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Afghanistan

Militants Attack American University in Kabul

The president of the American University in the Afghan capital says a militant attack is underway on the campus. Witnesses say they heard explosions and automatic gunfire. It was not immediately clear if anyone was wounded

Donald Trump speaks to voters during a campaign rally, on Aug. 20, 2016 in Fredericksburg, Va.

Trump Signals 'Softening' of Immigration Position

Donald Trump signaled a reversal on one of his key policy issues, suggesting he would be open to a "softening" of his positions on illegal immigration. "There certainly can be a softening because we're not looking to hurt people," Trump said

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Antibiotics Use Linked to Type 1 Diabetes in Mice: Study

A new study in mice published in the journal Nature Microbiology finds a link between Type 1 diabetes and antibiotic use. Researchers found that in male mice, a higher antibiotic exposure early in life “accelerated the diabetes and even enhanced it”

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Turkish Tanks Enter Syria to Free ISIS-Held Town

Turkey's military launched an operation before dawn Wednesday to clear a Syrian border town from Islamic State militants, and the country's state-run news agency said Turkish tanks had crossed into Syria as part of the offensive

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Obama Declares New National Monument in Maine

President Barack Obama declared a new national monument in Maine on 87,000 acres donated by the founder of Burt's Bees, fulfilling conservationist Roxanne Quimby's goal of gifting the land during the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service

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Mississippi Man To Be Sentenced For Trying to Join ISIS

A Mississippi man who tried to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group is scheduled to be sentenced on terrorism charges. Muhammad Dakhlalla of Starkville pleaded guilty in March to one count of conspiring to provide material support

The ancient Dhammayangyi temple is seen shrouded in dust as a 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit Bagan on Aug. 24, 2016.

Powerful Magnitude-6.8 Earthquake Shakes Central Burma

A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 shook central Burma, knocking glasses off tables and sending people running out of buildings in the country's largest city. Some casualties and damage were possible, but the impact was likely to be fairly localized

Barack Obama greets homeowners after his remarks following a tour of a flood-affected neighborhood in Zachary, Louisiana, Aug. 23, 2016.

‘Heartbroken’ Over La. Flooding

President Barack Obama said the nation is "heartbroken" during his first visit to flood-ravaged southern Louisiana as he attempted to assure the many thousands who have suffered damage that his administration has made their recovery a priority

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Fewer Tourists Visit Paris After Wave of Deadly Attacks

Fewer foreign tourists are visiting the Paris region after deadly attacks last year and a season of strikes, violent labor action and exceptional floods. The regional tourism office reported figures for the first half of 2016

Thai soldiers inspect the scene of a car bomb blast outside a hotel in the southern province of Pattani

Bombings in Thai Coastal Town Kill 1, Injure 30

Twin blasts killed one person and injured 30 more at a Thai town in the country's Deep South, less than two weeks after a similar string of bombings in the country. The explosions occurred in Pattani, a popular vacation destination