Islamic State shells empty field in Turkey after air strikes: witnessesKARKAMIS, Turkey (Reuters) - Islamic State forces in Syria fired a mortar shell into Turkey on Wednesday, hitting an empty field, witnesses reported, in what appeared to be retaliation for Turkish air strikes near the town of Jarablus. Turkish special forces, backed by Turkish and U.S.-led coalition warplanes, launched an operation at dawn in north Syria to wipe out Islamic State along the border. Military sources confirmed that the jihadists had fired a mortar across the border, hitting an area outside the Turkish town of Karkamis. (Writing by Ayla Jean Yackley; Editing by Dasha Afanasieva)
Strong quake rattles central Italy, at least 10 dead
AMATRICE, Italy (AP) ? A strong earthquake struck central Italy early Wednesday, collapsing homes on top of residents as they slept. At least 10 people were reported dead in two hard-hit towns that were partially demolished.
Rare endangered primate spotted in Vietnam
A new group of critically endangered primates has been spotted in Vietnam, raising hopes the rare creatures may not be wiped out in the next decade as scientists had feared. The Delacour's langur, black and white with a full face of whiskers, is indigenous to Vietnam, but their numbers have dwindled in recent years because of poaching and mining activity in the country's northern forests. A team of scientists from Fauna and Flora International spotted a group of about 40 of the primates, mostly juveniles and infants, bringing their total population to less than 250.
3 Olympic weightlifting gold medalists fail doping retestsBUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) ? Three Olympic champion weightlifters from China and eight other medalists stand to be stripped of their titles after failing retests of their doping samples from the 2008 Olympics.
Arrieta dominates for 8 innings, Cubs beat Padres 5-3
China says opposes anything that causes Korean tensionsBEIJING (Reuters) - China opposes North Korea's nuclear missile program as well as any words or deeds that cause tension on the Korean peninsula, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at a meeting with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts on Wednesday. The comments were carried on the website of China's foreign ministry. They follow North Korea's launch of a ballistic missile from a submarine earlier on Wednesday that flew about 500 km (310 miles) towards Japan. (Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Paul Tait)
Turkish military, U.S.-led coalition launch operation to sweep Islamic State from Syria town
By Humeyra Pamuk and Umit Ozdal ISTANBUL/KARKAMIS, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkish special forces units and jets supported by warplanes from the U.S.-led coalition launched an operation in northern Syria on Wednesday to wipe out Islamic State militants along the border with Turkey, Turkish officials said. The Turkish army began firing artillery rounds into the Syrian border town of Jarablus at around 0100 GMT and Turkish and U.S. warplanes pounded Islamic State targets with air strikes as part of the operation, Turkish military sources said. It was the first time warplanes from NATO member Turkey have struck in Syria since November, when Turkey downed a Russian jet near the border, and the first significant incursion by Turkish special forces since a brief operation to relocate the tomb of Suleyman Shah, a revered Ottoman figure, in February 2015.
Dodgers rough up Bumgarner, beat Giants 9-5 for 2-game lead
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? Corey Seager, Justin Turner and Adrian Gonzalez combined for eight hits and four RBIs, and the Los Angeles Dodgers roughed up Madison Bumgarner again to beat the San Francisco Giants 9-5 on Tuesday night.
China's COFCO buys rest of Dutch commodity trader
China's state-owned grain giant COFCO will buy out minority shareholders in Netherlands-based commodity trader Nidera and take full ownership of the company, it said, as it seeks to become an agribusiness powerhouse. COFCO's deal to buy out the remaining 49 percent of Nidera, which trades grains and soybeans among other agricultural commodities, comes two years after it bought just over half of the company for $1.2 billion. The deal would give China greater control over pricing on the world's grain markets, as well as better access to major grain-growing regions, such as Latin America and Russia.
North Korea's sub-launched missile flew at high angle: YonhapSEOUL (Reuters) - The North Korean submarine-launched ballistic missile fired on Wednesday flew at a high trajectory and has a range of more than 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) at a normal angle, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency said, without citing a source. The missile traveled about 500 km, South Korean officials said. The Yonhap report also said North Korea used solid fuel and succeeded in separating first and second stages of the rocket. South Korea's Defense Ministry was not immediately available to comment. (Reporting by Ju-min Park; Editing by Nick Macfie)