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After more than 50 years of conflict, Colombia's FARC rebels are laying down arms

The commander of Colombia's biggest rebel movement said Sunday that its fighters will permanently cease hostilities with the government beginning with the first minute of Monday, as a result of their peace accord ending one of the world's longest-running conflicts. Rodrigo Londono, leader of the...

Iran judiciary confirms member of negotiation team arrested

 Iran's judiciary on Sunday confirmed the brief detention of a member of Iran's negotiation team with world powers on suspicion of "infiltration," the official IRNA news agency reported. On Wednesday, hard-line news outlets said authorities detained a dual Iranian-Canadian national, Abdolrasoul...

2 United pilots suspected of being drunk arrested in Glasgow, Scotland

Police and airline officials say two United Airlines pilots have been arrested for suspected intoxication before they were to fly 141 passengers from Scotland to the United States.  United Airlines officials have confirmed Saturday's arrest of the pilots, aged 45 and 35, at Glasgow Airport. The...

17 workers killed as fire sweeps through Moscow warehouse

Russian emergency services say a fire swept through a printing plant's warehouse in Moscow on Saturday, killing 17 migrant workers from Kyrgyzstan.  The fire was caused by a faulty lamp on the first floor of the warehouse, where many flammable liquids and paper products were stored, and it spread...

In shocking burst of violence, striking miners kidnap, kill deputy minister in Bolivia

Striking Bolivian miners kidnapped and beat to death the country's deputy interior minister in a shocking spasm of violence following weeks of tension over dwindling paychecks in a region hit hard by falling metal prices. The miners were demanding they be allowed to work for private companies,...

Death toll rises to 278 in Italian earthquake

Italian authorities say the death toll in central Italy's devastating earthquake has risen to 278. Civil protection officials gave the updated toll at a briefing Friday afternoon, adding that 238 other people caught up in the quake were rescued. The death toll in the Arquata area of the earthquake...

Top French court rules Burkini bans violate basic freedoms

 France's top administrative court overturned a ban on burkinis in a Mediterranean town in a decision Friday that should set legal precedent regarding a swimsuit crackdown that has divided the country and provoked shock around the world. The ruling by the Council of State on Friday specifically...

Car bomb attack in Turkey kills 8 police; 45 wounded

Turkey's state-run news agency says at least eight police officers have been killed in a car-bomb attack targeting a checkpoint in southeast Turkey.  Anadolu Agency says 45 people were wounded Friday in the attack, which was carried out with a truck laden with explosives near the town of Cizre,...

Executive of South Korea's Lotte Group found dead amid corruption probe

Lotte Group's vice chairman has been found dead as authorities widen a probe into corruption at South Korea's fifth-largest business group, officials at the company and police said Friday.  Lee In-won, 69, the company's highest-ranking executive outside the founding family and the top aide to its...

3 dead after what may have been a crossbow attack in Toronto, police say

Toronto police say three people are dead in what they are calling a homicide that may have involved a crossbow. Officers arrived at a home in the Toronto suburb of Scarborough and found two people without vital signs. A third person was found with significant injuries and taken to a hospital. Police...

World's first self-driving taxis debut in Singapore

The world's first self-driving taxis began picking up passengers in Singapore starting Thursday.  Select members of the public can hail a free ride through their smartphones in taxis operated by nuTonomy, an autonomous vehicle software startup. While multiple companies, including Google and Volvo,...

Attack on American University in Afghanistan is over, police say, leaving 7 dead

An attack on the American University of Afghanistan has ended, a senior police officer said Thursday, after at least seven people were killed and more than 30 were wounded. Kabul Police Chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi said that the dead included one guard and that about 700 students had been rescued....

Colombia, FARC rebels announce accord to end 5-decade war

Colombia's government and its biggest rebel group announced a deal Wednesday evening for ending their country's half-century guerrilla war, one of the world's longest-running armed conflicts. The government's accord with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia must still be ratified by voters...

Germany responds to criticism over telling citizens to stockpile groceries

Germany's government has approved new guidelines for protecting the population in case of emergencies such as attacks or long-term power outages, and the country's top security official is trying to fend off criticism of its timing. The "Civil Protection Concept" approved Wednesday by the German...

6.8 earthquake shakes central Myanmar

A powerful earthquake measuring a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 shook central Myanmar, also known as Burma, on Wednesday, knocking glasses off tables and sending people running out of buildings in the country's largest city. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered about 15 miles west...

Vice President Biden heads to Turkey on fence-mending trip

Vice President Joe Biden faces a stiff challenge Wednesday on a one-day visit to Turkey, a key NATO ally that is reeling from terrorist attacks and a failed military coup and where anti-U.S. sentiment is at a boil. Biden will try to reassure Turks and woo back President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who...

Magnitude 6.1 quake rattles Rome, central Italy

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude estimated at 6.1 has rattled Rome and central Italy in the middle of the night. There were no immediate reports of damage early Wednesday, but state-run RAI radio said people ran into the streets in central Umbria and Le Marche regions shortly after the...

Seoul says North Korea fired submarine-launched missile

A North Korean ballistic missile fired from a submarine Wednesday flew about 310 miles in the longest flight by that type of weapon, Seoul officials said, a range that can place much of South Korea within its striking distance. Seoul officials condemned the launch as an "armed protest" against...

Turkey strikes Islamic State in Syria as tensions rise over border town

Turkish artillery shelled Islamic State targets across the border in Syria for the second consecutive day on Tuesday, a senior Turkish official said, amid reports that Turkey-backed Syrian rebels are preparing an offensive against an Islamic State-held border town.  The latest developments have...

Doctors in India remove 40 knives from man's stomach

Doctors in northern India have surgically removed 40 knives from the stomach of a man who had swallowed them over the past two months, one of the physicians said Tuesday. The 42-year-old man is recovering in a hospital in Punjab state after undergoing surgery Friday in which doctors removed the...

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