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Obama plans to create world's largest marine protected area

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama will expand a national monument off the coast of Hawaii, creating a safe zone for tuna, sea turtles and thousands of other species in what will be the world's largest marine protected area.Obama's proclamation will quadruple in size a monument orig...

Updated : 2016.08.26 21:44

Aid access in Syria 'unacceptable': UN

GENEVA (AFP) -- Humanitarian access to Syria's besieged areas is "wholly unacceptable", the UN said Friday as it announced that just one aid convoy had completed deliveries this month. The United Nations humanitarian office said a convoy with life-saving supplies finished its delivery on T...

Updated : 2016.08.26 21:38

SpaceX Dragon heads back to Earth with station science, gear

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- A SpaceX Dragon capsule headed back to Earth on Friday with a load of science experiments and gear from the International Space Station.NASA astronaut Kate Rubins waved goodbye as the Dragon slowly flew away, aiming for a splashdown in the Pacific, just off Mex...

Updated : 2016.08.26 21:37

Car bomb attack in Turkey kills 11 police; 78 wounded

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- A Kurdish militant suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden truck into a checkpoint near a police station in southeast Turkey on Friday, killing at least 11 police officers and wounding 78 other people, the prime minister said.The attack struck the checkpoint 50 met...

Updated : 2016.08.26 21:37

Tears as town evacuation starts in symbol of Syria revolt

DARAYA (AFP) -- Syrian rebels and civilians, many in tears, began Friday evacuating the Syrian town of Daraya after a four-year army siege, in a blow for the beleaguered opposition.The evacuation came after a deal struck by President Bashar al-Assad's government and opposition forces in th...

Updated : 2016.08.26 20:54

France's top court to rule on burkini ban

PARIS (AFP) -- France's highest administrative court will decide Friday whether to overturn bans on wearing the full-body burkini swimsuit which have sparked controversy at home and abroad.The State Council has heard arguments from the Human Rights League and an anti-Islamophobia group whi...

Updated : 2016.08.26 20:53

US, Russia renew push for elusive agreement on Syria

GENEVA (AP) -- The United States and Russia on Friday renewed efforts to secure a military and humanitarian cooperation agreement for war-torn Syria as conditions on the ground continued to deteriorate after months of hesitation, missed deadlines and failed attempts to forge a nationwide t...

Updated : 2016.08.26 20:51

Strong aftershocks rattle devastated Italian earthquake zone

AMATRICE, Italy (AP) -- Strong aftershocks rattled central Italy and shut down a key route into the hard-hit town of Amatrice on Friday as hopes dimmed that firefighters would find any more survivors from the earthquake that killed at least 267 people.The Italian government declared Saturd...

Updated : 2016.08.26 20:50

Court rejects state appeal over 'lenient' Pistorius sentence

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) -- A South African judge on Friday rejected the state's appeal seeking a longer jail sentence for Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, who is serving a six-year term for killing his girlfriend three years ago.Thokozile Masipa -- the same judge who imposed the sentence last month...

Updated : 2016.08.26 20:48

Hope for survivors fades as Italy quake toll climbs

AMATRICE, Italy (AFP) -- An increasingly forlorn search for victims of the earthquake that brought carnage to central Italy entered a third day Friday as a day of mourning was declared for victims of a disaster that has claimed at least 267 lives.Flags will fly at half-mast across the coun...

Updated : 2016.08.26 20:48

US fears over IS group's Southeast Asia expansion

SINGAPORE (AFP) -- Islamic State jihadists are eyeing expansion into Southeast Asia by joining forces with local extremists, a senior US counter-terrorism official warned Friday.IS has a history of partnering with militant groups around the world, including in Egypt, Libya and Nigeria, and...

Updated : 2016.08.26 20:47

US nominates Kim for World Bank second term

The United States on Thursday threw its support behind World Bank chief Jim Yong Kim for a second term at the helm  of the multilateral development lender."I am proud to announce that today the United States has nominated World Bank President Jim Kim for a second term," said US Treasury S...

Updated : 2016.08.25 21:47

Habitable planet found in solar system next door

Scientists Wednesday announced the discovery of an Earth-sized planet orbiting the star nearest our Sun, opening up the glittering prospect of a habitable world that may one day be explored by robots....

Updated : 2016.08.25 21:08

[Graphic News] The deadliest earthquakes since 2000

A magnitude 6 earthquake shook central Italy early on Wednesday, followed hours later by a magnitude 6.8 temblor in Myanmar. The death toll from a powerful earthquake that shook central Italy rose to ...

Updated : 2016.08.25 18:15

Italy earthquake kills at least 159, reduces towns to rubble

Rescue crews using bulldozers and their bare hands raced to dig out survivors from a strong earthquake that reduced three central Italian towns to rubble Wednesday. The death toll stood at 159, but th...

Updated : 2016.08.25 07:36