Fri 26 Aug 2016 | 19:19 EDT

U.S. seeks to soothe Turkey ties, press fight against Islamic State 4:22pm EDT

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The last time U.S. Vice President Joe Biden flew to Turkey, in January, he had a stern message for President Tayyip Erdogan: his model of Islamic democracy was setting a bad example by intimidating media and threatening academics.  Full Article

Italy quake death toll hits 281, state funeral planned 4:27pm EDT 

PESCARA DEL TRONTO, Italy (Reuters) - Hopes of finding more survivors from Italy's powerful earthquake faded on Friday, with the death toll rising to 281 and the rescue operation in some of the stricken areas called off.  Full Article  

TSX edges higher in seesaw session after Yellen speech 5:54pm EDT 

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index edged higher in a seesaw session on Friday, led by financial and industrial stocks as investors raised bets for U.S. interest rate hikes this year after a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.  Full Article  

Convicted bank robber charged in Toronto crossbow deaths 7:00pm EDT 

TORONTO (Reuters) - A Toronto bank robber known as the "fake beard bandit" was charged with three counts of first-degree murder after three people were killed in a crossbow attack in the city's east end, police in Canada's largest city said on Friday.  Full Article