The Brief

Italy Quake
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Rescuers Search for Survivors

The death toll from Wednesday's 6.2 earthquake in Italy's central Appenine region rose to 247 on Thursday morning, according to the country's civil protection agency, as rescuers continue to dig through the debris for survivors

Death Toll Climbs Over Duterte's Drug War

Inside Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's War on Drugs

In just seven weeks, the body count in Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte's extrajudicial war on drugs has reached almost 1,800 and shows no sign of slowing. Some are starting to say that real threat to the country is not drugs but Duterte himself

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump welcomes Nigel Farage, ex-leader of the British UKIP party, to speak at a campaign rally in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Donald Trump Compares His Campaign to Brexit

Donald Trump drew a parallel between his campaign and the Brexit movement during a campaign rally, saying that a vote for him represents independence from a "rigged system" while bringing U.K. politician and Brexit leader Nigel Farage

The planet Proxima b orbiting the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our Solar System, is seen in an undated artist's impression

Potential Earth-Like Planet Discovered One Star Away

Scientists have discovered a planet in the star system next door that may have certain similarities to Earth. The planet orbits the star Proxima Centauri and is in the safe zone: neither too hot nor too cold for water, and therefore, potentially life

Afghanistan

10 Dead in Attack on American University in Kabul

An attack on the American University of Afghanistan has ended, a government spokesman said, after at least 10 people were killed and scores were wounded. Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said the dead included seven students, two police officers and a security guard

Donald Trump Holds Campaign Rally In Jackson, MS

Donald Trump Calls Hillary Clinton a 'Bigot'

Republican nominee Donald Trump stepped up his recent attacks on Democratic rival Hillary Clinton on Wednesday, calling her a "bigot" who "sees people of color only as votes" during a rally in Jackson, Miss.

France Burkini Clash

French Burkini Bans Face Legal Challenge as Tension Mounts

France's highest administrative authority is studying whether bans on full-body burkini swimsuits are legal, amid growing concerns about police forcing Muslim women to disrobe. Images of police appearing to require a woman to take off her tunic have elicited anger

Syrian civil war

U.N.: Syrian Government and ISIS Responsible for Attacks

An international team has concluded that the Syrian government and Islamic State militants carried out chemical attacks in the conflict-wracked nation during 2014 and 2015. The team found evidence of the use of chlorine and mustard gas attacks

LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 12: Former U.S. President Bill Clinton speaks on behalf of his wife and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during a 2016 Presidential Election Forum, hosted by Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) and Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace August 12, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The forum provided an opportunity for presidential candidates or their representatives to speak to Asian voters directly. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Bill Clinton Defends Clinton Foundation

Bill Clinton is defending the work of the Clinton Foundation. The former president told reporters in Atlanta: "If there's something wrong with creating jobs and saving lives, I don't know what it is"

USS Nitze is greeted by spray of fireboat to kick off Fleet Week in New York Harbor

Iranian Vessels Intercept U.S. Warship

Four Iranian vessels "harassed" a U.S. warship by coming within 300 yd. of it, according to a U.S. defense official who said that the maneuver was "unsafe and unprofessional." The American destroyer, the U.S.S. Nitze, was near the Strait of Hormuz