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Spain's king meets party leaders in bid to avoid election

Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 16th - 3:31am

Spain's King Felipe VI has begun meeting political party leaders in the hope of choosing a candidate that can win parliament's backing to form a government and avert a second national election this year.

S. Korean opposition leader shaves head to protest minister

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 16th - 2:46am

The leader of South Korea's biggest opposition party on Monday became the latest politician to shave their heads to protest President Moon Jae-in's appointment of a key political ally as justice minister despite allegations of academic fraud and financial crimes surrounding his family.

Afghan official: Roadside bomb kills 5 civilians in the west

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 16th - 2:35am

An Afghan official says five civilians have died when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in western Farah province.

Snowden calls on France's Macron to grant him asylum

Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 16th - 2:29am

Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked classified documents detailing government surveillance programs, is calling on French President Emmanuel Macron to grant him asylum.

Johnson, Juncker meet in search of a Brexit deal

Lorne Cook and Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 16th - 2:13am

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will have his first meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Monday in search of a longshot Brexit deal.

India searches for 35 tourists in river after boat capsizes

Omer Farooq, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 16th - 1:55am

Indian navy divers on Monday joined a massive search for 35 Indian tourists missing after a double-decker sightseeing boat capsized in a flooded river in southern India, drowning at least 12 people.

Israeli PM vows to annex 'all the settlements' in West Bank

Tia Goldenberg, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 16th - 1:19am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Monday to annex "all the settlements" in the West Bank, including an enclave deep in the heart of the largest Palestinian city, in a last-ditch move that appeared aimed at shoring up nationalist support the day before a do-over election.

Leaders of Iran, Russia, Turkey meet over Syria conflict

Suzan Fraser and Zeynep Bilginsoy, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 16th - 12:57am

The leaders of Russia, Iran and Turkey are to meet in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Monday to discuss the situation in Syria, with the aim of halting fighting in the country's northwestern province of Idlib and finding a lasting political solution to Syria's civil war, now in its ninth year. 

North Korean-themed restaurant in Seoul removes Kim images

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 16th - 12:46am

You can sell North Korean food in South Korea. But you're likely to get into trouble if you decorate your restaurant with pictures seen as praising North Korea.

India arrests senior Kashmir leader under controversial law

Sheikh Saaliq, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 16th - 12:40am

A Parliament member who is a senior pro-India politician in Indian-controlled Kashmir was arrested Monday under a controversial law that allows authorities to imprison someone for up to two years without charge or trial.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 15th - 10:41pm

The maker of OxyContin has filed for bankruptcy protection as part of a move to settle some 2,600 lawsuits - most from state and local governments. Purdue Pharma and its owners have expressed sympathy but not responsibility for the nation's opioid crisis, saying, "Like families across America, we have deep compassion for the victims of the opioid crisis." About half the plaintiffs have agreed a tentative settlement, which the company says could be worth up to $12 billion over time.

As shock wears off, mental health concerns grow in Bahamas

DÁnica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 15th - 10:09pm

One woman and her husband huddled on top of a bedroom dresser for two days, surrounded by floodwaters.

Mexico celebrates its independence with iconic chile dish

MarÍa Teresa HernÁndez, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 15th - 10:04pm

The first bite of chiles en nogada, a traditional Mexican dish eaten around the country's independence celebrations, sends a shiver. The salty skin of the poblano chile crunches, the pomegranate seeds that dot it explode between your teeth and the flavors combine to dance in the mouth. Almost instantly, the creamy walnut sauce permeates the meat filling, and just when your palate asks, "What is this deliciousness?" the spices kick in and your senses ask for more.

Hong Kong govt: Violence is harmful, won't solve divisions

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 15th - 8:08pm

Hong Kong's government reiterated that violence is not the solution after an unapproved march descended into chaos with police firing tear gas and water cannons after demonstrators lobbed Molotov cocktails at government buildings, blocked traffic and set fires.

Algeria announces Dec. 12 for presidential election

Aomar Ouali, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 15th - 1:47pm

Algeria's interim leader has announced Dec. 12 as the date for the presidential election, in line with the army chief's demand to fill the vacancy left when longtime leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika was pushed from office more than five months ago.

Algeria's interim leader sets Dec. 12 date for presidential election, following army chief's demand

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 15th - 1:35pm

Algeria's interim leader sets Dec. 12 date for presidential election, following army chief's demand.

Polling firm: Outsider ahead in Tunisia presidential vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 15th - 1:30pm

A polling firm has projected an independent outsider, Kais Saied, as the winner in the first round of Tunisia's presidential election, with jailed media magnate Nabil Karoui in second place.

Courts free more suspects in case of disappeared students

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 15th - 1:27pm

Courts have exonerated another 24 people implicated in one of the country's most notorious crimes, the disappearance of 43 students, a federal official said Sunday.

Polling firm projects outsider candidate Kais Saied as ranked 1st in Tunisia presidential vote, ahead of jailed magnate

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 15th - 1:16pm

Polling firm projects outsider candidate Kais Saied as ranked 1st in Tunisia presidential vote, ahead of jailed magnate.