescue crews using bulldozers and their bare hands raced to dig out survivors from a strong earthquake that reduced three central Italian towns to rubble Wednesday. The death toll stood at 159, but the number of dead and missing was uncertain given the thousands of vacationers in the area for summer’s final days.

  • | Posted: Jul 19 2016 - 12:05am

    TOKYO — What’s helping turn Japanese youngsters into stars on Vine, the Twitter-owned social network devoted to looping, six-second video clips, is the stodginess of this nation’s business world.

  • | Posted: Jul 17 2016 - 12:05am

    BORMI, Bangladesh (AP) — Answering nature’s call was once a nightmare for Rashida Begum, who had to creep around the jungle for a suitably private spot. Her home had no toilet, like the thousands of others in her crowded cluster of farming villages outside the capital.

  • | Posted: Jul 17 2016 - 12:05am

    NICE, France (AP) — France’s interior minister boosted security measures across the country late Saturday, calling upon thousands of reservists to help after facing severe criticism for alleged police and security failures in the deadly Bastille Day truck attack in Nice.

  • | Posted: Jul 17 2016 - 12:05am

    ISLAMABAD — Pakistani social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch, who recently stirred controversy by posting pictures of herself with a prominent Muslim cleric, was strangled to death by her brother, police said Saturday.

  • | Posted: Jul 17 2016 - 12:05am

    ANKARA, Turkey — Rather than toppling Turkey’s strongman president, a failed military coup that left more than 250 dead appears to have bolstered Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s immediate grip on power and boosted his popularity.

  • | Posted: Jul 17 2016 - 12:05am

    LUXEMBOURG — The Obama administration would entertain an extradition request for the U.S.-based cleric that Turkey’s president is blaming for a failed coup attempt, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday.

  • | Posted: Jul 15 2016 - 12:05am

    NICE, France — A truck loaded with weapons and hand grenades drove onto a sidewalk for more than a mile, plowing through Bastille Day revelers who’d gathered to watch fireworks in the French resort city of Nice late Thursday. At least 80 people were killed before police killed the driver, authorities said.

  • | Posted: Jul 15 2016 - 12:05am

    NICE, France — A truck loaded with weapons and hand grenades drove onto a sidewalk for more than a mile, plowing through Bastille Day revelers who’d gathered to watch fireworks in the French resort city of Nice late Thursday. At least 80 people were killed before police killed the driver, authorities said.

  • Posted: Jul 14 2016 - 12:05am

    Low risk in all but 4 countries of Olympics-related Zika

  • | Posted: Jul 13 2016 - 12:05am

    BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan — The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Tuesday that “some hundreds” of U.S. forces — in addition to the 8,400 that President Barack Obama announced would stay in the country last week — will be based outside Afghanistan, but will be ready to quickly deploy into the warzone if needed.

  • | Posted: Jul 13 2016 - 12:05am

    LONDON — The brutal swiftness of British politics was on display Tuesday as moving vans pulled up to take David Cameron’s possessions away from 10 Downing Street and his successor posed for photos in front of her new home.

  • | Posted: Jul 11 2016 - 12:05am

    JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a $12.9 million plan to strengthen two Israeli settlements in the southern West Bank Sunday. The plan came days after Netanyahu approved the construction of hundreds of new homes in settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, drawing a harsh rebuke from the U.S. State Department.

  • | Posted: Jul 11 2016 - 12:05am

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s ruling coalition was a clear winner in Sunday’s parliamentary elections, preliminary results and Japanese media exit polls indicated, paving the way for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to push ahead with his economic revival policies, but also possibly changing the nation’s postwar pacifist constitution.

  • | Posted: Jul 11 2016 - 12:05am

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — The death toll in Kashmir rose to 18 on Sunday as clashes between Indian troops and protesters continued despite a curfew imposed in the disputed Himalayan region to suppress anti-India anger following the killing of a popular rebel commander.

  • | Posted: Jul 10 2016 - 12:05am

    SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea fired what appeared to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile off its east coast on Saturday, the U.S. and South Korea said, the latest in a string of tests that are part of efforts by the North to advance technology capable of delivering nuclear warheads.