CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — Law enforcement officers and soldiers, some wearing riot gear and many armed, began an operation on Thursday to remove Dakota Access pipeline protesters camped on private land in the path of the pipeline in North Dakota.
Italy on Thursday vowed to rebuild every home destroyed after a powerful earthquake that forced thousands to flee in terror but "miraculously" did not cause any fatalities. Two months after tremors in the same area left nearly 300 dead, two powerful shocks ripped through a mountainous, sparsely-populated part of central Italy on Wednesday evening. "Given the strength of the shocks the absence of any deaths or serious injuries is miraculous," Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said.
Peace talks between Colombia's government and leftist ELN rebels hung in suspense Thursday, hours before their scheduled launch, as leaders complained the insurgents had not released a key hostage. The talks are meant to open a new, decisive front in President Juan Manuel Santos's efforts to end an armed conflict of half a century that has killed more than 260,000 people. Santos, the winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize, has already signed a peace deal with the larger Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).