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Monsoon floods have killed at least 175 in India since June

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 03:28 AM

NEW DELHI (AP) — An official says that heavy monsoon rains have ended two successive drought years in India with the Ganges River and its tributaries rising above the danger level, triggering evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people from flooded homes in north and eastern India.

Rakesh Ranjan, a National Disaster Response Force official, says drowning, electrocution or injuries from collapsed houses have killed at least 175 people, mainly in West Bengal, Assam, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar states this season. Lightning killed 57 people in Bihar state.


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POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 03:07 AM

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest developments in the civil war in Syria (all times local):

10:35 a.m.

Turkish Interior Minister Efkan Ala says Turkey launched the operation to free the IS-held Syrian town of Jarablus to safeguard its own security.

The minister says Turkey "cannot sit and watch" and that "it is Turkey's legal right, it is within its authority" to take action.


Forced relocations raise doubts over Jordan's tribal customs

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 02:38 AM

IRBID, Jordan (AP) — It was four in the morning when Asma Dawaghreh fled her home with her sick husband and six children. With nothing but the loose change in her pockets, she packed her family into a car and left under the cover of darkness.

Her family is one of dozens uprooted every year in the kingdom under the tribal practice of "jalwa"— Arabic for "eviction"— in which an entire clan can be forced to relocate because of a crime committed by a family member.


Animal charity removes 15 animals it rescued from Gaza zoo

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 02:27 AM

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — An international charity has removed 15 animals rescued from the Gaza Strip's main zoo, dubbed "the worst in the world."

Four Paws, an animal welfare group, will resettle the animals from the Khan Younis zoo abroad, where they will have a chance at a better life. The rescue was announced last week.

The removal of the animals, completed Wednesday, effectively closed the zoo. Most of the animals are headed to Jordan while a tiger is moving to South Africa.


Myanmar names Kofi Annan to head panel on Rohingya Muslims

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 02:15 AM

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's government has set up an advisory panel headed by former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan to find "lasting solutions" to the conflict in Rakhine state, where human rights groups have documented widespread abuses against the minority Rohingya Muslims.

A statement by the office of Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday said an agreement will be signed between her office and the Kofi Annan Foundation to set up a nine-member advisory commission to resolve "protracted issues in the region."


Turkey in cross-border operation to free IS-held Syrian town

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 01:48 AM

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's military launched an operation before dawn Wednesday to clear a Syrian border town from Islamic State militants, and a private Turkish TV station reported that a small number of Turkish special forces crossed into Syria as part of the operation.

Turkish government officials could not immediately confirm the report of the cross-border incursion.


Jordan's first Olympic medalist comes home to royal welcome

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 01:32 AM

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's first Olympic champion, taekwondo gold medal winner Ahmad Abughaush, has returned home to a royal welcome.

The 20-year-old was greeted by three princes, his family and a cheering crowd late on Tuesday at the kingdom's main airport, after his return from the Rio games.

Abughaush told reporters that he hopes to "uphold this title which I achieved this year, and to win in the upcoming Olympics 2020."


1 killed, 29 injured as 2 bombs explode in southern Thailand

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 11:37 PM

PATTANI, Thailand (AP) — Officials say two bombs have exploded near a hotel in southern Thailand, killing one employee and injuring 29 others.

They say the explosions outside the Southern Hotel in Pattani town occurred late Tuesday.

Police Lt. Col. Sirisak Hwanguhlam said Wednesday the first bomb exploded in the hotel's car park, but caused no casualties. He said the second bomb planted in a car went off 20 minutes later in front of the hotel, killing a 25-year-old woman who worked in the hotel's restaurant.


Turkey says operation launched to free IS-held Syrian town

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 11:29 PM

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's prime minister's office says the Turkish military and the U.S.-backed coalition forces have launched an operation to clear a Syrian border town from Islamic State militants.

The Prime Ministry said the operation launched early Wednesday by the Turkish military and the U.S.-led coalition warplanes aimed to free the IS-held town of Jarablus.


The Latest: 2 bodies recovered from rubble in Italian quake

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 11:22 PM

AMATRICE, Italy (AP) — The Latest on the earthquake in central Italy (all times local):

7 a.m.

The ANSA news agency says two bodies have been pulled from the rubble of quake-hit Amatrice in central Italy after a strong quake levelled buildings as residents slept.


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