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AP Top International News at 10:59 p.m. EDT

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....

1 dead, at least two injured in Belgium in accidental blast
BRUSSELS (AP) -- One person is reported to have been killed and at least two injured in Belgium in an accidental explosion at a sports center near the French border....

Activist discovers iPhone spyware, sparking security update
AJMAN, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The suspicious text message that appeared on Ahmed Mansoor's iPhone promised to reveal details about torture in the United Arab Emirates' prisons. All Mansoor had to do was click the link....

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....

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....

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....

Rebels, residents to evacuate long-besieged Damascus suburb
BEIRUT (AP) -- After four years of grueling bombardment and crippling siege, the remaining residents and rebels of a Damascus suburb agreed to surrender and evacuate under the terms of an agreement reached Thursday, Syrian government and opposition activists said....

Police: 3 dead, 1 hurt in Toronto, crossbow found nearby
TORONTO (AP) -- Three people were killed in what Canadian police on Thursday called a homicide that may have involved a crossbow....

Turkey sends more tanks to Syria, insists on Kurdish retreat
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey sent more tanks into northern Syria on Thursday and gave Syrian Kurdish forces a week to scale back their presence near the Turkish border, a day after it launched a U.S.-backed cross-border incursion to establish a frontier zone free of the Islamic State group and Kurdish rebels....

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Africa
50,000 flee South Sudan's instability for Darfur, UN says

Asia
Lotte Group vice chairman found dead before corruption probe

Europe
Aftershocks rattle Italian quake zone; toll rises to 250

Latin America/Caribbean
Colombia's president rushing vote on deal with rebels

Middle East
Israel rejects immunity for indicted UN engineer in Gaza