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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

Economy boosts Portuguese government's re-election bid
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Economic news is continuing to give heart to Portugal's center-right government as it aims for re-election in October.... 8/31/2015 11:02 AM

Influential Christian sect ends protests in Philippines
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Thousands of members of a politically influential Christian sect on Monday ended five days of street protests that set off huge traffic jams in the Philippine capital and sparked outrage from motorists.... 8/31/2015 10:56 AM

Austria inspects trucks for migrants, creates 18-mile backup
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- Austria stepped up truck inspections Monday at its Hungarian border after 71 migrants apparently suffocated in one, creating a massive, 30-kilometer (18 1/2-mile) traffic jam on the main Budapest-Vienna highway.... 8/31/2015 10:46 AM

200 residents of Iraqi town held by Islamic State group
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The mayor of a remote, Islamic State-held town in western Iraq said on Monday that some 200 residents have been detained by the group at an unknown location following clashes there.... 8/31/2015 10:34 AM

Canadians, Pakistani and 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 the kingdom's oil-rich east, a Saudi official said.... 8/31/2015 10:32 AM

Spain to hand over US-Belgian arrested over blood diamonds
MADRID (AP) -- An American-Belgian businessman arrested for suspected involvement in enslavement and pillaging blood diamonds during Sierra Leone's civil war will be handed over shortly to Belgium, a Spanish court official said Monday.... 8/31/2015 10:31 AM

Eurozone inflation stable at low rate of 0.2 percent
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Inflation in the 19-nation eurozone was stable in August at an annual rate of 0.2 percent, an official report shows - another weak figure that may help push the European Central Bank toward doing more economic stimulus.... 8/31/2015 10:14 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 over the weekend, 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 10:11 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 9:46 AM

World stocks fall after Fed suggests Sept rate hike possible
BEIJING (AP) -- Global stocks were mostly lower 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 9:31 AM

Thai police seek 2 new suspects in Bangkok bombing probe
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thai police issued arrest warrants Monday for two more suspects, a Thai woman and a foreign man of unknown nationality, and released their images in the widening investigation into Bangkok's deadly bombing two weeks ago that yielded its first arrest over the weekend.... 8/31/2015 9:29 AM

Japan bids adieu to landmark that hosted presidents, stars
TOKYO (AP) -- The Hotel Okura, a favored Tokyo lodging for U.S. presidents, movie stars and other celebrities, is closing the doors of its landmark half-century-old main building on Monday to make way for a pair of glass towers ahead of the 2020 Olympics.... 8/31/2015 8:45 AM

China gives little credit, or help, to Nationalist WWII vets
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese veteran Sun Yibai doesn't have much time for the Communist Party's claim to have led China to victory against Japan in World War II.... 8/31/2015 8:25 AM



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