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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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Abu Sayyaf beheads 18-year-old hostage in Sulu

THE Abu Sayyaf group has beheaded an 18-year-old Filipino hostage it kidnapped in Jolo, Sulu last July 16.

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