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Italy earthquake kills dozens, reduces towns to rubble

AMATRICE, Italy (AP) — Rescue crews using bulldozers and their bare hands raced to dig out survivors from a strong earthquake that reduced three central Italian towns to rubble early Wednesday. The death toll stood at 120 but the number of dead and missing was uncertain given the huge number of vacationers in the area for summer's final days.

Aug. 24, 2016 1:37 PM EDT

Turkey in cross-border operation to free IS-held Syrian town

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — 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.

Aug. 24, 2016 11:11 AM EDT


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