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CERN: Test results show more detail about 'God particle'

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 05:09 AM

GENEVA (AP) — Two years after finding the elusive Higgs boson "God particle," physicists now know a little bit more about how it acts. And it acts just like they thought it would.

The European Organization for Nuclear Research, known by its French acronym CERN, said Tuesday that two experiments that previously helped confirm the particle have produced the best precision yet on its production, decay and interaction with other particles.


The Latest: Women, children fleeing through Macedonia triple

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 04:50 AM

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The latest developments in the tens of thousands of migrants flooding into countries across Europe. All times local (CET):

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10:55 a.m.

UNICEF says the number of women and children fleeing through Macedonia has tripled in the past three months.

The U.N.'s children's agency said Tuesday in Geneva that some 3,000 people are passing daily through the former Yugoslav republic — and roughly one in eight is a pregnant woman.


Thai prime minister says main suspect in bombing arrested

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 04:45 AM

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's prime minister says authorities have arrested a man they believe is the main suspect in a bombing at a shrine in central Bangkok two weeks ago that killed 20 people.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said Tuesday the man is a foreigner and was arrested in eastern Thailand near the Cambodian border. He described him as the main person in the bombing but did not directly say he is the person suspected of actually planting the bomb.


Somali militants overrun base for African Union forces

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 04:15 AM

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Islamic extremists overran an African Union base in southern Somalia after a firefight with troops there early Tuesday, a Somali military official said.

The attack in the small farming town of Janale started with a suicide car bombing at the base's gate, followed by a firefight which lasted more than an hour, said Col. Ahmed Hassan.

The African Union force in Somalia, known by its acronym as AMISOM, inisted on Twitter that it is still in control of the base.


Monsoon floods swamp northeast Indian villages, 21 dead

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 04:12 AM

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Monsoon flooding has inundated hundreds of villages across the northeast Indian state of Assam, killing at least 21 people in the last four days and forcing some 800,000 people to leave their homes.

The state's disaster management authority said some 50,000 people were sheltering in 168 relief camps across rain-soaked state, with others staying with family or friends.


Death toll in Spanish fireworks factory blast raised to 6

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 03:57 AM

MADRID (AP) — Spanish officials have raised the number of people killed in a huge firework factory explosion in northeastern Spain to six after the body of a missing man was found.

A regional Interior Ministry spokesman said the body was found early Tuesday close to the Pirotecnia Zaragozana factory in the small town of Pinseque where the explosion occurred Monday.

He said six people were injured in the blast, of whom two are in serious condition.

Police are investigating the cause of the explosion.


Afghan president calls for 'holy war' against corruption

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 03:57 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's president has called for a "holy war" against corruption, one of the major problems facing his war-torn country as he tries to improve its economy and create jobs.

Ashraf Ghani, who has been in power almost a year, said Tuesday that corruption is a "cancerous lesion" threatening the survival of the state.

He says graft in government contracts, land grabbing and illegal drug production and trafficking are major problems. He says education is key to ending corruption.


Hungary shuts down rail traffic for westward-bound migrants

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 03:42 AM

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian authorities are stopping all trains from leaving Budapest's main train terminal in an effort to prevent migrants from using it to leave for Austria and Germany.

An announcement over the station's loudspeakers Tuesday said the measure would be in effect for an undetermined length of time.

Scuffles broke out earlier in the morning among some of the hundreds of migrants as they pushed toward metal gates at the platform where a train was scheduled to leave for Vienna and Munich, and were blocked by police.


In Ukraine, 141 still hospitalized after violent protests

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 03:29 AM

MOSCOW (AP) — Ukrainian police say 141 people remain hospitalized after a nationalist protest in Kiev turned violent, with 10 of the injured in serious condition.

This is up from the 122, mostly police officers and National Guard troops, cited Monday by the interior minister. One officer died from his wounds.

The nationalist protesters clashed with police outside Ukraine's parliament on Monday as lawmakers voted to give greater powers to Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.


Police search premises of Turkish opposition business group

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 03:07 AM

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says police are searching the premises of a business and media group known to be close to a U.S.-based Muslim cleric whom the government accuses of trying to destabilize it.

The Anadolu Agency said police on Tuesday were searching 23 companies in Ankara linked to Koza Ipek Holding over suspicion of providing financial assistance to the movement led by Fethullah Gulen.


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