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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 its ancient communities built on seismic lands
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....

A Polish woman who survived the earthquake in central Italy says she will never forget the "evil murmur of moving walls."
AMATRICE, Italy (AP) -- The Latest on the earthquake in central Italy (all times local):...

Turkey: US says Syrian Kurds have started pulling back east of Euphrates in contested northern Syria flashpoint
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's defense minister says her country wants to keep planes at Turkish base for campaign against IS
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- The Latest developments in the Syrian civil war, following Turkish ground forces' incursion (all times local):...

Syria's Kurds, hardened in battle against Islamic State group, carve out autonomous zone in northern Syria
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, a unique system allows those in need of a transplant to buy a kidney
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....

France's highest administrative authority is studying whether local bans on full-body burkini swimsuits are legal, amid growing concerns about police forcing Muslim women to disrobe
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....

North Korea marks its "Military First" holiday with boasts of successful submarine-launched ballistic missile test and warnings Washington and Seoul must stop holding joint military exercises it sees as a dress rehearsal for invasion
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 ultra-Orthodox press, Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is nowhere to be seen
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 human rights chief calls for international probe of violations in Yemen's civil war, which has killed thousands
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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Africa
Boko Haram violence sparks 'children's crisis,' with nearly 500,000 facing malnutrition: UN

Asia
Surviving South Korean women who were forced into sexual slavery by Japan's military in World War II will be eligible to receive about $90,000 each from a foundation that will be funded by the Japanese government

Europe
A Polish woman who survived the earthquake in central Italy says she will never forget the "evil murmur of moving walls."

Latin America/Caribbean
AP EXPLAINS: Colombia's conflict has its roots in the 1948 assassination of populist firebrand Jorge Eliecer Gaitan, which led to a political bloodletting known as "The Violence."

Middle East
The Latest: Germany's defense minister says her country wants to keep planes at Turkish base for campaign against IS


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