Turkey in cross-border operation to free IS-held Syrian town
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) ? After a pre-dawn barrage of heavy artillery and airstrikes, Turkey sent tanks and special forces into Syria on Wednesday to help clear a border town of Islamic State militants, marking the NATO member's most significant military involvement so far in the Syria conflict.
Powerful 6.8 magnitude quake hits Myanmar: USGS
A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit central Myanmar Wednesday, the US Geological Survey reported, just south of the ancient city of Bagan, a major tourist destination. The quake, which the agency said struck at a depth of 84 kilometres (52 miles), swayed high-rise buildings in the Thai capital of Bangkok, AFP journalists reported. "Services of the underground railway have been suspended fearing aftershocks of the quake," Kolkata Metro Railway spokesman Indrani Banerjee told AFP.
Laziz the tiger and friends leave Gaza for new life
Gaza's last tiger left the war-ravaged Palestinian enclave Wednesday with monkeys, emus, a porcupine and other animals from a zoo dubbed the "world's worst", heading for a new life in South Africa and elsewhere. Laziz (Cutey in Arabic) the tiger and the 15 other remaining animals from the Khan Yunis zoo were driven on a trailer in cages to the Erez crossing before dawn, an AFP journalist said. The animals crossed the border en route to sanctuaries and zoos in South Africa, Jordan and Israel for "a better quality of life", the Israeli army said in a statement.
Deaf driver's shooting death by trooper under investigation
The North Carolina Highway Patrol is urging people not to jump to conclusions as state agents investigate how a deaf driver with a history of minor offenses ended up dead after leading a trooper on a 10-mile ...
Leaked DCNS documents 'neither critical nor confidential': sourcePARIS (Reuters) - Leaked documents about French naval contractor DCNS' Scorpene submarines appear to be neither critical nor confidential, a source close to the matter said on Wednesday. "It seems to be sensitive information but appears neither critical nor confidential," the source told Reuters on condition of anonymity. (Reporting by Cyril Altmeyer; writing by Michel Rose; editing by Richard Lough)
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Pro-independence Basque leader*s election candidacy blocked
MADRID (AP) ? Basque authorities say a prominent regional leader who was jailed for his links with the outlawed armed group ETA can*t stand as candidate in upcoming elections because his sentence bans him from holding office until 2021.
Clinton proposes new federal fund to combat Zika virusLAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) ? As the Zika virus continues to spread, Hillary Clinton is proposing a new fund to improve the federal government's response to major public health crises.
Recordings of tiger sounds aim to help save wild population
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)