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  • Euro weighed down by soft economic data, Ukraine

    LONDON (AP) — The euro fell to a near one-year low against the dollar in the wake of soft European economic data and uncertainty over the crisis in Ukraine. Europe's single currency fell to a low of $1.3119 after a survey Monday showed that the manufacturing sector across the 18-nation eurozone lost momentum in August. The euro hasn't been...

  • Body of slain soldier returned to Lebanese army

    BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's military received the remains of a soldier Monday who was held by Islamic militants, the state-run news agency said. The soldier, Sgt. Ali Sayid, was believed decapitated. Sayid's remains were delivered to a military checkpoint in the Lebanese border town of Arsal, the National News Agency reported. The body was...

  • Battle-hit Ukraine village picks up the pieces

    HRABSKE, Ukraine (AP) — Alexander Bespalko and his son lifted parts from a burned-out Ukrainian armored personnel carrier in a village ravaged by the past week's battles. With homes destroyed and livelihoods lost, residents in the village of Hrabske must scrape for a living and at least scrap metal is reliable — with wrecked tanks, cars and...

  • Barnes, Heigl in tune in romance 'Jackie and Ryan'

    VENICE, Italy (AP) — "Jackie and Ryan" takes viewers into an America of tough times, train-hopping and old-time fiddle music. That sounds like the Great Depression, but it's set in the present day. The film from writer-director Ami Canaan Mann is a homespun romance starring Katherine Heigl and Ben Barnes as two uprooted musicians blown...

  • 2016ers jockey even before congressional elections

    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — One set of elections ends in early November as another begins when presidential hopefuls cross the unofficial starting line in the 2016 race for the White House. With control of the Senate at stake, the months leading up to the mid-term elections offer a clearer window on a crowd of potential presidential candidates...

  • Libya parliament asks ex-premier to form Cabinet

    CAIRO (AP) — Libya's elected parliament tasked Monday the recently resigned prime minister with forming a new government as the outgoing Cabinet acknowledged it had lost control of the capital to Islamist-allied militias. The official news agency said the parliament convening in Tobruk voted Monday to name Abdullah al-Thinni as the new head of...

  • Filipino force defied UN commander in Golan crisis

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine military said Monday that a U.N. peacekeeping commander in the Golan Heights should be investigated for allegedly asking Filipino troops to surrender to Syrian rebels who had attacked and surrounded their camp. Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang said he advised the 40 Filipino peacekeepers not to lay down...

  • Report: Former Iran vice president convicted

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's former vice president has been convicted of a charge that includes a prison term and a cash fine, a spokesman for the Islamic Republic's judiciary said Monday, though details about the case were not announced. The conviction of Mohammad Reza Rahimi, a top aide to former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, comes after...

  • 3 children killed in knife attack at China school

    BEIJING (AP) — A 40-year-old man stabbed students and teachers with a fruit knife at an elementary school in central China on Monday, killing three children and injuring six other people before jumping to his death, officials said. The attack on the first day after summer break injured five other children and one teacher at Dongfang primary...

  • Oslo police suspect base jumping death at ski jump

    HELSINKI (AP) — Norwegian police say they suspect that a base jumper was killed at the Holmenkollen ski jump in the capital, Oslo. Egil Kulseth from the Oslo Police says a Norwegian man, wearing a base jumping suit and equipment, was found dead at the bottom of the ski jump on Sunday evening after passers-by alerted rescue services. The ski...

  • Ex-Romanian foreign minister under communism dies

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Stefan Andrei, a foreign minister under communism who decreased Romania's dependency on the Soviet Union, has died. He was 83. Andrei died Sunday at home, according to a foreign ministry official who declined to be named because she was not authorized to report the death. Andrei was named foreign minister in 1978 and...

  • Greece rules out new cuts ahead of bailout talks

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's government says it won't enact further austerity measures ahead of talks later this week with bailout creditors. Government spokeswoman Sofia Voultepsi said Monday that cuts in pay and income tax hikes would not be discussed at the three-day negotiations that are due to start in Paris on Tuesday. Finance...

  • Turkey summons US diplomat over spying report

    ISTANBUL (AP) — The Turkish foreign ministry has summoned the most senior U.S. diplomat in the country for clarification of a report about American and British spying in Turkey. Deputy Prime Minister Bulent said the U.S. charge d'affaires and Turkish officials had discussed the report Monday. German magazine Der Spiegel and the online magazine...

  • Israeli children return to school after Gaza war

    KIBBUTZ SAAD, Israel (AP) — Thousands of Israeli children in areas near the Gaza Strip went back to school Monday after spending the summer in bomb shelters as rockets and mortars rained on their communities during the 50-day Israel-Hamas war, while schools in Gaza remained shuttered as the territory recovered from the fighting. The start of...

  • Anti-euro party's success poses dilemma for Merkel

    BERLIN (AP) — The success of a new anti-euro party in a German state election intensifies a dilemma for Chancellor Angela Merkel: how to handle a rival whose rise could make it more difficult for her party to form coalition governments around the country. Alternative for Germany, or AfD, won 9.7 percent support in Saxony on Sunday and took its...

  • China anti-dissent playbook may fail in Hong Kong

    HONG KONG (AP) — China's Communist leaders have pulled out their usual playbook to suppress resistance to their plans to tightly limit the first direct election of Hong Kong's leader, but are likely to find that the results are quite different. Beijing is blaming radicals and foreigners and showing off its military might, all things unlikely...

  • Beijing faces defiance in Hong Kong on vote reform

    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers disrupted a Beijing official's speech Monday as he sought to explain a decision announced over the weekend to tightly limit voting reforms for the southern Chinese financial hub. The legislators chanted slogans and held up placards accusing China's central government of breaking its promise to...

  • Turkey issues warrants for police in alleged plot

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish authorities have issued arrests warrants for 33 police officers accused of plotting against the government. Turkey's private Dogan news agency says the warrants were filed Monday for the officers, including the former head of a financial unit, on charges that include espionage. Monday's move is part of a wave of...

  • Placido Domingo closing act at London festival

    LONDON (AP) — Placido Domingo will be the closing act at this year's iTunes Festival in London. The famed Spanish tenor will perform Sept. 30 at the Roundhouse — the last performance of a month-long, starry line-up, festival organizers announced. Deadmau5 kicks off the concerts on Monday night, followed by headline sets from pop names like...

  • US trained Alaskans as secret 'stay-behind agents'

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S. government in the early Cold War years recruited and trained fishermen, bush pilots, trappers and other private citizens across Alaska for a covert network to feed wartime intelligence to the military, newly declassified Air Force and FBI documents show. Invasion...


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