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EU struggles for answers as migrant influx raises tensions
BRUSSELS (AP) -- French and German leaders reminded other European countries Monday of their shared responsibility toward refugees, as one official blamed harsh government policy for the deaths of dozens of migrants crammed into a truck.... 8/31/2015 7:43 PM

Huge blast at Spanish fireworks factory kills 5, wounds 6
MADRID (AP) -- A huge explosion Monday at a fireworks factory in northeastern Spain killed five people and injured six others, authorities said.... 8/31/2015 7:40 PM

Dozens of Venezuelan shot by police amid crime crackdown
MARACAY, Venezuela (AP) -- Workers in the industrial complex had been hiding in bathrooms and closets for hours when the shooting stopped. The last of the four suspected thieves, a slightly built man in yellow rain boots, surrendered on the roof, crying out, "Jesus saves!"... 8/31/2015 7:38 PM

US murder suspect extradited to Czech Republic
PRAGUE (AP) -- An American suspected of killing four Czech family members has been extradited from the U.S. to face trial, officials said Monday.... 8/31/2015 7:36 PM

Iran's Parliament speaker says he supports nuclear deal
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Iran's Parliament speaker says he supports the historic nuclear deal with world powers that will rein in Tehran's efforts to build a bomb.... 8/31/2015 7:24 PM

Afghan Taliban offer leader's biography amid power struggle
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Defying warnings from Washington and the fury of Afghanistan's government, Pakistani authorities are turning a blind eye to a meeting of hundreds of Taliban supporters in a city near the Afghan border aimed at resolving a dispute over the group's leadership following the death of figurehead Mullah Mohammad Omar.... 8/31/2015 7:21 PM

Austria inspects trucks for migrants, creates 18-mile backup
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- Austria stepped up vehicle inspections Monday at its Hungarian border after 71 migrants apparently suffocated in a truck, creating a huge traffic jam on the main Budapest-Vienna highway.... 8/31/2015 7:06 PM

Hurricane Fred hits Cape Verde with flooding, downed trees
PRAIA, Cape Verde (AP) -- Hurricane Fred has caused flooding and downed trees in Cape Verde as it passes over the archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean.... 8/31/2015 6:59 PM

Official: Turkish court orders British journalists arrested
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (AP) -- A Turkish court has charged two Vice News journalists and their assistant with "aiding a terrorist organization" and ordered them arrested pending trial. Their employer has called the charges "baseless and alarmingly false."... 8/31/2015 6:50 PM

Unstable antenna atop Trump tower closes streets in Toronto
TORONTO (AP) -- Police have closed off a number of blocks in Toronto's downtown financial district because of an unstable antenna on the Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto.... 8/31/2015 6:41 PM

Report: Colombia collecting bulk data without warrants
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Intelligence agencies in Colombia have been building robust tools to automatically collect vast amounts of data without judicial warrants and in defiance of pledge to better protect privacy following a series of domestic spying scandals, according to a new report by Privacy International.... 8/31/2015 6:28 PM

Experts to investigate new Ebola case in north Sierra Leone
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Ebola experts are in Sierra Leone's Kambia district investigating a case that emerged less than a week after the country's last known patient was discharged from a hospital, a World Health Organization spokeswoman said Monday.... 8/31/2015 6:13 PM

Grenade explodes during Ukraine clashes; 1 officer killed
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- A grenade exploded outside Ukraine's parliament during a nationalist protest against a vote to give greater powers to separatist regions in the east, killing one police officer and injuring more than 100, the interior ministry said.... 8/31/2015 6:07 PM

Silence at Vatican funeral for ex-envoy in sexual abuse case
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Eight minutes of silence instead of a homily marked the Vatican funeral Monday of a former papal diplomat, whose trial on charges of possession of child pornography and sexual abuse of minors had begun this summer in a Holy See courtroom.... 8/31/2015 6:00 PM

Mozambique: Journalists, academic found guilty of defamation
MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) -- A judge in Mozambique has found two journalists and an academic guilty of defamation over a Facebook post.... 8/31/2015 5:50 PM

Kanye for 2020? White House welcomes rapper's political bid
ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) -- Kanye West for 2020? The White House says it is anticipating the rapper's potential bid for president.... 8/31/2015 5:44 PM

Massive gas find a boon for Egypt, salve for energy crisis
CAIRO (AP) -- The discovery of a huge natural gas field off the Egyptian coast is a major boon for the country that will help alleviate energy shortages and boost the economy, experts said Monday.... 8/31/2015 5:34 PM

South Sudan rebel leader: Cease-fire, peace pact in danger
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- South Sudan's rebel leader is warning attacks by government troops on rebel-held areas could sabotage a peace agreement.... 8/31/2015 5:33 PM

Yemen rebels raid dozens of homes of opponents in capital
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Shiite rebels in Yemen's capital have raided dozens of homes of political opponents and local NGO workers, claiming they are affiliated with the Islamic State group and al-Qaida, security officials said Monday.... 8/31/2015 5:18 PM

Russian speaker to address conference by video after US ban
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The global organization of parliamentarians said the speaker of the Russian Parliament's upper house will address its world conference as scheduled Monday afternoon but by video link - not in person because the U.S. barred her from attending.... 8/31/2015 5:16 PM

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