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September 5, 2015 - 12:25pm
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LONDON (AP) — A woman charged with planning to bring her four children to Syria has answered charges of child abduction in a London courtroom.

The 33-year-old woman and her children were detained in Turkey this week after they went missing from their London home.

The woman refused to stand Saturday when the judge entered, saying she preferred to sit down for religious reasons. She indicated she would plead not guilty.

Police say...

September 5, 2015 - 11:13am
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LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A Portuguese judge has released former Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates from jail where he spent over nine months on suspicion of corruption, money-laundering and tax fraud.

Socrates' lawyers said Saturday that the decision to release him now to house detention was an indication the public prosecutor "has no facts, no evidence and cannot make a formal accusation."

Socrates, who was Portugal's center-left Socialist...

September 5, 2015 - 9:54am
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MOSCOW (AP) — A giant sinkhole that appeared in the Russian city of Solikamsk nine months ago is growing in size.

Local media reported earlier this week that the sinkhole which was caused by an accident at a potash mine in November has since quadrupled in size to 120 meters (395 feet) in diameter.

The mine's owner, Uralkali, which is the world's largest potash producer, has suspended operations while it tries to contain the inflow of brine which is...

September 5, 2015 - 9:47am
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CAIRO (AP) — A Saudi Arabian military spokesman says 10 Saudi troops were killed in a rebel missile strike a day earlier in Yemen's Marib province, which also killed 45 allied troops from the United Arab Emirates.

The Saturday statement by Brig. Gen. Ahmed Asiri to broadcaster Al Hadath was the first public acknowledgement by the Saudis that they have ground troops in Yemen. They are leading an air campaign against the rebels in the impoverished Arabian Peninsula country...

September 5, 2015 - 9:37am
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KINIGI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwanda has named 24 baby mountain gorillas in an annual ceremony that reflects the African country's efforts to protect the endangered animals, which attract large numbers of foreign tourists to the volcano-studded forests where they live.

The young gorillas, identified by trackers and researchers, were in their wild habitat nearby and not at the naming event Saturday in Kinigi, near the entrance to Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. But Rwandan...

September 5, 2015 - 9:09am
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WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish church has buried a former papal diplomat who died before he could face trial at the Vatican on charges of sexually abusing minors and possessing child pornography.

Silence and contemplation replaced the sermon at the funeral Saturday for Jozef Wesolowski in the southern Polish village of Czorsztyn. At a funeral for him at the Vatican on Monday, eight minutes of silence also replaced a homily for the disgraced former archbishop....

September 5, 2015 - 8:58am
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PARIS (AP) — France's far-right National Front is holding a party-wide meeting, hoping to move past a family feud that has pitted its head, Marine Le Pen, against her father.

Jean-Marie Le Pen, the National Front's founder, was expelled but has won three court battles against his daughter. He wasn't invited to the weekend meeting in Marseille, but on Saturday said he may show up anyway. In a press conference across the city, he said that excluding him is a sign of "...

September 5, 2015 - 8:48am
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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Former intelligence worker Edward Snowden has received a prize from the Norwegian Academy of Literature and Freedom of Expression, accepting via a live video link from Russia.

The former National Security Agency systems analyst got a standing ovation Saturday when the statuette and diploma were put on an empty chair during the award ceremony in the western Norway town of Molde.

He was given got the prize, which includes 100...

September 5, 2015 - 6:27am
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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has lauded the renewed cease-fire in the east, saying that not a single Ukrainian soldier has died in fighting this week.

The military conflict in Ukraine's industrial heartland has left more than 6,800 dead and despite a cease-fire declared in February artillery strikes from both sides were still a daily occurrence when both parties pledged last week to finally implement the truce starting Sept. 1....

September 5, 2015 - 6:19am
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BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say tension and anti-government protests have spread in a southern Syrian province following the death of a prominent cleric in explosions that claimed the lives of 25 others.

Activists said Saturday that protesters destroyed the statute of late Syrian President Hafez Al-Assad in the city of Sweida and besieged security offices, holding the government responsible for the death of Sheikh Wahid Balous a day earlier. Syria's official news agency said...

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