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Lebanese stage sit-in at ministry over trash crisis
BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanese security forces dragged a number of activists out of the Environment Ministry in downtown Beirut, where they were staging an hours-long sit-in on Tuesday demanding the minister's resignation over a trash crisis that has ignited mass protests.... 9/1/2015 4:42 PM

Sailor who fell ill after Rio regatta feeling better
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- A German sailor who fell ill after competing in a pre-Olympic test event in the filthy waters off Rio de Janeiro says he is recovering from his skin infections.... 9/1/2015 4:41 PM

Sweden optimistic over questioning Assange in London
HELSINKI (AP) -- Swedish officials said Tuesday they are optimistic about reaching a general agreement on legal assistance with Ecuador which could pave the way to questioning WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in London on outstanding accusations against him.... 9/1/2015 4:26 PM

UN: This El Nino to be among the strongest since 1950
GENEVA (AP) -- The current El Nino weather pattern may be on track to become one of the strongest in more than half a century, experts at the World Meteorological Organization said Tuesday.... 9/1/2015 4:25 PM

Rio head vows to introduce viral testing in Olympic waters
LONDON (AP) -- Olympic organizers have promised to introduce viral testing in the polluted waters in Rio de Janeiro where about 1,400 athletes will compete in next year's games.... 9/1/2015 4:24 PM

Palestinians: Abbas says won't seek top PLO, Fatah posts
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has told political confidants he won't seek re-election to the top posts in the Palestine Liberation Organization or his Fatah movement in upcoming elections, two participants in the meeting said Tuesday.... 9/1/2015 4:23 PM

From 'Everest' to Depp, highlights of the Venice Film fest
VENICE, Italy (AP) -- It's a sure sign that summer's over and the awards season is around the corner - the feast of fall film festivals.... 9/1/2015 4:16 PM

Pope: Priests in Holy Year can absolve 'sin of abortion'
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis declared on Tuesday he is allowing all priests in the church's upcoming Year of Mercy to absolve women of the "sin of abortion" if they repent with a "contrite heart," saying he is acutely aware some feel they have no choice but to abort.... 9/1/2015 4:14 PM

Police search premises of Turkish opposition business group
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Police on Tuesday searched the premises of a business and media group close to a U.S.-based moderate Islamic cleric whom the government accuses of trying to destabilize it and detained six company officials, state media reported.... 9/1/2015 4:09 PM

Correction: Great Escape anniversary story
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- In a story from March 25, 2014, about a 1944 escape of Allied airmen from a Nazi prisoner camp, The Associated Press erroneously reported the nationality of one of the survivors. He was Dutch, not Danish.... 9/1/2015 4:04 PM

Spain: Police search family house of train attacker
MADRID (AP) -- Spanish police on Tuesday searched the family house of the Moroccan man arrested for trying to stage an attack on a high-speed train traveling to Paris last month.... 9/1/2015 4:00 PM

Somali militants overrun base of African Union forces
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Al-Shabab overran an African Union base in southern Somalia early Tuesday, a Somali military official said, in the latest display of the Islamic extremists' capacity to hit back amid a prolonged offensive against them.... 9/1/2015 3:59 PM

UK police: Mother, 4 children detained in Turkey
LONDON (AP) -- British police say a mother and her four young children from London who were believed to be on their way to Syria have been detained in Turkey.... 9/1/2015 3:58 PM

5 things to watch at the IFA gadget show in Berlin
BERLIN (AP) -- Some 1,500 companies and over 250,000 people are expected to visit Europe's flagship technology show, the IFA in Berlin, when it opens to the public on Friday.... 9/1/2015 3:51 PM

Monsoon floods swamp northeast Indian villages, 21 dead
GAUHATI, India (AP) -- Monsoon floods have inundated hundreds of villages across the northeast Indian state of Assam, killing at least 21 people in the last four days and forcing some 800,000 people to leave their homes.... 9/1/2015 3:47 PM

Dutch government to appeal landmark climate change ruling
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- The Dutch government is appealing a landmark court ruling that ordered it to slash greenhouse gas emissions, in a case seen as a possible precedent for similar legal action around the world.... 9/1/2015 3:47 PM

Ukraine's parliament shows cracks over devolving powers
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's parliament majority showed cracks Tuesday after a right-wing party said it was leaving the coalition over a measure to give more power to Ukraine's regions, including the rebel-held east.... 9/1/2015 3:47 PM

Nigeria's ex-security adviser denies weapons charge
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's former national security adviser pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of possessing weapons illegally.... 9/1/2015 3:45 PM

UNESCO chief: IS destruction of Syrian temple 'intolerable'
BEIRUT (AP) -- Islamic State militants in Syria committed an "intolerable crime against civilization" by destroying the Temple of Bel, one of the ancient world's most iconic monuments, the head of the U.N. cultural agency said Tuesday.... 9/1/2015 3:44 PM

Benedict Cumberbatch, Helen Mirren lead London Film Fest
LONDON (AP) -- Helen Mirren, Benedict Cumberbatch and Maggie Smith are among the British stars to attend this year's London Film Festival.... 9/1/2015 3:43 PM

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