Flags at half mast as Italy mourns earthquake dead

Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi (C) embraces Arquata's mayor Leandro Petrucci during a funeral service in a gymnasium in Ascoli Piceno, central Italy on August 27, 2016, three days after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck the regionItaly held a tear-drenched funeral Saturday for dozens of its earthquake victims as the country observed a day of mourning over a disaster that killed nearly 300 people. President Sergio Mattarella, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and other leaders were among hundreds of mourners who sat solemnly behind 35 coffins in a sports hall in Ascoli Piceno. The hall in the capital of the Marche region had been converted temporarily to a place of worship for the funeral of most of the people who perished in the villages of Arquata del Tronto and Pescara del Tronto in the region's mountainous interior.



Anti-Islam activists stage protest atop Berlin monument

BERLIN (AP) — Anti-Islam activists have staged an hour-long demonstration atop Berlin's Brandenburg Gate.
Three top Kenyan Olympic officials arrested over Rio 'scandal'

Kenya's Sports Minister Hassan Wario on Thursday announced the disbanding of the Kenyan Olympic committee after the allegations surfacedThree top Kenyan Olympics officials have been arrested as investigators probe allegations of mismanagement and corruption at the Rio Games, police sources said. Francis Paul, secretary-general of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK), was arrested on Friday, one of the police sources said on condition of anonymity.



When death comes to stay: one Italian village's story

Rubble and debris of a destroyed house pictured in the damaged village of Saletta, central Italy, on August 26, 2016, three days after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck the regionNowhere was hit harder by the earthquake that brought death and devastation to a remote corner of central Italy this week than Saletta. Fewer than 20 people are permanent residents of the picturesque hamlet. On Wednesday, with the population temporarily swollen at the height of Italy's summer holiday season, 22 people died.



South Sudan's troubled agreement is not keeping the peace

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — When South Sudan's president signed a peace deal a year ago to try to end the country's civil war, he added 16 reservations to the agreement.


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