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Syrian convicted of Germany stabbing that sparked protests

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 6:29am

A court in the German city of Chemnitz has convicted a Syrian asylum-seeker over a fatal stabbing last year that touched off far-right protests.

Italy's Democrats: Let's try for alternative to Salvini

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 4:36am

Italy's Democrats, Parliament's largest opposition force, say it's worth trying to form a new government to shut out the right, led by euroskeptic nationalist Matteo Salvini.

Head of Iran-backed militia in Iraq walks back US accusation

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 4:31am

The head of Iraq's paramilitary Shiite forces, supported by Iran, on Thursday appeared to walk back a statement by his deputy the day before blaming Israeli drones and claiming the U.S. was responsible for a series of attacks on bases run by the militia.

Sweden arrests 2 more suspects in Denmark tax office blast

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 4:17am

Police in Denmark say their Swedish colleagues have arrested two more people in connection with an early morning explosion that damaged the headquarters of the Danish Tax Agency, slightly injuring a bystander.

Spain posts international health alert for listeria outbreak

Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 3:45am

Spain has issued international health alerts in light of a widening outbreak of listeria from pork meat that has affected 150 people and killed one person.

Kosovo disbands parliament to hold an early election

Sylejman Kllokoqi, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 3:20am

Kosovo's parliament was disbanded Thursday, opening the way to the country's president to set the date for an early general election.

Groups slam UN-Egypt conference; el-Sissi ratifies NGO bill

Noha Elhennawy, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 3:15am

Several Egyptian rights groups urged a U.N. agency to rule out Egypt as the host of its conference on torture because of the country's dismal human rights record.

Papuan students hold independence rally in Indonesia capital

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 2:51am

More than 100 West Papuan students in Indonesia's capital staged a protest against racism on Thursday and called for independence for their restive region.

Hong Kong students plan class boycott for protest demands

Kelvin Chan and Johnson Lai, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 2:37am

Hong Kong university student leaders said Thursday they'll call for a boycott of the start of classes to pressure the government to respond to the protest movement gripping the city since June.

Danish ex-PM attacks Trump for comments on defense spending

Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 2:16am

A former Danish prime minister on Thursday lashed out at U.S. President Donald Trump for his tweet about military spending, saying defense willingness is not just about the amount of money spent.

Syrian government opens corridor for civilians in rebel area

Albert Aji and Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 2:12am

Syrian authorities opened Thursday a "humanitarian corridor" so civilians from a besieged, rebel-held area in the north of Hama province can leave and move to parts of the country controlled by the government, the Foreign Ministry said.

German, Dutch governments meet to discuss climate change

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 2:05am

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and key Cabinet ministers met their Dutch counterparts Thursday to discuss ways of tackling climate change together.

No Rohingya turn up for repatriation to Myanmar

Tofayel Ahmad and Julhas Alam, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 1:31am

Bangladesh's refugee commissioner said Thursday that no Rohingya Muslims turned up to return to Myanmar from camps in the South Asian nation as they wanted their demands for citizenship and guarantees of safety met first.

China 'will not sit idly by' over US arms sale to Taiwan

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 1:29am

China "will not sit idly by" if the U.S. proceeds with a sale of advanced F-16V fighter jets to Taiwan, a senior Chinese army officer said Thursday while warning of other potential countermeasures in addition to punishing foreign firms involved in the deal.

Iran's president says 'talks are useless' in dealing with US

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 1:06am

Iran's president struck a muscular tone on dealings with the U.S., saying Thursday that "talks are useless" as Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers crumbles further.

2 whistleblowers appear in Australian court over leaks

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 10:44pm

Two whistleblowers appeared in a Canberra court on Thursday charged separately with leaking classified government information that alleges Australia bugged East Timor's Cabinet and potential war crimes committed by Australian troops in Afghanistan.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 10:41pm

One Planned Parenthood official in Minnesota says "there will be a public health crisis" in the wake of the organization's decision to quit a $260 million federal family planning program. Planned Parenthood clinics and several other providers withdrew from the program rather than comply with a new Trump administration rule barring clinics from referring women for abortions.

TS Ivo grows in Pacific off Mexico; Chantal ebbs in Atlantic

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 10:03pm

Tropical Storm Ivo gained strength off the southwestern coast of Mexico Thursday, but wasn't expected to threaten land, while Tropical Storm Chantal faded into a tropical depression while moving away from North America in the Atlantic.

Killings by police divide Brazilian city weary of crime

Marcelo Silva By Sousa, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 10:01pm

It happens, on average, more than five times a day in Rio de Janeiro: Police open fire and someone dies.