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Lebanon: Shiny on the outside, rotting from the inside
BEIRUT (AP) -- To the casual visitor, Lebanon may seem like a tiny slice of Mediterranean modernity and coexistence in a turbulent region plagued by violence and extremism.... 8/28/2015 8:41 PM

Air guitarists strum out for the world title in Finland
OULU, Finland (AP) -- Zac "The Magnet" Monro opened the final of the Air Guitar World Championships Friday with a neat mime of playing an electric guitar to rock music that shook the ground beneath the feet of a few hundred gathered in a rainy small city square in northern Finland.... 8/28/2015 8:29 PM

Europe's migrant crisis brings new death by land and sea
VIENNA (AP) -- Death and desperation mounted in Europe's migrant crisis Friday as Austrian police said 71 people appeared to have suffocated in the back of an abandoned truck, while an estimated 200 people were feared drowned off Libya when two overloaded boats capsized.... 8/28/2015 8:23 PM

Brazil's GDP posts second consecutive contraction
SAO PAULO (AP) -- The Brazilian government says gross domestic product contracted for the second consecutive quarter, sending the economy of Latin America's biggest country into a technical recession.... 8/28/2015 8:17 PM

Former PM Tsipras' popularity tanks ahead of Greek elections
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's former governing radical-left party is unlikely to win an outright majority in a crucial national election next month, and its lead over the opposition conservatives has narrowed, early opinion polls showed Friday.... 8/28/2015 8:09 PM

The Latest: UN chief 'horrified' by latest refugee deaths
GENEVA (AP) -- Here are the latest developments Friday regarding the tens of thousands of migrants trying to reach Europe.... 8/28/2015 8:02 PM

Venezuelans govt backers rally after Colombian border closed
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- A sea of government supporters in red shirts rallied in Caracas on Friday to back a crackdown on migrants, smugglers and paramilitary groups that has triggered an increasingly bitter dispute between Colombia and Venezuela and led the neighboring countries to recall their ambassadors.... 8/28/2015 7:47 PM

Vatican gets embroiled in Italy's 'banned books' fray
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican has gotten embroiled in a modern-day, secular version of the Index of Banned Books.... 8/28/2015 7:41 PM

African superstars, Bono in campaign to empower women
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- African stars have joined rock star Bono in a campaign to use music to help empower women globally.... 8/28/2015 7:30 PM

Turkish President Erdogan approves interim government
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday approved an interim government that will lead Turkey into a new election in November, paving the way for two legislators from Turkey's pro-Kurdish party to take up ministerial posts for the first time.... 8/28/2015 7:15 PM

Radar detects object believed to be missing Nazi gold train
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- A Polish official said Friday he has seen an image made by ground-penetrating radar that seemed to prove the discovery of an armored Nazi train missing in southwestern Poland since World War II.... 8/28/2015 7:09 PM

Bodies of 71 migrants who died in truck taken to morgue
NICKELSDORF, Austria (AP) -- An overpowering stench of death came from the truck on Austria's border with Hungary as workers unloaded the bodies of some of the 71 migrants who perished trapped inside the vehicle they hoped would take them to a better life.... 8/28/2015 7:05 PM

Attack draws new scrutiny to railways linking open Europe
PARIS (AP) -- Europe's rail system is at the heart of its open borders, a way for passengers to travel on some of the world's fastest and most sophisticated mass transit with no need for passports or even ID.... 8/28/2015 6:42 PM

Mali militia refuses to leave town after peace deal broken
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- A government-allied militia in Mali said Friday it won't follow demands by an international peace monitoring group to leave a northern town that it took from separatists last week.... 8/28/2015 6:35 PM

German authorities brace for protests at refugee shelter
BERLIN (AP) -- German authorities braced for possible far-right violence in the eastern state of Saxony at the weekend, with Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday promising federal support for local police seeking to prevent anti-refugee riots of the kind seen in the town of Heidenau last week.... 8/28/2015 6:25 PM

Lebanon interior minister worried about protest
BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanon's interior minister said Friday he is "worried" about a mass protest against Lebanon's government planned for this weekend but said he will strive to guarantee the safety of demonstrators.... 8/28/2015 6:19 PM

Guinea ex-coup leader won't run in election
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) -- The lawyer of Guinea's former coup leader says the ex-strongman will not be able to take part in next month's presidential election after he was barred from returning to the country.... 8/28/2015 6:13 PM

Dominican death toll rises as 'Erika' reaches Hispaniola
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- Heavy rain and strong winds from Tropical Storm Erika began to bear down Friday on the Dominican Republic as authorities on the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica warned that the death toll would rise from mudslides and flooding unleashed by the system.... 8/28/2015 6:09 PM

Albania seizes 500,000 cannabis plants in major crackdown
TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- Albanian authorities say they have confiscated about half a million cannabis plants this year, arresting 240 suspected growers and drug traffickers.... 8/28/2015 6:09 PM

2 French journalists accused of blackmailing Morocco's king
PARIS (AP) -- Two French journalists known for their critical writings about Moroccan King Mohammed VI have been arrested in France for allegedly trying to blackmail the monarch, according to his lawyer and the prosecutor's office.... 8/28/2015 6:07 PM

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