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08/27/2016 09:06 PM
Turkish soldier killed in Syria attack, Kurdish militia blamed

The current fighting indicates Turkey is entering into a new and more dangerous phase in Syria four days into operation "Euphrates Shield" against Islamic State (IS) jihadists and Syrian Kurdish militiaTurkey said the military suffered its first fatality in an unprecedented four day campaign inside Syria, blaming Kurdish militia in an increasingly combustible contest for control in the border region. The Turkish army on Wednesday launched the two-pronged cross border offensive against Islamic State (IS) jihadists but also Syrian Kurdish militia detested by Ankara, sending in dozens of tanks and hundreds of troops. Tensions between Ankara and the Kurdish militia flared Saturday, with clashes taking place eight kilometres (five miles) south of the town of Jarabulus, the border town recaptured from IS this week by Turkish-backed Syrian rebels, a monitoring group and Kurdish sources said.



08/27/2016 08:55 PM
Colombia's FARC rebels to hold final conference, peace vote September 13-19

Leidi, a member of the 51st Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), poses for a picture at a camp in Cordillera OrientalColombia's main rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces, said in a statement on Saturday they will hold their final conference on Sept. 13-19 to ratify a peace accord with the government. The deal between the leaders of the leftist guerilla group, referred to as FARC, and the government was announced Wednesday in Havana, after almost four years of talks. Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos has sent the text of the accord to Congress, where legislators have 30 days to go over it before a national referendum on Oct. 2.



08/27/2016 08:45 PM
Bongo aims to extend 50-year family rule in Gabon election

Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba votes during the presidential election in Libreville, GabonBy Gerauds Wilfried Obangome LIBREVILLE (Reuters) - Gabon voted on Saturday amid discontent over its failure to raise living standards despite oil wealth, in a poll posing the biggest challenge yet to President Ali Bongo, whose family has run the central African nation for half a century. With state machinery and entrenched patronage networks behind him, Bongo, 57, is likely to be returned, seven years after winning his first election following the death of his father Omar, who ruled for 42 years. Bongo faced nine other candidates - compared with 22 in the last poll - but his main rival was veteran diplomat Jean Ping.



08/27/2016 08:37 PM
Cops: Son beat parents to death inside family home
WEST DEPTFORD, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a man fatally beat his parents with his hands and an object inside the family's New Jersey home.

08/27/2016 08:35 PM
LEADING OFF: Ellis starts for Phils, Jones maybe OK for O's

Kansas City Royals outfielders Lorenzo Cain (6), Alex Gordon (4) and Jarrod Dyson (1) walk to the dugout after they defeated the Boston Red Sox 6-3 in a baseball game at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)A look at what's happening all around the majors Sunday:



08/27/2016 08:23 PM
Scams & waste loom as charity millions donated after Orlando

Scams & waste loom as charity millions donated after OrlandoThe more than 430 fundraisers posted on the GoFundMe website after the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando have exposed weaknesses inherent in these popular do-it-yourself charity campaigns: waste, ...



08/27/2016 08:13 PM
Sheriff: Man confesses in killings of 2 Mississippi nuns

Sheriff: Man confesses in killings of 2 Mississippi nunsA man suspected in the slayings of two nuns found dead in their Mississippi home confessed to the killings, a sheriff said Saturday, in the latest twist to a crime that has horrified people in the small ...



08/27/2016 08:04 PM
Warning of 'war' on farmers, Trump seeks support in Iowa

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at Joni's Roast and Ride during a fundraiser at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, in Des Moines, Iowa, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Donald Trump warned Saturday of a "war on the American farmer," telling a crowd in Iowa that rival Hillary Clinton "wants to shut down family farms" and implement anti-agriculture policies.



08/27/2016 07:59 PM
Harper throws helmet, gets ejected in Nats' loss to Rockies

Home plate umpire Mike Winters gets an earful from Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper after a called third strike during the 10th inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies at Nationals Park, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, in Washington. Harper was ejected. The Rockies won 9-4 in 11 innings. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper yelled at umpire Mike Winters and threw his helmet to the ground, leading to his ejection from the Washington Nationals' 9-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Saturday.



08/27/2016 07:45 PM
Putts start falling for Barclays leader Fowler

American Rickie Fowler, pictured on August 12, 2016, is at nine-under 204 overall and has a slim lead over 36-hole leader and fellow American Patrick Reed, who shot a 70Rickie Fowler fired a bogey-free 68, closing with a five-foot birdie putt Saturday for a one shot lead after the third round of The Barclays, the first of four PGA Tour playoff events. Fowler is at nine-under 204 overall and has a slim lead over 36-hole leader and fellow American Patrick Reed, who shot a 70. "The short game has been there for me," Fowler said.



08/27/2016 07:28 PM
Ariya Jutanugarn falters late, has 2-shot lead in Canada

Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn watches her tee shot on the second hole during the third round of the LPGA Canadian Open tournament in Priddis, Alberta, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)PRIDDIS, Alberta (AP) — Ariya Jutanugarn missed a chance to take a big lead into the final round of the Canadian Pacific Women's Open, making two late bogeys Saturday at Priddis Greens.



08/27/2016 07:24 PM
The Latest: Man arrested in nuns' deaths has criminal record

This is a smartphone photograph taken and released by the Mississippi Department of Public Safety in Durant, Miss., Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, of Rodney Earl Sanders, 46, of Kosciusko, who has been charged with two counts of capital murder in connection with the killing of Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill, both nurse practitioners who were found dead in their Durant house Thursday. (Warren Strain/Mississippi Department of Public Safety Hand Out, via AP)DURANT, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on the killing of two nuns in Mississippi (all times local):



08/27/2016 07:15 PM
Mancini leads Endwell, New York, to Little League

Endwell, N.Y.'s Michael Mancini, right, and Jude Abbadessa celebrate after winning the United States championship baseball game against Goodlettsville, Tenn. at the Little League World Series, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, in South Williamsport, Pa. Endwell, N.Y. won 4-2 and is scheduled to play South Korea in the World Series tomorrow. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — With the Little League World Series title game looming Sunday, the Endwell, New York, players planned on taking a break from baseball if only for one evening.



08/27/2016 07:07 PM
Suspected Kurdish militants fire rockets at Turkey's Diyarbakir airport: media
Suspected Kurdish militants fired rockets at the airport in Turkey's main southeastern city of Diyarbakir on Saturday, sending passengers and staff scrambling for shelter, Dogan news agency said, but there were no immediate reports of casualties. There were no casualties and no disruption to flights, Diyarbakir governor Huseyin Aksoy told the news channel. Diyarbakir is the main city in Turkey's largely Kurdish southeast, where Kurdish militants have waged a three-decade insurgency.

08/27/2016 07:07 PM
Turkey ratchets up Syria offensive, says warplanes hit Kurdish militia

Men inspect a damaged site after double airstrikes on the rebel held Bab al-Nairab neighborhood of AleppoBy Umit Bektas KARKAMIS, Turkey (Reuters) - Rebels supported by Turkey fought Kurdish-backed forces in northern Syria on Saturday, as Ankara ratcheted up its cross-border offensive by saying it had launched air strikes against both Kurdish forces and Islamic State. Turkey's government, which is fighting a Kurdish insurgency at home, has said the Syrian campaign it opened this week is as much about preventing Kurdish militia fighters from gaining territory in Syria as about pushing back Islamic State. Turkey wants to stop Kurdish forces gaining control of a continuous stretch of Syrian territory on its frontier, which it fears could embolden the Kurdish militant group PKK, which has waged a three-decade insurgency on Turkish soil.



08/27/2016 06:55 PM
Max Ritvo, poet who chronicled cancer battle, dies at 25

This May 1, 2016, photo released by Judith Eigen Sarna, shows poet Max Ritvo. Ritvo, a poet who chronicled his long battle with cancer in works that were both humorous and searing, has died. Ritvo was 25. Ritvo died Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, morning at his home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles, his mother, Ariella Ritvo-Slifka, said Friday. Ritvo was diagnosed at 16 with Ewing's sarcoma, a rare cancer that affects bones and soft tissue in children and young adults. (Judith Eigen Sarna via AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Max Ritvo, a poet who chronicled his long battle with cancer in works that were both humorous and searing, has died. He was 25.



08/27/2016 06:54 PM
Flawless Fowler builds 1-shot lead at Barclays

Rickie Fowler watches his tee shot from the first hole during the third round of the Barclays golf tournament in Farmingdale, N.Y., Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Rickie Fowler is playing so well that he can't stop looking behind instead of considering the opportunity that lies ahead at The Barclays.



08/27/2016 06:40 PM
Sanchez hits another home run, Yankees rout Orioles 13-5

New York Yankees' Gary Sanchez (24) takes a curtain call after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)NEW YORK (AP) — With each day, with every swing, this run by Gary Sanchez becomes even more remarkable.



08/27/2016 06:38 PM
Niners QB Kaepernick refuses to stand for anthem in protest

Niners QB Kaepernick refuses to stand for anthem in protestSan Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is refusing to stand for the national anthem before games because he believes the United States oppresses African Americans and other minorities. Kaepernick ...



08/27/2016 06:35 PM
Timeline: Zika's origin and global spread
The following timeline charts the origin and spread of the Zika virus from its discovery nearly 70 years ago: 1947: Scientists researching yellow fever in Uganda's Zika Forest identify the virus in a rhesus monkey 1948: Virus recovered from Aedes africanus mosquito in Zika Forest 1952: First human cases detected in Uganda and Tanzania 1954: Virus found in Nigeria 1960s-80s: Zika detected in mosquitoes and monkeys across equatorial Africa 1969–83: Zika found in equatorial Asia, including India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Pakistan 2007: Zika spreads from Africa and Asia, first large outbreak on ...

08/27/2016 06:35 PM
Factbox: Why the Zika virus is causing alarm
Global health officials are racing to better understand the Zika virus behind a major outbreak that began in Brazil last year and has spread to many countries in the Americas. Zika is transmitted to people through the bite of infected female mosquitoes, primarily the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the same type that spreads dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said Aedes mosquitoes are found in all countries in the Americas except Canada and continental Chile, and the virus will likely reach all countries and territories of the region where Aedes mosquitoes are found.

08/27/2016 06:18 PM
Up to 300,000 refugees to come to Germany this year: migration office head

A migrant boy plays with others in a childrens room at refugee shelter which focuses on women and families in BerlinThe head of Germany's Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) told a German newspaper that he expected a maximum of 300,000 refugees to arrive in Germany this year. Germans tend to use the word "refugee" to refer to both refugees and migrants who are seeking protection but do not have refugee status. Weise said Germany took in fewer migrants in 2015 than previously thought because some were registered twice and others had moved on to other destinations.



08/27/2016 05:59 PM
3rd suspect in New Mexico girl's horrific death held on bail

This undated photo provided by the Metropolitan Detention Center shows Jessica Kelley. On the day Victoria Martens was going to celebrate her 10th birthday, she was found dead in her family's apartment by Albuquerque police officers. Details of what New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and law enforcement officials described as an unspeakable crime emerged Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, in a criminal complaint made public and filed against the girl's mother, her boyfriend and his cousin, Jessica Kelley. (Metropolitan Detention Center via AP)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The third suspect in the horrific rape and killing of a 10-year-old Albuquerque girl whose body was dismembered made her first court appearance Saturday.



08/27/2016 05:54 PM
Colombian rebels announce final conference of peace talks

In this Aug. 12, 2016 photo, rebels of the 48th Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia walk on a makeshift footbridge in the southern jungles of Putumayo, Colombia. With the peace accords about to signed between the FARC and the governemt, gone are the days when they had to change camp every few days for fear of being stunned in their sleep by bombs falling from the skies. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)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.



08/27/2016 05:53 PM
South Korea beats Panama in LLWS international title game

South Korea's Wontae Cho celebrates with a salute after hitting a home run off Panama's Anel Calderon during the third inning of the International championship baseball game at the Little League World Series, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, in South Williamsport, Pa. South Korea won 7-2. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Youbin Choi struck out 14 and South Korea beat Panama 7-2 Saturday to reach the championship game of the Little League World Series.



08/27/2016 05:47 PM
The Latest: Activists say Syrian planes bomb city of Homs

Turkish troops head to the Syrian border, in Karkamis, Turkey, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016. Turkey on Wednesday sent tanks across the border to help Syrian rebels retake the key Islamic State-held town of Jarablus and to contain the expansion of Syria's Kurds in an area bordering Turkey .(AP Photo/Halit Onur Sandal)BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest developments in the Syrian civil war (all times local):



08/27/2016 05:16 PM
Jebet record alights Paris meet, Schippers wins

Bahraini women's 3000m steeplchase runner Ruth Jebet, pictured on August 27, 2016, gave a standout performance during the Paris Diamond League meeting, clocking 8min 52.78sec and smashing the previous record of 8:58:81Kenyan-born Olympic champion Ruth Jebet obliterated the 3000m steeplechase world record Saturday as Dafne Schippers got back to winning ways in the 200m at the Paris Diamond League. On a sultry Parisian evening, Jebet's performance was the standout, the now-Bahraini having transferred allegiance to the Gulf state in February 2013 as a 16-year-old. Jebet clocked 8min 52.78sec, smashing the previous record of 8:58.81 achieved by Russian Gulnara Galkina at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.



08/27/2016 05:04 PM
In wake of cousin's fatal shooting, Dwyane Wade speaks out

FILE- In this July 29, 2016, file photo, Chicago Bulls player Dwyane Wade speaks during a news conference in Chicago. A family spokesman says a cousin of Wade's was fatally shot Friday, Aug. 25, while pushing a baby in a stroller on the city's South Side. Wade posted on Twitter: "My cousin was killed today in Chicago. Another act of senseless gun violence. 4 kids lost their mom for NO REASON. Unreal." (AP Photo/Tae-Gyun Kim, File)CHICAGO (AP) — NBA star Dwyane Wade's cousin was an innocent bystander, police said, pushing her baby in a stroller near a Chicago school where she intended to register her children when she was fatally shot Friday.



08/27/2016 04:52 PM
Tony Romo out with another back injury, no word on return

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo lies on the turf after he went down on a play against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Tony Romo is out with yet another back injury and it's unknown when he will return, although Dallas coach Jason Garrett says he expects his star quarterback to play this season.



08/27/2016 04:49 PM
The Latest: Trump says society can't tolerate violence

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at Joni's Roast and Ride at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, in Des Moines, Iowa, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2016 presidential campaign (all times EDT):



08/27/2016 04:38 PM
Nate Parker talks male privilege, consent in new interview

File-This Aug. 4, 2016, file photo shows Nate Parker arriving at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Grants Banquet at the Beverly Wilshire hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Parker, the actor dealing with a 17-year-old rape case casting a storm over his new film and career, opened up about the 1999 incident in a new interview. Parker spoke about understanding his male privilege and the definition of consent in a lengthy interview Friday, Aug. 27, 2016, with Ebony magazine in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Nate Parker, the actor-director dealing with a 17-year-old rape case casting a storm over his new film and career, opened up about the incident in a new interview.



08/27/2016 04:21 PM
Politically connected Gupta family to sell S.Africa companies

People pose for pictures at a Gupta family wedding in Sun City, South Africa, on May 1, 2013South Africa's wealthy Gupta family with influential ties to President Jacob Zuma said Saturday they plan to sell all their business interests in the country by the end of the year. "As a family, we now believe that the time is right for us to exit our shareholding of the South African businesses which we believe will benefit our existing employees, and lead to further growth in the businesses," said a statement issued by their holding company Oakbay Investments. The Gupta family companies led by brothers Atul, Ajay and Rajesh, have over the years been embroiled in scandals, including accusations of having undue influence over Zuma.



08/27/2016 04:19 PM
Japan PM pledges to invest $30 bn in Africa by 2018

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a session with Kenya's Ministry of Health and World Bank group at the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) in Nairobi on August 26, 2016Japan will pour $30 billion (27 billion euros) in investment into Africa by 2018, including $10 billion in infrastructure development, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Saturday at a summit in Nairobi. "When combined with the investment from the private sector I expect the total real amount to be $30 billion," Abe said at the opening of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD). "This is an investment that has faith in Africa's future," he said.



08/27/2016 04:18 PM
Children of Syria's besieged Daraya discover joy of sweets

A Syrian child, who has been evacuated from the town of Daraya, poses upon her family's arrival at a government reception centre on August 27, 2016 in the government-held town of Hrajela in Western Ghouta, outside DamascusYazan, a four-year-old who has never known anything but deprivation, has finally discovered the joy of ice cream after being evacuated from the besieged town of Daraya near the capital of war-torn Syria. This week, under a deal between the government and rebel forces who controlled it, Daraya's thousands of civilians and rebel fighters were all evacuated from the town, devastated by constant bombardment. Yazan's family and many of the civilians were transferred to Hrajela, a village under government control located around 20 kilometres (12 miles) southeast of Daraya.



08/27/2016 04:16 PM
Funeral tears as Italy says farewell to quake dead

Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi (C) embraces Arquata's mayor Leandro Petrucci during a funeral service in a gymnasium in Ascoli Piceno, central Italy on August 27, 2016, three days after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck the regionItaly on Saturday bid a tearful farewell to dozens of those who died in the earthquake as the nation mourned the victims of a disaster that claimed nearly 300 lives. President Sergio Mattarella, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and other leaders were among hundreds of mourners at a sports hall in Ascoli Piceno, capital of the central Marche region. The hall had been temporarily converted into a place of worship for the funeral of most of the people who perished in the villages of Arquata del Tronto and Pescara del Tronto in the region's mountainous interior.



08/27/2016 04:13 PM
Syria army moves into siege town after fighters evacuated

Syrian troops stand guard as a bus carrying people drives by, as part of an evacuation from the town of Daraya outside the capital Damascus on August 26, 2016Government forces moved into the town of Daraya near the Syrian capital on Saturday after rebels and civilians were evacuated following a four-year siege by regime forces, a military source said. "The Syrian army completely controls Daraya and has entered all of the town. Earlier, a first group of hundreds of rebels and their families evacuated from the town reached opposition-held territory further north, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.



08/27/2016 04:13 PM
Kurdish-led Syria forces face off with Turkish-backed rebels

Turkish troops head to the Syrian border, in Karkamis, Turkey, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016. Turkey on Wednesday sent tanks across the border to help Syrian rebels retake the key Islamic State-held town of Jarablus and to contain the expansion of Syria's Kurds in an area bordering Turkey .(AP Photo/Halit Onur Sandal)BEIRUT (AP) — Backed by Turkish tanks and reports of airstrikes, Turkey-allied Syrian rebels clashed with Kurdish-led forces in northeastern Syria in a new escalation that further complicates the already protracted Syrian conflict.



08/27/2016 04:10 PM
Cowboys quarterback Romo has broken bone in back

NFL: Carolina Panthers at Dallas Cowboys(The Sports Xchange) - Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo suffered a broken bone in his back on the third play of Thursday night's preseason game and coach Jason Garrett said the injury would cost the veteran a chunk of the 2016 season. An MRI on Friday revealed Romo's back injury is much worse than anticipated, Garrett announced Saturday, two days after he was knocked out of the game against the Seattle Seahawks. "We're confident that he's going to be coming back and playing football for us this year," Garrett said but provided no timetable on Romo's possible return.



08/27/2016 03:59 PM
The embrace of life: A story of 2 sisters in Italy's quake

The embrace of life: A story of 2 sisters in Italy's quakeIn the chaos of Italy's devastating earthquake, an older sister's embrace allowed a young girl to survive. The heartbreaking story of 9-year-old Giulia Rinaldo and her younger sister Giorgia was recounted ...



08/27/2016 03:51 PM
Hope Solo takes indefinite leave from Seattle Reign

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2016, file photo, United States goalie Hope Solo walks off the field at half time of a CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament soccer match against Mexico in Frisco, Texas. Solo has taken an indefinite leave from the Seattle Reign of the National Women's Soccer League, less than a week after being suspended for six months by the U.S. national team for disparaging remarks about Sweden, the Reign announced Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)Hope Solo has taken an indefinite leave from the Seattle Reign of the National Women's Soccer League, less than a week after being suspended for six months by the U.S. national team for disparaging remarks about Sweden.



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