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Iran confirms arrest of member of negotiation team with West

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

Iran's official news agency is saying the country's judiciary has confirmed the brief detention of a member of Iran's negotiation team with world powers on suspicion of "infiltration."

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.

Uzbekistan's longtime ruler Islam Karimov hospitalized

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

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

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.

Iraq requests new Saudi envoy after assassination remarks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 6:30am

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

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.

Syrian rebels advance on Kurds as Turkish strikes kill 35

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 5:30am

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.

Top diplomat backs new South Sudan vice president

Justin Lynch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 5:30am

The top monitor of South Sudan's peace deal said he and diplomats support the disputed appointment of a new vice president in order to support the country's shaky peace agreement.

Germany expects sharp drop in refugees numbers this year

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 5:10am

Germany's top migration official predicts that fewer than 300,000 refugees will come to the country this year, a sharp drop compared with the height of the migrant crisis in 2015.

10,000th Syrian reaches US this week in resettlement program

Karin Laub, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 5:00am

The U.S. will reach its target this week of taking in 10,000 Syrian war refugees in a year-old resettlement program, the U.S. ambassador to Jordan said Sunday, after meeting families headed to California and Virginia.

Europe's refugee crisis simmers despite efforts to solve it

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 4:00am

Faced with more than 1 million migrants flooding across the Mediterranean last year, European nations tightened border controls, set up naval patrols to stop smugglers, negotiated an agreement with Turkey to limit the numbers crossing, shut the Balkan route used by hundreds of thousands, and tried to speed up deportations of rejected asylum-seekers.

Filipino militants free 8 comrades, 15 others in jail attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 3:32am

Muslim extremists supporting the Islamic State group freed eight fellow militants in a daring attack that also allowed 15 other inmates to escape from a provincial jail in the southern Philippines, police said Sunday.

Kurdish militants fire rocket at civilian airport in Turkey

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 3:01am

Kurdish militants launched a rocket-propelled grenade at a civilian airport in southeast Turkey early Sunday, causing minor damage and no injuries, officials and the state-run news agency said.

Would-be bomber's explosives fail in Indonesia church

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 2:50am

A would-be suicide bomber's explosives failed to detonate in a packed church in western Indonesia during Sunday Mass, and he injured a priest with an axe before being restrained, police said.

8 troops killed in suspected rebel attack in north Paraguay

Pedro Servin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 10:10pm

Suspected members of a little-known rebel group killed eight soldiers in an attack in northern Paraguay on Saturday, just days after guerrillas and officials in Colombia reached a peace deal to end the longest-running insurgency in Latin America.

Mining leader, 2 others, accused in Bolivia official's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 7:20pm

Bolivian authorities accused the president of a mining federation and two of his top officials of the killing of deputy interior minister Rodolfo Illanes amid a bitter strike, officials said Saturday. Forty miners have been detained in the case.

'SOS' in sand leads to rescue of 2 people stranded on island

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 7:00pm

The U.S. Coast Guard says two stranded mariners were rescued Friday after crews saw their "SOS" in the sand on an uninhabited island in Micronesia, Hawaii News Now reports (

Colombian rebels announce final conference of peace talks

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 4:00pm

Top commanders from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia are preparing to gather one final time in mid-September to ratify a peace accord reached this week with government negotiators and map out the group's political strategy without weapons.