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Myanmar: 6.8 Earthquake Strikes Central Region

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Myanmar on Aug. 24, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Read more…

Italy: Earthquake Death Toll Rises To 38

At least 38 people were killed in a 6.2 magnitude earthquake that struck central Italy on Aug. 24, Bloomberg, BBC and Reuters reported. Read more…

Thailand: 1 Killed, 29 Injured In Deep South Bombing

At least one person was killed and 29 others were injured when two bombs exploded outside a hotel in Pattani, a town in one of Thailand’s insurgency-ridden southernmost provinces, Khao Sod reported. Read more…

Australia: Backpacker Stabbed To Death In Suspected Islamist Attack

A 29-year-old Frenchman stabbed and killed British woman and wounded two people at a backpackers' hostel in Home Hill, a town in Queensland state, Australia, on Aug. 24, Australian Broadcasting Corp reported. Read more…

Syria: Turkish Tanks Prepping Ground For Jarabulus Operation

The Turkish army launched an operation Aug. 24 involving fighter jets and tanks to drive Islamic State jihadists out of the Syrian border town of Jarabulus, which lies directly opposite the Turkish town of Karkamis, according to the office of the Turkish prime minister, Hurriyet and AFP reported. Read more…

Japan: Training For New Peacekeeping Roles Approved

The Japanese Self-Defense Forces have been cleared to train soldiers for rescue and military escort aspects of U.N. peacekeeping operations, paving way for Japanese forces to take part in overseas military operations for the first time since World War II, Defence Minister Tomomi Inada said Aug. 24, Kyodo reported. Read more…

Colombia: Peace Agreement With FARC Signed

The Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) signed a peace agreement Aug. 23 in Cuba, government sources and a FARC spokesman said, El Tiempo reported. Read more…

Syria: Turkish-Backed Rebels Launch Jarabulus Offensive

The Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army launched a large-scale offensive Aug. 24 in the Islamic State stronghold of Jarabulus near the Syria-Turkey border, Al-Masdar News reported. Read more…

North Korea: Missile Test-Launched From Submarine

North Korea launched a submarine-based ballistic missile off its east coast on Aug. 23, the South Korean military said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Mexico: Government Takes Over Railroad Used By Migrants

The Mexican government has taken control of the southern railroad known as "The Beast," widely used by Central American migrants heading to the United States, the Mexican Communications and Transport Ministry said Aug. 23, Reuters reported. Read more…

Colombia: 3 Explosions Target Health Companies In Bogota

Three small explosions targeted health companies in Bogota, Colombia, on Aug. 23, causing no injuries, El Espectador reported. Read more…

Nigeria: Air Force Claims To Have Killed Boko Haram's Leader

Nigeria's air force said it has killed a number of top Boko Haram fighters, including possibly the group's leader, Reuters reported Aug. 23. Read more…

Syria: Cease-Fire Between Kurdish, Government Forces In Al-Hasaka

Syrian Kurdish and government forces agreed to a cease-fire that came into effect Aug. 23 to halt fighting in the northeastern city of al-Hasaka, a Kurdish official said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Italy: Germany To Accept Hundreds Of Migrants

Beginning in September, Germany will accept hundreds of Iraqi, Syrian and Eritrean migrants currently living in camps in Italy, Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said Aug. 23, Reuters reported. Read more…

Turkey: Supreme Military Council Trims Armed Forces' Upper Ranks

For the second time since Turkey's failed coup attempt, the country's Supreme Military Council convened on Aug. 23 to discuss changes to the Turkish armed forces. Read more…

U.N.: International Day For Remembrance Of Slave Trade And Its Abolition Held

UNESCO marked the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition on Aug. 23. Read more…

Belarus: Collective Security Treaty Organization Military Drills Begin

More than 1,000 soldiers are taking part in joint military exercises in Belarus with the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), the Belarusian Defense Ministry said Aug. 23, the Moscow Times reported. Read more…

Turkey: Kurdish Leader To Meet With President, Prime Minister

Kurdish Regional Government President Massoud Barzani will meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister Binali Yildrim and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Aug. 23 to talk about military coordination leading up to operations to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul, Hurriyet reported. Read more…