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Aftershocks rattle Italian quake zone; toll rises to 250
PESCARA DEL TRONTO, Italy (AP) -- As the search for survivors ground on, Premier Matteo Renzi pledged new money and measures Thursday to rebuild quake-devastated central Italy amid mounting soul-searching over why the seismic-prone country has continually failed to ensure its buildings can withstand such catastrophes....

Nun in iconic Italy quake photo texted friends 'adieu'
ASCOLI PICENO, Italy (AP) -- She became the face of Italy's earthquake: Sister Marjana Lleshi, blood staining her veil as she texted her family and friends in her native Albania that she was alive....

Official: Striking miners kill deputy minister in Bolivia
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) -- Striking miners in Bolivia kidnapped and beat to death the country's deputy interior minister after he traveled to the area to mediate in the bitter conflict over mining laws, officials said....

NKorea missile test adds to 'Military First' celebration
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea marked its "Military First" holiday on Thursday with mass dancing, outdoor concerts and boasts of a successful - and potentially game-changing - submarine-launched ballistic missile test it hopes will serve as a warning to Washington and Seoul to stop holding joint military exercises Pyongyang sees as a dress rehearsal for invasion....

In El Salvador, 'gang pastor' alleged to be crime financier
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) -- Walking out of prison three years ago, Marvin Ramos Quintanilla seemed to turn over a new leaf after a life of crime and gangland violence....

Russia downplays conflict with US over Syria weapons report
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Russia's U.N. ambassador said Thursday there doesn't have to be a confrontation with the United States over a report that blames the Syrian government and Islamic State militants for carrying out chemical attacks in the conflict-torn country....

Senegal clamps down on Quranic schools that exploit children
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Twelve-year-old Boubacar was picked up from the streets of Senegal's capital at night by police, along with dozens of other children, in the latest crackdown on begging....

1 dead, at least 4 injured in Belgium in accidental blast
CHIMAY, Belgium (AP) -- One person was killed and at least four were injured in Belgium in an accidental explosion at a sports center near the French border....

Colombia's president rushing vote on deal with rebels
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombia's president is moving quickly to hold a national referendum on a peace deal meant to end a half-century of bloody conflict with leftist rebels, delivering the final text of the deal to congress on Thursday and declaring a definitive cease-fire with the guerrillas....

AP EXPLAINS: How Colombia's conflict evolved over decades
With Colombia's government and the country's biggest rebel movement announcing an agreement on a historic peace deal, and the Colombian president moving quickly to hold a national referendum on it, The Associated Press explains how the conflict began and developed over the decades....

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Israel rejects immunity for indicted UN engineer in Gaza


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