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'Voices under the rubble' after quake hits Italy; at least 38 dead

ACCUMOLI, Italy (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake devastated a string of mountainous towns in central Italy on Wednesday, trapping residents under piles of rubble, killing at least 38 people and leaving thousands homeless. Learn More


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North Korea fires submarine-launched ballistic missile towards Japan

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea fired a submarine-launched missile on Wednesday that flew about 500 km (311 miles) towards Japan, a show of improving technological capability for the isolated country that has conducted a series of launches in defiance of UN sanctions. More »


Turkish tanks, special forces launch first major push into Syria to battle IS

ISTANBUL/KARKAMIS, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkish special forces, tanks and jets backed by planes from the U.S.-led coalition launched their first co-ordinated offensive into Syria on Wednesday to try to drive Islamic State from the border and prevent further gains by Kurdish militia fighters. More »


India investigates damage caused by French submarine data leak

SYDNEY/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India is investigating the extent to which secrets about French Scorpene submarines being built in the country have been compromised, its defence ministry said on Wednesday, after a leak of documents relating to its combat capabilities. More »


Philippines says sea dispute not led to shift in ties with China or U.S.

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines' territorial dispute with China over the South China Sea has not caused Manila to rebalance diplomatic ties with either its ally, the United States, or neighboring China, Foreign Minister Perfecto Yasay said on Wednesday. More »


Turkey's Erdogan says U.S. has 'no excuse' to keep coup suspect Gulen

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday said he would tell U.S. Vice President Joe Biden that Washington has "no excuse" for not handing over the Pennsylvania-based cleric blamed for last month's failed coup. More »


Thai junta rules out link between latest bombs and tourist-town attacks

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's military government said on Wednesday there was no connection between two bombings overnight that killed one person in the southern town of Pattani and a wave of deadly attacks on tourist spots this month. More »


Lavrov, Kerry to meet on Syria and Ukraine in Geneva on Friday

GENEVA (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will hold talks in Geneva on Friday focusing on the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, both sides said. More »


U.N. warns of migrant crisis challenges, urges Europe to support Greece

ATHENS (Reuters) - Serious challenges lie ahead in dealing with Europe's migrant crisis, the United Nations' refugee chief said on Wednesday as he urged the European Union to help its frontline member-country Greece manage the flows of people. More »


Philippines summons Chinese envoy over drug trafficking from China

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines government said on Wednesday it had summoned the Chinese ambassador earlier this week to explain reports that traffickers were bringing in narcotics from China, opening a new front in President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial war on drugs. More »


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