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Autopsy: Teen shot in back... Mexican national beaten in Boston... Islamic State destroys monastery

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 21, 2015 at 7:40 a.m.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis police chief says an autopsy shows that an 18-year-old who was shot and killed by an officer this week died from a single wound in the back. Police Chief Sam Dotson tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the location of the wound neither proves nor disproves officers' accounts that Mansur Ball-Bey pointed a gun at them before they shot at him Wednesday.

BOSTON (AP) — The Mexican government has confirmed that a homeless Boston man who police say was beaten by two brothers is a citizen of Mexico. Police say one of the brothers said he was inspired by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's views on immigrants. The brothers are being held without bail on charges including assault and indecent exposure. They've pleaded not guilty.

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Islamic State group demolished an ancient monastery founded more than 1,500 years in central Syria today. The extremist group posted photos on social media showing bulldozers destroying the Saint Elian Monastery near a town which IS captured in early August.

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is ratcheting up the rhetoric. He's declared his frontline troops are in a "quasi-state of war." And he's ordered them to prepare for battle with South Korea amid escalating tensions.

TIANJIN, China (AP) — Four new fires are burning within a disaster zone in China's Tianjin (tyan-jihn) port. That's where massive warehouse explosions more than a week ago killed at least 116 people and contaminated the area with toxic chemicals.

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