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UN: Satellite images show Temple of Bel in Syria "destroyed"
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- A satellite image on Monday shows that the main building of the ancient Temple of Bel in the Syrian city of Palmyra has been destroyed, a United Nations agency said. The image was taken a day after a massive explosion was set off near the 2,000-year-old temple in the city occupied by Islamic State militants.... 9/1/2015 2:55 AM

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.... 9/1/2015 2:48 AM

Chemical factory explodes in eastern China, killing 1
BEIJING (AP) -- A state-run local news website says that a chemical factory has exploded in eastern China, killing one person just three weeks after massive chemical warehouse explosions in the country exposed lax enforcement of safety regulations.... 9/1/2015 2:46 AM

Whitaker urges lawmakers to speak out for young people
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Oscar-winning actor and U.N. goodwill ambassador Forest Whitaker is urging world lawmakers to speak out to help former child soldiers in Uganda, South Sudan and Myanmar, gang members in Mexico and the United States, and orphans in Syria and other countries.... 9/1/2015 2:46 AM

Official index: China manufacturing falls to 3-year low
HONG KONG (AP) -- An official index of Chinese manufacturing contracted last month, falling to a three-year low and raising fears of slower-than expected growth in the world's No. 2 economy.... 9/1/2015 2:07 AM

Venezuelan leader says Colombia plotting his assassination
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday accused Colombia's government of giving its consent to a plan to assassinate him as both countries try to rally regional support in a border dispute exacerbating tensions between the two neighbors.... 8/31/2015 11:42 PM

Russian parliamentarian calls US ban from conference illegal
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The speaker of Russia's upper house of Parliament denounced U.S. sanctions banning her from attending a world conference as illegal and took aim at America's global status, telling lawmakers by video link that the days of U.S. superpower domination are over.... 8/31/2015 11:32 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 11:13 PM

Argentine presidential candidate would try to ease divisions
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina's leading presidential candidate dismisses claims that he won't remain independent from outgoing President Cristina Fernandez and says he would seek to bridge divisions in this politically polarized South American country.... 8/31/2015 11:00 PM

Dozens of Venezuelans 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 10:38 PM

Clashes during Israeli raid to arrest militant in West Bank
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- An Israeli raid to arrest militants in the West Bank turned into a gunbattle Monday night leaving several wounded in the clashes.... 8/31/2015 10:15 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 9:36 PM

Official: Turkish court orders British journalists arrested
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (AP) -- A Turkish court charged two Vice News journalists and their assistant on Monday with "aiding a terrorist organization" and ordered them arrested pending trial. Their employer has called the charges "baseless and alarmingly false."... 8/31/2015 9:31 PM

Grenade explodes during Ukraine clashes; 1 officer killed
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- As lawmakers took up a measure to give greater powers to separatists in eastern Ukraine, nationalist protesters clashed with police outside parliament on Monday, and the Interior Ministry said one officer was killed in a grenade blast and more than 100 were wounded.... 8/31/2015 9:30 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 9:26 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 9:00 PM

Iran's Parliament speaker says he supports nuclear deal
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Iran's Parliament speaker said Monday that he supports the historic nuclear deal with world powers aimed at reining in Tehran's efforts to build a bomb.... 8/31/2015 8:48 PM

Massive gas find promises to ease Egypt's fuel crisis
CAIRO (AP) -- The discovery of a huge gas field off Egypt's coast promises to ease a long-running fuel crisis and boost the economy after years of unrest, but it will take years to develop and won't bring Gulf-style riches to the Arab world's most populous country, experts said Monday.... 8/31/2015 8:41 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 a pledge to better protect privacy following a series of domestic spying scandals, according to a new report by Privacy International.... 8/31/2015 8:06 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



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