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Greek coast guard picks up nearly 2,500 migrants in 3 days

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 4:20am

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.

Syrian official: Amount of damage at Palmyra temple unclear

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 3:30am

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.

The Latest: Thai police get $84,000 reward in bombing probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 1:41am

The latest on the investigation in the Bangkok shrine bombing (all times local):

Najib vows not to quit as Malaysia marks National Day

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 11:20pm

Malaysia's prime minister vowed he would not quit over a $700-million financial scandal, and accused protesters of showing "poor national spirit" by holding a massive rally to demand his resignation on the eve of the country's National Day on Monday.

Mothers, students join Japan's protests over security bills

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 11:10pm

Mothers holding their children's hands stood in the sprinkling rain, some carrying anti-war placards, while students chanted slogans to the beat of a drum against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his defense policies.

Thai police find bomb materials in 2nd apartment

Nattasuda Anusondisai and Jocelyn Gecker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 11:10pm

Thai police said Monday they discovered bomb-making materials during a raid of a second apartment on the outskirts of the capital, as authorities widened their search for suspects behind Bangkok's deadly bombing.

Death toll rises to 158 in blasts at China's Tianjin port

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 4:50am

Authorities say the death toll has risen to 158 in massive warehouse explosions in the Chinese port of Tianjin. Some 15 people remain missing.

200 residents of Iraqi town held by Islamic State group

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 4:40am

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.

Spain to hand over US-Belgian arrested over blood diamonds

By Ciaran Giles, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 4:40am

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.

Indian scholar who criticized idol worship murdered at home

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 4:10am

Indian police are investigating the weekend murder of a scholar who was known for his outspoken criticism of idol worship and religious superstition.

Afghan Taliban offer leader's biography amid power struggle

Lynne O'Donnell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 2:20am

The Afghan Taliban published a biography of their new leader Monday as hundreds of insurgents met to resolve a dispute over his appointment following the death of figurehead Mullah Mohammad Omar.

Singapore softens ban on HIV-positive visitors

Annabelle Liang, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 1:10am

Singapore said Monday it has lifted a two-decade ban on HIV-infected people from entering the country, but will limit their stay to a maximum of three months.

Thai police seek Thai woman and foreign man in Bangkok bombing probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 12:10am

Thai police seek Thai woman and foreign man in Bangkok bombing probe.

The Latest: Thai police find bomb materials in 2nd apartment

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 11:01pm

The latest on the investigation in the Bangkok shrine bombing (all times local):

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The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 9:41pm

Thai police say they found bomb-making material in another Bangkok apartment.

China says 197 punished in crackdown on online rumors

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 9:40pm

People recently punished in China's campaign against online rumors include those who circulated an inflated death toll in the Tianjin blasts and who alleged a man committed suicide because of the country's stock market woes, state media reported Monday.

Activists say IS damages ancient temple in Syria's Palmyra

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 9:31pm

Islamic State militants in Syria severely damaged the Bel Temple, considered one of the greatest sites of the ancient world, in a massive explosion Sunday, activists said.

Governor: Boko Haram kills 56 in remote part of Borno State

Haruna Umar and Bashir Adigun, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 8:01pm

Islamic extremist group Boko Haram killed 56 villagers in a remote area, the governor of Borno State of the region said Sunday, as the government warned that the extremists are trying to extend their violent campaign

Opinion polls predict tight race, fractured Parliament

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 3:51pm

Several opinion polls released over the weekend, 3 weeks ahead of Greece's snap election, show a tight race and no overall majority in a Parliament even more fractured than the previous one.