The Latest: At least 1 Spaniard killed in Italy earthquake
Colombia announces historic peace deal after four years of talks
Colombia's government and the FARC rebels have reached a historic peace agreement to end their half-century civil war that cost hundreds of thousands of lives. After nearly four years of negotiations in Cuba, the two sides announced a final deal Wednesday, which President Juan Manuel Santos said would be put to a decisive referendum on October 2. "The Colombian government and the FARC announce that we have reached a final, full and definitive accord... on ending the conflict and building a stable and enduring peace," the two sides said in a joint statement read out in Havana by Cuban diplomat Rodolfo Benitez.
Italy quake death toll nears 250 as rescuers search demolished towns
By Steve Scherer and Gabriele Pileri AMATRICE, Italy (Reuters) - The death toll from a devastating earthquake in central Italy rose to at least 247 people early on Thursday after rescue teams worked through the night to try to find survivors under the rubble of flattened towns. The provisional death toll has jumped to 247, from the 159 listed on Wednesday night, the Civil Protection department said. "I haven't slept much because I was really afraid," said 70-year-old Arturo Onesi from the town of Arquata del Tronto, who spent the night in a tent camp for survivors and rescue workers.
Belarusian leader treats action hero Seagal to local carrotsMINSK, Belarus (AP) ? Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has treated American action hero Steven Seagal to a harvest of carrots and watermelons at his country residence.
Italy quake death toll nears 250
The death toll from a powerful earthquake in central Italy rose to 247 on Thursday amid fears many more corpses would be found in the rubble of devastated mountain villages. Monica, a survivor from the tourist town of Amatrice, told of her numbed response when a 4.5-magnitude aftershock rattled the area just after 5.00 a.m. (0300 GMT). "If we don't get help, l'Arquata is finished," said Aleandro Petrucci, the mayor of Arquata del Tronto, which accounted for 57 of the confirmed deaths to date.
UN rights chief seeks international probe of Yemen violenceGENEVA (AP) ? The U.N. human rights chief is calling for an international investigation of human rights violations in Yemen's civil war, which has killed thousands.
Burundi president's commission says people want term limits removed
By Clement Manirabarusha BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - Burundi could scrap presidential term limits from its constitution after a commission set up to hear public views on governance said most citizens wanted no curbs on the number of times the head of state may seek re-election. The central African nation has been gripped by violence for more than a year, triggered by President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to seek a third term. Opponents said the decision, taken in April 2015, violated the country's constitution which currently limits presidential tenure to two five-year terms.
German business confidence drops unexpectedly, survey shows
BERLIN (AP) ? Business confidence in Germany, Europe's biggest economy, has dropped unexpectedly as managers' assessment of both their current and future situations darkened following Britain's decision to leave the European Union, a survey showed Thursday.
South African opposition calls for debate on Gordhan "witch-hunt"
South Africa's main opposition party called on Thursday for a parliamentary debate into what it called a "witch-hunt" against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, who is under police investigation over a suspected spy unit at the tax service. Gordhan said on Wednesday he had no legal obligation to obey a police summons linked to an investigation into whether he used the South African Revenue Service (SARS) to spy on politicians including President Jacob Zuma. News of Gordhan's summons compounded investors' worries about a power struggle between Zuma and Gordhan as Africa's most industrialised economy teeters near a recession and credit rating agencies consider downgrading it to "junk" by year-end.
Quake damages scores of Myanmar's heritage Bagan temples
BAGAN, Myanmar (AP) ? It was a time of conquest and conversions. Above all, it was a time of construction, on a scale never seen before. Over 250 years, from the 11th century onwards, the rulers of Bagan built more than 10,000 magnificent religious monuments.