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Merkel: 'Germany will remain Germany' after migrant influx

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 1:21am

Chancellor Angela Merkel says the influx of migrants won't fundamentally change Germany, a year after she first insisted that "we will manage" the refugee crisis.

Philippine court hears petitions against Marcos hero burial

Teresa Cerojano, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 1:20am

Lawyers for victims of Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos's regime said Wednesday that the late leader was a despot and oppressor unfit for a hero's burial, as they argued at a hearing on petitions against President Rodrigo Duterte's directive to have Marcos buried at a heroes' cemetery.

Duterte ready to discuss Philippine drug killings with Obama

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

The Philippine president says he is ready to discuss his bloody anti-drugs campaign, which has sparked U.S. concerns as the body count in the crackdown climbs alarmingly, with President Barack Obama on the sidelines of an Asian summit next week.

Malaysia detains 3 suspected militants, foils attacks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 1:00am

Malaysian police say they have foiled possible attacks on the eve of the country's Independence Day with the detention of three suspected Islamic State members.

South Korea says top North Korean official executed

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 12:02am

North Korea has executed a vice premier and banished two other top officials to rural areas for re-education, South Korean officials said Wednesday.

Philippine leader rejects emergency power vs extremists

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 11:50pm

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte rejected proposals Wednesday for him to declare a state of emergency in a violent southern island to more rapidly defeat Abu Sayyaf extremists, who killed 15 soldiers in his government's largest single-day combat loss so far.

Fatal shooting suspect in armed standoff in western Japan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 11:40pm

A suspect in a rare fatal shooting in Japan was holed up at an apartment in an armed standoff Wednesday after he fired at a police car and escaped.

Ex-wartime sex slaves sue South Korea over deal with Japan

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 10:21pm

Twelve South Korean women who were forced into sexual slavery by Japan's military in World War II have sued the Seoul government over a deal it reached with Tokyo to pay the victims, saying it doesn't go far enough to establish Japan's responsibility.

At least 9 dead as typhoon hits northern Japan

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 10:12pm

At least nine elderly people were killed when their nursing home was flooded in northern Japan after Typhoon Lionrock dumped heavy rains on the area.

3 men in line for Brazilian presidency accused of corruption

Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 10:11pm

Impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff have put a spotlight on corruption among Brazil's lawmakers. Watchdog groups say about 60 percent of the 594 legislators in both chambers of Congress are being investigated for wrongdoing or already face corruption charges, including the three men in line to replace Rousseff if she is removed from office.

Myanmar holds historic peace talks with ethnic groups

Esther Htusan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 9:51pm

Hundreds of representatives of Myanmar's ethnic tribes gathered Wednesday in the country's capital for historic peace talks with the government aimed at ending decades of separatist insurgencies that have claimed thousands of lives.

South Korea says top North Korean official executed

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 9:21pm

North Korea has executed a vice premier and banished two other top officials to rural areas for re-education, South Korean officials said Wednesday.

NHK says 9 bodies found at a nursing home flooded by heavy rain left by powerful storm in northern Japan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 8:31pm

NHK says 9 bodies found at a nursing home flooded by heavy rain left by powerful storm in northern Japan.

Islamic State group says spokesman killed in Syria

Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 7:11pm

The Islamic State group's spokesman and chief strategist, who laid out the blueprint for the extremist group's attacks against the West, has been killed while overseeing operations in northern Syria, the group announced Tuesday.

Diplomats disagree over Syria chemical sanctions

Michael Astor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 6:11pm

The U.N. Security Council failed to agree Tuesday on whether Syria merited sanctions over the use of chemical weapons, with Russia questioning the evidence from an independent commission that found government forces were behind at least two such attacks.

Mexico issues transit visas to surge of African migrants

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 6:01pm

Mexican immigration authorities say 424 migrants from African countries arrived at the southern state of Chiapas over two days last week.

UN: Violations of Israel-Lebanon cease-fire could spark war

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 5:32pm

The U.N. Security Council warned Tuesday that violations of the cessation of hostilities agreement between Lebanon and Israel could lead to a new conflict "that none of the parties or the region can afford."

AP documents 72 mass graves left by IS militants

Lori Hinnant and Desmond Butler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 5:32pm

Peering through binoculars, the young man watched as Islamic State extremists gunned down the handcuffed men and then buried them with a waiting bulldozer. For six days he watched as IS filled one grave after another with his friends and neighbors.

3 men in line for Brazilian presidency accused of corruption

Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 3:32pm

Impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff have put a spotlight on corruption in the ranks of Brazil's lawmakers. Watchdog groups say about 60 percent of the 594 legislators in both chambers of Congress are being investigated for wrongdoing or are facing corruption charges, including the three men in line to replace Rousseff if she is removed from office.