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Aunt had tried to sponsor family who drowned off Turkey

Suzan Fraser and Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 5:41am

Aylan Kurdi, whose 3-year-old body was captured face-down in the surf in images that have horrified the world, set out for Europe only after Canada rejected his family's refugee application, a Canadian lawmaker says.

Death toll from IS attack on Yemeni mosque rises to 28

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 5:01am

Yemeni officials say the death toll from an Islamic State-claimed bombing attack at a mosque in the capital has risen to 28.

Hungary announces migrant crackdown on the Serbia border

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 4:10am

Hungary plans to deploy the military at its southern border with Serbia as part of a crackdown on migrants and human traffickers and blames Germany for the massive influx through its territory.

Turkish official: 2 Vice News journalists freed from jail

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 7:01am

Two Vice News journalists who were arrested in Turkey on terror-related charges have been released from jail, a Turkish government official said Thursday. Their assistant will remain jailed pending the conclusion of an investigation.

Iran says Assad has 'pivotal' role in any Syria solution

Albert Aji, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 7:01am

President Bashar Assad has a "pivotal" role to play in the war on terrorism and in any political settlement to Syria's devastating civil war, a senior Iranian official said Thursday.

Iran's top leader: No nuclear deal unless sanctions lifted

Nasser Karimi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 6:51am

Iran's supreme leader said Thursday "there will be no deal" if world powers insist on suspending rather than lifting sanctions as part of a landmark nuclear agreement, and said it is up to Iran's parliament, and not him, to approve or reject it.

Head of UN investigative panel on Syria calls IS 'desperate'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 6:31am

The head of a U.N. panel on Syria says the Islamic State group appears "desperate" and is losing ground to Kurdish fighters who are battling the radical group "on behalf of humanity."

Germany sends suspected jihadi recruiter back to Spain

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 6:11am

Spanish police say Germany has handed over a suspected recruiter for the Islamic State armed group who recently fled the country.

Turkish official: 2 Vice News journalists released from prison; assistant remains in custody

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 6:00am

Turkish official: 2 Vice News journalists released from prison; assistant remains in custody.

Spanish PM hints elections most likely to be set for Dec. 20

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 5:31am

Spain will most likely hold general elections on Dec. 20, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Thursday.

NATO opens military center in Lithuania amid Ukraine crisis

Liudas Dapkus and David Keyton, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 5:11am

With fighter jets roaring overhead, NATO on Thursday inaugurated a military center in the Lithuanian capital amid growing concerns in the Baltic countries over Russia's military presence, sparked by the fighting in Ukraine.

Turkey skeptical Bangkok bomb suspects are Turks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 4:51am

Turkey expressed skepticism Thursday over reports that its nationals were involved in the Aug. 17 bombing of a Bangkok landmark that killed 20 people, saying it had not received any official notification from Thailand.

Israel unveils 1,800-year-old sarcophagus

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 4:40am

Israel has unveiled an 1,800-year-old sarcophagus that workers found at a building site and initially tried to conceal.

Boat carrying migrant workers capsizes off Malaysia; 14 dead

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 4:31am

A wooden boat crammed with migrant workers who were headed back to Indonesia capsized Thursday off Malaysia's western coast, killing at least 14 people, a maritime official said.

Tamil becomes opposition leader in Sri Lanka's Parliament

Krishan Francis, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 4:31am

Sri Lanka's Parliament on Thursday recognized an ethnic Tamil lawmaker as the opposition leader for the first time in decades in what is seen a positive step toward postwar reconciliation with the minority community.

City hall in Ukraine's Kiev cancels school amid heat wave

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 4:31am

The city hall in Ukraine's capital Kiev on Thursday scrapped classes at schools and pre-schools until the end of the week amid a record-breaking heat wave and peat-bog fires.

Rival factions hold new talks in Geneva over Libya's future

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 3:11am

Envoys from Libya's rival factions are arriving in Geneva for talks aimed at forming a unity government in the chaotic north African country.

Uganda: 12 soldiers killed in Somalia attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 3:10am

A Ugandan military spokesman says 12 Ugandan soldiers were killed in an attack Tuesday by Islamic extremists on an African Union base in Somalia.

UN rights chief alleges French soldier sexually abused girl

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 2:21am

United Nations staff turned up a case of sexual abuse of a girl by a French soldier in Central African Republic, the U.N. human rights chief said Thursday, in the latest claim of sexual abuse by foreign troops in the poor, unstable African country.