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UN test ban head: Israel should ratify treaty within 5 years

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 7:33pm

Israel should ratify the nuclear test ban treaty within five years — and Iran should also ratify but the timing is uncertain, the head of the U.N. organization established to implement the treaty said Wednesday.

Mexico angry at president's 'humiliating' meeting with Trump

Mark Stevenson and Maria Verza, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 7:31pm

Mexico's president was savaged on social media and in political circles following his joint press conference Wednesday with Donald Trump, with many seeing a national humiliation in his welcoming of a man who has derided migrants as rapists and criminals.

Brazil's ousted and incoming leaders go from allies to foes

Stan Lehman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 4:03pm

For years, President Dilma Rousseff and Vice President Michel Temer had a political partnership of convenience. From different parties, they ran on the same presidential ticket and served together for more than half a decade.

German nationalist lawmaker lashes out at Jewish activist

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 2:32pm

Days before a closely watched regional election in Germany, a leading member of the nationalist party Alternative for Germany launched an attack on a prominent Jewish activist, calling Wednesday for the anti-racism organization she heads to be shut down.

Yemeni rebels: Saudi-led airstrikes kill 16 civilians

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 2:01pm

Airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition hit a house in the northern Yemeni city of Saada in the early hours of Wednesday, killing at least 16 civilians, Yemen's rebel-controlled state news agency reported.

Michel Temer sworn in as Brazil's president after Senate vote to remove President Dilma Rousseff from office.

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 1:51pm

Michel Temer sworn in as Brazil's president after Senate vote to remove President Dilma Rousseff from office.

Macedonia sets new date for early election in December

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 1:51pm

Macedonia's feuding party leaders agreed late Wednesday to hold early national elections on Dec. 11 to end a festering political crisis that has seen two previously agreed election dates cancelled this year.

UN: Yellow fever outbreak in Africa isn't a global emergency

Maria Cheng, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 1:41pm

The ongoing yellow fever outbreak in Africa is serious but does not warrant being declared an international health emergency, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.

Italy prepares for reconstruction, starts post-quake probe

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 1:21pm

Italy began looking to the future Wednesday a week after an earthquake flattened three towns, with Premier Matteo Renzi tapping a reconstruction czar to oversee the rebuilding and investigators acquiring the first documentation into the construction blamed for the high death toll.

Danish team removes 500 tons of chemical weapons from Libya

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 1:01pm

A Danish-led international operation to rid Libya of its chemical weapons has removed 500 tons of chemicals from the North African country, Denmark said Wednesday.

Uneasy truce holds between Syrian Kurds, Turkey

Cinar Kiper and Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 12:30pm

An uneasy truce between Turkish troops and Kurdish-led forces in northern Syria held on Wednesday, despite Ankara's vow that it would never negotiate with what it calls a "terror organization."

Spain Parliament rejects PM's bid to form government

Ciaran Giles, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 12:30pm

A majority of Spanish lawmakers Wednesday rejected conservative party leader Mariano Rajoy's bid to form a government, signaling Spain's eight-month political deadlock is unlikely to end any time soon.

Premature twins in hospital after rescue from boat off Libya

Maurizio Bellavia and Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 12:00pm

Two Eritrean baby boys were recovering well at a hospital in Palermo on Wednesday, a week after they were born prematurely in Libya and then — at only 5 days old — put on a cramped boat headed to Europe's shores.

The Latest: Renzi names official to rebuild quake-hit area

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 12:00pm

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Turkish minister steps down amid failed coup crackdown

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 11:51am

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has announced that the interior minister has stepped down and is being replaced by the labor minister.

The Latest: Turkey strikes IS targets in Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 11:42am

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Egypt parliament toughens penalties for female circumcision

Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 11:40am

Egypt's parliament on Wednesday toughened penalties for female genital mutilation, adopting amendments that punish perpetrators with up to 15 years in prison if a child dies and up to seven years for performing the procedure.

UN envoy: Military escalation in Yemen is fueling extremists

Michael Astor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 11:23am

The dangerous military escalation following a breakdown in the cease-fire between government supporters and Shiite rebels is fueling the spread of al-Qaida and the Islamic State extremist groups, the U.N. special envoy to Yemen warned the Security Council on Wednesday.

Report: American detained in Iran faces security allegations

Amir Vahdat, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 11:11am

Iran has accused a detained American-Iranian dual citizen of "acting against national security," the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported Wednesday.