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2 quakes rattle Italy, crumbling buildings and causing panic

The Church of San Sebastiano stands amidst damaged houses in Castelsantangelo sul Nera, Italy, Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016 following an earthquake,. A pair of strong aftershocks shook central Italy late Wednesday, crumbling churches and buildings, knocking out power and sending panicked residents into the rain-drenched streets just two months after a powerful earthquake killed nearly 300 people.

A pair of strong aftershocks shook central Italy late Wednesday, crumbling churches and buildings, knocking out power and sending panicked residents into the rain-drenched streets just two months after a powerful earthquake killed nearly 300 people.

Syria airstrikes kill 22, mostly children, outside school

In this photo provided by the Syrian Civil Defense group known as the White Helmets, Syrian Civil Defense workers search through the rubble after airstrikes in the village of Hass in the Idlib province, Syria, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. Syrian activists say that airstrikes outside a school in the northern, rebel-held province of Idlib have killed more than a dozen people, mostly children. The Idlib News network says the airstrikes hit as the children gathered outside a school complex in the village of Hass.

Airstrikes in Syria killed up to 22 people, mostly children, on Wednesday when warplanes struck a residential area housing a school complex in the northern rebel-held province of Idlib, activists and rescue workers said.

Spain: Rajoy pushed to 2nd vote in bid to form govt

Spanish lawmakers Thursday rejected conservative leader Mariano Rajoy's bid to form a minority government and end a 10-month political impasse, a move that pushes the decision on making him prime minister to a second round of voting later this week.

New images show crater created on Mars by European lander

New images from a NASA satellite indicate that the European Space Agency's experimental Schiaparelli lander created a shallow crater on Mars when it plummeted to the surface last week.

The Latest: UN chief urges probe into Syria school attack

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Experts uncover hidden layers of Jesus' tomb site

In the innermost chamber of the site said to be the tomb of Jesus, a restoration team has peeled away a marble layer for the first time in centuries in an effort to reach what it believes is the original rock surface where Jesus' body was laid.

India, Pakistan each expel a diplomat amid rising tensions

Pakistan and India on Thursday each expelled a diplomat from the other country in an exchange amid escalating tensions between the two South Asian archrivals over the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.

Study predicts deserts in Spain if global warming continues

Southern Spain will become desert and deciduous forests will vanish from much of the Mediterranean basin unless global warming is reined in sharply, according to a study released Thursday.

Putin rejects claims of Russian interference in US election

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday dismissed claims that Russia is interfering in the U.S. presidential election, saying the allegations are designed to distract the public from real issues.

Iraqis dispense what they call justice for alleged militants

At a checkpoint south of Mosul, men who once suffered under the harsh rule of the Islamic State group are now screening displaced civilians to identify any fleeing fighters, and some are dispensing what they call justice.

Police detain Imran Khan's supporters ahead of his rally

Police in Pakistan's capital detained dozens of supporters of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan late on Thursday, triggering brief clashes between police and opposition activists in various parts of Islamabad.

Burundi informs UN it is quitting international court

A spokesman says that the U.N. has received a letter from Burundi formally indicating their desire to withdraw from the International Criminal Court.

Egypt squeezed between need for reforms and fear of backlash

Inside the glitzy Nile Ritz-Carlton hotel off Tahrir Square, Cairo's business elite were eager to put years of tumult and lost opportunities behind them.

Italy quakes take out buildings standing after August jolt

The red brick Amatrice city hall resisted the devastating Aug. 24 quake that collapsed buildings all around it, only to crumble under the one-two punch of lesser jolts Wednesday night. They also brought down a centuries-old church tower in Camerino that had withstood both a quake in 1997 and the one in August.

Man shot dead after stabbing guard at US Embassy in Kenya

A man was shot dead after stabbing a policeman guarding the perimeter wall of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi and trying to take his gun, a Kenyan police official said Thursday.

ExxonMobil strikes 1-billion-barrel well off Nigerian shores

ExxonMobil says it has discovered up to 1 billion barrels of oil off Nigeria's shores.

Greek opposition calls for elections after TV auction fail

Greece's conservative opposition called Thursday for early elections after a court declared illegal an auction of private television licenses — an embarrassing setback for the country's left-wing government.

Pakistani lawmakers demand halt to execution of mentally ill

A human rights committee in Pakistan's upper house of parliament has urged the government to halt the execution of a man diagnosed with schizophrenia that's due next week.

UN says school attack potential war crime

The UN's children's agencyon Thursday raised the death toll from a brutal attack the previous day on a school in Syria's rebel-held Idlibprovince to 28, including 22 children and six teachers, and suggested it may have been the deadliest attack on a school in the country's civil war.