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September 2, 2015 - 6:33pm
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia is holding up Security Council approval of a proposed new international body to assign blame for chemical attacks in Syria's deadly conflict for the first time.

Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, who holds the council presidency in September, told reporters Wednesday that Russia had questions about the proposal by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Ban sent a letter to the council last Thursday recommending the...

September 2, 2015 - 5:13pm
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SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador has hit yet another grisly milestone: A record murder rate in August.

A national forensics institute which tracks homicides says the Central American nation recorded 911 last month. It's an average of nearly 30 a day.

Institute director Miguel Fortin Magana said Wednesday that August was "without doubt the most violent in El Salvador's history."

On Aug. 23 alone there were 52 murders,...

September 2, 2015 - 4:56pm
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia says the United Nations Security Council is discussing a draft resolution to address Europe's migrant crisis, likely by authorizing the inspection of suspected migrant ships.

Ambassador Vitaly Churkin says the council "may well" adopt the resolution this month.

Churkin told reporters Wednesday that the draft would be more limited than one earlier this year that would have authorized a European Union mission to inspect and...

September 2, 2015 - 4:21pm
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ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) — The White House says it's encouraged that more than a third of the Senate has announced support for the nuclear deal with Iran.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the senators' support is validation of the Obama administration's outreach campaign to ensure they understand what's in the deal. Earnest says every vote is important because the stakes are so high.

He says the administration will continue making top...

September 2, 2015 - 3:18pm
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has acknowledged that Mexico's crime, corruption and economic troubles have caused distrust and anger among Mexicans.

While Pena Nieto stressed his administration's achievements in structural reforms and government programs, his state-of-the-nation address Wednesday contained a dose of realism.

Pena Nieto began the speech by talking about the disappearance of 43 students in 2014, and the escape...

September 2, 2015 - 2:52pm
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PARIS (AP) — French magistrates have decided to dismiss an inquiry into the 2004 death of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, whose widow claims he was poisoned.

The assistant prosecutor in Nanterre, Emmanuelle Lepissier, told The Associated Press that Tuesday's decision was made "because there was not sufficient evidence that Yasser Arafat was assassinated by polonium (poisoning) or the intervention by another person."

In July, a French...

September 2, 2015 - 2:23pm
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IDAN HANEGEV INDUSTRIAL PARK, Israel (AP) — The chief executive of SodaStream, the beverage maker that is shuttering its West Bank factory in the face of international boycott calls, is accusing his company's critics of anti-Semitism and hurting the interests of the Palestinian workers they claim to protect.

SodaStream has been at the center of an international campaign calling for boycotting, divesting and sanctioning Israeli companies. It announced it was closing the...

September 2, 2015 - 2:00pm
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DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Mali's defense ministry adviser says that five neighboring countries have met to discuss a joint force to fight extremism in the region.

Lt. Col. Diarran Kone said Wednesday that representatives from Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali and Chad are meeting in Bamako to strategize. He said they are meeting with experts from the African Union and the West African economic bloc, ECOWAS, to discuss what is necessary to deploy such a military force....

September 2, 2015 - 1:46pm
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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A lawyer says two Vice News journalists and their assistant who were arrested on terror-related charges have been transferred to a prison more than 500 kilometers (300 miles) away from their lawyers and the courthouse where they face trial.

The two British journalists and their Turkey-based assistant were detained last week in Diyarbakir, the main city in Turkey's mostly Kurdish southeast, where renewed fighting has killed scores of people....

September 2, 2015 - 1:19pm
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VENICE, Italy (AP) — The Venice Film Festival is adding a dose of horror to its high-toned lineup, in tribute to the late director Wes Craven.

The festival will hold a free midnight screening of bloody 1984 classic "A Nightmare on Elm Street" Saturday to honor Craven, who died Sunday aged 76.

It may seem far from the usual festival fare, but many directors and film fans have a high regard for Craven, who defined teen-slasher horror in the 1980s and...

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