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Death toll rises to 158 in blasts at China's Tianjin port
BEIJING (AP) -- Authorities say the death toll has risen to 158 in massive warehouse explosions in the Chinese port of Tianjin. Some 15 people remain missing.... 8/31/2015 10:50 AM

Austria inspects trucks for migrants, creates 18-mile backup
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- Austria stepped up truck inspections Monday at its Hungarian border after 71 migrants apparently suffocated in one, creating a massive, 30-kilometer (18 1/2-mile) traffic jam on the main Budapest-Vienna highway.... 8/31/2015 10:46 AM

200 residents of Iraqi town held by Islamic State group
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 10:34 AM

Canadians, Pakistani and 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 the kingdom's oil-rich east, a Saudi official said.... 8/31/2015 10:32 AM

Spain to hand over US-Belgian arrested over blood diamonds
MADRID (AP) -- An American-Belgian businessman arrested for suspected involvement in enslavement and pillaging blood diamonds during Sierra Leone's civil war will be handed over shortly to Belgium, a Spanish court official said Monday.... 8/31/2015 10:31 AM

Eurozone inflation stable at low rate of 0.2 percent
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Inflation in the 19-nation eurozone was stable in August at an annual rate of 0.2 percent, an official report shows - another weak figure that may help push the European Central Bank toward doing more economic stimulus.... 8/31/2015 10:14 AM

Thai police award themselves $84K for arrest of bomb suspect
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thai police congratulated themselves for making an arrest in Bangkok's deadly bombing and announced Monday they would give themselves an $84,000 reward, though the man has not been charged - let alone convicted - and may not be the prime suspect.... 8/31/2015 10:13 AM

Greek coast guard picks up nearly 2,500 migrants in 3 days
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's coast guard 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 seeking the safety of Europe after facing war and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.... 8/31/2015 10:11 AM

Indian scholar who criticized idol worship murdered at home
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Indian police are investigating the weekend murder of a scholar who was known for his outspoken criticism of idol worship and religious superstition.... 8/31/2015 10:08 AM

Japan seeks biggest-ever defense budget amid China concerns
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's Defense Ministry wants to buy an advanced Aegis radar-equipped destroyer and more F-35 fighters under its largest-ever budget to bolster the defense of southern islands amid a territorial dispute with China.... 8/31/2015 9:46 AM

World stocks fall after Fed suggests Sept rate hike possible
BEIJING (AP) -- Global stocks were mostly lower Monday after a U.S. Federal Reserve official suggested a September interest rate hike still was possible and weak Japanese factory activity provided more evidence of a sluggish global economy.... 8/31/2015 9:31 AM

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, and released their images in the widening investigation into Bangkok's deadly bombing two weeks ago that yielded its first arrest over the weekend.... 8/31/2015 9:29 AM

Syrian official: Amount of damage at Palmyra temple unclear
BEIRUT (AP) -- A Syrian official in charge of antiquities said Monday his government has not been able to determine how much damage an explosion near the ancient Temple of Bel caused the ancient structure in the militant-controlled city of Palmyra.... 8/31/2015 9:23 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

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

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

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



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