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Italy toll rises to 247 as anguish mounts over quake past
AMATRICE, Italy (AP) -- Rescue crews raced against time Thursday looking for survivors from the earthquake that leveled three towns in central Italy, but the death toll rose to 247 and Italy once again anguished over trying to secure its medieval communities built on seismic lands....

The Latest: Polish survivor recalls 'evil murmur' of quake
AMATRICE, Italy (AP) -- The Latest on the earthquake in central Italy (all times local):...

Turkey: US says Syria Kurds are pulling back in north Syria
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has told his Turkish counterpart that Syrian Kurdish forces have started withdrawing east of the Euphrates River, Turkish officials said Thursday....

The Latest: Germany wants to keep planes at Turkish base
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- The Latest developments in the Syrian civil war, following Turkish ground forces' incursion (all times local):...

Syria's Kurds: An embattled US ally in a complex civil war
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syria's battle-hardened Kurds have proven their mettle against the Islamic State group, and in the process, carved out an autonomous zone across the country's north. But their advance has alarmed Turkey, and Ankara on Wednesday sent tanks across the border against IS, and demanded that the Kurds withdraw from recently seized territory....

In Iran, unique system allows payments for kidney donors
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- The whirling hum of a dialysis machine could have been the soundtrack to the rest of Zahra Hajikarimi's life but for an unusual program in Iran that allows people to buy a kidney from a living donor....

French burkini bans face legal challenge as tension mounts
PARIS (AP) -- France's highest administrative authority is studying whether local bans on full-body burkini swimsuits are legal, amid growing concerns in the country and abroad about police forcing Muslim women to disrobe....

N. Korea missile test adds to 'Military First' celebration
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea marked its "Military First" holiday on Thursday with mass dancing, outdoor concerts and boasts of a successful - and potentially game-changing - submarine-launched ballistic missile test it hopes will serve as a warning to Washington and Seoul to stop holding joint military exercises Pyongyang sees as a dress rehearsal for invasion....

In Israel's religious press, Hillary Clinton is invisible
BNEI BRAK, Israel (AP) -- Hillary Clinton may become the president of Israel's most important ally, but her image is banished from a significant swath of the country's media: the ultra-Orthodox press whose deeply conservative readership chafes at images of women....

UN rights chief seeks international probe of Yemen violence
GENEVA (AP) -- The U.N. human rights chief on Thursday called for an international investigation of rights abuses and violence in Yemen's civil war, which has killed thousands of people, as he insisted that a domestic panel set up to look into violations has not been up to the task....

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