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August 30, 2015 - 9:02pm
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BEIJING (AP) — State media have reported that people recently punished in China's campaign against online rumors include those who circulated an inflated death toll in the Tianjin blasts and who alleged a man committed suicide because of the country's stock market woes.

The official Xinhua News Agency said Monday that 197 people have been punished in a special campaign, citing the Public Security Ministry, but did not say over what period.


August 30, 2015 - 5:20pm
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PARIS (AP) — Some travelers trying to cross the English Channel are stranded because French workers are blockading the port of Calais.

British ferry operator P&O Ferries warned passengers that the blockade began Sunday evening as a result of actions by workers at MyFerryLink, a ferry operator facing job cuts.

It's the latest disruption to cross-Channel traffic this summer, which has seen repeated problems with worker protests and tensions over...

August 30, 2015 - 5:12pm
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ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Several opinion polls released over the weekend, 3 weeks ahead of Greece's snap election, show a tight race and no overall majority in a Parliament even more fractured than the previous one.

A total of six opinion polls were released Saturday and Sunday. All show the left-wing Syriza party ahead of conservative New Democracy, with leads ranging from 1 to 3.1 percent. In all six polls, the margin of statistical error was around 3 percent....

August 30, 2015 - 3:33pm
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GENEVA (AP) — Nestle says "forced labor has no place in our supply chain" following a U.S. class action lawsuit that alleges the Swiss food company knowingly supported a system of slave labor and human trafficking to make its Fancy Feast cat food.

Nestle didn't deny the allegations in an email Sunday to The Associated Press but said its guidelines require suppliers to respect human rights. It outlined steps Nestle has taken to rid forced labor from its seafood supply...

August 30, 2015 - 2:43pm
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MADRID (AP) — A Spanish mayor says a man has died after being charged down and gored by a bull that was being herded into a northern village as part of annual celebrations to honor its patron saint.

Jesus Garcia Pastor said the 66-year-old man had wandered into an area of the town of Cuellar that was forbidden to revelers and was struck as the bull ran.

Television images showed how the man fell to the ground after the bull's horn had penetrated his...

August 30, 2015 - 1:53pm
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CAIRO (AP) — Egypt has announced that parliamentary elections will take place in two stages in October and November.

Ayman Abbas, head of the Supreme Election Committee, said Sunday that half the governorates will vote on Oct. 18-19. The second stage will take place for the remaining governorates on Nov. 22-23.

Voters outside Egypt will cast ballots in a first stage on Oct. 17-18, and a second stage Nov. 21-22.

Egypt has been...

August 30, 2015 - 1:21pm
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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's official IRNA news agency says two people have been sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted of spying for the United States and Israel.

IRNA quotes judicial spokesman Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehi as saying Sunday that the two were sentenced by a Revolutionary Court, which handles national security cases. He did not provide the names of those sentenced.

The lawyer for Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, who...

August 30, 2015 - 1:02pm
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MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — The governor of Borno in northeast Nigeria says Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has killed 68 villagers in a remote area of his state.

Kashim Shettima on Sunday confirmed the attack without providing more details, during a meeting with the parents of the 219 girls abducted from a school in the region by the extremists last year. Thursday marked 500 days of captivity of the girls from a school in Chibok.

Fleeing residents...

August 30, 2015 - 12:41pm
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BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's parliament speaker has promised high-level talks to find a way out of long-running political gridlock that sparked large anti-government protests, including this weekend.

Speaker Nabih Berri told supporters Sunday that change should come from within the system, rebuffing calls by protesters for the resignation of the Cabinet or individual ministers.

The rallies were sparked by a summer trash crisis, with garbage piling up in...

August 30, 2015 - 12:21pm
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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is urging people to work together to stop crimes against migrants, including the 71 who perished in a smuggler's truck on the main Budapest-Vienna highway.

Francis on Sunday invited faithful in St. Peter's Square in Rome to pray silently with him for migrants who die "on their terrible journeys." He also prayed that God would "help us to cooperate effectively to impede these crimes, which offend the entire human family." Francis noted...

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