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Protests spotlight Lebanon dysfunction, but reforms elusive
BEIRUT (AP) -- Anti-government demonstrators in Lebanon have staged three large rallies and in the past two weeks and a small group Tuesday stormed the environment ministry to press demands for reform. Here's a look at what's behind the protests, the most significant public expression of frustration with Lebanon's dysfunctional system of government in years.... 9/1/2015 12:14 PM

Germany: up to $3.7B needed next year to integrate refugees
BERLIN (AP) -- The German economy has room to accommodate refugees, the labor minister said Tuesday, but the government will need to spend billions of extra euros (dollars) to cover language courses, benefits and their integration into the labor market.... 9/1/2015 12:14 PM

A primer on where pope stands on gays, divorce, climate
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis is expected to raise issues ranging from climate change to income inequality when he visits Cuba and the United States Sept. 19-27. Francis has launched an agenda of reform in the Vatican and in the global church, prioritizing different issues and counseling a more merciful message. Here's a primer on where the pope stands on key issues.... 9/1/2015 12:08 PM

The Latest: Hungary: Over 156,000 migrants have entered
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- The latest developments as tens of thousands of migrants flood into countries across Europe. All times local (CET):... 9/1/2015 11:54 AM

Iranian Guard chief says US 'still the Great Satan'
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- The head of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard said Tuesday that the U.S. is still the "Great Satan," regardless of the nuclear deal struck with Americans and world powers over the Islamic Republic's contested nuclear program.... 9/1/2015 11:53 AM

Nepal police kill 5 protesters demanding new state
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Officials say police in southern Nepal have opened fire on members of an ethnic group demanding a new state in a draft constitution, killing five people in two separate towns.... 9/1/2015 11:48 AM

European court: Italy failed 3 Tunisian Arab Spring migrants
PARIS (AP) -- The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday upheld the case of three Tunisians expelled from Italy in 2011 in the wake of the Arab Spring uprising, ruling that the migrants had been subjected to degrading and inhuman treatment during time spent in a detention center, suffered a collective expulsion and could not challenge their forced return home.... 9/1/2015 11:47 AM

Sri Lanka leader calls for reforms to promote ethnic harmony
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Sri Lanka's president has asked the country's newly elected lawmakers to draft political reforms to promote ethnic reconciliation and economic development in the post-war era.... 9/1/2015 11:46 AM

Lebanese protesters storm ministry over garbage crisis
BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanese protesters broke into the Environment Ministry in downtown Beirut Tuesday, demanding the resignation of the minister over the country's snowballing trash crisis.... 9/1/2015 11:32 AM

Exiled Tibetan gov't warns China not to meddle in tradition
DHARMSALA, India (AP) -- The exiled Tibetan government said it saw no cause for celebrating 50 years since China formed the Tibetan Autonomous Region, insisting that Tuesday instead marked a half-century of occupation and control over the once-independent Himalayan kingdom.... 9/1/2015 11:31 AM

Taiwan swipe card with porn star image sells out in 4 hours
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- A special edition swipe card for Taiwan's mass transit featuring the clothed image of a Japanese porn star sold out within hours overnight via a telephone hotline, despite a storm of opposition.... 9/1/2015 11:24 AM

World markets drop after bleak Chinese industry report
TOKYO (AP) -- Global stock markets fell sharply Tuesday and Wall Street was set to open lower as gloomy economic data from China and Japan augured further uncertainty for investors after a brutal August.... 9/1/2015 11:23 AM

Death toll from violent protest in Ukraine rises to 3
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- The death toll from violent protests in Ukraine rose to three on Tuesday when two more National Guard officers died from injuries suffered in a grenade explosion, officials said.... 9/1/2015 11:13 AM

Pope marking day dedicated to hailing creation
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis is marking a day he has dedicated to praising and protecting nature's marvels.... 9/1/2015 11:04 AM

From 'Everest' to Depp, highlights of the Venice Film fest
VENICE, Italy (AP) -- It's a sure sign that summer's over and the awards season is around the corner - the feast of fall film festivals.... 9/1/2015 11:03 AM

China parade draws Putin, but few other major world leaders
BEIJING (AP) -- Russian leader Vladimir Putin, South Korean President Park Geun-hye and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon shine at the top of China's guest list at this week's grand commemorations of the 70th anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War II. After them, the wattage gets pretty low.... 9/1/2015 11:02 AM

Greek coast guard finds weapons shipment on cargo ship
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek authorities say a coast guard special unit raid has found a shipment of weapons on board a foreign-flagged cargo ship sailing near the southern island of Crete.... 9/1/2015 11:00 AM

CERN: Test results show more detail about 'God particle'
GENEVA (AP) -- After three years of scrutinizing the elusive Higgs boson closely, scientists say they've determined that the "God particle" behaves just as predicted.... 9/1/2015 10:58 AM

Thai prime minister says bombing suspect arrested at border
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thai authorities arrested a man they believe is part of a group responsible for a bombing at a shrine in central Bangkok two weeks ago, the prime minister announced Tuesday. He said the suspect resembles a yellow-shirted man in a surveillance video who police say planted the bomb.... 9/1/2015 10:56 AM

Merkel makes vague warning on Catalan independence plan
BERLIN (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel says European Union treaties guarantee the integrity and sovereignty of member nations, a diplomatic warning to separatist politicians in the Spanish region of Catalonia who plan to declare independence if they win a majority in upcoming local elections.... 9/1/2015 10:55 AM

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