Turkey and U.S.-backed forces enter Syria to battle Islamic State

Turkish and Syrian rebel forces, aided by U.S. aircraft and Special Operations advisers, have launched a major cross-border offensive aimed at capturing the Islamic State's last stronghold on Syria's border with Turkey.

North Korea fires submarine-launched ballistic missile toward Japan

A North Korean submarine fired a ballistic missile on Wednesday that flew about 311 miles toward Japan, a show of improving technological capability for the isolated country that has conducted a series of launches in defiance of UN sanctions.

Dozens killed as earthquake brings down buildings in central Italy

Rescue workers scrambled to reach survivors buried under rubble in isolated towns and villages across central Italy on Wednesday after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake and a series of strong aftershocks struck the region.

Graduate students are given the right to form unions

The National Labor Relations Board ruled Tuesday that students who work as teaching and research assistants at private universities have a federally backed right to unionize.

Obama visits Louisiana flood zone, promises continuing support

President Barack Obama walked door to door in an East Baton Rouge Parish neighborhood on Tuesday, hugging people and offering assurances that the country would help them recover from some of the worst floods ever recorded in Louisiana.

Florida announces Zika case hundreds of miles from Miami

Florida officials on Tuesday announced the first case of Zika transmitted by mosquitoes in Pinellas County, located some 265 miles from Miami, where the first locally transmitted U.S. cases were reported.

Court upholds doping-related ban on Russia for Paralympics

The highest court for world sports has upheld the decision to ban Russia from the Paralympic Games for widespread doping, rejecting an appeal by the country and issuing what is considered the final word on the matter.

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