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TS Erika kills 4 in Dominica; takes aim at Puerto Rico

Carlisle Jno Baptiste and Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 6:21pm

Rescue crews fanned across Dominica late Thursday to search for missing and injured people after Tropical Storm Erika pummeled the eastern Caribbean island, unleashing landslides and killing at least four people.

Dead migrants found in abandoned truck near Austrian capital

George Jahn, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 5:52pm

As regional leaders met Thursday to tackle Europe's refugee crisis, a gruesome discovery unfolded a short drive from the Austrian capital: An abandoned truck was found with at least 20 — and possibly up to 50 — decomposing bodies of migrants piled inside.

Record migrant flow reported on Hungary's razor-wire border

Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 11:12am

Hungary deployed police reinforcements to rein in an unrelenting flow of migrants across its porous border Thursday, but refugee activists said the effort appeared futile in a nation whose migrant camps are overloaded and barely delay their journeys west into the heart of the European Union.

Australian survivor of WWII 'Great Escape' dies aged 101

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 8:01pm

Paul Royle, an Australian pilot who took part in a mass breakout from a German prisoner of war camp during World War II that is remembered as The Great Escape, has died in his hometown of Perth, his son said Friday. He was 101.

UN calls for panel to identify Syria chemical weapons users

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 5:11pm

The U.N. chief proposed Thursday that a new international body to assign blame for chemical attacks in Syria's deadly conflict for the first time have the freedom to go anywhere and the support of all parties on the ground.

Mexico replaces security chief and foreign relations head

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:22pm

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto replaced the country's national security chief on Thursday, 1 ½ months after top drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman escaped from a maximum security prison.

Chilean students stage education protests

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:21pm

Thousands of students are marching in the streets of the Chilean capital to complain about delays in an education overhaul.

US strikes southern Afghan district seized by Taliban

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 2:22pm

U.S. forces have launched multiple airstrikes on a district in southern Afghanistan seized by the Taliban the day before, U.S. officials said Thursday.

Greece appoints 1st female prime minister ahead of snap poll

Elena Becatoros and Nicholas Paphitis, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 1:11pm

Greece's first female prime minister, a top judge, was sworn in Thursday to head a caretaker government ahead of early elections next month in the bailout-dependent country.

Jewish settlers take over homes in Arab part of Jerusalem

Miriam Berger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 12:01pm

Ultra-nationalist Israelis took over a four-story building in the heart of an Arab neighborhood in east Jerusalem on Thursday, raising fears of fresh violence in the tense area.

Police can't keep migrants from crossing into Hungary

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 11:21am

Authorities in Hungary have deployed police reinforcements along the country's border, hoping to control the unrelenting flow of migrants. But refugee activists say the effort doesn't appear to be working.

Yemen says no talks with rebels until they lay down arms

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 11:12am

The Yemeni government is not negotiating with Shiite Houthi rebels who control the capital and much of the north, and demands that they lay down their arms, Foreign Minister Riad Yassin said Thursday.

Police in Dominica say at least 4 killed as Tropical Storm Erika hits Caribbean island

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 11:11am

Police in Dominica say at least 4 killed as Tropical Storm Erika hits Caribbean island.

UN experts call for fairness in Guatemala genocide trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 11:11am

Two U.N. experts are appealing to Guatemala's judicial authorities to "prevent any further attempt at interference, obstruction of justice or manipulation of the law" in the genocide trial of former dictator Efrain Rios Montt and a former intelligence chief.

South Sudan rebels urge president to respect pact

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 10:42am

A spokesman for South Sudan rebels said Thursday the president's reservations about a peace deal he signed a day earlier signal "a lack of commitment" to peace, and a fighting reportedly broke out along the Nile River.

Storm destroys homes, leaves 6 missing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 10:41am

Tropical Storm Erika has brought severe flooding today to the tiny island of Dominica in the eastern Caribbean. And authorities are searching for six people who've been reported missing.

Pakistan suicide bomber kills wife, kids during police raid

Asim Tanveer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 10:22am

A suspected Taliban militant blew himself up during a police raid in central Pakistan on Thursday, killing his own wife and two children, police said.

Polish official 'convinced' that mystery Nazi train exists

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 10:01am

A leading Polish cultural official said Thursday he is "convinced" of the existence of a Nazi treasure train that has been missing for 70 years and which two men claim to have found recently.

Monaco seeks forgiveness for deporting Jews during WWII

Claude Paris and Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 10:00am

In an unprecedented gesture of repentance, Monaco's Prince Albert II apologized Thursday for his country's role in deporting Jews to Nazi camps — seven decades after police rounded up scores of people from the seaside principality, including those who had sought refuge from the Holocaust in what they thought was a safe and neutral land.