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Turkish tanks enter Syrian border town in anti-Islamic state operation
Turkish tanks backed by fighter jets and special forces rolled into Syria Wednesday in an unprecedented operation to drive Islamic State jihadists out of a key Syrian border town.
 
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden promised unwavering commitment to NATO's collective defense Tuesday as he sought to reassure Baltic allies spooked by a resurgent Russia and White House hopeful Donald Trump.
 
Imagine a dream team of the nation's top historians, recruited by the White House to advise the president on major decisions. That's the idea being pitched by two Harvard University scholars who say many United States leaders know alarmingly little about history, both of their own country and of others.
 
Donald Trump stepped up his attacks on Hillary Clinton Tuesday as her campaign battled to silence suggestions that donors to her family's charity paid for access when she was America's top diplomat.
 
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday praised Nigeria for its recent gains against Boko Haram Islamists but did not endorse military claims that the group's leader Abubakar Shekau has been wounded.
 
Paying tribute to a hero
Members of the Bellows Falls Fire Department stand in front of their station as they pay respect to Justin Beebe, a "Hotshot" who was killed Aug. 13 battling a wildfire near Great Basin National Park in Nevada, as his ashes return home to Bellows Falls, Vermont, early Wednesday, Aug. 24.
 
In a court case with repercussions for the art world and millions of dollars at stake, a U.S. judge ruled Tuesday in favor of an artist who was sued for denying a painting was his.
 
Iraqi special forces led an operation on Tuesday aimed at retaking the jihadist-held town of Qayyarah, a key staging base for operations to attack Mosul, military sources said.
 
Strong quake rattles central Italy:
A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck central Italy early Wednesday, levelling buildings in several towns as residents slept. The mayor of hard-hit Amatrice said: "The town isn't here anymore."
 
Turkey backtracks on 'IS child bomber' claims
Turkey on Monday went back on claims that a child bomber linked to Islamic State (IS) jihadists carried out a deadly suicide bombing close to Syria, saying it had no clue who was behind the attack.
 
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