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

Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 5:02am

In a city where smog routinely blankets the streets, a Dutch artist has offered an eccentric solution: a 7-meter (23-foot) metal structure that takes in smog and expels cleaner air.

Man arrested after 16 bodies found in Chinese village

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:52am

Chinese police have arrested a man after 16 people were found dead in six village homes on Thursday, state media reported.

Pakistan: Indian fire kills 2 Pakistani soldiers in Kashmir

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:50am

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.

Serbia arrests senior Kosovo policeman

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:40am

Serbian police have arrested a senior Kosovo police official on suspicion of terrorism in a sign of ongoing tensions in the volatile Balkans.

The Latest: Family: Peres left detailed funeral plans

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:40am

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

Australian government wants slower switch to clean energy

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:30am

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 all of South Australia state lost power.

World figures to attend funeral of Israel's Shimon Peres

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:22am

The following world figures have confirmed attendance at Shimon Peres' funeral in Jerusalem on Friday:

Suspect in German neo-Nazi murder trial speaks for 1st time

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:21am

A German woman on trial for being part of a neo-Nazi group suspected of killing 10 people has spoken in court for the first time to disavow the nationalist ideas she once believed in.

Tumult to tranquility: Migrant family finds peace in Germany

Muhammed Muheisen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:00am

They fled Iraq just ahead of an Islamic State group onslaught in which thousands of their fellow Yazidis were enslaved or slaughtered. Months as refugees on the fringes of Turkish society, a nearly fatal trip across the Aegean and a long trek through the Balkans and Austria north to Germany came next.

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.

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.

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.