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Beijing's latest answer to pollution: the Smog Free Tower

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:00am

In a city where smog routinely blankets the streets, a Dutch artist has offered an eccentric solution: a 6-meter (20-foot) metal structure that takes in smog and expels cleaner air.

The Latest: EU leaders send Peres condolence letter

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 3:50am

The Latest on funeral preparations and a nation in mourning at the death of Israel's ninth President, Shimon Peres (all times local):

Pakistan: Indian fire kills 2 Pakistani soldiers in Kashmir

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 3:42am

Pakistan on Thursday said two of its soldiers were killed in an "unprovoked" attack when India fired across the border of the disputed region of Kashmir, while India said it had carried out a "surgical strike" against terrorists, in an exchange that marks an escalation in tensions between the uneasy and nuclear-armed neighbors.

The Latest: Syrian military video shows Aleppo destruction

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 3:40am

The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):

Spain: Socialists in turmoil as board revolts against leader

Ciaran Giles, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 3:31am

Spain's leading opposition Socialist party was in crisis Thursday, a day after nearly half of its executive board resigned in a rebellion against leader Pedro Sanchez.

Tropical Storm Matthew on rare southerly path in Caribbean

Desmond Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 3:20am

Tropical Storm Matthew swirled westward into the open waters of the Caribbean early Thursday after hitting islands at the sea's southern entry with heavy wind and rain.

Russia says it would support 48-hour truce in Syria's Aleppo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 3:10am

A top Russian diplomat says a United States' threat to halt cooperation with Russia in the Syria conflict constitutes an "emotional breakdown" and says Russia is willing to support a 48-hour cease-fire around Aleppo.

Israelis pay respects to Peres, Clinton arrives in Israel

Daniella Cheslow, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 3:10am

Hundreds of Israelis, among them Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin, have paid their respects to Israel's ninth President Shimon Peres as his body lay in state at the country's parliament on Thursday.

Search on for 2 lions escaped from cage in German zoo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 3:01am

Officials say two lions have escaped from a zoo in eastern Germany.

Suspected people smuggler charged in Australian court

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 3:00am

An Iranian citizen extradited from Indonesia was charged in a Sydney court on Thursday with attempting to smuggle 73 asylum seekers by boat to Australia.

Afghan president, insurgent warlord sign peace agreement

Lynne O'Donnell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 1:53am

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani signed a peace treaty with a notorious warlord on Thursday, pledging to lobby the U.S. and the United Nations to remove him and his party from terrorist blacklists.

Philippines' Duterte to scrap future war games with US

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 1:52am

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he was giving notice to the United States, his country's long-standing ally, that joint exercises of Filipino and American troops next week will be the last such drills.

Seoul says North Korean soldier crosses the border to defect

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 1:10am

South Korea's military said Thursday that a North Korean soldier had crossed the border between the rivals to defect.

Australian government wants slower switch to clean energy

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 1:00am

A rush by Australia's state governments to switch to clean electricity sources could undermine the country's energy security, the federal government warned Thursday after an entire state lost power.

Turkey expected to extend post-coup state of emergency

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 12:50am

Turkey's national security council has recommended that a three-month state of emergency declared following the failed July 15 coup be extended.

32 people missing in China landslides following typhoon

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 12:30am

At least 32 people were reported missing Thursday after rain-saturated hillsides collapsed onto villages in southeastern China following a typhoon.

In annual ritual, Delhi struggles with dengue, chikungunya

Muneeza Naqvi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 12:21am

Poonam Devi moans in pain on the stretcher in the packed hospital emergency room, her ankles and wrists swollen, an IV hooked up to left arm to hydrate her.

Afghan unity deal expires, but gridlocked government remains

Lynne O'Donnell and Rahim Faiez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 12:11am

Afghanistan's unity government is expected to remain in place despite the formal expiration on Thursday of the U.S.-brokered deal between two electoral rivals whose internal feuding has undermined efforts to battle the Taliban and stabilize the country.

Printing plant where Charlie Hebdo killers died reopens

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 12:03am

A printing plant north of Paris is reopening for the first time since it was damaged during a deadly standoff between police and two brothers who gunned down cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo newspaper.