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A Turkish soldier stands guard on the Turkish-Syrian border in KarkamisBy Humeyra Pamuk and Orhan Coskun ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish special forces units and jets supported by warplanes from the U.S.-led coalition launched an operation in northern Syria to wipe out Islamic State militants along the Turkey-Syria border, 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 airstrikes as part of the operation, Turkish military sources said. White and grey plumes of smoke rose from atop hills in northern Syria, Turkey's CNN Turk television showed, in footage broadcast live from the Turkish town of Karkamis across the border from Jarablus.


8/23/2016 10:58:32 PM

Rescuers carry a man in Amatrice, Italy on August 24, 2016 after a strong earthquakeCentral Italy was struck by a powerful, 6.2-magnitude earthquake in the early hours of Wednesday, leaving at least three people dead and devastating dozens of mountain villages. Numerous buildings had collapsed in communities close to the epicentre of the quake near the town of Norcia in the region of Umbria, witnesses told Italian media, with an increase in the death toll highly likely. The first two confirmed victims were an elderly couple whose home collapsed in Pescara del Tronto in the Marche region, east of the epicentre, according to national broadcaster Rai.


8/23/2016 10:53:26 PM

Strong quake rattles central Italy: "The town isn't here"A strong earthquake struck central Italy early Wednesday, levelling buildings in several towns as residents slept. One mayor reported a family of four trapped under the debris without signs of life and ...


8/23/2016 10:52:17 PM

US women's gymnastics team flips over Broadway's 'Hamilton'How do you follow winning Olympic gold at the Rio Olympics? How about a chance to see "Hamilton" on Broadway? The Tony Award-winning smash musical on Tuesday night welcomed the U.S. women's gymnastics ...


8/23/2016 10:42:48 PM

A group of Turkish special forces units have crossed into northern Syria but the ground incursion has not yet begun and work to open a passage way is continuing, a senior Turkish official and military sources said on Wednesday. Turkish warplanes and U.S.-led coalition aircraft have carried out four strikes on Islamic State targets, Turkish military sources said, as part of a joint operation to wipe out Islamic State from the Syrian border town of Jarablus. "The aim of the operation is to ensure border security and Syria's territorial integrity while supporting the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State," one of the military sources said.

8/23/2016 10:35:56 PM

FILE - In this April 23, 2016 file photo, Burt Bacharach attends the 2016 Newport Beach Film Festival Honors in Newport Beach, Calif. Bacharach is canceling two September concerts to recover from a broken arm. A spokeswoman for the 88-year-old composer and conductor said Tuesday that Bacharach will skip scheduled performances on Sept. 3 in Curacao and Sept. 17 in Lancaster, California. Publicist Tina Brausam said Bacharach plans to resume his touring schedule in October. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Burt Bacharach is canceling two September concerts to recover from a broken arm.


8/23/2016 10:33:47 PM

FILE- In this May 3, 2011, file photo, beef and dairy cows graze on a farm in Thompson, Conn. Connecticut officials are joining other states in educating local farmers about how to mitigate public health risks as more people visit their farms. State and federal officials are holding a conference Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, in Hartford, Conn. to discuss topics ranging from preventing E. coli outbreaks to safely preparing food on the farm. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — With the growth of agritourism and more people visiting local farms, Connecticut officials are joining other states in educating farmers about how to mitigate health risks for their new visitors.


8/23/2016 10:31:57 PM

Turkish cannons are seen firing towards the Syria border fom army positions near the the town of Kilis earlier this yearTurkey's army and international coalition forces have started an operation aimed at driving Islamic State jihadists out of the Syrian town of Jarabulus near the Turkish border, a statement from the Turkish PM's office said. "The Turkish Armed Forces and the International Coalition Air Forces have launched a military operation aimed at clearing the district of Jarablus of the province of Aleppo from the terrorist organisation Daesh," it added, using an Arabic acronym for IS group.


8/23/2016 10:30:53 PM

ROME (AP) — The Latest on the earthquake in central Italy (all times local):

8/23/2016 10:30:39 PM

Tesla lays claim to world's fastest production carTesla Motors says a new version of the Model S electric car is the quickest production car in the world from zero to 60 miles per hour. The company says the Model S P100D sedan can go from stopped to 60 ...


8/23/2016 10:30:06 PM
 
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