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Taliban appoints new military chief as new leader settles in

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 4:31am

The Taliban has appointed a new military chief as the insurgents try to gain ground rather than talk peace under a new leadership, Taliban officials said in telephone interviews over the weekend.

Former EU commissioner enters Estonian presidential contest

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 4:30am

Former prime minister and EU commissioner Siim Kallas has entered Estonia's presidential race for the second round of voting in the Baltic country's Parliament.

The Latest: 37 caskets to be honored at Italy quake funeral

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 4:30am

The Latest on Italy's devastating Aug. 24 earthquake (all times local):

Human Rights Watch: Palestinians abuse media, activists

Ian Deitch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 4:30am

Palestinian authorities are silencing dissent by cracking down on free speech and abusing local journalists and activists critical of their policies, a leading international human rights group said Tuesday.

Suicide bomber hits near presidential palace in Somalia

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 4:30am

Police in Somalia say a suicide bomber has detonated an explosives-laden truck near the gate of the presidential palace in the capital, killing at least three people.

Spain premier to open debate; new government remains elusive

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 4:20am

Spain's acting prime minister is opening a two-day parliamentary debate in hopes of forming a new government and ending an eight-month impasse, but expectations of a breakthrough are running low.

Iran releases jailed Texas graduate student

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 3:50am

Iranian authorities have released a man jailed while home from his graduate studies in Texas after nearly five years, state media reported Tuesday.

France criticizes Turkish military intervention in Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 3:50am

French President Francois Hollande has criticized Turkey's "contradictory" military intervention in Syria and warned Russia not to become a "protagonist" in the war.

Australian opposition to push for gay marriage law reform

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 3:40am

Australia's opposition said Tuesday that it would test Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's weakened grip on power following last month's general election by proposing its own legislation to legalize gay marriage.

French president warns 'contradictory' foreign interventions in Syria could worsen war, urges peace talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 3:40am

French president warns 'contradictory' foreign interventions in Syria could worsen war, urges peace talks.

State funeral set for Amatrice after quake survivors rebel

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 3:30am

Construction crews worked through the night to build a tent complex to host an Italian state funeral Tuesday in quake-devastated Amatrice after outraged residents rejected the government's plan to hold the service in a distant airport hangar.

Israel razes home of Palestinian involved in deadly shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 3:20am

Israel's military says its forces demolished the home of a Palestinian involved in the ambush of a family car in the West Bank that killed an Israeli and wounded his wife and two of their children.

3 hurt as suicide bomber hits Chinese Embassy in Kyrgyzstan

Leila Saralayeva, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 3:10am

A suspected suicide bomber on Tuesday crashed a car through the entrance of the Chinese Embassy in the Kyrgyzstan capital of Bishkek, detonating a bomb that killed the attacker and wounded three embassy employees.

Kerry in India for strategic, commercial talks

Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 2:40am

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in India for strategic and commercial talks being held against the backdrop of rising tensions in the disputed region of Kashmir, long a flashpoint between India and rival Pakistan.

HRW: Iraqi militias recruiting children ahead of Mosul push

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 2:20am

Iraqi militias are recruiting children from camps for civilians displaced by conflict ahead of the long-awaited operation to retake militant-held Mosul, according to a report from Human Rights Watch Tuesday.

India's angry Dalits rise against age-old caste prejudices

Nirmala George, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 1:50am

The video footage posted on social media by India's self-proclaimed cow saviors was brutal. It showed four bare-chested men tied with ropes to a car, flinching as an angry group of men took turns beating them with wooden sticks, belts and iron rods. Their crime: skinning a dead cow.

German EU commissioner 'wouldn't bet big money on Brexit'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 12:50am

Germany's European Union commissioner says public opinion in Britain could shift against leaving the bloc if the economy worsens as a result of the country's decision to exit.

IS buried thousands in 72 mass graves, AP finds

Lori Hinnant and Desmond Butler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 12:30am

Surrounded by smoke and flames, the sound of gunshots echoing around him, the young man crouched in the creek for hours, listening to the men in his family die.

AP documents 72 mass graves left by the Islamic State group, with more expected in group's retreat

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 12:11am

AP documents 72 mass graves left by the Islamic State group, with more expected in group's retreat.