• The Latest on Bangkok: Police say suspect was in blast area

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    BANGKOK (AP) — The latest on the investigation into the deadly Bangkok bombing (all times local): ___ 7 p.m. Police say a man in custody described by authorities as the main suspect in last month's deadly bombing in Bangkok has acknowledged being in the area of the blast but denied any involvement. Deputy National Police Chief Chakthip Chaijinda made the assertion when asked by reporters whether the man arrested Tuesday — whose name and nationality have not been released — had confessed to involvement in the Aug. 17 bombing at Erawan Shrine that killed 20 people and wounded more than 120. Chakthip said that while the suspect denied being involved in the attack, "he admits that he was there in the area

  • Afghan migrant hopes to complete father's flight from war

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    MORIA, Greece (AP) — Three decades after his father fled war in Afghanistan to seek safety in Iran, Abdullah Bakhshi is now on the next leg of his family's long journey to a better life, and part of the largest tide of migrants since World War II. The flood of refugees and migrants making their way to Europe by perilous sea voyage or halting overland trek largely springs from the Syrian civil war, but it also includes people fleeing much older conflicts, and lifelong refugees like Bakhshi who are traveling from one refuge to another. Bakhshi, 24, arrived in Greece late last month after traveling across the mountainous Iran-Turkey border. He hopes to eventually make his way to Germany, and to one day bring his family there t

  • UN envoy notes 'tangible results' in talks with Libya envoys

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    GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Libya has met with leaders of the Tripoli-based government and says he hopes a draft agreement aimed at forming a national unity government can be finalized in coming weeks. Bernardino Leon on Wednesday noted "tangible results" in the talks in Istanbul with the General National Congress, which controls much of northwestern Libya. The country's internationally recognized government is based in Tobruk to the east. Leon was to host new discussions in Geneva on Thursday and Friday. It was not immediately clear whether the GNC would attend. It balked at talks last month in Morocco.

  • UN: Gaza could be 'uninhabitable' by 2020 if trends continue

    Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A new United Nations report says Gaza could be "uninhabitable" in less than five years if current economic trends continue. The report released Tuesday by the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development points to the eight years of economic blockade of Gaza as well as the three wars between Israel and the Palestinians there over the past six years. Last year's war displaced half a million people and left parts of Gaza destroyed. The war "has effectively eliminated what was left of the middle class, sending almost all of the population into destitution and dependence on international humanitarian aid," the new report says. Gaza's GDP dropped 15 percent last year, and unemployment reached a reco

  • Israel asks UN to reject Palestinian attempt to raise flag

    Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israel on Tuesday urged U.N. leaders to reject a Palestinian attempt to raise their flag at U.N. headquarters as early as next month's gathering of world leaders there. Israel's U.N. Ambassador Ron Prosor accused the Palestinians in letters to the United Nations secretary-general and General Assembly president of "attempting to swiftly change longstanding U.N. tradition in order to score political points." The flags of all 193 U.N. member states fly outside U.N. headquarters in New York and other U.N. offices — but not the flags of the two non-member observer states, Palestine and the Vatican. The Palestinians are seeking General Assembly approval of a draft resolution that would allow non-memb

  • Hungary bars migrants from trains; smugglers wait in wings

    Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary stunned migrants and European partners Tuesday by blocking asylum-seekers from its westbound trains, a move that raised new challenges for the EU's passport-free travel zone and could drive many into the reckless hands of cross-border smugglers. Hungary's right-wing nationalist government defended its U-turn — just days after it started permitting migrants on the trains without any coherent immigration controls at all — as necessary to send a get-tough signal. Cabinet ministers told lawmakers that the nation, struggling to cope with more than 150,000 arrivals this year, was determined to seal its borders to unwelcome travelers from the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

  • Questions in Lebanon over protesters' end game

    Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese security forces and protesters engaged in a drawn-out standoff outside a ministry that was briefly taken over by activists Tuesday, reflecting both reluctance by authorities to decisively crack down and a lack of focus by protesters — who are determined but lacking a clear path to success. The unexpected takeover of the ministry by a number of activists demanding the resignation of the environment minister over the country's trash crisis left some Lebanese bewildered, wondering whether it was the right path to take. It opened the possibility of protracted instability in a fragile country already facing multiple crises.

  • Shots fired from Syria kill Turkish soldier

    Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The military says a Turkish soldier was killed from shots fired from Islamic State-controlled area across the border in Syria. A second soldier is reported missing. The military said the incident occurred Tuesday at a border post near the town of Kilis. The soldier disappeared following a clash between the soldiers and the assailants. On Saturday, Turkey announced that its fighter jets carried out their first airstrikes as part of the U.S.-led coalition against IS, attacking extremist targets deemed to be a threat to Turkey.

  • Lawyer: Turkey arrested journalists to deter foreign media

    Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A lawyer representing two Vice News journalists and their assistant on Tuesday denounced a Turkish court's decision to arrest them on terror-related charges, calling it a government attempt to deter foreign media from reporting on the conflict with Kurdish rebels. The arrests have prompted strong protests from media rights advocates, the U.S. and the European Union. A government official speaking on the basis of anonymity denied that Turkey was attempting to suppress journalists, and said the arrests were due to encryption software allegedly found on the assistant's computer.

  • A look at what migrants are carrying with them to Europe

    Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    ROSZKE, Hungary (AP) — To survive days on end of walking and improvised camping in harsh weather, they must concentrate on essentials: pain medicine, foot powder and first aid, food and personal hygiene items. The savviest have smartphones with backup battery power and SIM cards that work in the countries they're passing through. Otherwise, they can end up walking in circles without satellite navigation, particularly at night, when many travel to avoid police. The tens of thousands of migrants who spend weeks on foot, vehicle and boat traveling to Europe to escape war, persecution and poverty must weigh carefully what they carry with them in their backpacks. Men typically carry the tents and sleeping bags, while women hold infant

  • Egypt gas find sparks panic in Israel about Israeli reserves

    Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Egypt's new natural gas bonanza is causing an uproar in Israel, with energy stocks plummeting and recriminations over indecisiveness and infighting that have delayed production from the country's own gas fields. The government is currently struggling to get parliament to approve its natural gas business plan, but observers fear Israel may need to reassess everything now that Egypt, which had been cast as both an export destination and a partner, may have found its own independent solution. Israel's offshore gas reserves had long been regarded as a future cash cow for the resource-poor country, and gas exporters in Egypt were expected to be the key customers of Israel's yet untapped Leviathan field.

  • Egyptian woman tops squash world ranking

    Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — The Professional Squash Association ranked Egyptian Raneem El Welily as the world's No. 1 women's player on Tuesday, making her the first Egyptian woman to hold the sport's top spot. The international body's September rankings keep Egyptian Mohamed Elshorbagy in the men's No. 1 slot. Three other Egyptian men and women are ranked in the top 10. Egypt has long dominated the sport internationally. Longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak, overthrown in a 2011 uprising, was an avid squash player and promoted the sport. But soccer remains far more popular in the Arab world's most populous country, and receives much more official support. "I'm absolutely thrilled to have become the new world No. 1," the PSA quoted El We

  • Multiple suicide attacks kill 12 Iraqi troops, militiamen

    Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A series of suicide attacks by the Islamic State group outside a town in Iraq's western Anbar province on Tuesday killed 12 soldiers and allied Sunni militiamen, military and hospital officials said. They said the attack began when IS militants shelled army and militia positions outside the town of Haditha with mortars. They followed up with two suicide bombers who blew themselves up near the troops and later with three suicide car bombings. Five soldiers and three Sunni tribesmen were wounded in the attacks, the officials said. Airstrikes by the U.S.

  • Palestinians: Abbas says won't seek top PLO, Fatah posts

    Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has told political confidants he won't seek re-election to the top posts in the Palestine Liberation Organization or his Fatah movement in upcoming elections, two participants in the meeting said Tuesday. In such a scenario, Abbas would still retain his most important post, as president of the Palestinian self-rule government. Rumors have been swirling that the 80-year-old plans to step down as president, after a decade on the job, because all roads to Palestinian statehood appear blocked. Critics have cast Abbas' latest moves, including arranging for internal PLO elections, as an attempt to consolidate control and sideline opponents.

  • Police search premises of Turkish opposition business group

    Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Police on Tuesday searched the premises of a business and media group close to a U.S.-based moderate Islamic cleric whom the government accuses of trying to destabilize it and detained six company officials, state media reported. Critics denounced the action as a government crackdown on opposition voices ahead of an election Nov. 1. Police in Ankara searched 23 companies belonging to Koza Ipek Holding over suspicion of providing financial assistance to the movement led by Fethullah Gulen, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported. It said six people were taken into custody for questioning. The company's chief executive officer, who was abroad, was not detained but his home was searched, the agency said.

  • UK police: Mother, 4 children detained in Turkey

    Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — British police say a mother and her four young children from London who were believed to be on their way to Syria have been detained in Turkey. British counter-terrorism officials appealed for information after the 33-year-old woman and the four children, aged 4 to 12, went missing from their home in east London last week. Scotland Yard said the force has received confirmation from Turkish authorities that the five were detained in Turkey Tuesday. The force said all were safe and well. British police say they have seen a sharp increase in the number of people, including many young Britons, suspected of travelling to Syria to join the Islamic State group. Authorities want to stop the Britons in Turkey, a

  • UNESCO chief: IS destruction of Syrian temple 'intolerable'

    Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    BEIRUT (AP) — 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, the head of the U.N. cultural agency said Tuesday. The militants used explosives to destroy the two-millennia-old temple in the ancient city of Palmyra on Sunday. Witnesses described a huge blast and the destruction was later confirmed by U.N. satellite images. Over the past year, IS has seized one-third of Iraq and Syria and imposed a violent interpretation of Islamic law in a self-declared "caliphate" straddling the two countries. The group captured the ruins of Palmyra and an adjacent modern town of the same name in May.

  • The Latest: EU eyes legal action for migration violations

    Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The latest developments as tens of thousands of migrants flood into countries across Europe. All times local (CET): ___ 5:30: p.m. The European Union has threatened several EU countries with legal action for failing to properly apply the bloc's laws for asylum seekers. EU migration spokeswoman Natasha Bertaud said Tuesday that official letters were sent which constitute the European Commission's "last warning before opening further infringement proceedings." Bertaud declined to name the countries targeted from the 28-nation bloc but confirmed the move involved at least 10 countries.

  • Kuwait refers 26 to court following major weapons bust

    Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait's public prosecutor says his office has referred 26 people to court on allegations that include illegal weapons possession, committing acts harmful to the country's unity, and having "furtive contacts" with Iran and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. The official Kuwait News Agency cited a statement from prosecutor Dherar al-Asousi saying that the accused include 25 Kuwaitis and one Iranian. All but three of the suspects are in custody. Kuwaiti security forces last month uncovered a large cache of arms, ammunition and explosives hidden deep underground at a farm, and arrested three Kuwaitis during the raid.

  • Iranian Guard chief says US 'still the Great Satan'

    Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    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. The comments by Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, reported by the official Guard website, said that "the enmity against Iranian nation by the U.S. has not lessened and it has been increased." "We should not be deceived by the U.S.," Jafari reportedly said. "It wants to infiltrate into Iran, resorting to new instruments and method." The Guard and hard-liners remain suspicious of the U.S., even as authorities look over the historic accord that curbs Iran's nuclear program in return to li




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