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September 2, 2014 - 3:46pm
2 min 11 sec ago

PARIS (AP) — The mayor of Calais is considering closing the French city's lucrative port if Britain doesn't make a "strong gesture" to control a growing tide of migrants trying to sneak across the English Channel.

Natacha Bouchart's threat Tuesday comes amid mounting tensions in Calais and a Europe-wide debate over how to cope with rising immigration.

Calais is the stepping stone for migrants from poor countries in the Mideast, Asia and Africa who...

September 2, 2014 - 3:11pm
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SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — A Macedonian court is hearing a private lawsuit by the country's prime minister against the opposition leader for alleged slanderous allegations concerning a bank sale.

Governing conservative leader Nikola Gruevski is seeking €50,000 in compensation from opposition Social-Democrat leader Zoran Zaev, and both appeared in court Tuesday.

Zaev has claimed that Gruevski allegedly received a bribe in 2004 from a Serbian businessman...

September 2, 2014 - 3:01pm
2 min 11 sec ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Enrique Pena Nieto announced the construction of a new international airport for Mexico City on Tuesday, saying it will quadruple the capacity of the current one.

Costing an estimated $9.2 billion, the facility will have six runways and a capacity of 120 million passengers a year. Pena Nieto said it has been clear for decades that the capital's overtaxed airport needed to be replaced.

"The current saturation restricts...

September 2, 2014 - 2:21pm
32 min 14 sec ago

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Thousands of Nigerians are fleeing a northeastern city amid conflicting reports that it has been seized by Boko Haram Islamic extremists, a federal senator said Tuesday.

The military claims to have repelled the insurgents in fierce fighting but the stream of refugees from the city indicates otherwise, said Sen. Ali Ndume, who is from Borno state.

It would be a major victory for the militants if Boko Haram wins control of...

September 2, 2014 - 2:18pm
2 hours 2 min ago

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group says it has beheaded another American journalist, in retribution for continued U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.

An internet video posted today purports to show the beading of Steve Sotloff by the militant group. He hadn't been seen in Syria since August of last year -- until he appeared in a video released last month by the Islamic State group that showed the beheading of fellow American journalist James Foley.

In the...

September 2, 2014 - 1:57pm
52 min 11 sec ago

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Islamic State militant group that has taken over large parts of Syria and Iraq and declared a self-styled caliphate poses one of the most significant threats to stability in the Middle East in years. But what danger does it immediately pose?

Here are some questions and answers about the Islamic State group:

DOES THE ISLAMIC STATE GROUP RUN A DE FACTO COUNTRY?

The Islamic State group holds...

September 2, 2014 - 1:36pm
2 hours 12 min ago

LONDON (AP) — Experts say the seismic activity near the Bardarbunga volcano on Iceland is calming down while tall fountains of fire and lava continue to lick the air along a volcanic fissure, producing a huge plume of steam and gas.

A massive white cloud some 4.5 kilometers (2.8 miles) tall was rising above the fissure eruption in the Holuhraun lava field north of the Dyngjujoekull glacier on Tuesday. No ash fall has been detected.

Iceland's...

September 2, 2014 - 1:29pm
2 min 11 sec ago

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Critics have mostly ignored the new TNT spy drama "Legends," but it's creating a furor in Venezuela.

Officials in the South American country are denouncing the show for portraying the socialist government stockpiling nerve gas to quash dissent.

The telecommunications commission opened an investigation Tuesday into the series over an episode in which a character fingers President Nicolas Maduro and his socialist party, which...

September 2, 2014 - 1:11pm
22 min 15 sec ago

DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland's tax collections are beating targets and have put the country on course to achieve normal deficit levels after six years of austerity, the government announced Tuesday.

Finance Minister Michael Noonan said the unexpectedly healthy figures — deficit spending so far this year of 6.3 billion euros ($8.25 billion), 1.3 billion euros ($1.7 billion) less than original forecasts — meant that the next round of spending cuts and tax hikes in his 2015 budget...

September 2, 2014 - 12:54pm
2 hours 12 min ago

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — At least four U.N. peacekeepers were killed and 15 wounded when their convoy hit a mine in northern Mali on Tuesday, a spokesman said.

The group of Chadian peacekeepers was returning from the embattled town of Kidal when they struck a mine about 20 miles (30 kilometers) outside the city, said Olivier Salgado, a spokesman for the force. Six of those hurt are seriously wounded, he said.

Salgado did not speculate on who was behind...

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