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Philippine leader orders extremists crushed after beheading

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 06:38 AM

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Abu Sayyaf extremists have beheaded a kidnapped Filipino villager after a ransom deadline lapsed in their first such brutal act under President Rodrigo Duterte, who pressed an order for troops to crush the militants.

Regional military spokesman Maj. Filemon Tan says the militants killed Patrick James Aldovar on Wednesday near southern Sulu province's Indanan town then later abandoned his head in a neighborhood.

5 men drown off British beach without lifeguard

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 06:27 AM

LONDON (AP) — British police say five men have drowned off a beach in southern England that had no lifeguard.

Authorities are trying to piece together what happened to the group who traveled together from London to Camber Sands beach on Wednesday.

Chief Superintendent Di Roskilly says this "has been an incredibly tragic incident." Authorities say that rip-tides take place off the beach and that swimmers can get into trouble easily if they are not familiar with the sea and the dangers it can pose.

Romania, Kuwait agriculture ministers injured in car crash

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 06:14 AM

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's health ministry says the agriculture ministers of Romania and Kuwait are receiving hospital treatment for minor injuries after being involved in a car crash.

The ministry said Agriculture Minister Achim Irimescu and Kuwaiti counterpart Ali Saleh Al-Omair sustained head injuries Thursday morning in southern Romania after the car they were traveling was involved in a collision with another car.

The Latest: Activists say 10 children killed in Aleppo

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 05:57 AM

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest developments in the Syrian civil war, following Turkish ground forces' incursion (all times local):

7:30 p.m.

Activists and a doctor in the battered rebel-held area of Syria's Aleppo city say at least 13 people, mostly children, were killed when suspected government helicopters lobbed barrel bombs into a crowded residential area.

Iran: Forces will warn any vessel after US warship incident

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 05:51 AM

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's naval forces will warn or confront any foreign ship entering the country's territorial waters, the Iranian defense minister said Thursday, remarks that came after an incident this week involving a U.S. warship.

The semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted Gen. Hosein Dehghan as saying that "if any foreign vessel enters our waters, we warn them, and if it's an invasion, we confront." He added that Iranian boats patrol to monitor traffic and foreign vessels in its territorial waters.

Sonia Rykiel, known for liberated fashion style, dies at 86

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 05:50 AM

PARIS (AP) — French designer Sonia Rykiel, whose relaxed striped sweaters helped liberate women from their stuffy suits and who went on to run a global fashion empire, has died. She was 86.

President Francois Hollande's office announced her death in a statement on Thursday. Hollande praised her as "a pioneer" who "offered women freedom of movement."

His office didn't provide further details, and the Sonia Rykiel fashion house in Paris wouldn't immediately comment.

Egypt family to join boy who crossed sea alone seeking help

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 05:33 AM

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Foreign Ministry says the family of an Egyptian boy who crossed the Mediterranean Sea on his own to find medical help abroad for his sick brother, will leave for Italy within days to join him there.

The 13-year-old sneaked out of Egypt with the help of human traffickers earlier this month, carrying with him only medical records of his brother who has a rare blood disorder.

Thursday's remarks by ministry's spokesman, Ahmed Abu-Zeid, are Egypt's first confirmation of the teen's dangerous sea crossing.

Belarusian leader treats action hero Seagal to local carrots

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 05:28 AM

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has treated American action hero Steven Seagal to a harvest of carrots and watermelons at his country residence.

Seagal, 64, is not new to Eastern Europe. He often visits Russia to socialize with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Lukashenko on Wednesday hosted Segal at his residence north of Minsk, the capital, and treated him in front of television cameras to traditional Belarusian food like lard. The footage from the visit showed Lukashenko peel a carrot and hand it to Seagal to try.

Serbia police find 34 migrants in a Belgrade house

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 05:12 AM

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbian police say they have arrested a man after finding 34 migrants in his house in a Belgrade suburb.

Police said Thursday that the man is suspected of people smuggling for allegedly hiding the migrants in the house.

Serbia has stepped up efforts to curb the entry of migrants passing through in a bid to reach the European Union. Balkan nations closed their borders for migrants fleeing war and poverty in March, but the flow has continued through illegal routes used by people smugglers.

UN rights chief seeks international probe of Yemen violence

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 05:10 AM

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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