Rescue crews aided by sniffer dogs dug through crumbled homes in Italy Thursday looking for earthquake survivors as the death toll reached 250 and officials anguished over how to secure their ancient towns and modern cities from the country's highly seismic terrain.
Critics of local French bans on full-body burqini swimsuits have filed legal challenges, forcing the country's highest administrative authority to investigate Thursday whether such bans are actually legal, as photos and video surface showing police forcing Muslim women to disrobe.
Brazil's Senate on Thursday began a trial to decide whether to permanently remove President Dilma Rousseff from office.
The 28-year-old Green Beret who was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan had told his wife he knew he was about to go on a dangerous mission, but said he loved her and that everything would be OK.
Egyptian security officials say a police driver kidnapped this week has been publicly shot dead in Sinai by suspected militants from the local Islamic State affiliate.
United Nations peacekeeping missions around the world for years poured untreated or untested sewage into public waters or agricultural lands in some of the most ravaged countries they protect, failed to dispose safely of wastewater, sewage and garbage, and only sporadically kept the environmental safety and sanitation records that missions are supposed to report regularly for themselves and for U.N. headquarters.
The European Space Agency's Rosetta probe has captured images of a bright burst of light on the comet it is orbiting, apparently caused by a landslide.
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