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August 27, 2016 - 5:06am
5 min 19 sec ago

Kabul, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says the Taliban have overrun a district headquarters in eastern Afghanistan.

Naqib Ahmad Atal, spokesman for the governor of Paktia province, says Afghan security forces withdrew from the Janikhail district headquarters Saturday to prevent civilian casualties.

He says at least five police officers were killed and five others were wounded in heavy fighting.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah...

August 27, 2016 - 5:03am
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BEIJING (AP) — Investigators in eastern China say they have not found high levels of pollution around a school where an explosive state television report in April said hundreds of kids had fallen sick with illnesses including leukemia.

State media reported Saturday that soil, air and water contamination levels at the Changzhou Foreign Language School were found to be within acceptable levels. The school was built near recently closed chemical plants about 160 kilometers...

August 27, 2016 - 4:38am
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian student activists have rallied to demand the arrest of Prime Minister Najib Razak, who has been implicated in a U.S. government probe into a massive fraud in a Malaysian investment fund.

More than 1,000 people defied a police ban as they congregated at two locations in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, holding posters and caricatures of Najib.

The U.S. Department of Justice said last month that at least $3.5 billion...

August 27, 2016 - 3:57am
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TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's Parliament has approved 41-year-old Youssef Chahed as prime minister along with a new government focused on turning around the economy and fighting terrorism.

Chahed's Cabinet confirmed late Friday on a vote 167-22 with five abstentions. The government has more women and younger politicians in its mix, but retains previous ministers in the key posts of defense, interior and foreign affairs.

Chahed, of the president's...

August 27, 2016 - 3:18am
5 min 19 sec ago

ASCOLI PICENO, Italy (AP) — The Latest on the Italian earthquake (all times local):

11:30 a.m.

Italian authorities say the death toll in an Italian earthquake has risen yet again as bodies continued to be recovered and now stands at 290.

The Civil Protection agency gave the updated figure late Saturday morning just ahead of a state funeral for some of the victims being attended by President Sergio Mattarella and Premier Matteo...

August 27, 2016 - 2:07am
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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.

Just east of Mosul, Kurdish engineering teams on a recent day were laying down a 3-meter wide...

August 27, 2016 - 1:57am
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ASCOLI PICENO, Italy (AP) — Italian President Sergio Mattarella has visited Amatrice, a town devastated in the earthquake that hit central Italy this week and the place with the highest death toll.

Mattarella was guided by town mayor, Sergio Pirozzi, who showed him the extent of the damage. The president met and thanked rescue workers, who have been working against the clock since early Wednesday to save people trapped in rubble and recover the victims....

August 27, 2016 - 1:52am
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NEW DELHI (AP) — Police in Bangladesh say they have killed three suspected militants, including an alleged masterminds of a major attack on a cafe last month that left 20 people dead.

Top counterterrorism official Monirul Islam said police raided a two-story house in Narayanganj district near Dhaka and killed the suspects early Saturday.

The dead included Tamim Chowdhury, a Bangladeshi-born Canadian, who police believe was one of two masterminds of...

August 27, 2016 - 12:41am
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CHUUK STATE, Micronesia (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says two stranded mariners were rescued Friday after crews saw their "SOS" in the sand on an uninhabited island in Micronesia, Hawaii News Now reports (

A U.S. Navy aircraft crew spotted the pair on the beach and gave their location to the Coast Guard in Guam. Hawaii News Now says the two, who had no emergency equipment, were picked up and taken to a patrol boat.

The Coast...

August 26, 2016 - 11:08pm
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PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea has expressed anger at United Nations Security Council discussions over a statement denouncing the country's latest submarine-launched missile test.

North Korean Foreign Ministry official Jon Min Dok said in an interview Saturday that the U.S.-led discussions at the U.N. were a "terrible provocation" and that the country is developing nuclear weapons because of "outrageous nuclear intimidation" by the United States....

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