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Merkel rejects Muslim migrant ban, urges fair distribution

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 10:20am

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday slammed those countries in Europe who say they won't take in Muslim refugees, a position that several eastern European governments have taken in response to the influx of migrants from the Islamic world.

Down another key minister, Iraq continues Mosul push

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 10:10am

Iraq's security forces continue to gear up for a long-awaited operation to retake the Islamic State-held city of Mosul. But they will be doing so without the minister of defense who has presided over most of the military's recent successes against IS.

Kim Jong Un attends celebration of N. Korea youth league

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 9:53am

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attended a giant celebration of the country's main youth league on Sunday night, capping the organization's first gathering in more than 23 years.

Nigeria president says Boko Haram leader has been wounded

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 9:41am

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari says the military wounded the leader of Boko Haram, his country's homegrown Islamic extremist group.

State burial in Poland for WWII heroes slain by communists

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 9:30am

Seven decades after their deaths, a state burial was held Sunday in Poland for two World War II heroes who fought the Germans but were later killed by the communists for their pro-independence activity.

Egypt court releases lawyer who defied president

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 9:00am

An Egyptian rights lawyer who had been held in solitary confinement for over 100 days after defying President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has been released from prison on a court order.

Iran confirms arrest of member of negotiation team

Nasser Karimi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 9:00am

Iran's judiciary on Sunday confirmed the brief detention of a member of Iran's negotiation team with world powers on suspicion of "infiltration," the official IRNA news agency reported.

1 Turkish soldier killed, 8 wounded in southeastern Turkey

Dusan Stojanovic, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 8:41am

Two separate blasts in the Turkey's Kurdish-dominated southeast killed one Turkish soldier and wounded eight others, and Kurdish militants launched a rocket-propelled grenade at a civilian airport, officials and the state-run news agency said.

Poland backs Franco-German 'European Security Council' plan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 8:20am

Poland's foreign minister has lent his support to a Franco-German proposal for a European Security Council.

Fire in Montenegro threatens ancient olive grove

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 8:20am

Montenegrin firefighters have been struggling to contain a fire that has engulfed pine forests around a southern Adriatic tourist resort and threatened an ancient olive grove under state protection.

Uzbekistan's longtime ruler Islam Karimov hospitalized

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 8:10am

Uzbekistan's government issued an unusual statement Sunday announcing the hospitalization of President Islam Karimov, who has ruled the former Soviet republic in Central Asia for more than 25 years.

Iraq requests new Saudi envoy after assassination remarks

Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 8:00am

Iraq's Foreign Ministry said the government on Sunday formally requested that the Saudi ambassador in Baghdad be replaced after he claimed that Iranian-backed Shiite militias are plotting to assassinate him.

Spanish conservatives sign deal with smaller party

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 7:50am

The conservative Popular Party in Spain has signed a deal with the smaller, business-friendly Ciudadanos that could help avoid a possible third round of elections and end the country's eight-month political deadlock.

Syrian rebels advance on Kurds as Turkish strikes kill 35

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 7:50am

Turkey-backed Syrian rebels seized a number of villages and towns from Kurdish-led forces in northern Syria on Sunday amid Turkish airstrikes and shelling that killed at least 35 people, mostly civilians, according to rebels and a monitoring group.

Man detained after stabbing picnicking couple in Germany

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 7:30am

Police say a 26-year-old man has been detained after stabbing a picnicking couple in western Germany.

Serbia, Bosnian Serbs hold joint anti-terrorism drill

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 7:30am

Police from Serbia and the Serb mini-state in Bosnia have held a joint anti-terrorism drill that could add to simmering tensions in the Balkans stemming from the 1990s war.

Locally transmitted Zika virus infects 41 in Singapore

Annabelle Liang, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 6:50am

More than 40 people have been infected locally by the Zika virus in Singapore, but most have fully recovered, officials said Sunday.

UK alert on treacherous beach ends as swimmer turns up safe

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 6:50am

British emergency services have called off the search for a missing swimmer on the same treacherous beach where five men drowned days ago — after the swimmer telephoned to say she was fine.

Both sides in Gabon poll predict win as votes are counted

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 5:30am

Election officials compiled results in Gabon on Sunday as representatives of the incumbent president and his most prominent challenger predicted victory.