• Thai junta leader appointed PM by hand-picked parliament

    By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's coup leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha was appointed prime minister on Thursday by a legislature he hand-picked, giving the army chief a veneer of legitimacy even while the military presses on with efforts to silence its critics. The army…

  • Protesters attack police as two Indian states fight over territory

    By Biswajyoti Das GUWAHATI India (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters in the far-flung Indian state of Assam defied a curfew and attacked police in a fifth day of unrest over a territorial dispute with a neighboring state. Assam and the tiny state of Nagaland in northeastern India have been…

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  • Philippine Muslim rebels take crucial step on path to pact

    The Philippines' largest Muslim rebel group has taken a crucial step in ending decades of conflict, formally submitting to the president a final proposal for self-rule that both it and the government have agreed on, a presidential adviser said. The two sides signed a deal in March to end nearly…

  • Ferguson shooting amplifies calls for police to wear video cameras

    Much of the outcry in Ferguson, Mo., after the police shooting of an unarmed young black man this month comes down to a disagreement about what actually happened in the moments before Michael Brown was killed. It’s a dispute that, if the officer had been wearing a body camera – now standard…

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  • Eric Holder visits Ferguson. Will US take over Michael Brown case?

    A St. Louis County grand jury began hearing evidence on Wednesday in the police shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., an incident that has sparked 12 days of racially-charged unrest and focused a national spotlight on the suburban town. It remains unclear whether moving…

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  • Why did Islamic State militants execute James Foley?

    The video of the beheading of American journalist James Foley features a black-robed Islamic State militant claiming – in British-accented English – that the execution is in retribution for recent US air strikes against IS forces in Iraq. The video also shows another prone and bound captured…

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  • Should President Obama go to Ferguson?

    To some Americans, Attorney General Eric Holder’s visit to Ferguson, Mo., Wednesday only raises larger questions: Shouldn’t President Obama himself go to Ferguson? Mr. Holder’s trip to Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis, is more than symbolic. The White House has also put out word that Holder, top…

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  • Martyrs and peace with Pyongyang top pope's agenda

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' five-day visit to South Korea will be the first time in a quarter-century that a pope has been on the divided Korean peninsula. Francis plans to bring a message of peace and reconciliations to Koreans on both sides of the 38th parallel, while encouraging Catholics…

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  • Athens Olympics leave mixed legacy, 10 years later

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — In an obscure corner of a park sits a forlorn reminder that, 10 years ago, Athens hosted the 2004 Summer Olympics. The crumbling miniature theater is inscribed with the words "glory, wealth, wisdom, victory, triumph, hero, labor" — and it is where visiting Olympic officials…

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  • Islamic militants seize 2 northern Syrian towns

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic extremists captured two key towns and several villages near Syria's northern border with Turkey on Wednesday after pushing out rival fighters in fierce clashes, opposition groups and activists said.

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  • Israeli tactic to stop soldier capture criticized

    JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli military tactic that allows overwhelming fire to stop the capture of soldiers — even at the risk of killing them — is facing criticism after its use in the Gaza war killed some 100 Palestinians.

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  • Israel targeting mosques hurts Gaza social fabric

    NUSEIRAT REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip (AP) — Only the minaret still stands after an Israeli airstrike reduced Gaza's Al-Qassam Mosque to a heap of concrete, iron rods and dust. Hours after the pre-dawn attack, rescue workers searched in the rubble, residents gathered — and plainclothes Hamas security…

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  • China 'cult' members on trial for McDonald's killing

    Five members of a fringe religious group in China went on trial Thursday for beating a woman to death at a McDonald's restaurant, reportedly after she rebuffed their attempts to recruit her. The five are all members of a cult called Quannengshen, the official news agency Xinhua said, adding that…

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  • AP NewsAlert

    ATLANTA (AP) — Aid group president: American infected with Ebola virus in west Africa has recovered.

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  • Survey indicates eurozone growing slowly

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A survey of business activity indicates the economy in the 18-country eurozone slowed but still grew modestly in August.

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  • Violence erupts in Liberia's Ebola-hit slum

    Violence erupted in an Ebola quarantine zone in Liberia's capital Wednesday when soldiers opened fire and used tear gas on protesting crowds as they evacuated a state official and her family. Four residents were injured in the clashes that flared in Monrovia's West Point slum which has been sealed…

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  • Report: Russia conducts checks at McDonalds

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian news agencies are reporting that the country's food safety agency will conduct checks on McDonald's restaurants in the Urals after safety complaints, a day after four branches of the chain were shuttered in Moscow.

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  • FA probes Cardiff dossier on former manager Mackay

    LONDON (AP) — The English Football Association has opened an investigation after Cardiff submitted a dossier to the governing body about the conduct of former manager Malky Mackay and a member of his backroom staff.

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