U.S. ship fires warning shots at Iranian vessel
Posted on Thursday August 25, 2016

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots after an Iranian fast-attack craft approached two U.S. ships in the northern Gulf, a U.S. defense official said on Thursday, in the most serious of a number of incidents in the same area this week.

Turkey fires on U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in Syria offensive
Posted on Thursday August 25, 2016

KARKAMIS, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkish troops fired on U.S.-backed Kurdish militia fighters in northern Syria on Thursday, highlighting the complications of an incursion meant to secure the border region against both Islamic State and Kurdish advances.

Italy quake toll hits 250 as rescuers search flattened towns
Posted on Thursday August 25, 2016

AMATRICE, Italy (Reuters) - The death toll from a devastating earthquake in central Italy climbed to 250 on Thursday as rescue teams scoured mounds of rubble for a second day in towns and villages flattened by the natural disaster.

Poverty will hobble Colombia's anti-drugs push after peace deal
Posted on Thursday August 25, 2016

TACUEYO, Colombia (Reuters) - Jose Toconas picks at branches hanging in rows from the roof of his marijuana drying house and smells their spiky flower buds.

Exclusive: Chinese-Mexican man at center of $205 million seizure could be extradited to Mexico in days - lawyer
Posted on Thursday August 25, 2016

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Chinese-Mexican businessman accused of drug trafficking could be handed over by U.S. authorities to Mexican authorities as early as next week as he has nearly exhausted his legal options, ending a years-long extradition battle, his lawyer told Reuters.