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August 29, 2016 - 9:31am
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MOSCOW (AP) — Ukrainian police have evacuated a small group of Roma residents from a southern town after villagers ransacked their homes.

Local residents in Loshchynivka, just a few miles from the border with Romania and the Black Sea, attacked Roma homes over the weekend in what they say was retaliation for the killing of a 9-year old girl.

The prosecutor for the Odessa region, Heorhiy Lortkipanidze, told local television on Monday that one suspect...

August 29, 2016 - 9:09am
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BERLIN (AP) — Using giant tires from an industrial fertilizer spreader and scrap steel, a German man has built a bicycle weighing 940 kilograms (2,072 pounds) that he plans to pedal into the record books as the world's heaviest rideable bike.

Frank Dose's bike already outweighs the current Guinness World Record holder's 860-kilogram (1,900-pound) contraption.

But the dpa news agency reported Monday that Dose plans to add weight to boost his creation...

August 29, 2016 - 8:53am
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BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — NATO's deputy secretary general says Russia is conducting unannounced military exercises, straining its relationship with the Western military alliance.

Alexander Vershbow said Monday that Russia had staged large drills with no advance notification "with increasing frequency." He said there had been about a dozen in the past two years.

Vershbow, on a visit to Bucharest, said Russia's drills are allowed by a loophole in a...

August 29, 2016 - 8:52am
7 min 30 sec ago

PARIS (AP) — A French prosecutor has opened an investigation into suspected racial discrimination after two Muslim women said they were ordered out of a restaurant amid tension over France's burkinis controversy.

The prosecutor in the Paris suburb of Bobigny says Monday that his case concerns a smartphone video produced by one of the women in Le Cenacle, a restaurant in nearby Tremblay-en-France. French media have widely broadcast the video.

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August 29, 2016 - 8:44am
7 min 30 sec ago

LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — The United Nations secretary-general is urging political stakeholders in Gabon to avoid making statements on the outcome of Saturday's presidential election until results are announced.

Opposition candidate Jean Ping has said early results show he will win in the oil-producing central African country.

Ping is trying to unseat President Ali Bongo Ondimba, who came to power in 2009 after the death of his father, longtime ruler...

August 29, 2016 - 8:33am
7 min 30 sec ago

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Estonia's presidential election is heading into a second round Tuesday after no candidate got the required two-thirds majority in a parliamentary vote.

Lawmakers are trying to pick a successor to President Toomas Hendrik Ilves whose second and final term expires in October.

None of the three candidates received the 68 votes required to win in Monday's secret ballot in the 101-seat Parliament.

Parliamentary...

August 29, 2016 - 8:28am
7 min 29 sec ago

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has met with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Zuckerberg's wife, Priscilla Chan, at the Vatican.

Vatican spokesman Greg Burke says one topic of discussion at Monday's meeting was "how to use communication technologies to alleviate poverty, encourage a culture of encounter, and make a message of hope arrive, especially to those most in need."

The atmosphere appeared informal, with the chat taking place in...

August 29, 2016 - 8:21am
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BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — The Latest on the impeachment trial of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (all times local):

9:55 a.m.

Suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is telling senators that she is being unjustly accused of breaking fiscal rules in her management of the federal budget.

She's speaking at her own impeachment trial, saying: "I know I will be judged, but my conscience is clear. I did not commit a crime."...

August 29, 2016 - 7:52am
7 min 29 sec ago

MADRID (AP) — Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is meeting opposition Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez in hopes of persuading him not to block Rajoy's effort to form a minority government and end an eight-month political impasse.

Monday's meeting appeared unlikely to succeed, given Sanchez's insistence that the Socialists will vote against Rajoy rather than abstain in a vote scheduled for Wednesday.

Rajoy's conservative Popular Party has...

August 29, 2016 - 7:42am
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JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it has opened an investigation into a soldier who fatally shot a Palestinian in the West Bank last week.

The military initially said that the man had run toward a military post before he was shot and killed Friday. Israeli media subsequently reported that the man was unarmed.

The military announced the investigation on Monday but gave no further details. The Haaretz daily says the soldier is suspected of...

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