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Italy quake toll rises to nearly 250 as rescuers struggle to find survivors

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International Desk: The death toll from a devastating earthquake in central Italy rose sharply to almost 250 people early on Thursday after rescue teams worked through the night to try to find survivors under the rubble of flattened towns.

The strong 6.2 magnitude quake struck early on Wednesday as people slept, razing homes and buckling roads. It was powerful enough to be felt in Bologna to the north and Naples to the south, both more than 220 km (135 miles) from the epicentre.

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Italy quake leaves 73 dead: new official toll

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International Desk: A powerful earthquake that struck central Italy on Wednesday has left at least 73 people dead, the country's civil protection unit said.

Immacolata Postiglione, the head of the unit's emergency department, announced the new toll at a press conference in Rome as rescue efforts...
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Counterfeit pain pills likely came to Prince illegally

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Minneapolis, Aug 23 (AP) - The disclosure that some pills found at Prince's Paisley Park home and studio were counterfeit and contained the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl strongly suggests the pills came to the superstar musician illegally.

But exactly how Prince obtained the drugs is still...
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Thai military court rejects torture allegation in bomb trial

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Bangkok, Aug 23 (AP) - A Thai military court on Tuesday rejected allegations by two foreign defendants that they were tortured in custody and refused to transfer them to a new prison while being tried on charges of bombing a popular Hindu shrine in Bangkok that left 20 people dead.

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US works to keep Turkey in its fold as NATO ally looks east

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Washington, Aug 23 (AP) - With suspicions on both sides mounting, the United States is struggling to preserve its wobbly partnership with Turkey as it entertains a closer relationship with Russia and fumes over a U.S.-based cleric it blames for orchestrating last month's failed coup...
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