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UN to consider statement on North Korea missile launch
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council agreed at an emergency meeting late Wednesday to consider issuing a statement on the latest North Korean missile launch....

Colombia, FARC rebels reach deal to end half-century war
HAVANA (AP) -- Colombia's government and the country's biggest rebel group reached a deal Wednesday evening for ending a half-century of hostilities in what has been one of the world's longest-running armed conflicts....

North Korean submarine missile launch shows improved ability
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A ballistic missile fired from a North Korean submarine on Wednesday flew about 500 kilometers (310 miles), the longest distance achieved by the North for such a weapon, Seoul officials said, putting all of South Korea, and possibly parts of Japan, within its striking distance....

Italy earthquake kills at least 159, reduces towns to rubble
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....

France's Sarkozy brands burkinis a 'provocation'
PARIS (AP) -- France's former conservative president, Nicolas Sarkozy, has branded the full-body burkini swimsuits worn by some Muslim women a "provocation" that he says supports radicalized Islam....

Bankrupt businessman seizes Moscow bank, then surrenders
MOSCOW (AP) -- A man who claimed to have a bomb seized a bank in the center of Moscow and took four people hostage Wednesday evening, but he surrendered peacefully a few hours later, police said....

Report: Syria and Islamic State blamed for chemical attacks
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- An international team has concluded that the Syrian government and Islamic State militants carried out chemical attacks in the conflict-wracked nation during 2014 and 2015, according to its report circulated on Wednesday....

Powerful earthquake shakes central Myanmar
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Rescue workers surveyed the damage Thursday after a powerful earthquake shook Myanmar, killing at least four people and damaging 185 ancient Buddhist pagodas in the former capital of Bagan, a major tourist site....

AP EXPLAINS: Difference between shallow, deep earthquakes
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A strong earthquake rocks Italy, flattening towns and killing scores of people. An even bigger quake hits Myanmar the same day, killing a few people and shattering ancient Buddhist pagodas....

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South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu back in hospital

Powerful earthquake shakes central Myanmar

Jury deliberates case of Russian man charged with hacking

Latin America/Caribbean
Colombia's president says he will hold Oct. 2 plebiscite on peace deal with FARC rebels

Middle East
Report: Syria and Islamic State blamed for chemical attacks