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August 3, 2015 - 5:58am
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ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's main stock index plunged more than 22 percent as it reopened today after a five-week closure, giving investors their first opportunity since June to react to the country's latest economic crisis.

Bank stocks suffered the most, hitting or nearing the daily trading limit of a 30 percent loss.

The Athens Stock Exchange and Greek banks were closed June 29, when controls on money withdrawals and transfers were imposed to...

August 3, 2015 - 5:33am
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BAGHDAD (AP) — The leader of Iraq's Kurdish region says that Iraqi Kurds must maintain control of areas in northwestern Iraq, including the city of Sinjar, after they are recaptured from Islamic State militants.

Massoud Barzani also said Sinjar will remain a Kurdish province under the Iraqi federal government.

His speech Monday marked the anniversary of the fall of Sinjar to the Islamic State group, which forced tens of thousands of people from Iraq'...

August 3, 2015 - 5:10am
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PARIS (AP) — French and Malaysian investigators are meeting in Paris with a judge after the arrival of a wing fragment many hope will solve the mystery of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Experts are trying to determine whether the part comes from the plane, which disappeared on March 8, 2014, while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. It was found on the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion and returned to the French mainland....

August 3, 2015 - 5:03am
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DOHA, Qatar (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is making the Obama administration's case for the Iran nuclear deal to wary Arab officials in Qatar.

Kerry was meeting on Monday with the foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the six-member bloc of Sunni-ruled Gulf Arab nations that fear Shiite Iran's increasing assertiveness in the region.

His talks with top diplomats from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United...

August 3, 2015 - 5:01am
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BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Gunfire rang out in Burundi's capital Sunday night following the killing of a feared military general who was a close ally of President Pierre Nkurunziza.

Nkurunziza, who was re-elected last month, said in a televised address that he had ordered the police to find Lt. Gen. Adolphe Nshimirimana's killers within 10 days.

There is fear that the assassination of Nshimirimana could spark revenge killings and further fuel violence...

August 3, 2015 - 4:14am
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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A family battle for control of South Korea's largest retailer has erupted in public after the group's 92-year-old founder was demoted to a powerless role in the business by his youngest son.

Shin Dong-bin, 60, has been trying to solidify his control of Lotte group, which has businesses in South Korea and Japan, in the face of opposition from his older brother Shin Dong-joo, 61, and his father Shin Kyuk-ho, 92.

Shin Dong-bin...

August 3, 2015 - 3:55am
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PARIS (AP) — The Saudi king's visit to his family's French Riviera mansion is over after eight days of controversy surrounding the public beach that was closed at his arrival.

Jean-Noel Falcou, a town councilor in Vallauris who had mounted a petition against the closure, confirmed in a blog post Monday that King Salman had left for Morocco. The closing of the isolated beach drew protests, and beachgoers briefly won a halt to the preparations for his arrival, which...

August 3, 2015 - 3:45am
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BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say air raids and the subsequent crash of a Syrian warplane in a residential area in the northwestern town of Ariha has killed and wounded dozens of people.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees had no immediate specific death toll for the violence Monday.

The town of Ariha, once a government stronghold, was captured by opposition fighters and Islamic militants in May....

August 3, 2015 - 2:17am
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BEIJING (AP) — The controversial abbot of China's famed Shaolin Temple is under investigation over online allegations of misbehavior.

The religious affairs bureau under the Denfeng city government says it was asked by the national body to look into claims made against Master Shi Yongxin.

The one-sentence notice was issued late last week and viewed on the city government website on Monday.

The notice didn't specify any of the...

August 3, 2015 - 2:12am
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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's government has addressed the growing leadership crisis in the Taliban for the first time, saying it won't deal with the militant group separately from other "armed opposition" in the country.

The statement Monday from President Ashraf Ghani's office also says it will not accept any "parallel political structure" opposed to the Afghan government. That refers to the Taliban, who still call themselves the "Islamic Emirate of...

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