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  • Death toll reaches 241 in powerful earthquake that rattled central Italy

    Death toll reaches 241 in powerful earthquake that rattled central Italy

    A sound like the loudest of thunder, the very air seeming to tremble, a reverberation sensed bone-deep: The earthquake’s nighttime terror was as great a departure as could be imagined from the gentle summertime rhythms of Italian hill-town life. The powerful temblor early Wednesday, Italy’s deadliest...

  • Colombia, FARC rebels announce accord to end 5-decade war

    Colombia, FARC rebels announce accord to end 5-decade war

    Colombia’s government and largest rebel group announced Wednesday that they have reached a comprehensive agreement for ending the hemisphere’s longest-running conflict. The peace accord between the government of President Juan Manuel Santos and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC,...

  • Syrian rebels backed by Turkey and U.S. claim major victory over Islamic State

    Syrian rebels backed by Turkey and U.S. claim major victory over Islamic State

    For three years, Islamic State militants controlled the Syrian border city of Jarabulus, transforming a once-tranquil place on the banks of the Euphrates River into a way station for jihadis who posed for photos at the border crossing from Turkey. That ended Wednesday, when hundreds of Syrian rebel...

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