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North Korean submarine missile launch shows improved ability, analysts say

SEOUL, South Korea — A ballistic missile fired from a North Korean submarine on Wednesday flew about 310 miles, the longest distance achieved by the North for such a weapon, Seoul officials said, putting all of South Korea, and possibly parts of Japan, within its striking distance. Continue reading...

Turkey begin cross-border operation to free Islamic State-held Syrian town

NKARA, Turkey — After a pre-dawn barrage of heavy artillery and airstrikes, Turkish tanks and special forces pushed into Syria on Wednesday in a U.S.-backed assault aiming to retake a border town from Islamic State militants and contain Kurdish expansion. It marked the NATO member's most significant military involvement so far in the Syria conflict. Continue reading...

Militants attack American University in Afghanistan; 1 dead

KABUL, Afghanistan — Militants attacked the American University of Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing at least one person and wounding another 18, officials said. Continue reading...

Authorities say Italy earthquake death toll at 159

Italian authorities say that the death toll in an earthquake on Wednesday has risen to 159. Continue reading...

Bomb kills GI on Afghan patrol

Another hurt in blast near city threatened by Taliban

Subscriber onlyA U.S. soldier was killed by a bomb near the southern Afghan city of Lashkar Gah and another was wounded, officials said Tuesday, days after more than 100 U.S. soldiers arrived there to help plan the strategic city's defense amid weeks of losses to the Taliban. Continue reading...

Torture claims void for Thai bomb trial

Subscriber onlyA Thai military court on Tuesday rejected allegations by two Uighur defendants that they were tortured in custody to confess to bombing a popular Hindu shrine in Bangkok last year that left 20 people dead. The court then postponed the rest of the hearing until next month because no Uighur-language translator was available. Continue reading...

Biden: U.S. 100% committed to NATO

Meeting with Baltic allies aims to ease worries over Trump comments

Subscriber onlyVice President Joe Biden said Tuesday that the U.S. was "absolutely, thoroughly, 100 percent committed" to NATO and that its Baltic allies should ignore Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Continue reading...

Turks pour fire on ISIS-held town just inside Syria

Subscriber only Turkey's prime minister's office said the Turkish military and the U.S.-backed coalition forces early today launched an operation to clear a Syrian border town of Islamic State militants. Continue reading...

Iraqis tell of change as ISIS lost ground

Fighters younger, more brutal, they say

Subscriber onlyAs the Islamic State extremist group loses ground in Iraq, the militants are showing strains in their rule over areas they still control, growing more brutal, killing deserters and relying on younger and younger recruits, according to residents who fled battleground territories. Continue reading...

The world in brief

Subscriber only‘Severe’ quakes shake Italians awake AMATRICE, Italy — Strong earthquakes struck central Italy early today, causing substantial damage and tremors that awakened sleeping residents in Rome nearly 100 miles away. Continue reading...

In the news

Subscriber only Kevin Miller said he could have used the $3,400 he found in a wallet in a shopping center parking lot but decided to turn it over to authorities, who returned it to an Orlando, Fla., woman who dropped it while visiting the beach with her children. Continue reading...

Ex-S. Sudan rebel surfaces in Sudan

Subscriber onlySouth Sudan’s former rebel leader and vice president who fled the country last week has re-emerged in neighboring Sudan, which announced Tuesday that he had needed “urgent medical attention.” Continue reading...

Strong quake rattles central Italy; 'the town isn't here,' mayor says

ROME — A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck central Italy early Wednesday, leveling buildings in several towns as residents slept. The mayor of hard-hit Amatrice said: "The town isn't here anymore." Continue reading...

Turkey vows an ISIS-free border

Whether bomber at Kurd wedding was child now unclear

Subscriber onlyANKARA, Turkey -- Turkey vowed Monday to fight Islamic State militants at home and to "cleanse" the group from its borders after a weekend suicide bombing at a Kurdish wedding, an attack that came amid recent gains by Syrian Kurdish militia forces against the extremists in neighboring Syria. Continue reading...

Relations tense, Biden to visit Ankara

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday is set to become the most senior U.S. official to visit Turkey since a failed coup attempt injected new tensions into the U.S.-Turkey relationship and left the two NATO allies bickering over the extradition of a U.S.-based Islamic cleric. Continue reading...

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