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August 31, 2015 - 5:14am
18 min 7 sec ago

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Defense Ministry wants to buy an advanced Aegis radar-equipped destroyer and F-35 fighters under its largest-ever budget to bolster the defense of southern islands amid a territorial dispute with China.

The ministry endorsed a 5.1 trillion yen ($42 billion) budget request Monday for the year beginning next April, up 2.2 percent from this year. It would be the fourth annual increase under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who ended 10 years of defense budget...

August 31, 2015 - 4:51am
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BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Austria's decision to start inspecting trucks at its border with Hungary after 71 migrants died in a food truck has created a huge, 25-kilometer (15 1/2-mile) traffic jam on the main Budapest-Vienna highway.

The Hungarian traffic firm Utinform reported the backup at the Hegyeshalom border crossing Monday and said traffic was slower than usual at other Hungary-Austria border crossings.

Both countries are part of the European...

August 31, 2015 - 4:37am
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BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian government official in charge of antiquities says the amount of damage done by an explosion near the ancient Temple of Bel in the militant-controlled city of Palmyra remains unclear.

Maamoun Abdulkarim, the head of the Antiquities and Museums Department in Damascus, said Monday that "undoubtedly" a large explosion took place near the 2,000-year-old temple, which lies in a sprawling Roman-era complex.

An Islamic State operative...

August 31, 2015 - 4:05am
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PARIS (AP) — Two French journalists facing extortion charges on accusations that they tried to blackmail Moroccan King Mohammed VI say they were trapped into the agreement.

Eric Laurent and Catherine Graciet are accused of demanding 3 million euros ($3.4 million) in exchange for not publishing a compromising new book about Mohammed VI. They were arrested Thursday in a sting operation.

The two are known for their critical writings about the king. The...

August 31, 2015 - 4:00am
18 min 7 sec ago

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's coast guard says it has picked up nearly 2,500 migrants from the sea in dozens of search and rescue operations over the weekend, part of a relentless flow of people heading for the safety of Europe after facing war and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

The coast guard said Monday it had rescued 2,492 people in 70 operations off the eastern islands of Lesbos, Chios, Samos, Agathonissi, Farmakonissi, Kos and Symi from Friday...

August 31, 2015 - 3:21am
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BERLIN (AP) — France's economy minister is calling for a strong eurozone "economic government" with its own budget, and is arguing that preserving Europe's shared currency will require financial transfers from its strongest countries.

In an interview with German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Emmanuel Macron was quoted as saying that a commissioner with far-reaching powers should be put in charge of an "economic government" that would be able to secure financial transfers...

August 31, 2015 - 2:17am
18 min 7 sec ago

BANGKOK (AP) — The latest on the investigation in the Bangkok shrine bombing (all times local):


12:00 p.m.

Thai police have awarded themselves a 3 million baht, or $84,000, reward offered to the public for tips leading to the arrest of suspects in Bangkok's deadly bombing after a man was arrested over the weekend in an apartment containing bomb-making equipment.

National police chief Somyot Poompanmoung...

August 31, 2015 - 2:00am
18 min 7 sec ago

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan Taliban have published a biography of their new leader as hundreds of insurgents meet to resolve a dispute over his appointment following the death of figurehead Mullah Mohammad Omar.

The detailed biography, emailed Monday to journalists in five languages, offers the story of Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, who now leads the Taliban in its fight against the Afghan government.

Mansoor was named as the Taliban's leader last...

August 30, 2015 - 11:53pm
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BANGKOK (AP) — The latest on the investigation in the Bangkok shrine bombing (all times local):


10:30 a.m.

Thai police probing Bangkok's deadly bombing say they have discovered bomb-making materials during a raid of a second apartment on the outskirts of the capital.

National police spokesman Prawuth Thavornsiri said Monday that police found fertilizer, gun powder, digital clocks and remote-controlled cars...

August 30, 2015 - 11:28pm
18 min 7 sec ago

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Thousands of members of a politically influential Christian sect have ended five days of street protests that set off huge traffic jams in the Philippine capital and sparked outrage from motorists.

Evangelist Bienvenido Santiago of the Iglesia ni Cristo church said without elaborating that his group had ended their protests peacefully Monday after holding talks with government officials.

The Iglesia group protested after...

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