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Turkey's army and international coalition forces have started an operation aimed at driving Islamic State jihadists out of the Syrian town of Jarabulus near the Turkish border, a statement from the Turkish PM's office said. "The Turkish Armed Forces and the International Coalition Air Forces have launched a military operation aimed at clearing the district of Jarablus of the province of Aleppo from the terrorist organisation Daesh," it added, using an Arabic acronym for IS group.
At least five people have died after a powerful earthquake struck central Italy in the early hours of Wednesday, local media reported. The first confirmed victims of the 6.2-magnitude quake which devastated dozens of villages were an elderly couple whose home collapsed at Pescara del Tronto in the Marche region to the east of the epicentre, national broadcaster Rai and other media reported.