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Thais unveil restored statue at bomb site to boost morale
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thai authorities unveiled the restored centerpiece Friday of the Erawan Shrine, in the latest bid to restore confidence among Bangkok's tourism and business communities almost three weeks after a deadly bombing that left 20 dead.... 9/4/2015 3:27 AM

Asian stock markets ebb ahead of US jobs report
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Asian stock markets were mostly lower Friday as caution prevailed before the release of the monthly U.S. jobs report and the resumption of trading on Chinese stock markets next week.... 9/4/2015 3:22 AM

Nigerian president declares wealth, showing 'austere' living
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- The wealth declaration of Nigeria's new president shows he has been living "an austere and Spartan lifestyle," with $150,000 in his personal account, contrary to what many might expect of one who has held a number of top government positions, an official said Thursday.... 9/4/2015 3:03 AM

Guatemala swears in new president after Perez Molina resigns
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- Guatemala's newly sworn-in president demanded that all top government officials submit their resignations and promised an honest and inclusive administration following the surprise resignation earlier Thursday of President Otto Perez Molina amid a widening fraud investigation.... 9/4/2015 2:45 AM

The Latest: Guatemala ex-leader escorted to jail
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- The latest on the resignation of Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina (all times local):... 9/3/2015 11:49 PM

Guatemala's new president is conservative former top judge
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- Guatemala's new president had only just occupied the vice president's chair when he was promoted to the country's top spot following the resignation of outgoing President Otto Perez Molina amid a corruption scandal.... 9/3/2015 11:28 PM

Judge accepts charges against ex-head of nuclear power firm
SAO PAULO (AP) -- A federal judge Thursday accepted the charges filed by prosecutors against the former head of Eletronuclear, the state-owned company that operates Brazil's two nuclear power plants, for his suspected role in a bribery scandal.... 9/3/2015 10:06 PM

Hungary opens door to trains for migrants, but only to camps
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- Thousands of people desperate to reach Western Europe rushed into a Budapest train station Thursday after police ended a two-day blockade, setting off a wave of anger and confusion as hundreds shoved their way onto a waiting train. But when it tried to drop them off at a Hungarian camp for asylum seekers, a bitter showdown began.... 9/3/2015 10:03 PM

Dominica estimates storm damage at nearly half of GDP
ROSEAU, Dominica (AP) -- A preliminary assessment of the effects of Tropical Storm Erika on the island of Dominica has found damage to basic infrastructure alone that amounts to nearly half of the small country's GDP, the prime minister said Thursday.... 9/3/2015 9:13 PM

Pope eyes unity, not division in talks with Israel's Rivlin
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis met Thursday with Israel's president and gave him a medallion that reads: "Look for what unites, overcome that which divides."... 9/3/2015 8:55 PM

Venice's gondoliers get updated look with new logo
ROME (AP) -- Venice's gondoliers, famed for their striped, boat-neck shirts and rowing prowess, are getting an updated look.... 9/3/2015 8:53 PM

Q&A: What to look for with Guatemala's embattled president
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- President Otto Perez Molina has resigned amid a corruption scandal after a judge issued an order to detain him in the case.... 9/3/2015 8:52 PM

Iran's top leader: No nuclear deal unless sanctions lifted
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's supreme leader said Thursday "there will be no deal" if world powers insist on suspending rather than lifting sanctions as part of a landmark nuclear agreement, and said it is up to Iran's parliament, and not him, to approve or reject it.... 9/3/2015 8:51 PM

In directorial debut, Portman focuses on her native Israel
JERUSALEM (AP) -- In her feature film directorial debut, Academy Award winning actress Natalie Portman brings to life the autobiographical novel of celebrated Israeli writer Amos Oz about his youth during the Jewish state's founding years.... 9/3/2015 8:09 PM

Pope pops out of Vatican, stop to get new glasses
ROME (AP) -- Pope Francis slipped out of the Vatican Thursday for a personal - and very normal - errand: New glasses.... 9/3/2015 7:48 PM

Party in Libya talks optimistic for deal, if conditions met
GENEVA (AP) -- In signs of a possible breakthrough, newly appointed envoys from Libya's Islamist-backed government in Tripoli say they are optimistic about a possible deal toward creating a unity government - on condition that a draft accord is modified first.... 9/3/2015 7:45 PM

Iran Parliament speaker expects heated debate on nuke deal
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Iran's Parliament speaker said Thursday he expects a heated debate among Iranian lawmakers before they vote on the nuclear deal between his country and six world powers in about a month.... 9/3/2015 7:44 PM

Turkey renews permit for military operations in Syria, Iraq
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's parliament has voted to renew by another year a mandate allowing the military to conduct operations in Syria and Iraq.... 9/3/2015 7:37 PM

Ukraine: Russians can't own broadcasters
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's parliament has passed a measure banning Russians from establishing or being involved in the business of television and radio stations in the country.... 9/3/2015 7:10 PM

Father of dead boys: 'All I want is to be with my children'
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- He is one among many, far too many. But the plight of one boy, washed up like a piece of debris on a Turkish beach, has focused the world's attention on a wave of war-and-deprivation-fueled migration unmatched since World War II.... 9/3/2015 7:08 PM

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