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Iran says Assad has 'pivotal' role in any Syria solution
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- A senior Iranian official says President Bashar Assad has a "pivotal" role to play in the war on terrorism and in resolving Syria's devastating four-year conflict.... 9/3/2015 11:18 AM

Report: 2,000 fleeing Syrians drowned in Mediterranean
GENEVA (AP) -- More than 2,000 Syrians have drowned in the Mediterranean while trying to reach Europe since 2011, a U.N. panel reported Thursday, saying there's no end in sight to Syria's civil war.... 9/3/2015 11:17 AM

Spanish PM hints elections most likely to be set for Dec. 20
MADRID (AP) -- Spain's will most likely call general elections for Dec. 20, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Thursday.... 9/3/2015 11:12 AM

Ebola transmissions over in Liberia, enters 90-day watch
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- The World Health Organization says Liberia has been declared free of Ebola transmissions and will be under heightened surveillance for 90 days.... 9/3/2015 11:12 AM

Aunt had tried to sponsor family who drowned off Turkey
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Aylan Kurdi, whose 3-year-old body was captured face-down in the surf in images that have horrified the world, set out for Europe only after Canada rejected his family's refugee application, a Canadian lawmaker says.... 9/3/2015 11:09 AM

Australian police won't charge Mel Gibson over tirade claim
SYDNEY (AP) -- Police do not intend to charge Mel Gibson over an allegation that the Oscar-winning director shoved and abused a newspaper photographer who snapped pictures of him and his new girlfriend in Sydney last month, officials said Thursday.... 9/3/2015 11:03 AM

NATO opens military center in Lithuania amid Ukraine crisis
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) -- With fighter jets roaring overhead, NATO on Thursday inaugurated a military center in the Lithuanian capital amid growing concerns in the Baltic countries over Russia's military presence, sparked by the fighting in Ukraine.... 9/3/2015 11:02 AM

Death toll from IS attack on Yemeni mosque rises to 28
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemeni officials say the death toll from an Islamic State-claimed bombing attack at a mosque in the capital has risen to 28.... 9/3/2015 10:59 AM

Pope eyes unity, not division in talks with Israel's Rivlin
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis has met with Israel's president and given him a medallion that reads: "Look for what unites, overcome that which divides."... 9/3/2015 10:58 AM

Hungary blasts EU on migration; chaos at Budapest station
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- Hungary's leader railed Thursday at Germany and EU leaders for a lacking urgency in dealing with Europe's migrant crisis as chaos reigned back home, where migrants by the hundreds dashed into Budapest's main train station after police stopped blocking its entrance.... 9/3/2015 10:57 AM

Turkey skeptical Bangkok bomb suspects are Turks
BANGKOK (AP) -- Turkey expressed skepticism Thursday over reports that its nationals were involved in the Aug. 17 bombing of a Bangkok landmark that killed 20 people, saying it had not received any official notification from Thailand.... 9/3/2015 10:50 AM

Israel unveils 1,800-year-old sarcophagus
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel has unveiled an 1,800-year-old sarcophagus that workers found at a building site and initially tried to conceal.... 9/3/2015 10:37 AM

Afghanistan hosts regional economic forum
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Officials from more than 30 nations and 40 international organizations gathered in the Afghan capital Thursday for a regional economic conference to explore ways of rebuilding the country after more than 40 years of war.... 9/3/2015 10:35 AM

Tamil becomes opposition leader in Sri Lanka's Parliament
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Sri Lanka's Parliament on Thursday recognized an ethnic Tamil lawmaker as the opposition leader for the first time in decades in what is seen a positive step toward postwar reconciliation with the minority community.... 9/3/2015 10:27 AM

Boat carrying migrant workers capsizes off Malaysia; 14 dead
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- A wooden boat crammed with migrant workers who were headed back to Indonesia capsized Thursday off Malaysia's western coast, killing at least 14 people, a maritime official said.... 9/3/2015 10:23 AM

City hall in Ukraine's Kiev cancels school amid heat wave
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- The city hall in Ukraine's capital Kiev on Thursday scrapped classes at schools and pre-schools until the end of the week amid a record-breaking heat wave and peat-bog fires.... 9/3/2015 10:21 AM

Australian leader causes offense by comparing IS with Nazis
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia's prime minister angered some Jewish leaders on Thursday by suggesting that the Islamic State movement was worse than Nazis during World War II.... 9/3/2015 10:12 AM

The Latest: Survey suggests UK economy coming off the boil
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- The latest on the European economy as the European Central Bank meets to discuss its monetary policy (all times local):... 9/3/2015 10:09 AM

China shows off rising power in marking WWII defeat of Japan
BEIJING (AP) -- With fighter jets roaring overhead, China's leader presided Thursday over a massive parade of tanks, missiles and troops that displayed growing military might, but also pledged to reduce the army by 300,000 troops in a bid to show that his country poses no expansionist threat.... 9/3/2015 10:09 AM

As ECB weighs policy, figures show euro economy holding up
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- As policymakers at the European Central Bank consider whether to boost their stimulus program for the eurozone, reports showed Thursday that the currency zone's economy held up better than many had expected over the summer months.... 9/3/2015 10:05 AM

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