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Austria inspects trucks for migrants, creates 15-mile backup
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- Austria's decision to start inspecting trucks at its border with Hungary after 71 migrants died in a food truck has created a huge, 25-kilometer (15 1/2-mile) traffic jam on the main Budapest-Vienna highway.... 8/31/2015 8:52 AM

Japan bids adieu to landmark that hosted presidents, stars
TOKYO (AP) -- The Hotel Okura, a favored Tokyo lodging for U.S. presidents, movie stars and other celebrities, is closing the doors of its landmark half-century-old main building on Monday to make way for a pair of glass towers ahead of the 2020 Olympics.... 8/31/2015 8:45 AM

Syrian official: Amount of damage at Palmyra temple unclear
BEIRUT (AP) -- A Syrian government official in charge of antiquities says the amount of damage done by an explosion near the ancient Temple of Bel in the militant-controlled city of Palmyra remains unclear.... 8/31/2015 8:37 AM

China gives little credit, or help, to Nationalist WWII vets
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese veteran Sun Yibai doesn't have much time for the Communist Party's claim to have led China to victory against Japan in World War II.... 8/31/2015 8:25 AM

Afghan Taliban offer leader's biography amid power struggle
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Afghan Taliban published a biography of their new leader Monday as hundreds of insurgents met to resolve a dispute over his appointment following the death of figurehead Mullah Mohammad Omar.... 8/31/2015 8:17 AM

2 journalists charged in Moroccan king blackmail claim trap
PARIS (AP) -- Two French journalists facing extortion charges on accusations that they tried to blackmail Moroccan King Mohammed VI say they were trapped into the agreement.... 8/31/2015 8:05 AM

Greek coast guard picks up nearly 2,500 migrants in 3 days
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's coast guard says it has picked up nearly 2,500 migrants from the sea in dozens of search and rescue operations over the weekend, part of a relentless flow of people heading for the safety of Europe after facing war and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.... 8/31/2015 8:01 AM

The Latest: Thai police get $84,000 reward in bombing probe
BANGKOK (AP) -- The latest on the investigation in the Bangkok shrine bombing (all times local):... 8/31/2015 7:40 AM

French minister urges strong eurozone economic government
BERLIN (AP) -- France's economy minister is calling for a strong eurozone "economic government" with its own budget, and is arguing that preserving Europe's shared currency will require financial transfers from its strongest countries.... 8/31/2015 7:21 AM

Thai police seek 2 new suspects in Bangkok bombing probe
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thai police issued two new arrest warrants and released images Monday of more suspects, a Thai woman and a foreign man of unknown nationality, in the widening investigation into Bangkok's deadly bombing two weeks ago.... 8/31/2015 7:16 AM

Singapore softens ban on HIV-positive visitors
SINGAPORE (AP) -- Singapore said Monday it has lifted a two-decade ban on HIV-infected people from entering the country, but will limit their stay to a maximum of three months.... 8/31/2015 7:10 AM

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

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

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

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