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France marks 70th anniversary of Paris Liberation

PARIS (AP) -- Paris celebrated on Monday the 70th anniversary of its liberation after four years in the grip of the occupying Nazis, with President Francois Hollande saying France now has a moral obligation to answer the call of those under the boot of dictators or barbarism like the Islamic State group that has conquered large swaths of Syria and Iraq....

Vatican: Ex-envoy can be tried by Dominican court

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican said Monday that its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, accused of sexually abusing young boys in the Caribbean country, had lost his diplomatic immunity and could be tried by Dominican or other courts....

Weapons convoys seen rolling in eastern Ukraine

KRASNODON, Ukraine (AP) -- For several evenings this month, convoys of military weaponry passed with clockwork-like regularity through Krasnodon, a rebel-held town in eastern Ukraine near the porous border with Russia....

UN rights chief: Crimes against humanity in Iraq

GENEVA (AP) -- Islamic State fighters reportedly killed up to 670 prisoners in Mosul and committed other horrific abuses in Iraq that amount to crimes against humanity, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Monday....

AP Photos: Spirits roam during HK ghost festival

HONG KONG (AP) -- Countless hungry and restless ghosts are roaming Hong Kong, and the world, to visit their living descendants, at least according to Chinese convention....

American held in Syria freed after nearly 2 years

WASHINGTON (AP) -- As the U.S. mourned an American journalist beheaded by Islamic militants, the nation found something of a reprieve with the release of another freelance reporter who had been held hostage for nearly two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria....

Edible insects a boon to Thailand's farmers

THANON NANG KLARN, Thailand (AP) -- Depending solely on the rains to either yield a good rice crop or leave their fields dry and barren, farmers in this village in northeastern Thailand, the country's poorest region, led a precarious and back-breaking existence. Then they discovered bugs....

Whisky's worries mirror economic fears in Scotland

ISLAY, Scotland (AP) -- Carl Reavey plunged his nose into the glass, inhaled the amber liquid's scent, then sipped. Slowly....

Thai junta leader assumes prime minister post

BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's junta leader, who seized power in a military coup three months ago, officially assumed his new post as prime minister on Monday following an endorsement from the country's monarch....

Actor-director Richard Attenborough dies at 90

LONDON (AP) -- Richard Attenborough was a lord, an Oscar-winning director for the much-lauded "Gandhi" and an unflagging pillar to British cinema. But Attenborough, who died Sunday at 90, was best known as Dickie....

Actor-director Richard Attenborough dies at 90

LONDON (AP) -- Acclaimed actor and Oscar-winning director Richard Attenborough, whose film career on both sides of the camera spanned 60 years, has died. He was 90....

Israel leader tries to link Hamas, Iraq extremists

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's prime minister is trying to capitalize on the gruesome video of an American journalist's beheading by the Islamic State extremist group, saying Hamas is an equally vicious foe as he tries to rally international support in Israel's war in the Gaza Strip. But the comparisons between Hamas and Islamic State are being met with reservations by Israel's allies and enemies alike....

Israel leader tries to link Hamas, Iraq extremists

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's prime minister is trying to capitalize on the gruesome video of an American journalist's beheading by the Islamic State extremist group, saying Hamas is an equally vicious foe as he tries to rally international support in Israel's war in the Gaza Strip. But the comparisons between Hamas and Islamic State are being met with reservations by Israel's allies and enemies alike....

Iran TV shows off allegedly downed Israeli drone

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's state TV on Monday broadcast footage purported to show an Israeli drone the country's Revolutionary Guard claimed to have shot down over the weekend near an Iranian nuclear site....

Iran says it downs Israeli drone near nuclear site

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards said Sunday its forces shot down an Israeli drone as it approached an Iranian nuclear site, without offering further details. Israeli officials could not be immediately reached for comment....

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