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Denmark: ex-PM candidates for UN refugee agency top job

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, September 4, 2015 - 06:04 AM

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen says his predecessor is the country's candidate to head the U.N. refugee agency.

Loekke Rasmussen said Friday Helle Thorning-Schmidt "has (the) strong political leadership experience and an international profile" needed for the post of U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees which "must engage fully in the many refugee situations caused by global conflicts."

The Latest: Ireland to triple refugee intake

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, September 4, 2015 - 05:52 AM

BICSKE, Hungary (AP) — The latest news from the crisis of migrants pouring into countries across Europe. All times local (CET):


2 p.m.

Ireland has announced it will take in at least 1,800 refugees, tripling initial plans announced in July to accept roughly 600 over the next two years.

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said Friday that a more comprehensive response is needed to the "heartbreaking and tragic" events unfolding.

Lawyer: Vice News journalists face deportation from Turkey

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, September 4, 2015 - 05:48 AM

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A lawyer says two Vice News journalists who were arrested on terror-related charges are expected to be deported from Turkey.

Official: Islamic militants destroy ancient tombs in Syria

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, September 4, 2015 - 05:39 AM

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A Syrian government official in charge of antiquities says that Islamic State militants have destroyed three ancient tower tombs in the central city of Palmyra.

Tower tombs, built on high grounds, are a particular feature of the Roman-era ancient caravan city.

South Africa's Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu leaves hospital

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, September 4, 2015 - 05:39 AM

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African foundation says retired archbishop Desmond Tutu has left a Cape Town hospital after receiving treatment there.

The foundation, named after Tutu and his wife Leah, said in a statement that the 83-year-old was released Friday morning after nearly three weeks.

His daughter, Mpho Tutu, had said he was hospitalized for treatment of an inflammation.

Ukraine's right-wing party leader questioned in Kiev

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, September 4, 2015 - 05:25 AM

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The leader of a right-wing party has been questioned in connection with Monday's clashes outside the Ukrainian parliament on Kiev.

Three National Guard officers died from injuries suffered in a grenade explosion during clashes between police and nationalists who were protesting a constitutional amendment granting more powers to Ukrainian regions including the rebel-held east.

Frustrated refugees in Budapest vow to walk to Vienna

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, September 4, 2015 - 05:13 AM

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hundreds of frustrated refugees who have been stuck at Budapest's Keleti train station for days have begun gathering up their belongings, vowing to make their way to Vienna on foot.

Hungarian police stood aside and watched as the refugees, mostly young men, whistled and chanted. They say they are fed up with being stuck in limbo and are prepared to go by foot the 240 kilometers (150 miles) to the Austrian capital. The group is quickly gathering in size amid a tense atmosphere.

Sri Lankan leader adds rival parties to consensus Cabinet

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, September 4, 2015 - 04:54 AM

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president has sworn in a new Cabinet for a consensus government including members of the two main rival political parties.

President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday presided over the swearing in of 48 ministers.

It followed a consensus agreement between the parties led by Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to govern together for at least two years.

Pakistan renews commitment to facilitate Afghan peace talks

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, September 4, 2015 - 04:52 AM

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's Foreign Ministry spokesman says Islamabad is still ready to facilitate the revival of stalled peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

The spokesman, Qazi Khalilullah, made his remarks at a news conference Friday shortly after Sartaj Aziz, the Pakistani prime minister's adviser on national security and foreign affairs, traveled to neighboring Afghanistan to attend a regional conference on Afghanistan.

The Latest on Bangkok: Suspect is conspirator, not bomber

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, September 4, 2015 - 04:18 AM

BANGKOK (AP) — The latest on the investigation into the Aug. 17 bombing in the Thai capital (all times local):


3 p.m.

Thai police say a man arrested at the border near Cambodia is unlikely to be the yellow-shirted bomber of a Bangkok shrine.

The police announcement means the bomber is still at large.

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