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US concerned as Salvador shifts from Taiwan to China

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 8:04am

The U.S. government is expressing concern about El Salvador's decision to shift diplomatic relations to China from Taiwan.

Swiss investigators: say vintage plane spiraled into Alps

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 7:25am

Swiss air accident investigators say a vintage propeller airplane spiraled downward before slamming near-vertically into a mountain earlier this month, in a crash that killed all 20 people on board.

Cambodian reporters charged with spying granted bail

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 7:16am

Two Cambodian journalists who had worked for U.S.-funded Radio Free Asia and are charged with espionage have been released on bail, a day after a pardon freed four land rights activists from prison.

Australian ministers resign after leader survives challenge

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 7:11am

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called on his government to unite behind him after he survived an internal leadership challenge Tuesday. But several ministers who backed the failed challenger offered their resignations in a move that widens the rift in government ranks.

Romania: Bear shot dead after it kills goat, enters school

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 7:09am

Romanian hunting officials have shot dead a brown bear after it rampaged through an empty high school and scared residents in Miercurea Ciuc, a town in central Romania.

Russia denies hunger-striking Ukrainian critically ill

Yuras Karmanau, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 7:07am

The family of an imprisoned Ukrainian filmmaker who has been on a hunger strike for 100 days said on Tuesday he is in critical condition, a claim that a Russian official quickly denied.

IS claims responsibility for deadly attack in Chechnya

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 6:44am

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks on Chechen police in Russia's Northern Caucasus.

White storks leave Polish nests early after hot, dry summer

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 6:34am

White storks that have nested in Poland are heading south for the winter earlier than usual after an especially hot, dry summer, a development experts are linking to climate change.

The Latest: Germany says more refugees getting jobs

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 5:33am

The Latest on migrants and refugees in Europe (all times local):

Israeli military to probe deadly shootings along Gaza border

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 5:24am

The Israeli military says it is investigating two recent cases of lethal fire along the Gaza border that killed Palestinian teen protesters.

Serbia takes delivery of 2 Russian fighter jets

Dusan Stojanovic, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 5:13am

Serbia's air force on Tuesday took the delivery of two Russian MiG-29 fighter jets, part of an arms purchase that could heighten tensions in the Balkans and increase Moscow's influence in the region.

Iranian media: Sandstorm in Iran sends 95 people to hospital

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 4:47am

Iran's semi-official Mehr news agency says 95 people were taken to hospitals after suffering breathing problems during a sand-and-dust storm in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchistan.

Spanish gov't poised to amend law, ensure Franco exhumation

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 4:42am

A senior Spanish official says the government expects to approve this week legal amendments that will ensure the remains of dictator Gen. Francisco Franco can be exhumed in the near future.

Czechs boo prime minister 50 years after Soviet-led invasion

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 4:22am

A ceremony to honor the victims of the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia on Tuesday turned into a protest against Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis.

Spain: Police find no weapons in shot suspect's home

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 4:04am

A senior official in Spain's Catalonia region says police have not found any guns or explosives in the house of a man who allegedly attacked police officers with a knife in Barcelona before being shot dead.

Italian coast guard ship with migrants arrives in Sicily

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 3:59am

The Italian coast guard ship Diciotto has made port in the Sicilian city of Catania with 177 migrants awaiting word on which countries will take them following another standoff between Malta and Italy.

Vietnam puts 12 people on trial for alleged subversion

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 3:24am

A court in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday began the trial of 12 people, including two American citizens, on subversion charges as government authorities step up a crackdown on dissent.

At emotional Korean reunions, genuine talk often impossible

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 3:22am

The reunions taking place this week between Korean families separated by the 1950-53 war produce heart-wrenching images of elderly relatives who are likely seeing each other for the last time before they die.

Indonesia woman irked by mosque noise convicted of blasphemy

Binsar Bakkara, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 3:22am

An Indonesian court has sentenced a woman who complained about a noisy mosque to 18 months in prison for blasphemy.