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Sweden optimistic over questioning Assange in London
HELSINKI (AP) -- Swedish officials say they are optimistic about reaching agreement with Ecuador on legal assistance which could pave the way to questioning WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in London on outstanding accusations against him.... 9/1/2015 3:20 PM

Palestinians: Abbas says won't seek top PLO, Fatah posts
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Two officials say Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has told confidants he won't seek re-election to the top posts in the Palestine Liberation Organization or his Fatah movement in upcoming elections.... 9/1/2015 3:15 PM

Iranian Guard chief says US 'still the Great Satan'
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- The head of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard said Tuesday that the U.S. is still the "Great Satan," regardless of the nuclear deal struck with Americans and world powers over the Islamic Republic's contested nuclear program.... 9/1/2015 3:10 PM

Lebanese group stages sit-in at ministry over trash crisis
BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanese protesters marched into the Environment Ministry in downtown Beirut Tuesday, staging a sit-in outside the minister's office and demanding his resignation over the country's snowballing trash crisis.... 9/1/2015 3:03 PM

Canadian PM denies recession despite 2 negative quarters
TORONTO (AP) -- Canadian Prime Minister and election candidate Stephen Harper is declining to say the country is in recession despite new data that shows that it is.... 9/1/2015 3:00 PM

North Korean choir gives military-inspired concert in Russia
MOSCOW (AP) -- The North Korean National Choir has performed for the first time in the Russian capital, putting on a military-inspired concert.... 9/1/2015 2:56 PM

The Latest: Hungary ponders sending 3,500 troops to border
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- The latest developments as tens of thousands of migrants flood into countries across Europe. All times local (CET):... 9/1/2015 2:56 PM

Europe's passport free travel area explained
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Desperate to halt the flow of migrants fleeing conflict or poverty, some European countries have begun erecting fences and tightening border controls. But the crackdown, as people leave Greece and Italy to move deeper into the European Union, has raised questions about whether Europe's passport-free area is viable.... 9/1/2015 2:53 PM

Journalist in Azerbaijan sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) -- A court in Azerbaijan convicted an investigative journalist on Tuesday of several financial crimes and sentenced her to 7 1/2 years in prison, in a case widely criticized by human rights organizations.... 9/1/2015 2:40 PM

Parliamentary coalition in Ukraine shows cracks
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- The Ukrainian parliament majority showed cracks on Tuesday after a right-wing party said it was exiting the coalition over a measure to give more powers to Ukrainian regions, including the rebel-held east.... 9/1/2015 2:37 PM

IMF head: Global growth likely to be weaker than expected
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Global economic growth is likely to be weaker than earlier expected and will remain at moderate levels, the head of the International Monetary Fund said Tuesday.... 9/1/2015 2:36 PM

Sri Lanka leader calls for reforms to promote ethnic harmony
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Sri Lanka's president asked the country's newly elected lawmakers on Tuesday to draft political reforms to promote ethnic reconciliation and economic development in the post-war era.... 9/1/2015 2:32 PM

Multiple suicide attacks kill 12 Iraqi troops, militiamen
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A series of suicide attacks by the Islamic State group outside a town in Anbar province west of Baghdad on Tuesday killed 12 soldiers and allied Sunni militiamen, military and hospital officials said.... 9/1/2015 2:18 PM

UN agency predicts El Nino to be among strongest since 1950
GENEVA (AP) -- Experts at the World Meteorological Organization say the El Nino event may be on track for one of the strongest in more than a half-century.... 9/1/2015 2:17 PM

Somali militants overrun base of African Union forces
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Al-Shabab overran an African Union base in southern Somalia early Tuesday, a Somali military official said, in the latest display of the Islamic extremists' capacity to hit back amid a prolonged offensive against them.... 9/1/2015 2:16 PM

UNESCO chief: IS destruction of Syrian temple 'intolerable'
BEIRUT (AP) -- The head of the U.N. cultural agency says Islamic State militants in Syria committed an "intolerable crime against civilization" by destroying the Temple of Bel, one of the ancient world's most iconic monuments.... 9/1/2015 2:14 PM

Nigeria ex-security adviser denies weapons charge
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's former national security adviser has pleaded not guilty to charges of possessing weapons illegally.... 9/1/2015 2:12 PM

Extremists attack Malian army checkpoint, killing 2 soldiers
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- A security official in Mali says that suspected Islamic extremists have attacked an army checkpoint in Timbuktu, killing at least two soldiers by slashing their throats.... 9/1/2015 2:03 PM

Rioters rampage against residence law in northeast India
GAUHATI, India (AP) -- Rioters set fire to the homes of seven lawmakers during a rampage to protest new legislation defining who can claim to be from the northeastern Indian state of Manipur, police said Tuesday.... 9/1/2015 1:56 PM

From 'Everest' to Depp, highlights of the Venice Film fest
VENICE, Italy (AP) -- It's a sure sign that summer's over and the awards season is around the corner - the feast of fall film festivals.... 9/1/2015 1:40 PM



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