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Bulldozers work to clear out Italy's quake-hit towns
AMATRICE, Italy (AP):
Bulldozers with huge claws and other heavy equipment clanked down the streets of Italy's quake-devastated town of Amatrice on Sunday, pulling down dangerously overhanging ledges and clearing rubble as investigators tried to figure out if negligence in enforcing building codes added to the high death toll.
Italy's state museums, meanwhile, embarked on a fund-raising campaign, donating their proceeds Sunday to relief and reconstruction efforts in the earthquake zone.
In addition to killing 291 people and injuring hundreds, Wednesday's 6.2 magnitude quake flattened three medieval towns in central Italy, destroying not only private homes but also churches and other centuries-old cultural treasures. The idea is to use art for art -- harnessing the nation's rich artistic heritage to help recover and restore other objects of beauty in the hard-hit towns.
Culture Minister Dario Franceschini had appealed to Italians to "go to museum in a sign of solidarity with people affected by the earthquake." On Twitter, the appeal came along with the hashtag #museums4italy.
Friends, colleagues to remember slain Mississippi nuns
DURANT, Miss. (AP): Friends and colleagues who knew two nuns killed in their Mississippi home are gathering Sunday to remember them, as authorities continue to investigate the harrowing crime that shocked people in the small communities where the women committed their lives to helping the poor.
Rodney Earl Sanders, 46, of Kosciusko, Mississippi, has been arrested and charged in the deaths of Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill. The county sheriff said Sanders confessed to the killings although many people are struggling to comprehend why anyone would want to take the two women's lives.
A wake is scheduled to be held Sunday at the St. Thomas Church in Lexington where the women led Bible study. That will be followed by a mass Monday in Jackson.
The women's bodies were found in their Durant, Mississippi, home after they failed to show up for work Thursday at a health clinic in Lexington, about 10 miles away.
Europe's refugee crisis simmers despite efforts to solve it
BERLIN (AP): Faced with more than one million migrants flooding across the Mediterranean last year, European nations tightened border controls, set up naval patrols to stop smugglers, negotiated an agreement with Turkey to limit the numbers crossing, shut the Balkan route used by hundreds of thousands, and tried to speed up deportations of rejected asylum-seekers.
Yet many issues still remain.
European nations continue to squabble about whether, and how, to share the newcomers between them and the issues that drove refugees to Europe in the first place -- such as Syria's unrelenting war -- are unresolved.
Turkish bombing kills at least 20 in northern Syria
BEIRUT (AP): A Syria monitoring group and a spokesman for a Kurdish-led force say Turkish airstrikes and shelling have killed as many as 20 civilians in northern Syria.
Turkey sent tanks across the border to help Syrian rebels drive the Islamic State group out of the border town of Jarablus last week in an operation that is also aimed at pushing back U.S.-allied Kurdish forces. A Turkish soldier was killed by a Kurdish rocket attack late Saturday.
Shervan Darwish, a spokesman for the U.S.-backed and Kurdish-led Syria Democratic Forces, says the air strikes and shelling started overnight and continued Sunday along the front line, killing civilians in a village south of Jarablus.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the bombing killed at least 20 civilians and four Kurdish-led fighters.