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George Soros foundation sues Hungary on laws targeting NGOs

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 24th - 4:23am

The Open Society Foundations, created by billionaire philanthropist George Soros, says it has filed applications before the European Court of Human Rights and Hungary's Constitutional Court about recent laws in Hungary targeting civic groups working with refugees and asylum-seekers.

Russian news agencies quote Defense Minister as saying that Russia will send modern missile defense systems to Syria.

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 24th - 3:29am

Russian news agencies quote Defense Minister as saying that Russia will send modern missile defense systems to Syria.

Indonesian teenager rescued after drifting 7 weeks at sea

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 24th - 3:29am

An Indonesian teenager has survived about 7 weeks adrift at sea after the floating wooden fish trap he was employed to mind slipped its moorings.

Man arrested with small Taser at Buckingham Palace set free

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 24th - 2:32am

British police have released a man who was detained by security staff at Buckingham Palace on suspicion of carrying a Taser.

Truck collides with school bus in Poland, killing 2 people

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 24th - 1:54am

Polish media are reporting that a truck has collided head-on with a school bus, killing the driver and one of the children's caretakers and injuring several others on board.

Maldives' president concedes opposition won Sunday's election and says on state TV, "I know I have to step down now."

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 24th - 1:53am

Maldives' president concedes opposition won Sunday's election and says on state TV, "I know I have to step down now."

Russian national held in Norway after European conference

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 24th - 1:10am

A 51-year-old Russian national has been arrested in Norway on suspicion of spying during a conference on strengthening cooperation between Europe's parliamentary administrations.

3 Saudi human rights activists awarded "Alternative Nobel"

Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 24th - 1:02am

The Right Livelihood Award — known as the "Alternative Nobel" — was awarded Monday to three jailed Saudi human rights defenders and two Latin American anti-corruption crusaders.

French boat rescues injured Indian sailor from yacht

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 24th - 12:45am

A French ship on Monday rescued an Indian sailor who was injured in the remote southern Indian Ocean during a round-the-world solo yacht race, Indian officials said.

Iran holds funerals for victims of terror attack in Ahvaz

Mohsen Ganji and Nasser Karimi, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 24th - 12:29am

In a collective outpouring of grief, Iranians held funerals Monday for the victims of the weekend terror attack on a military parade in the southwestern city of Ahvaz that killed 25 people, the deadliest attack in the country in nearly a decade.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny detained again

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 24th - 12:13am

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was released from jail on Monday at the end of a 30-day sentence for staging an unsanctioned protest — and then immediately detained again.

Iran's politicians under pressure, 40 years after revolution

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 24th - 12:04am

Hard-liners batter President Hassan Rouhani over his faltering nuclear deal, sending his popularity plummeting. Women in the streets film themselves removing their mandatory headscarves, or hijabs, in protest. Meanwhile, state television airs moments from a major corruption trial.

Maldives Election Commission says provisional results show opposition's Ibrahim Mohamed Solih winning presidential vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 23rd - 11:49pm

Maldives Election Commission says provisional results show opposition's Ibrahim Mohamed Solih winning presidential vote.

Mandela: A life of soaring symbolism, now harnessed by UN

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 23rd - 10:01pm

Nelson Mandela's South African journey from anti-apartheid leader to prisoner to president to global statesman — the "Long Walk to Freedom" of his autobiography title — is one of the 20th century's great stories of struggle, sacrifice and reconciliation. Now the United Nations is seeking to harness its soaring symbolism.

Out of Cambodian jail, filmmaker strolls on beach back home

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 23rd - 9:27pm

Australian filmmaker James Ricketson took a stroll on a Sydney beach at dawn Monday while recuperating from more than a year in a Cambodian prison, his nephew said.

In a first, Hong Kong bans pro-independence political party

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 23rd - 9:21pm

Authorities in Hong Kong on Monday took an unprecedented step to quash separatist voices by banning a political party that advocates independence for the southern Chinese territory on national security grounds.

Hong Kong takes unprecedented step by banning a pro-independence political party on national security grounds

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 23rd - 9:18pm

Hong Kong takes unprecedented step by banning a pro-independence political party on national security grounds.

Vietnam to hold state funeral for President Tran Dai Quang

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 23rd - 8:25pm

Vietnam will hold a state funeral and national mourning this week for President Tran Dai Quang, who died last week of a viral illness at age 61.

Pilot blamed for Australian plane crash that killed Texans

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 23rd - 8:16pm

The pilot of a plane that crashed last year into an Australian shopping mall, killing him and his four Americans passengers, didn't properly check the aircraft before takeoff, crash investigators said Monday.