Turkish police detain 40 foreigners suspected of IS links


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Turkish police detain 40 foreigners suspected of IS links
Turkey’s state-run news agency says police in Istanbul have detained some 40 foreign nationals suspected of having links to the Islamic State group.

The Latest: Syria opposition figure: truce ‘clinically dead’
The Latest on the developments in Syria, where a Russia-U.S.-brokered cease-fire, now in its seventh day, is hanging in the balance after numerous violations (all times local): 11:35 a.m.

Three-way coalition likely in Berlin after state elections
A three-way coalition of Social Democrats, the Green Party and the Left Party seems likely in Berlin, after Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party endured a set-back in state elections in the German capital.

Paris investigates hoax alert prompting major police action
The Paris prosecutor’s office is investigating a hoax hostage alert that prompted a major police intervention at a church in the center of the French capital.

Death toll rises to 18 in Thai boat sinking, 12 missing
Thai officials say searchers have recovered 18 bodies and are continuing to look for 12 people missing from a boat that sank in a river over the weekend.

Less than stellar reviews for Rome’s 5-Star neophyte mayor
The day the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement triumphed in Rome’s mayoral election, its exultant founder, comic Beppe Grillo, immediately turned his supporters’ sights on the next destination for what he calls their “mission impossible airplane” — soaring into national power.

Libya’s powerful general lashes at UN envoy for ‘meddling’
Libya’s powerful general, who answers to the parliament based in the country’s east, has criticized the U.N.

South Africa says OK to university fee hikes, amid protests
South Africa’s government says universities in the country can increase fees by no more than 8 percent next year, despite student warnings that they would protest against any new hikes.

Afghan official: US airstrikes kill 8 policemen in south
An Afghan official says at least eight Afghan police officers have been killed in two U.S. airstrikes in southern Uruzgan province in what was apparently a friendly-fire incident.

Court to rule on same-sex marriage in conservative Romania
A same-sex couple has asked Romania’s Constitutional Court to legally recognize them as married, which would be a landmark and surprising ruling.

Refugees in Slovenia protest against slow asylum process
Several dozen refugees have staged a protest in an asylum center in Slovenia, complaining that the EU nation is slow in processing their asylum requests.

Amnesty: US bomb used in Saudi-led strike on Yemen hospital
Amnesty International says it has evidence that a Saudi-led coalition battling Yemeni rebels dropped a U.S.-made bomb on a hospital, and is calling for a halt to arms sales to the coalition.

Police: Palestinian stabs officers in Jerusalem and is shot
Israeli police say a Palestinian assailant stabbed two police officers near Jerusalem’s Old City before troops shot and wounded him.

Jordan election seen as small step toward democratic reform
Jordan’s parliament election on Tuesday is being touted as proof that the pro-Western monarchy is moving forward with democratic reforms despite regional turmoil and security threats.

Pro-Kremlin party wins big majority in Russian parliament
Near-complete results from Russia’s national parliament election show the Kremlin’s power-base party United Russia taking an overwhelming majority of the seats.

Experts urge Hungary to end ‘benevolent segregation’ of Roma
Experts on the protection of national minorities are urging Hungary to end the “benevolent segregation” of Roma children in schools.

Damage to Great Barrier Reef costs ship owner $30 million
The Australian government says it has reached a 39.3 million Australian dollar ($29.6 million) settlement with the owners of a Chinese coal carrier to pay for environmental damage caused when the ship ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef six year ago.

France remembers victims of terror attacks in Paris ceremony
A ceremony in memory of all victims of terror attacks is being held on Monday in Paris as France is still under a state of emergency.

Turkish president announces new push on Syria IS stronghold
Turkeys’ president has announced a new push by Turkish forces and Syrian rebels aimed at capturing a town held by the Islamic State group.

‘Organic architect’ sees inspiration in snakes and peanuts
Architect Javier Senosiain looks out over his sinuous snake’s nest of a building, which seems to writhe amid a green and tranquil vista on the very edge of Mexico City’s urban sprawl, and reflects on over 30 years of building egg- and cocoon-like dwellings that are quite literally out of the box.

‘Children’s cafeterias’ combat poverty, neglect in Japan
Laughter and lively chatter filled a room at a modest apartment in Tokyo one recent Thursday night as more than two dozen kids and volunteers gathered around tables laden with curry, rice, salad and fruits.

US, Japan, South Korea condemn nuke test by North Korea
The United States, Japan and South Korea on Sunday roundly condemned North Korea’s recent nuclear test and called for tough new measures to further isolate the communist state.

Syrian truce receives new blows with airstrikes, shelling
Syria’s fragile cease-fire started to unravel on Sunday with the first aerial attacks on rebel-held neighborhoods of Aleppo and a southern village that killed at least eight people, violations that came as tensions between the American and Russian brokers of the deal worsened following a deadly U.S. strike on Syrian government forces.

Rio de Janeiro hosts Brazil’s first Dog Olympics
Man’s best friends and their owners have embraced the Olympic spirit by taking part in Brazil’s first Dog Olympic Games.

Fighting in Central African Republic kills at least 20
A local radio station and residents say that fighting between rival rebels groups in Central African Republic has killed at least 20 people.

Administrator urges Vatican to remove Guam’s archbishop
A Roman Catholic administrator is urging the Vatican to remove Guam’s archbishop, who has refused to resign amid accusations of sexual abuse against altar boys.

UN holds first-ever summit on refugees and migrants
The issue of what to do about the world’s 65.3 million displaced people takes center stage at the United Nations General Assembly when leaders from around the globe converge on New York for the first-ever summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants.

The Latest: Early results: Russian ruling party winning vote
The Latest on Russia’s parliamentary election (all times local): 9:05 p.m.

Early results: Ruling party winning Russian parliament vote
Early results on Sunday showed Russia’s ruling United Russia party winning in the parliamentary election amid reports of election violations and visible voter apathy in the country’s two largest cities.

Yemeni leader relocates central bank in blow to rebels
Yemen’s exiled president has sacked the head of the central bank and ordered it relocated to the southern city of Aden, a move that would ramp up pressure on the Shiite Houthi rebels who control the capital.

Mom’s heartbreaking photo raises awareness about childhood cancer
Emily Apicella will never go back to school.

Elephant in Kenya kills Italian tourist trying to take photo
A police official says an elephant killed an Italian tourist in Kenya’s coastal region after he moved closer to get a better photo.

Non-Aligned Movement states calls for more inclusive UN
Members of the Non-Aligned Movement are calling for the United Nations to give more influence to developing countries.

Police: Kidnappers release 15 oil workers in Nigeria
Police say kidnappers have released 14 Nigerian oil workers and their driver unharmed more than two weeks after they were abducted.

Suicide car bomber kills Somali general in capital
A Somali police officer says a powerful car bomb killed a Somali military general and five of his bodyguards in the capital Sunday.

Philippine president seeks extension of bloody war on drugs
The Philippine president has acknowledged for the first time that he may not be able to keep his campaign promise to eradicate illegal drugs in three to six months because of the enormity of the problem.

Saudis accuse Iran of supplying weapons to rebels in Yemen
Saudi Arabia is accusing Iran of supplying weapons to Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen and is urging the U.N.

Doctors treating Israel’s Peres reduce anesthesia
The office of Shimon Peres says that doctors treating the former Israeli president following a major stroke have decided to lower the level of anesthesia and respiratory support.

Norwegian says his Philippine kidnapping was ‘devastating’
A Norwegian man freed by militants after a year of jungle captivity in the southern Philippines described the ordeal Sunday as “devastating,” carrying a backpack with a bullet hole as a reminder of a near-death experience that included the beheadings of the two Canadians kidnapped with him.

The Latest: Social Democrats strongest in Berlin elections
The Latest on state elections in Berlin (all times local): 6:20 p.m.

Man arrested at London’s Heathrow under terrorism laws
British police say officers have arrested a 39-year-old man at London’s Heathrow Airport under terrorism laws.

Libya says attacks on 2 key oil terminals repelled
Libyan officials say troops loyal to the internationally recognized parliament have repelled an attack on two key oil terminals.

Pope urges all to unite in peace prayers whenever they can
Pope Francis is asking people to unite in prayers for peace on Tuesday, when he’ll meet with leaders of other religions in the town of Assisi.

Iran supports any move to stabilize global oil market
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says his country supports any move to stabilize the oil market and improve oil prices.

The Latest: Russian criticizes US response on Syria attack
The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local): 2:45 p.m.

France’s Jacques Chirac in hospital with lung infection
Officials say former French President Jacques Chirac has been hospitalized with a lung infection.

Gabriele Amorth, prominent exorcist priest, dies in Rome
An Italian care facility says that Rev. Gabriele Amorth, a prominent Roman Catholic exorcist, has died after a long illness.

At least 13 reported to be killed in Thailand boat accident
Thai news reports say at least 13 people were killed when a double-decker passenger boat carrying more than 100 people capsized in the Chao Phraya River north of Bangkok.

France’s Jacques Chirac in hospital with lung infection
Former French President Jacques Chirac was hospitalized Sunday with a lung infection, officials said.

Egypt pulls out all stops for el-Sissi’s UN visit
Seeking to improve the country’s image, authorities in Egypt are pulling out all the stops to ensure that President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s visit to New York for the U.N.

Russia: Siberian vote could be annulled if fraud proven
Russia’s elections commission head says results from voting for parliament in a Siberian region could be annulled if allegations of vote fraud there are confirmed.

Rebel attack kills 17 Indian soldiers in Kashmir
Suspected rebels using guns and grenades sneaked into a crucial army base in Indian-controlled Kashmir early Sunday and killed at least 17 soldiers in the deadliest attack on a military base in the disputed Himalayan region in recent years, the army said.

Syrian army regains areas lost to IS after US-led airstrike
Syria’s state news agency is reporting that troops have regained control of areas they lost to the Islamic State group in the east of the country after an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition.

Interior Ministry says unknown gunmen killed 2 policemen
Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry says unknown gunmen killed two security officers in the eastern city of Dammam, an area heavily populated by Shiites.

Police cordon off central Belgrade for pride march
Thousands of Serbian riot police have cordoned off central Belgrade for a gay pride march amid fears of attacks from extremists in the predominantly conservative Balkan country.

Protesters block Russian embassy in Kiev on election day
Dozens of right-wing activists are blocking the entrance to Russia’s embassy in the Ukrainian capital, where a polling station has been set up for Russian citizens who wish to vote in their country’s parliamentary elections.

Turkey stops 137 migrants trying to reach Greek islands
Turkey’s state-run news agency says 137 migrants have been stopped trying to cross from Turkey’s Aegean coastline to the Greek islands.

World leaders to focus on refugee crisis and Syria at UN
World leaders meeting at the United Nations starting Monday will be trying to make progress on two intractable problems at the top of the global agenda — the biggest refugee crisis since World War II and the Syrian conflict now in its sixth year that has claimed over 300,000 lives.

Amid hefty tourism drop, Turkey hopes to weather storm
With summer drawing to a close, Turkey is counting the cost of a tough year that saw a string of terrorist bombings and the fallout from a diplomatic spat with Moscow that cut deep into the country’s crucial tourist trade.

Palestinian stabs Israeli officer amid new surge in violence
Israel’s military says a Palestinian attacker has stabbed an army officer in the chest near a West Bank settlement, moderately wounding him.

Gunmen kills 3 army soldiers in northwestern Pakistan
Pakistani police say unknown gunmen have killed three soldiers in the northwestern city of Peshawar.

In Aleppo, besieged residents convinced truce will not last
Residents in the rebel-held districts of Aleppo now have a reprieve from the incessant bombings by Syrian government warplanes.

Merkel’s party faces losses in state vote in German capital
Voters in the German state of Berlin are casting ballots in a state election predicted to result in a fresh setback for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party.

Freed Norwegian, 3 Indonesian hostages handed to Philippines
Philippine officials say Muslim rebels in talks with the government have turned over a Norwegian man freed by ransom-seeking Abu Sayyaf extremists, who also released three kidnapped Indonesians in the country’s south.

28 dead, 15 missing after typhoon lashes eastern China
The strongest typhoon to hit China this year has left 28 people dead and 15 others missing in the east of the country.

Suspected militants attack Indian army base in Kashmir
Suspected rebels in Indian-controlled Kashmir early Sunday attacked a major army camp close to the highly militarized line of control dividing the disputed Himalayan region between India and Pakistan, authorities said.

Calgary officer stabbed in mall after chase, suspect shot
A Calgary police officer was severely injured after being stabbed following a chase into a shopping mall.

Pope: welcoming refugees helps keeps us safe from terrorism
Pope Francis has encouraged Europeans to welcome refugees, calling authentic hospitality “our greatest security against hateful acts of terrorism.” Francis Saturday spoke to alumni of Jesuit schools in Europe who were in Rome for a conference on refugees.

Pakistan court adjourns case of British woman’s murder
A Pakistani court on Saturday adjourned the case of a British-Pakistani woman’s murder until Sept. 23 to give police more time to finalize charges against her father and ex-husband, who are accused of slaying her in the name of honor, police and lawyers said.

Niger soldiers kill 38 Boko Haram extremists in operation
Niger’s defense ministry says soldiers have killed 38 Boko Haram Islamic extremists during an operation in the country’s southeast Diffa region.

Death toll from Pakistan mosque bombing rises to 36
A Pakistani official says the death toll from a suicide bombing at a mosque has risen to 36 after several of those wounded in the attack died in hospitals.

Burkina Faso detains ex-prime minister over deadly protests
Burkina Faso’s justice ministry says former prime minister Luc Adolphe Tiao has been arrested and accused of complicity with violence that killed protesters who forced the former president to step down.

The Latest: Russia says Syrian rebels violating truce
The Latest on the conflict in Syria, where a fragile cease-fire has entered its fifth day.

Colombia’s FARC kicks off last congress as guerrilla army
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia is kicking off its last conference as a rebel army as it looks to transition into a political movement following the signing of a peace accord.

Gabriele Amorth, prominent exorcist priest, dies in Rome
An Italian care facility says that Rev. Gabriele Amorth, a prominent Roman Catholic exorcist, has died after a long illness.

Car used by German nationalist leader goes up in flames
A car used by one of the leading figures in Germany’s nationalist movement has gone up flames overnight.

Spain: 4 injured in Guadalajara running of the bulls
Four people have been injured during the third running of the bulls in the Spanish town of Guadalajara, northeast of Madrid.

Egypt freezes assets of leading rights campaigners
An Egyptian court has upheld a decision to freeze the assets of several prominent human rights campaigners.

Venezuela’s crisis keeps non-aligned summit turnout low
Crisis-hit Venezuela’s economic and political problems are keeping world leaders away from a meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement that was supposed to hit its full stride on Saturday.

Congo’s electoral commission formally requests vote delay
Congo’s electoral commission has filed an election postponement request to the constitutional court, formally confirming that the Nov. 27 date for the presidential vote will be missed.

Azerbaijanis protest against extending president’s term
Hundreds of demonstrators have gathered in the capital of Azerbaijan to protest against proposed constitutional changes that would extend the president’s term.

Residents begin returning to Iraq’s Fallujah
The governor of Iraq’s western Anbar province says families have begun returning to Fallujah three months after the city was declared fully liberated from the Islamic State group.

Putin: US campaign shows Russia’s importance
Vladimir Putin says the prominence of Russia and himself as an issue in the U.S. presidential campaign indicates the country’s growing importance.

Aristide returns to campaign trail after fainting at rally
Former Haitian leader Jean-Bertand Aristide has returned to the campaign trail a day after passing out while supporting his political faction’s presidential candidate.

Russia begins national parliament election
Russia’s governing party and its three largely cooperative opponents are expected to retain their positions in the national parliament, but new procedures for choosing the seats could affect their proportions.

World Leaders to focus on refugee crisis and Syria at UN
World leaders meeting at the United Nations starting Monday will be trying to make progress on two intractable problems at the top of the global agenda — the biggest refugee crisis since World War II and the Syrian conflict now in its sixth year which has claimed over 300,000 lives.

US conveys ‘regret’ for anti-ISIS strike that killed Syrian forces, official says
The Obama administration expressed its “regret” Saturday for an airstrike that mistakenly killed Syrian forces, a senior administration official told Fox News, as the US awaited a response from the Assad regime.

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