One dead, dozens wounded in Thai car bombing
A car bomb exploded in a nightlife district in Thailand's deep south, killing one and wounding more than 30, in a nation already on edge after a bombing spree that targeted tourist towns. The latest blast struck late Tuesday outside a hotel in Pattani, one of three Muslim-majority southern provinces battered by a long-running and shadowy rebellion against the Buddhist-majority state. "So far there is one killed and more than 30 injured," Major General Thanongsak Wangsupa, Pattani provincial police commander, told AFP Wednesday.
Turkish tanks enter Syrian territory to fight IS
Karkamis (Turkey) (AFP) - A dozen Turkish tanks on Wednesday entered Syrian territory to take part in the battle to push Islamic State (IS) jihadists out of the town of Jarabulus, an AFP photographer reported.
Major earthquakes in Italy since start of 20th centuryROME (Reuters) - A strong earthquake brought down buildings in mountainous central Italy early on Wednesday, trapping residents and sending others fleeing into the streets. A preliminary count hours after the quake struck put the death toll at more than 10. Here is a list of major earthquakes in Italy since the start of the 20th century: - Dec 28, 1908 - More than 82,000 people are killed in a 7.2 magnitude earthquake which reduces Sicily's second largest city Messina to rubble and damages the city of Reggio Calabria across the straits on the mainland. ...
Pope, saddened by earthquake, cancels speech to pray for victimsPope Francis, saddened by an earthquake that struck central Italy overnight, on Wednesday canceled a speech he was to have given at his general audience and instead prayed with the crowd for victims and survivors. "Hearing the mayor of Amatrice say that the town no longer exists and hearing that there are children among the victims, I am deeply saddened," he told tens of thousands of people who had gathered in St. Peter's Square for his general audience. Amatrice was one of the mountain towns hit by the quake.
18 dead as Italy struck by powerful quake
A powerful 6.2-magnitude earthquake devastated mountain villages in central Italy on Wednesday, leaving at least 18 people dead and many more unaccounted for. Deaths were reported in three villages in a mountainous area straddling the regions of Lazio and Marche: Amatrice, Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto. At least 10 people died in Pescara, a hamlet that is part of the bigger village of Arquata del Tronto, according to civil protection officers cited by the ANSA news agency.
UK court says SABMiller shareholders can be split into two classes
By Martinne Geller LONDON (Reuters) - SABMiller shareholders can be treated as two separate groups when they vote on the brewer's 79 billion pound takeover by Anheuser Busch InBev, a court in London ruled on Tuesday, granting a request from SAB aimed at making the vote as fair as possible. The marriage of the world's largest beer makers was agreed last year with an offer of 44 pounds per share in cash for general shareholders and a discounted cash-and-stock offer aimed at the largest two - Altria Group and Bevco - to help them avoid large tax bills. AB InBev sweetened its offer in July after several shareholders, including activist hedge funds, pressured SABMiller to seek a new deal.
Turkey in cross-border operation to free IS-held Syrian town
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) ? Turkey's military launched an operation before dawn Wednesday to clear a Syrian border town from Islamic State militants, and a private Turkish TV station reported that a small number of Turkish special forces had crossed into Syria as part of the operation.
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Strong quake rattles central Italy, at least 11 dead
A strong earthquake rocked central Italy early Wednesday, collapsing homes on top of residents as they slept. At least 11 people were reported dead in two hard-hit towns where rescue crews raced to dig ...
State-by-state look at ACT test-takers and composite scoreUNDATED (AP) ? A state-by-state look at the percent of high school graduates taking the ACT exam and the average composite score, according to the testing company's annual report released Wednesday.