TODAY'S WORLD HEADLINES

Turkey backtracks on 'IS child bomber' claim Tue, Aug 23, 2016, 11:19 AM | Raziye Akkoc with Stuart Williams in Istanbul, Agence France-Presse

Trump demands closure of 'corrupt' Clinton Foundation Tue, Aug 23, 2016, 8:08 AM | Agence France-Presse

US warns Syrian planes not to fly near coalition troops Tue, Aug 23, 2016, 8:43 AM | Agence France-Presse

US, Russia move closer to new Syria ceasefire after talks 9:16 am | Nina Larson, Agence France-Presse Washington and Moscow made key steps towards agreeing a new ceasefire in Syria, but a final deal has not been reached, US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart said after talks Friday.

Italy quake death toll hits 281, state funeral planned Italy quake death toll hits 281, state funeral planned 12:28 am | Steve Scherer and Gabriele Pileri, Reuters (UPDATE - 7:41 a.m.) Hopes of finding more survivors from Italy's powerful earthquake faded on…

Top French court suspends burkini ban Top French court suspends burkini ban 11:14 pm | Ingrid Melander and Chine Labbé, Reuters A top French court on Friday suspended a ban on full-body burkini swimsuits that has…

Singapore shrouded in smog as haze returns to Southeast Asia Singapore shrouded in smog as haze returns to Southeast Asia 7:49 pm | Agence France-Presse Acrid smog blanketed Singapore Friday as the city-state was hit by the year’s first major…

Lotte vice chairman found dead amid probe; suicide suspected Lotte vice chairman found dead amid probe; suicide suspected 6:40 pm | Hyunjoo Jin and Se Young Lee, Reuters One of the top executives at South Korea's Lotte Group was found dead on Friday,…

BUSINESS NEWS

How the Philippines can benefit from China\ How the Philippines can benefit from China's plan to revive the ancient Silk Road route Filipinos may not view China as a friendly neighbor given the dispute over the West Philippine Sea, but despite this, two economists believe that the…

MinDA sees Mindanao as emerging economic hub in ASEAN MinDA sees Mindanao as emerging economic hub in ASEAN With the shift in the pattern of world trade and investment destinations to Asian countries, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) sees Mindanao's strategic position as…

Business confidence at all-time high for Q3 Business confidence at all-time high for Q3 The overall business confidence index for this quarter reached 45.4 percent, the highest Q3 reading of all time, based on the Business Expectations Survey (BES)…

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Protesting miners kidnap, kill Bolivian deputy minister 11:59 am | Daniel Ramos, Reuters Protesting miners kidnap, kill Bolivian deputy ministerBolivian Deputy Interior Minister Rodolfo Illanes has been killed after being kidnapped by striking mineworkers, the government said late on Thursday.

Orlando hospitals won't charge nightclub shooting victims for care 10:07 am | Colleen Jenkins, Reuters Orlando hospitals won\Two Florida hospitals will not seek payment of medical bills from the dozens of people treated for injuries suffered in the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in June, officials at the health facilities said.

Turkey fires on US-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria offensive 9:45 am | Humeyra Pamuk and Umit Bektas Turkey fires on US-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria offensiveTurkish troops fired on US-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.

Poverty will hobble Colombia's anti-drugs push after peace deal 8:53 am | Helen Murphy and Luis Jaime Acosta, Reuters Poverty will hobble Colombia\Under Colombia's peace accord, leaders of the rebel FARC pledged to work with the government to eradicate coca and marijuana production in areas they have controlled, help farmers switch to legal crops and foster development in long-neglected, poor rural areas.

‘RACIST’ | Trump, Clinton exchange angry charges 8:24 am | Brian Knowlton, Agence France-Presse ‘RACIST’ | Trump, Clinton exchange angry chargesThe tone of the US presidential campaign turned darker on Thursday, with Hillary Clinton skewering Donald Trump as a man who flirts with racism and paranoid ideas, while he in turn labeled her a racist whose family foundation was a 'criminal enterprise.'

Hong Kong confirms first Zika case 8:02 am | Reuters Hong Kong confirms first Zika caseHong Kong has confirmed its first case of Zika, putting the Asian financial center on high alert for any spread of the mosquito-borne virus that has wreaked havoc in Latin America, the Caribbean and beyond.

Shabaab gunmen attack beach restaurant in Mogadishu 7:53 am | Agence France-Presse Shabaab gunmen attack beach restaurant in MogadishuShabaab jihadists attacked a beachfront restaurant in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Thursday, setting off a car bomb before exchanging fire with security forces, an AFP correspondent said.

28 get life for atrocities in Argentina's 'dirty war' 7:44 am | Agence France-Presse 28 get life for atrocities in Argentina\An Argentine court sentenced 28 people to life in prison Thursday for torturing and killing opponents of the country's 1976-1983 military regime at a secret detention center.

US Navy ship fired warning shots at Iranian vessel in Gulf area intercept 6:21 am | Idrees Ali, Reuters US Navy ship fired warning shots at Iranian vessel in Gulf area interceptA US Navy ship fired warning shots toward an Iranian fast-attack craft that approached two US ships, a Pentagon spokesman said on Thursday, in the most serious of a number of incidents in the Gulf area this week.

Asia's ageing population to cost $20 trillion in healthcare by 2030: study 1:24 am | Agence France-Presse Asia\Asia's population is ageing faster than anywhere in the world, a study said Thursday, warning the swelling ranks of the elderly will cost the region $20 trillion in healthcare by 2030.

Brazil Senate opens impeachment trial against Rousseff 11:12 pm | Sebastian Smith, Agence France-Presse Brazil Senate opens impeachment trial against RousseffThe impeachment trial of Brazil's first woman president, Dilma Rousseff, got underway Thursday with high expectations that the suspended leader of Latin America's biggest economy will be sacked within days.

PHL embassy in Malaysia warns Filipinos using backdoors as entry point 8:53 pm | Sammy F. Martin, Philippines News Agency PHL embassy in Malaysia warns Filipinos using backdoors as entry pointThe Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday warned Filipinos about exiting the country through Western Mindanao and then Sabah in pursuit of jobs overseas, after a number of them were held by Malaysian authorities.