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College football Down Under attracts 61,000 fans at Sydney
SYDNEY (AP) -- The beer ran out in some sections of the Olympic stadium, but most of the 61,247 spectators at Saturday's U.S. college football opener in Sydney between California and Hawaii appeared to be enjoying their American "gridiron" experience....

Turkish bombing kills at least 20 in northern Syria
BEIRUT (AP) -- A Syria monitoring group and a spokesman for a Kurdish-led force say Turkish airstrikes and shelling have killed as many as 20 civilians in northern Syria....

Bulldozers work to clear out Italy's quake-hit towns
AMATRICE, Italy (AP) -- Bulldozers with huge claws and other heavy equipment clanked down the streets of Italy's quake-devastated town of Amatrice on Sunday, pulling down dangerously overhanging ledges and clearing rubble as investigators tried to figure out if negligence in enforcing building codes added to the high death toll....

The Latest: Italy probes building codes after deadly quake
AMATRICE, Italy (AP) -- The Latest on Italy's devastating Aug 24 earthquake (all times local):...

In North Korea
NEW YORK (AP) -- The hero, a police inspector, prowls a city known more for its political malevolence than its street crime. If you read the local newspapers, you could think it's a city with almost no crime at all. There have been no murders reported there for years, no bank robberies, no muggings, no rapes....

Europe's refugee crisis simmers despite efforts to solve it
BERLIN (AP) -- Faced with more than 1 million migrants flooding across the Mediterranean last year, European nations tightened border controls, set up naval patrols to stop smugglers, negotiated an agreement with Turkey to limit the numbers crossing, shut the Balkan route used by hundreds of thousands, and tried to speed up deportations of rejected asylum-seekers....

Mining leader, 2 others, accused in Bolivia official's death
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) -- Bolivian authorities accused the president of a mining federation and two of his top officials of the killing of deputy interior minister Rodolfo Illanes amid a bitter strike, officials said Saturday. Forty miners have been detained in the case....

Mosul fight is already redrawing the map of northern Iraq
QARQASHAH, Iraq (AP) -- In the buildup to a long-awaited offensive on the city of Mosul, Kurdish forces are seizing new territory in northern Iraq that they say will become part of their autonomous region. The moves are further straining relations between the Kurds and the Baghdad government and Shiite militias, all ostensibly allies in the fight against the Islamic State group....

Little precedent for $400 million cash payment to Iran
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A $400 million cash delivery to Iran to repay a decades-old arbitration claim may be unprecedented in recent U.S. history, according to legal experts and diplomatic historians, raising further questions about a payment timed to help free four American prisoners in Iran....

Colombian rebels announce final conference of peace talks
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Top commanders from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia are preparing to gather one final time in mid-September to ratify a peace accord reached this week with government negotiators and map out the group's political strategy without weapons....

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Voting closes in Gabon where president vies to extend power

Pakistan says 4 militants behind 2009 cricket attack killed

Europe's refugee crisis simmers despite efforts to solve it

Latin America/Caribbean
8 troops killed in suspected rebel attack in north Paraguay

Middle East
Turkish bombing kills at least 20 in northern Syria