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Colombia, FARC rebels reach deal to end half-century war

HAVANA — Colombia's government and the country's biggest rebel group reached a historic deal Wednesday evening for ending a half-century of hostilities in one of the world's longest-running and bloodiest armed conflicts.

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4-kilogram gold nugget found in Victoria, Australia

MELBOURNE -- An Australian prospector has found a 145-ounce gold nugget worth an estimated 190,000 U.S. dollars.

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No Filipino casualties in Italy quake, says government

NO FILIPINO casualties have been reported so far in the magnitude 6.2 earthquake in Italy that killed at least 159 people and reduced three Italian central towns to rubble Wednesday.

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Italy quake toll reaches 159, reduces towns to rubble

AMATRICE, Italy — Rescue crews using bulldozers and their bare hands raced to dig out survivors from a strong earthquake that reduced three central Italian towns to rubble Wednesday.

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Powerful earthquake shakes central Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar — A powerful earthquake shook Myanmar on Wednesday, killing at least four people and damaging nearly a hundred ancient Buddhist pagodas in the former capital of Bagan, a major tourist site, officials said.

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