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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

Huge blast at Spanish fireworks factory kills 5, wounds 3
MADRID (AP) -- A huge explosion Monday at a fireworks factory in northeastern Spain killed five people and seriously injured three others, police said.... 8/31/2015 5:32 PM

Silence at Vatican funeral for ex-envoy in sexual abuse case
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Eight minutes of silence instead of a homily have marked the Vatican funeral 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 5:23 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 5:22 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

AP Interview: IOM chief slams Hungary over migrant policies
GENEVA (AP) -- Countries like Hungary that have blocked desperate migrants from traveling by train in Europe "push them right into the hands of smugglers," with potentially deadly consequences, the head of the International Organization for Migration said Monday.... 8/31/2015 5:13 PM

EU Council president rejects criticism over migrant crisis
BLED, Slovenia (AP) -- European Council president Donald Tusk has rejected criticism of Europe's handling of the migrant crisis and promised further measures to deal with the issue.... 8/31/2015 5:07 PM

Poland's warring leaders honor Solidarity separately
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's warring president and prime minister have separately marked the 35th anniversary of a key deal between striking workers and communist authorities that opened the way to democracy.... 8/31/2015 4:46 PM

Experts to investigate new Ebola case in north Sierra Leone
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- A World Health Organization spokeswoman says that 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 hospital.... 8/31/2015 4:42 PM

Flood at Russian zoo kills 1 bear, traps 14 others in cages
MOSCOW (AP) -- A flood has swept through a private zoo in Russia's Far East, trapping 14 brown bears and a lion in their half-submerged cages.... 8/31/2015 4:40 PM

Syrian official: Extent of damage at Palmyra temple unclear
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- The extent of damage from a massive explosion near the ancient Temple of Bel in Syria's Palmyra is unclear, but it appears the structure is still standing despite an attempt by the Islamic State group to blow it up, a Syrian official said Monday.... 8/31/2015 4:28 PM

Swaziland's government says official crash death toll is 13
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The death toll from a road accident taking young women and girls to Swaziland's annual Reed Dance festival is 13, according to a government statement on Monday.... 8/31/2015 4:21 PM

EU gives France 5 million euros for new Calais migrant camp
PARIS (AP) -- Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Wednesday that firmness must accompany humanity in dealing with Europe's ongoing migrant crisis as officials announced plans for a new refugee center in Calais, where thousands of migrants have gathered in hopes of sneaking across the English Channel to Britain.... 8/31/2015 4:10 PM

Gold hunters blocked from site of alleged Nazi gold train
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Polish authorities have blocked off a wooded area near a railroad track after scores of treasure hunters swarmed southwest Poland looking for an alleged Nazi gold train.... 8/31/2015 4:07 PM

Ukrainian kids go to military camp
STARE, Ukraine (AP) -- More than 100 Ukrainian schoolchildren will have unusual tales to tell their mates when classes resume, after spending part of their summer vacations undergoing training by the National Guard.... 8/31/2015 4:04 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 3:50 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 3:33 PM



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