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Czech art group replaces president's flag with huge undies

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 05:12 AM

PRAGUE (AP) — A Czech art group has replaced the presidential flag over the Prague Castle with a piece of huge red male underwear in a jab at President Milos Zeman.

The group known as "Ztohoven" said in a statement Sunday it is the proper flag "for a man who is not ashamed of anything."

Zeman has expressed a critical view of the migrants coming to Europe and recently came back from a visit to China praising Chinese leaders.

"Ztohoven" suggested they chose red underwear because it was the same color as the Chinese flag.

Filipino sultan who claims bustling Malaysian state dies

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 03:26 AM

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine sultan whose armed followers invaded a vast Malaysian region in 2013 and sparked a deadly security crisis has died of kidney failure.

Sultan Esmail Kiram II died at age 76 late Saturday at a hospital in the southern Philippines.

According to spokesman Abraham Idjirani, he left an order for his sultanate to pursue a claim to Sabah state in neighboring Malaysia.

New Australian leader doesn't plan constitutional change

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 03:15 AM

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's new Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull has flagged that he is in no hurry to sever the nation's constitutional links to Britain by appointing an Australian president as head of state.

Turnbull led the Australian Republican Movement, an advocacy group, when it failed at a 1999 referendum to convince Australians to replace Queen Elizabeth II as Australia's head of state.

But six days after becoming prime minister, Turnbull said on Monday he has no plans to revisit the divisive constitutional issue.

UN nuclear chief visits Iranian military site

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 02:43 AM

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's official news agency says the visiting head of the U.N. nuclear agency has made a ceremonial visit to the Parchin military site.

The IRNA news agency quoted Behrouz Kamalvandi, a spokesman for Iran's atomic agency, as saying that Yukiya Amano "visited workshops and nearby construction sites in the complex."

The Latest: Croatia says 27,000 migrants have entered

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 01:59 AM

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest developments as European governments rush to cope with the huge number of people moving across Europe. All times local:


6:30 p.m.

Croatian police say about 27,000 migrants have entered the country since the surge started several days ago.

Police said Sunday that they are still expecting many more migrants to arrive from Serbia in the coming days. They say authorities are setting up tents for migrants to find shelter from rain and cold.

Greek coast guard searching for 26 missing migrants

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 01:52 AM

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's coast guard says it is searching for 26 migrants or refugees missing off the coast of the eastern Aegean island of Lesbos after the boat they were travelling in sank.

The coast guard says a Lithuanian helicopter from the European border patrol agency Frontex spotted people in the sea off the southeastern coast of Lesbos early Sunday. Two coast guard vessels headed to the area and have rescued 20 people. The survivors say they were in a boat that sank with a total of 46 people on board.

New Zealand zookeeper killed by tiger while zoo was open

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 01:35 AM

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand zookeeper has been killed by a Sumatran tiger on a weekend morning that the zoo was open to visitors.

Police said they were called to the Hamilton Zoo at 11 a.m Sunday after reports a female zookeeper had been attacked by one of the zoo's five tigers. Police said the woman died at the scene.

The incident prompted the zoo to ask all visitors to leave and close its doors until Thursday.

Police said authorities are investigating to determine exactly what happened.

150 students ill in China after breathing in smoke at drill

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 12:54 AM

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media say more than 150 students fell ill in northwest China after breathing in smoke from a mock air defense evacuation drill.

The official Xinhua News Agency says the Civil Air Defense Office of Tianshui city in Gansu province and the Yifu Experimental Middle School jointly organized a drill Friday. To make the drill more realistic, they used smoke, but the volume generated was too large.

Thai teacher arrested after US tip-off on obscene photos

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 12:38 AM

BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand have arrested a former primary school teacher who they say admitted to having sexually abused 24 schoolgirls after a tip-off from U.S. authorities.

U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Melissa Sweeney said Sunday that U.S. agents shared information with Thai authorities that led to the arrest of a Thai national for the sexual assault of minors.

Nepal steps up security ahead of constitution promulgation

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 12:30 AM

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Security has been stepped up in Nepal ahead of the promulgation of the Himalayan nation's new federal constitution, which is protested by smaller political parties and ethnic groups.

Police official Kamal Singh Bam says thousands of officers are guarding the streets and passengers on highways are being checked.

Bam says police have responded to reports of bombs being found in Kathmandu but they all turned out to be a hoax.

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