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  • Thousands troop to Philippine highway for 3rd night in Church protest
    Thousands troop to Philippine highway for 3rd night in Church protest

    Traffic came to almost a halt at a busy intersection of Manila's main highway on Sunday as thousands of members of a Christian group occupied the road for a third night in a row to protest alleged intrusion by the government in church affairs. Waving miniature versions of the red, white and green flag of their church, members of the Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ), or INC, converged on the highway, some walking with umbrellas to protect them from driving rain. An influential group which …

  • Christian group occupies Philippine highway for second night
    Christian group occupies Philippine highway for second night

    Thousands of members of a Christian group occupied a busy highway in Manila for a second night on Saturday, protesting against what they say is government intrusion in church affairs. Police said about 1,700 people converged on the highway at around 1200 GMT on Saturday, but officials of the Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ), or INC, said the number had reached 8,000. …

  • Three Islamic militants killed in Philippine military clash
    Three Islamic militants killed in Philippine military clash

    Three Islamic militants were killed after the Philippine military on Friday launched a second attempt in two weeks to rescue hostages held by the Abu Sayyaf rebels, the army said. About 300 Abu Sayyaf fighters retreated after the hour-long firefight in the jungles of the remote southern island of Jolo, said Brigadier-General Alan Arrojado, the military commander in the area. "The bandits positioned their hostages in the back (of the rebel camp), they don't want another escape," Captain …

  • Hundreds mourn slain 9-year-old Ferguson girl
    Hundreds mourn slain 9-year-old Ferguson girl

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Hundreds gathered to remember a 9-year-old girl who was killed when shots were fired into her Ferguson home as she did homework on her mother's bed. …

  • Letter from Hungary: Migrants seek EU's field of dreams
    Letter from Hungary: Migrants seek EU's field of dreams

    ROSZKE, Hungary (AP) — On the edge of a Hungarian cornfield, the beam from a car's headlights reflects in their eyes: Europe's newest residents catching their breaths, fresh from evading border police. …

  • Egypt elections to start on October 17
    Egypt elections to start on October 17

    Egypt's legislative elections, the first since President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi took office, are to be contested in phases starting October 17, the electoral commission announced on Sunday. Analysts say the polls, with Sisi loyalists heavily favoured to emerge the big winners, will serve to appease Egypt's backers in the West who see the president as a rampart against jihadist violence despite concerns over repression that has eliminated any meaningful opposition. A new parliament will be in …

  • Missing hiker found in Sierra Nevada recovering from surgery

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The family of a woman who was rescued after being stranded in the rugged Sierra Nevada for nine days says she is recovering from surgery to set the broken bones on her lower left leg. …

  • Swaziland: Festival continues despite calls to mourn dancers
    Swaziland: Festival continues despite calls to mourn dancers

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Thousands of young women and girls danced and sang before their king in Swaziland's most famous traditional festival on Sunday, despite calls to cancel the reed dance after dozens of participants died in a car crash. …

  • Egypt announces parliamentary vote for October, November
    Egypt announces parliamentary vote for October, November

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt on Sunday announced that long-awaited parliamentary elections will take place in October and November, a hoped-for step toward democracy amid a harsh crackdown on dissent. …

  • Global warming carving changes into Alaska in fire and ice
    Global warming carving changes into Alaska in fire and ice

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Global warming is carving measurable changes into Alaska, and President Barack Obama is about to see it. …