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Spanish PM hints elections most likely to be set for Dec. 20
MADRID (AP) -- Spain will most likely hold general elections on Dec. 20, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Thursday.... 9/3/2015 11:24 AM

Iran's top leader: No nuclear deal unless sanctions lifted
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's supreme leader says world powers must lift international sanctions and not merely suspend them as part of a landmark nuclear agreement.... 9/3/2015 11:22 AM

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

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

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