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Afghan airfields built for war seen as economic hubs
KANDAHAR AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (AP) -- It is a striking vision for a country torn to pieces by war and jihadi insurrection: a series of airports, built by NATO to fight the Taliban, are being handed over to the Afghan government in a civil aviation upgrade that optimists hope will fuel not only regional trade but even tourism.... 8/31/2015 6:03 AM

Afghan Taliban offer leader's biography amid power struggle
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Afghan Taliban have published a biography of their new leader as hundreds of insurgents meet to resolve a dispute over his appointment following the death of figurehead Mullah Mohammad Omar.... 8/31/2015 6:00 AM

Asian stocks fall after Fed suggests Sept rate hike possible
BEIJING (AP) -- Asian stocks fell Monday after a U.S. Federal Reserve official suggested a September interest rate hike still was possible and Japanese factory activity weakened.... 8/31/2015 5:28 AM

Najib vows not to quit as Malaysia marks National Day
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia's prime minister vowed he would not quit over a $700-million financial scandal, and accused protesters of showing "poor national spirit" by holding a massive rally to demand his resignation on the eve of the country's National Day on Monday.... 8/31/2015 5:13 AM

Mothers, students join Japan's protests over security bills
TOKYO (AP) -- Mothers holding their children's hands stood in the sprinkling rain, some carrying anti-war placards, while students chanted slogans to the beat of a drum against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his defense policies.... 8/31/2015 5:08 AM

Thai police find bomb materials in 2nd apartment
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thai police said Monday they discovered bomb-making materials during a raid of a second apartment on the outskirts of the capital, as authorities widened their search for suspects behind Bangkok's deadly bombing.... 8/31/2015 5:03 AM

The Latest: Thai police find bomb materials in 2nd apartment
BANGKOK (AP) -- The latest on the investigation in the Bangkok shrine bombing (all times local):... 8/31/2015 5:01 AM

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 4:04 AM

Influential Christian sect ends protests in Philippines
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Thousands of members of a politically influential Christian sect on Monday ended five days of street protests that set off huge traffic jams in the Philippine capital and sparked outrage from motorists.... 8/31/2015 3:47 AM

China says 197 punished in crackdown on online rumors
BEIJING (AP) -- People recently punished in China's campaign against online rumors include those who circulated an inflated death toll in the Tianjin blasts and who alleged a man committed suicide because of the country's stock market woes, state media reported Monday.... 8/31/2015 3:35 AM

Activists say IS damages ancient temple in Syria's Palmyra
BEIRUT (AP) -- Islamic State militants in Syria severely damaged the Bel Temple, considered one of the greatest sites of the ancient world, in a massive explosion Sunday, activists said.... 8/31/2015 3:23 AM

Dominica declares disaster status after storm leaves 20 dead
ROSEAU, Dominica (AP) -- Rescue teams worked Sunday to reopen roads to remote communities in Dominica after Tropical Storm Erika caused flooding and mudslides that killed at least 20 people and left more than 50 missing on the Caribbean island.... 8/31/2015 3:21 AM

Germany, France, Britain press for EU action on migrants
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany, France and Britain pressed Sunday for better processing of migrants arriving in southern Europe and for a European Union-wide list of countries considered safe, and a special meeting of EU interior and justice ministers was called for Sept. 14.... 8/31/2015 2:57 AM

Governor: Boko Haram kills 56 in remote part of Borno State
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Islamic extremist group Boko Haram killed 56 villagers in a remote area, the governor of Borno State of the region said Sunday, as the government warned that the extremists are trying to extend their violent campaign... 8/31/2015 1:56 AM

Windstorm in British Columbia leaves thousands without power
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Emergency crews were working Sunday to clean up in the aftermath of a vicious windstorm that tore through southwestern British Columbia, toppling trees and branches onto power lines and cars and leaving an estimated 500,000 people without electricity.... 8/30/2015 11:06 PM

Poland's mixed feelings over memorial to rescuers of Jews
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- As a Catholic Pole, Elka shouldn't even have been in the ghetto of Czestochowa, in southern Poland. But the nanny was so devoted to the 12-year-old Jewish boy she had raised since infancy that she refused to leave. She ended up being sent to the Treblinka death camp - where she was murdered with the Jews.... 8/30/2015 9:56 PM

Italy's Eni finds 'supergiant' natural gas field off Egypt
ROME (AP) -- The Italian energy company Eni SpA announced Sunday it has discovered a "supergiant" natural gas field off Egypt, describing it as the "largest-ever" found in the Mediterranean Sea.... 8/30/2015 9:47 PM

Opinion polls predict tight race, fractured Parliament
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Several opinion polls released over the weekend, 3 weeks ahead of Greece's snap election, show a tight race and no overall majority in a Parliament even more fractured than the previous one.... 8/30/2015 9:44 PM

Travelers stranded as striking French workers block Calais
PARIS (AP) -- Some travelers trying to cross the English Channel are stranded because French workers are blockading the port of Calais.... 8/30/2015 9:20 PM

Video shows Palestinian women, Israeli soldier scuffling
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A video showing an Israeli soldier scuffling with Palestinian youths and women at a West Bank protest has been viewed more than 2 million times on Facebook, shining a light on Israeli military policies in the territory.... 8/30/2015 8:35 PM



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