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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 3:17 PM

Swaziland's government says official crash death toll is 13
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Swaziland's government says 13 people died in a road accident taking young women to the annual Reed Dance festival.... 8/31/2015 3:16 PM

Moldova: separatist leader to wed his foreign minister
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) -- The leader of a pro-Russian separatist republic has announced that his foreign minister is resigning to take up another position: she'll become his wife.... 8/31/2015 3:12 PM

Filipino wins Magsaysay award for work to save ancient dance
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Amid the chimes of gongs, Ligaya Fernando Amilbangsa teaches a group of women and children the mystical moves of a centuries-old dance form she has struggled to save from oblivion in the Philippines' restive south.... 8/31/2015 3:06 PM

Migrants bike into Norway at remote Arctic border crossing
HELSINKI (AP) -- As Europe grapples with record-breaking numbers of migrants, a trickle of asylum seekers from Syria and the Mediterranean region have found an unlikely route: Through Russia to a remote Arctic border post in Norway, partly on bicycles.... 8/31/2015 3:04 PM

Blast at Spanish fireworks factory kills 2, wounds 6
MADRID (AP) -- An explosion at a fireworks factory in northeastern Spain killed at least two people, wounded six and left four others missing on Monday, police said.... 8/31/2015 2:48 PM

Merkel: expect Greece to fulfil obligations after election
BERLIN (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel is making clear she expects Greece to continue complying with its obligations to creditors after upcoming elections, and says she doesn't see any possibility of reducing interest rates on its bailout loans.... 8/31/2015 2:41 PM

Germany open to new 4-way Ukraine summit
BERLIN (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she's open to holding a new summit with the leaders of Russia, Ukraine and France but that there would have to be hope of progress for it to make sense.... 8/31/2015 2:37 PM

German leader presses for EU to share migrant burden
BERLIN (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed fellow European nations Monday to share the burden of the influx of migrants, arguing that the European Union will betray its values if it fails to get a grip on the crisis.... 8/31/2015 2:34 PM

Canadians, Pakistani, Nigerian among dead in Saudi fire
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Three Canadians, a Pakistani and a Nigerian were among those killed in a fire that engulfed parts of a residential compound in Saudi Arabia's oil-rich east, a Saudi official said.... 8/31/2015 2:20 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 2:19 PM

Islamic State group seizes 200 residents of Iraqi town
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The mayor of a remote, Islamic State-held town in western Iraq said on Monday that some 200 residents have been detained by the group at an unknown location following clashes there.... 8/31/2015 2:13 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 2:11 PM

Thai police seek 2 new suspects in Bangkok bombing probe
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thai police issued arrest warrants Monday for two more suspects, a Thai woman and a foreign man of unknown nationality, as part of a widening investigation that yielded its first arrest over the weekend in connection with a deadly bombing in Bangkok two weeks ago.... 8/31/2015 2:04 PM

Indian scholar who criticized idol worship murdered at home
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Following a knock at his front door, an Indian scholar greeted two unidentified visitors and was shot in the head and the chest, becoming the third critic of religious superstition to be killed in the country in three years.... 8/31/2015 2:04 PM

Celebrated Romanian baritone Dan Iordachescu dies at 85
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Celebrated Romanian baritone Dan Iordachescu, who sang at Milan's La Scala and the Vienna State Opera during a half-century career, has died at 85, the Bucharest Opera said Monday.... 8/31/2015 1:51 PM

AP Interview: Migration group ready to help with influx
GENEVA (AP) -- The head of the International Organization for Migration says aid groups like his are ready to help the European Union handle an influx of migrants, but governments must reach out.... 8/31/2015 1:47 PM

5 Filipinos die in creek accident while on charity mission
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Five people on a charity mission drowned and another went missing after they were swept away by a sudden current while crossing a creek in the northern Philippines, officials said Monday.... 8/31/2015 1:41 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 1:40 PM

Central EU nations reject criticism of actions on migrants
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) -- Slovakia's prime minister has rejected criticism from the West that European Union members from Central Europe are not doing enough to share the burden of the unprecedented influx of migrants.... 8/31/2015 1:27 PM

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