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Massive gas find a boon for Egypt, salve for energy crisis
CAIRO (AP) -- Experts say the discovery of a huge natural gas field off the Egyptian coast is a major boon for the country that will help alleviate energy shortages and boost the economy.... 8/31/2015 4:36 PM

Syrian official: Extent of damage at Palmyra temple unclear
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- The extent of damage from a massive explosion near the ancient Temple of Bel in Syria's Palmyra is unclear, but it appears the structure is still standing despite an attempt by the Islamic State group to blow it up, a Syrian official said Monday.... 8/31/2015 4:28 PM

Russian speaker to address conference by video after US ban
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The global parliamentary organization says the speaker of the Russian Parliament's upper house will address its world conference Monday afternoon by video - and not in person because the U.S. barred her from attending.... 8/31/2015 4:22 PM

Swaziland's government says official crash death toll is 13
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The death toll from a road accident taking young women and girls to Swaziland's annual Reed Dance festival is 13, according to a government statement on Monday.... 8/31/2015 4:21 PM

Huge blast at Spanish fireworks factory kills 5, wounds 3
MADRID (AP) -- A huge explosion Monday at a fireworks factory in northeastern Spain killed five people and seriously injured three others, police said.... 8/31/2015 4:13 PM

EU gives France 5 million euros for new Calais migrant camp
PARIS (AP) -- Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Wednesday that firmness must accompany humanity in dealing with Europe's ongoing migrant crisis as officials announced plans for a new refugee center in Calais, where thousands of migrants have gathered in hopes of sneaking across the English Channel to Britain.... 8/31/2015 4:10 PM

Gold hunters blocked from site of alleged Nazi gold train
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Polish authorities have blocked off a wooded area near a railroad track after scores of treasure hunters swarmed southwest Poland looking for an alleged Nazi gold train.... 8/31/2015 4:07 PM

Ukrainian kids go to military camp
STARE, Ukraine (AP) -- More than 100 Ukrainian schoolchildren will have unusual tales to tell their mates when classes resume, after spending part of their summer vacations undergoing training by the National Guard.... 8/31/2015 4:04 PM

Grenade explodes during Ukraine clashes; 1 officer killed
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- A grenade exploded outside Ukraine's parliament during a nationalist protest against a vote to give greater powers to separatist regions in the east, killing one police officer and injuring more than 100, the interior ministry said.... 8/31/2015 4:02 PM

AP Interview: IOM chief slams Hungary over migrant policies
GENEVA (AP) -- Countries like Hungary that have blocked desperate migrants from traveling by train in Europe "push them right into the hands of smugglers," with potentially deadly consequences, the head of the International Organization for Migration said Monday.... 8/31/2015 4:00 PM

Austria inspects trucks for migrants, creates 18-mile backup
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- Austria stepped up vehicle inspections Monday at its Hungarian border after 71 migrants apparently suffocated in a truck, creating a huge traffic jam on the main Budapest-Vienna highway.... 8/31/2015 3:50 PM

US murder suspect extradited to Czech Republic
PRAGUE (AP) -- An American suspected of killing four Czech family members has been extradited from the U.S. to face trial, officials said Monday.... 8/31/2015 3:33 PM

Moldova: separatist leader to wed his foreign minister
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) -- The leader of a pro-Russian separatist republic has announced that his foreign minister is resigning to take up another position: she'll become his wife.... 8/31/2015 3:12 PM

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 3:06 PM

Migrants bike into Norway at remote Arctic border crossing
HELSINKI (AP) -- As Europe grapples with record-breaking numbers of migrants, a trickle of asylum seekers from Syria and the Mediterranean region have found an unlikely route: Through Russia to a remote Arctic border post in Norway, partly on bicycles.... 8/31/2015 3:04 PM

Merkel: expect Greece to fulfil obligations after election
BERLIN (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel is making clear she expects Greece to continue complying with its obligations to creditors after upcoming elections, and says she doesn't see any possibility of reducing interest rates on its bailout loans.... 8/31/2015 2:41 PM

Germany open to new 4-way Ukraine summit
BERLIN (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she's open to holding a new summit with the leaders of Russia, Ukraine and France but that there would have to be hope of progress for it to make sense.... 8/31/2015 2:37 PM

German leader presses for EU to share migrant burden
BERLIN (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed fellow European nations Monday to share the burden of the influx of migrants, arguing that the European Union will betray its values if it fails to get a grip on the crisis.... 8/31/2015 2:34 PM

Canadians, Pakistani, 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 Saudi Arabia's oil-rich east, a Saudi official said.... 8/31/2015 2:20 PM

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 2:19 PM

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