Death Toll In Italy Quake Rises To 278

(AP) – Italian authorities say the death toll in central Italy’s devastating earthquake has risen to 278.  Civil protection officials gave the updated toll at a briefing Friday afternoon, adding that 238 other people caught up in the quake were rescued. The death toll in the Arquata area of the earthquake zone has stabilized with […]

UN Calls For Protection For People Being Evacuated From Damascus Suburb

(AP) — The United Nations is calling for the protection of people being evacuated from a suburb of Damascus and says their departure must be voluntary.  A statement issued on Friday by office of the U.N. special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, says the U.N. was not consulted or involved in the negotiation of […]

US, Russia, Holding Crucial Talks On Syria

(AP) — Crucial negotiations between the United States and Russia on a plan to stem the violence in war-ravaged Syria are continuing in Switzerland where U.S. Secretary John Kerry and his Russian counterpart are working on another effort to enlist Moscow as a partner in resolving the crisis. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters […]

American University In Kabul Starts Repair Work After Attack

(AP) – After a deadly attack this week, the American University of Afghanistan says it has started repair work at its sprawling campus on the edge of Kabul. A statement posted today on its website says the campus is closed and all work “temporarily suspended” but that security is being put in place so the […]

Philippines Kills 11 Abu Sayyaf Militants After Beheading

(AP) – Philippine troops have killed at least 11 Abu Sayyaf militants, including an influential commander, in an assault on the extremists following their beheading of a captive over an unpaid ransom. A regional military commander says 17 soldiers were wounded when hundreds of army troops surrounded a vast jungle area in a mountainous town […]

Striking Miners Kill Deputy Minister In Bolivia

(AP) – Authorities in Bolivia say striking miners have kidnapped and killed the country’s deputy government minister, who had traveled to the area to mediate in the conflict over mining laws. Government Minister Carlos Romero called it a “cowardly and brutal killing” and asked that the miners turn over the body of deputy minister Rodolfo […]

Indonesia Steps Up Fire Response As Haze Blankets Singapore

(AP) – Forest fires are blanketing a swath of Southeast Asia in a smoky haze, prompting authorities to declare states of emergency in six Indonesian provinces. Singapore’s air quality deteriorated to unhealthy levels Friday as winds blew smoke from fires on Sumatra across the city-state and into southern Malaysia. The haze is an annual problem […]

Flood Waters Stabilize In India, But Thousands Evacuated

(AP) – An official says nearly 3,000 people have been evacuated in India’s remote northeast after an artificial lake created by a landslide threatened their lives even as flood water levels stabilized in the worst-hit areas of the north. A National Disaster Response Force official says the rescue this week was in the mountainous Mangan […]

Rebels, Civilians To Evacuate Long-Besieged Damascus Suburb

(AP) – Buses, ambulances and trucks have lined up at the entrance of a blockaded Damascus suburb to evacuate rebels and civilians under a deal struck between the Syrian rebels and the government. The surrender of the Daraya suburb marks a success for President Bashar Assad’s government, removing a threat only a few miles from […]

UPDATE: Activists Say 10 Children Killed In Aleppo

(AP) – 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.  Osama Abo Elezz, a doctor from the rebel-held part of Aleppo, said the barrel bombs fell Thursday in Aleppo’s […]