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The Latest: Thai sought in Bangkok bomb believed in Turkey
BANGKOK (AP) -- The latest on the investigation in the Bangkok shrine bombing (all times local):... 8/31/2015 12:19 PM

EU gives France 5 million euros for new Calais migrant camp
PARIS (AP) -- European authorities are giving France an extra 5 million euros ($5.6 million) to aid migrants who have clustered in a filthy camp in the port city of Calais in hopes of sneaking across the English Channel to Britain.... 8/31/2015 12:16 PM

Germany's Merkel presses for EU to share migrant burden
BERLIN (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel is pressing other European Union nations to do more to share the burden of this year's influx of migrants, but she says there's no sense in countries trading insults.... 8/31/2015 12:11 PM

World stocks fall after Fed suggests Sept rate hike possible
BEIJING (AP) -- Global stocks mostly fell on 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 12:11 PM

South Sudan rebel leader: Cease-fire, peace pact in danger
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- South Sudan's rebel leader says attacks by government troops on rebel-held areas could cause the failure of a peace agreement between the warring sides.... 8/31/2015 12:05 PM

Wildfire destroys 5,000 acres in northwest Spain
MADRID (AP) -- Firefighters, soldiers and residents are battling to extinguish a wildfire that has destroyed some 2,000 hectares (5,000 acres) of woodland and fields in northwestern Spain.... 8/31/2015 12:04 PM

Celebrated Romanian baritone Dan Iordachescu dies at 85
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- The Bucharest Opera says celebrated Romanian baritone Dan Iordachescu, who sang at Milan's La Scala and the Vienna State Opera during a half-century career, has died. He was 85.... 8/31/2015 11:59 AM


BANGKOK (AP) -- Relatives of Thai woman sought in Bangkok bombing tell police they think she's in Turkey .... 8/31/2015 11:58 AM

2 US F-22 fighter jets in Poland for exercises with ally
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Two U.S. stealth F-22 fighter jets have arrived in Poland to carry out combat air exercises for a day with the Polish air force.... 8/31/2015 11:53 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 11:53 AM

Protests break out in Ukraine over giving regions more power
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Clashes have broken out between police and protesters outside the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev after a controversial vote to give greater powers to separatist regions in the east.... 8/31/2015 11:43 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, 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 11:41 AM

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 11:41 AM

Alleged Facebook mention in prayer call sparks Egypt outcry
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptians in a Nile Delta province are outraged after a cleric allegedly changed a line in the traditional Islamic call to dawn prayers to mention Facebook.... 8/31/2015 11:37 AM

Syrian official: Amount of damage at Palmyra temple unclear
DAMASCUS, Syria (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 11:36 AM

Death toll rises to 158 in blasts at China's Tianjin port
BEIJING (AP) -- The death toll rose Monday to 158 from massive explosions of chemical warehouses in the Chinese port of Tianjin, where cleanup crews were grappling with cyanide contamination caused by the blasts. About 15 people remain missing, authorities said.... 8/31/2015 11:35 AM

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 11:31 AM

Gold hunters blocked from site of alleged Nazi gold train
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Polish authorities are taking action against treasure hunters who are swarming the site of an alleged Nazi gold train find in southwestern Poland.... 8/31/2015 11:21 AM

Egypt starts dig on Gaza border to stop smuggling tunnels
RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Egyptian military bulldozers are digging through the sand along Egypt's border with the Gaza Strip in recent days, pressing ahead with what appears to be a renewed campaign to pressure Gaza's Hamas rulers and stamp out militant activity along the border.... 8/31/2015 11:08 AM

Thai police award themselves $84K for arrest of bomb suspect
BANGKOK (AP) -- With much fanfare, Thai police had offered an $84,000 reward for tips leading to arrests in the Bangkok bombing. On Monday, they handed out the cash - to themselves.... 8/31/2015 11:03 AM



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