• Estonia fails to elect president in first round

    Estonia's parliament failed to elect a president Monday after none of the contenders for the largely ceremonial role received the necessary two-thirds majority of votes in round one of the race. The presidential election in the small Baltic state, where heads of state are elected by parliamentary

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  • Six Highlights from The Smurfs Art Exhibition at Harbour City Hong Kong

    The“We’re all Smurfs!” art exhibition at Harbour City in Hong Kong will be wrapping up end of August and if you haven’t visited it yet, here’s what you missed. 1. 35 x 1-metre-tall giant Smurfs to take all the selfies and wefies you want This is located at the Ocean Terminal Forecourt, just by Harbour

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  • EU to hand Apple Irish tax bill of over 1 billion euro, source says

    By Padraic Halpin DUBLIN (Reuters) - The European Commission will rule against Ireland's tax dealings with Apple on Tuesday, two source familiar with the decision told Reuters, one of whom said Dublin would be told to recoup over 1 billion euros in back taxes. The Commission declined to comment

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  • Fire engulfs century-old Presbyterian church; no injuries

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A massive fire engulfed a century-old Gothic church that hosted many programs for young children and gay worshipers, but no injuries were reported.

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  • US urges halt to Turkish, Kurdish clashes in northern Syria

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The U.S. on Monday urged Turkish troops and Kurdish forces in northern Syria to halt their fighting, saying it hinders efforts to defeat the Islamic State group. But Turkey's president vowed to press ahead with the military operation until the IS and Kurdish Syrian fighters

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  • In drought, drones help California farmers save every drop

    LOS BANOS, Calif. (AP) — A drone whirred to life in a cloud of dust, then shot hundreds of feet skyward for a bird's-eye view of a vast tomato field in California's Central Valley, the nation's most productive farming region.

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  • Gabon presidential poll 'lacked transparency': EU observers

    Gabon's presidential election "lacked transparency", the head of the 73-strong EU electoral monitoring team in the country said on Monday, a day before the official results were due out. Speaking to reporters in the capital Libreville, Bulgarian MEP Mariya Gabriel said Saturday's vote

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  • WHY IT MATTERS: Climate Change

    WASHINGTON (AP) — WASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: It's as if Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump live on two entirely different Earths: one warming, one not.

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  • Turkish forces deepen push into Syria, draw U.S. rebuke over their target

    By Lisa Barrington and Umit Bektas BEIRUT/KARKAMIS, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkish-backed forces pushed deeper into northern Syria on Monday and drew a rebuke from NATO ally the United States, which said it was concerned the battle for territory had shifted away from targeting Islamic State. At the start

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  • Oil wells south of Mosul burn days after key town retaken

    QAYARA, Iraq (AP) — The skies above this small northern Iraqi town are black with smoke and ash rains down from around a half dozen oil wells that Islamic State group fighters set ablaze as Iraqi troops moved in to retake Qayara last week.

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  • Obama to meet Philippines' Duterte, broach human rights

    U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to meet with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Sept. 6, and plans to touch on human rights as well as security concerns, the White House said on Monday. "We absolutely expect that the president will raise concerns about some of the recent statements

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  • Quake survivors erupt in anger at funeral plan; govt relents

    ROME (AP) — Italian quake survivors rebelled in anger Monday over the government's plan to hold a state funeral for their loved ones in an airport hangar in a distant town, where scores of bodies are being kept in refrigerated trucks, and let them watch it on screens from near their emergency tent

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  • 2 slain nuns remembered for 'Christian love in action'

    DURANT, Miss. (AP) — Hundreds of people filled a cathedral in Mississippi's capital city on Monday to remember two nuns who spent decades helping the needy and were found stabbed to death last week in their home in one of the poorest counties of the state.

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  • Obama to meet with Turkey's Erdogan in China on September 4

    U.S. President Barack Obama will have a bilateral meeting with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan during the upcoming G20 summit in China and will likely have at least an informal talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the White House said on Monday. Obama wants to talk with Erdogan about events

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  • FBI warns of possible state election-system hacks

    The FBI is warning state officials to boost their election security in light of evidence that hackers breached related data systems in two states. In a confidential "flash" alert from its cyber ...

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  • Obama, Erdogan to meet Sunday in China on G20 sidelines: WHouse

    US President Barack Obama will meet his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday in China on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit, with Syria high on the agenda, top aide Ben Rhodes announced Monday. "They will be discussing the counter-ISIL campaign and the fact that we need to stay

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  • The Latest: Man charged in nuns' killing had record in Iowa

    DURANT, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on the killing of two nuns in Mississippi (all times local):

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  • French minister: enemy seeks to divide Muslims, non-Muslims

    PARIS (AP) — France's interior minister said Monday that the country is at war with an enemy trying to pit Muslims against non-Muslims, making it urgent to create a strong bond between the nation and citizens of the Islamic faith.

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  • Police detain man dressed as Zorro just before airport panic

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A false report of gunshots that sent panicked travelers fleeing from Los Angeles International Airport came right after officers with weapons drawn detained a masked man dressed in black and possibly carrying a plastic sword, officials said.

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  • U.S. to meet target of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees - White House

    The Obama administration will meet its goal of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees a month ahead of schedule, the White House said on Monday. The 10,000th Syrian refugee was scheduled to arrive in the United States on Monday afternoon, national security advisor Susan Rice said in a statement. The White

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  • New school opens at site of Sandy Hook shooting rampage

    NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — About 400 elementary school students are attending school in Sandy Hook for the first time since a shooting rampage there killed 20 first-graders and six educators.

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  • U.S. immigration agency to review private prison deals; shares slide

    By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced on Monday that he directed his advisory council to evaluate whether the agency should continue to contract with private prisons, news that hit shares of private prison operators. Immigration and

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  • Niger Delta Avengers says halted hostilities in Nigerian Delta

    A Nigerian militant group, which has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks on oil and gas facilities in the southern Niger Delta energy hub in the last few months, said on Monday that it had halted hostilities. The statement by the Niger Delta Avengers comes just over a week after the militant

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  • Weiner's wife is leaving him amid a new sexting scandal

    NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin said Monday that she is leaving her husband, Anthony Weiner, after the former New York congressman was accused in yet another sexting scandal.

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  • With help from goat, wily Clydesdale goes on lam for 5 days

    SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A dwarf billy goat gave new meaning to the word "scapegoat" when he busted out a Clydesdale that went on the lam in California for several days.

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