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September 1, 2014 - 8:52am
6 min 30 sec ago

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Stefan Andrei, a foreign minister under communism who decreased Romania's dependency on the Soviet Union, has died. He was 83.

Andrei died Sunday at home, according to a foreign ministry official who declined to be named because she was not authorized to report the death.

Andrei was named foreign minister in 1978 and developed ties with African and Asian countries which gave former Communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu a...

September 1, 2014 - 8:51am
6 min 30 sec ago

HELSINKI (AP) — Norwegian police say they suspect that a base jumper was killed at the Holmenkollen ski jump in the capital, Oslo.

Egil Kulseth from the Oslo Police says a Norwegian man, wearing a base jumping suit and equipment, was found dead at the bottom of the ski jump on Sunday evening after passers-by alerted rescue services.

The ski jump tower at Holmenkollen, a popular venue for international competitions, is about 60 meters (200 feet) above...

September 1, 2014 - 8:20am
6 min 30 sec ago

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine military chief says a U.N. peacekeeping commander in the Golan Heights should be investigated for allegedly asking Filipino troops to surrender to Syrian rebels who attacked their camp.

Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang said Monday that 40 Filipino peacekeepers defied the U.N. commander's order after being advised by him and instead escaped to safety under cover of darkness from the Golan encampment, which was surrounded by more than...

September 1, 2014 - 8:20am
6 min 30 sec ago

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's government says it won't enact further austerity measures ahead of talks later this week with bailout creditors.

Government spokeswoman Sofia Voultepsi said Monday that cuts in pay and income tax hikes would not be discussed at the three-day negotiations that are due to start in Paris on Tuesday.

Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis and four other cabinet ministers are to attend the talks with debt inspectors — the first...

September 1, 2014 - 8:16am
6 min 30 sec ago

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's official news agency says the country's elected parliament has tasked the recently resigned prime minister with forming a new government.

LANA says the parliament convening in Tobruk voted Monday to name Abdullah al-Thinni as the new head of an 18-portfolio Cabinet, of which seven ministries would participate in a "crisis" grouping. The agency didn't elaborate.

Al-Thinni resigned Wednesday, saying he hoped a new government would...

September 1, 2014 - 8:14am
6 min 30 sec ago

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO leaders this week will be asked to approve creation of a high-readiness force and the stockpiling of military equipment and supplies in Eastern Europe to help protect member nations there against potential Russian aggression, the alliance's secretary general said Monday.

"The Readiness Action Plan will ensure that we have the right forces and the right equipment in the right place, at the right time," Anders Fogh Rasmussen said. "Not because NATO...

September 1, 2014 - 8:11am
6 min 30 sec ago

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A judiciary spokesman in Iran says a former vice president has been convicted of a charge that includes a prison term and a cash fine, without elaborating.

The semi-official ISNA news agency quoted judiciary spokesman Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehei on Monday as saying the verdict against Mohammad Reza Rahimi is not finalized.

Rahimi served as vice president to former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Iran has 12 vice presidents but...

September 1, 2014 - 8:10am
6 min 30 sec ago

ISTANBUL (AP) — The Turkish foreign ministry has summoned the most senior U.S. diplomat in the country for clarification of a report about American and British spying in Turkey.

Deputy Prime Minister Bulent said the U.S. charge d'affaires and Turkish officials had discussed the report Monday. German magazine Der Spiegel and the online magazine The Intercept said that documents provided by former U.S. National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden show that Turkey was a...

September 1, 2014 - 8:01am
6 min 29 sec ago

KIBBUTZ SAAD, Israel (AP) — Thousands of Israeli children in areas near the Gaza Strip went back to school Monday after spending the summer in bomb shelters as rockets and mortars rained on their communities during the 50-day Israel-Hamas war, while schools in Gaza remained shuttered as the territory recovered from the fighting.

The start of school brought a sense of joy and excitement to rocket-scarred communities in southern Israel, but the signs of the fighting...

September 1, 2014 - 7:02am
1 hour 16 min ago

HONG KONG (AP) — China's Communist leaders have pulled out their usual playbook to suppress resistance to their plans to tightly limit the first direct election of Hong Kong's leader, but are likely to find that the results are quite different.

Beijing is blaming radicals and foreigners and showing off its military might, all things unlikely to go down well in the freewheeling capitalist bastion where a sizeable middle class accustomed to freedom of speech and the rule...

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