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Migrants protest as Hungary shutters Budapest train station

Migrants face Hungarian police in the main Eastern Railway station in BudapestBy Krisztina Than and Madeline Chambers BUDAPEST/BERLIN (Reuters) - Hundreds of angry migrants demonstrated outside Budapest's Eastern Railway Terminus on Tuesday demanding they be allowed to travel on to Germany, as European Union asylum rules came close to collapse under the strain of unprecedented migration. Around 1,000 people waved tickets, clapping, booing and hissing, and shouting "Germany! Germany!" outside the station. Hungarian authorities closed the train station altogether, then reopened it but barred entry to the migrants.


Big guns in east Ukraine fall silent, two more die from wounds in Kiev protests

Ukrainian Poroshenko addresses nation following clashes outside parliament in KievSporadic shelling and shooting, which each side has blamed on the other, had ensured a steadily mounting death toll despite the ceasefire called as part of a peace plan worked out in Minsk, Belarus, in February. More than 6,500 people have been killed since a separatist rebellion erupted there in April 2014.


Satellite images confirm major temple destroyed in Syria's Palmyra: U.N

Combination picture of handout satellite images shows the site of the Temple of Bel before and after its apparent destruction in Palmyra, SyriaSatellite images have confirmed the destruction of the Temple of Bel, which was one of the best preserved Roman-era sites in the Syrian city of Palmyra, a United Nations agency said, after activists said the hardline Islamic State group had targeted it. A comparison of before and after images shows the damage to the temple at the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Geneva-based United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group and other activists said on Sunday that Islamic State had destroyed part of the more than 2,000-year-old temple, one of Palmyra's most important monuments.


Asked about Trump, China says U.S. people want good ties

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump points into the crowd after speaking to reporters at a campaign fundraiser at the home of car dealer Ernie Boch Jr. in NorwoodChina understands people in the United States have the right to say what they want, but most want good relations with China, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday, apparently dismissing repeated attacks by billionaire Donald Trump as "disturbances". The Republican presidential hopeful has recently focused his ire on China's currency, which the government devalued last month.


Pope to allow all priests to forgive abortion during Holy Year

Pope Francis talks from the window during his Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's square at the VaticanBy Isla Binnie VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis will give all priests discretion during the Roman Catholic Church's upcoming Holy Year to formally forgive women who have had abortions, in the Argentine pontiff's latest move towards a more open and inclusive church. In Church teaching, abortion is such a grave sin that those who procure or perform it incur an automatic excommunication.


China says Japan complaints about U.N. Ban's WW2 parade visit 'irritating'

A visitor walks on a glass flooring above Japanese military flags seized by the Chinese PLA during World War Two, at the Museum of the War of Chinese People's Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, in BeijingChina on Tuesday rebuffed as "irritating" complaints from Japan about the Beijing visit of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to watch a military parade marking the end of World War Two. Thousands of Chinese troops will march through central Beijing on Thursday to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the war's end, overseen by Chinese President Xi Jinping and leaders such as Russian President Vladimir Putin. Western leaders have mostly declined to attend, as has Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.


Japan scraps Olympic logo over plagiarism allegation

Tokyo 2020 Olympics CEO Toshiro Muto, center, speaks during a press conference in Tokyo, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. Tokyo Olympic organizers are expected to scrap the logo for the 2020 Games on Tuesday following another allegation its Japanese designer might have used copied materials in presentations of the design.(AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers on Tuesday decided to scrap the logo for the 2020 Games following another allegation its Japanese designer might have used copied materials.


Spain: Police search family house of train attacker

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police have searched the family house of the Moroccan man arrested for trying to stage an attack on a high-speed train traveling to Paris late last month.

Pope: Priests in Holy Year can absolve 'sin of abortion'

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says he is letting all priests in the church's upcoming Year of Mercy to absolve the "sin of abortion" if they seek forgiveness with a "contrite heart."

India wins test series in Sri Lanka for 1st time in 22 years

Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews, left, successfully survives a run out as India's wicket keeper Naman Ojha, right, breaks the wicket on the final day of their third test cricket match in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Ravichandran Ashwin took four wickets Tuesday to propel India to its first test series win in Sri Lanka in 22 years, defeating the hosts by 117 runs in the third test.


El Nino seen strengthening, maybe one of biggest since 1950: WMO

GENEVA (Reuters) - The current El Nino weather phenomenon is expected to strengthen before the end of the year and to peak between October and January, the World Meteorological Organization said on Tuesday. Climate models and experts suggest surface waters in the east-central Pacific Ocean are likely to be more than 2 degrees hotter than average, potentially making this El Nino one of the strongest since 1950, following similar weather events in 1972-3, 1982-3, 1997-8. (Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Catherine Evans)

Exiled Tibetan gov't warns China not to meddle in tradition

Lobsang Sangay, the prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile, seated second left, speaks to media personnel in Dharmsala, India, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. The exiled Tibetan government said it saw no cause for celebrating 50 years since China formed the Tibetan Autonomous Region, insisting that Tuesday instead marked a half-century of occupation and control over the once-independent Himalayan kingdom. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)DHARMSALA, India (AP) — The exiled Tibetan government said it saw no cause for celebrating 50 years since China formed the Tibetan Autonomous Region, insisting that Tuesday instead marked a half-century of occupation and control over the once-independent Himalayan kingdom.


Nepal police kill 5 protesters demanding new state

A Nepalese Hindu activist shouts slogans as they try to enter a restricted area near the Nepalese Constituent Assembly Hall during a protest in Kathmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. Police in southern Nepal opened fire Tuesday on members of an ethnic group demanding a new state in a draft constitution. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Police in southern Nepal opened fire Tuesday on members of an ethnic group demanding a new state in a draft constitution, killing five people in two separate towns, officials said.


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BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities arrested a man they believe is part of a group responsible for a deadly bombing at a shrine in central Bangkok two weeks ago, the prime minister announced Tuesday. He said the suspect resembles a yellow-shirted man in a surveillance video who police say planted the bomb. "It would be great if he were (the bomber). Then we will know who they are, where they came from, who's behind this," Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters.

Right-wing party exits parliamentary coalition in Ukraine

Ukrainian protesters, one using police riot equipment, clash with police after a vote to give greater powers to the east, outside the Parliament, Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. The Ukrainian parliament has given preliminary approval to a controversial constitutional amendment that would provide greater powers to separatist regions in the east. Hundreds of people gathered in front of the parliament to protest against the amendment. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A right-wing party says it is leaving Ukraine's ruling parliamentary coalition because it's opposed to a constitutional amendment that would give greater powers to the rebel-held eastern region.


Pope to let all priests in Holy Year absolve people from 'sin of abortion' if they repent

ROME (AP) — Pope to let all priests in Holy Year absolve people from 'sin of abortion' if they repent.

Sri Lanka leader calls for reforms to promote ethnic harmony

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president asked the country's newly elected lawmakers on Tuesday to draft political reforms to promote ethnic reconciliation and economic development in the post-war era.

Thai prime minister says bombing suspect arrested at border

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities arrested a man they believe is part of a group responsible for a deadly bombing at a shrine in central Bangkok two weeks ago, the prime minister announced Tuesday. He said the suspect resembles a yellow-shirted man in a surveillance video who police say planted the bomb.

James Rodriguez, Roma top Global Football 10 poll

Real Madrid's James Rodriguez, centre, performs an overhead kick to score his side's fourth goal past Real Betis' Bruno Gonzalez, right, during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)LONDON (AP) — James Rodriguez enters this week's Associated Press Global Football 10 at the top of the player rankings after scoring twice — including a spectacular overhead kick — and propelling Real Madrid to a 5-0 victory over Real Betis.


Rioters rampage against residence law in northeast India

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Rioters set fire to the homes of seven lawmakers during a rampage to protest new legislation defining who can claim to be from the northeastern Indian state of Manipur, police said Tuesday.

Obama paints doomsday scene of global warming in Alaska

President Barack Obama speaks at the Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER) Conference at Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage, Alaska, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. Obama opened a historic three-day trip to Alaska aimed at showing solidarity with a state often overlooked by Washington, while using its changing landscape as an urgent call to action on climate change. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — President Barack Obama was traveling to Alaska's Arctic to hike a melting glacier and paint a doomsday scenario if climate change isn't dealt with fast: entire nations submerged underwater, cities abandoned and refugees fleeing in droves as conflict breaks out across the globe.


Protests spotlight Lebanon dysfunction, but reforms elusive

Lebanese anti-government protesters sitting cross-legged on the floor, clap and shout slogans against the minister, Mohammed Machnouk inside the Environment Ministry, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. Lebanese protesters broke into the Environment Ministry in downtown Beirut Friday, demanding the resignation of the minister over the country’s snowballing trash crisis. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)BEIRUT (AP) — Anti-government demonstrators in Lebanon have staged three large rallies and in the past two weeks and a small group Tuesday stormed the environment ministry to press demands for reform. Here's a look at what's behind the protests, the most significant public expression of frustration with Lebanon's dysfunctional system of government in years.


Germany: up to $3.7B needed next year to integrate refugees

FILE In this June 3, 2015 file picture German Labor and Social Affairs Minister Andrea Nahles waits for the beginning of the German government's weekly cabinet meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany. The German economy has room to accommodate refugees, the country’s labor minister said Tuesday Sept. 1, 2015 , but the government will need to spend billions of extra euros (dollars) to cover language courses, benefits and their integration into the labor market. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber.file)BERLIN (AP) — The German economy has room to accommodate refugees, the labor minister said Tuesday, but the government will need to spend billions of extra euros (dollars) to cover language courses, benefits and their integration into the labor market.


A primer on where pope stands on gays, divorce, climate

FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, file photo, Pope Francis waves as arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Francis, speaking Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, from Rome via satellite to people in three American cities, asked a teenage girl to sing for him as he sought prayers for his upcoming trip to the United States. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is expected to raise issues ranging from climate change to income inequality when he visits Cuba and the United States Sept. 19-27. Francis has launched an agenda of reform in the Vatican and in the global church, prioritizing different issues and counseling a more merciful message. Here's a primer on where the pope stands on key issues.


Premier League player punished after drunk-driving crash

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — A Premier League footballer must serve a 12-month community order and has been banned from driving for 20 months after driving into three cyclists when over the legal alcohol limit and failing to report the crash.

What happened? De Gea stays put after missed deadline

FILE - This is a Wednesday, July 29, 2015 file photo of Manchester United's goalkeeper David de Gea as he warms up before an International Champions Cup soccer match against Paris Saint-Germain in Chicago. In a surreal ending to the Monday Aug. 31, 2015 transfer window in Spain, the much-anticipated move of Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea to Real Madrid never materialized. The clubs reportedly struck a deal, but the expected announcement never came, apparently because the paperwork wasn't submitted on time. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski, File)MADRID (AP) — The deadline arrived, but the announcement never did.


Tropical Storm Fred moving away from Cape Verde Islands

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Fred is moving farther away from the Cape Verde Islands and is expected to weaken.

South Africa's government pledges transparency on nuclear agreement

By Wendell Roelf CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa's energy minister pledged transparency in the country's efforts to seek a nuclear agreement on Tuesday, seeking to reassure opposition parties who have accused the government of favoring a deal with Russia. South Africa, struggling with an electricity crunch that has caused frequent power cuts and threatens economic growth, said in May it will procure a nuclear fleet to generate 9,600 megawatts of power by 2030. "We would want these agreements to be scrutinized and exposed to public scrutiny," energy minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson told parliament, reiterating that no deal had been signed with anybody as a preferred bidder.

The Latest: Hungary: Over 156,000 migrants have entered

Migrants demonstrate at the Keleti Railway Station in Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, after police stopped them from getting on a train to Germany and evacuated the station. (Tamas Kovacs/MTI via AP)BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The latest developments as tens of thousands of migrants flood into countries across Europe. All times local (CET):


Iranian Guard chief says US 'still the Great Satan'

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The head of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard said Tuesday that the U.S. is still the "Great Satan," regardless of the nuclear deal struck with Americans and world powers over the Islamic Republic's contested nuclear program.

European court: Italy failed 3 Tunisian Arab Spring migrants

PARIS (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday upheld the case of three Tunisians expelled from Italy in 2011 in the wake of the Arab Spring uprising, ruling that the migrants had been subjected to degrading and inhuman treatment during time spent in a detention center, suffered a collective expulsion and could not challenge their forced return home.

Palmyra temple destruction confirmed by satellite images

UNITAR-UNOSAT satellite images of the Temple of Bel in Syria's city of Palmyra on August 27, 2015 (L) and rubble seen at the temple's location on August 31, 2015 (R)Satellite images show the main temple in Syria's Palmyra has been flattened, confirming the worst fears for the ancient ruins held by the Islamic State group. The destruction of the Temple of Bel sparked outrage and international headlines, precisely the reaction the jihadist group may have been seeking, experts said. Dozens of relics remain at risk in the ruins of Palmyra, which IS jihadists seized from regime forces in May as they pursued their campaign for territory in Syria and Iraq.


German minister's 'Negro' comment sparks social media storm

Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann (pictured) caused outrage across Germany after using the term "Negro" to describe a pop singer during a televised debateA German state minister sparked a social media storm Tuesday after calling a beloved German pop singer a "wonderful Negro" during a TV debate on Europe's migrant crisis. The Twitter hashtag #Neger (Negro) topped trending topics in Germany the morning after Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann used the term for Roberto Blanco, who is of Afro-Cuban origin. "Roberto Blanco was always a wonderful Negro, who most Germans thought was wonderful," Herrmann had said in a TV talk show Monday evening on public broadcaster ZDF.


Lebanese protesters enter environment ministry, stage sit-in

By Sylvia Westall BEIRUT (Reuters) - Dozens of Lebanese protesters staged a sit-in inside the environment ministry in the capital Beirut on Tuesday, calling on minister Mohammad Machnouk to resign, a Reuters witness said. Lebanon has been hit by a series of protests against the government ignited by a dispute over uncollected rubbish in the country. A Reuters witness said that soldiers watched protesters who staged a sit-in along a corridor inside the top floor of the ministry.

US, Swiss federal prosecutors to give update on FIFA cases

GENEVA (AP) — Federal prosecutors leading investigations of corruption in international football are to hold a joint news conference in FIFA's home city.

Malaysian police summon anti-PM protest organisers

Protesters take shelter under umbrellas during a rain-shower on the second day of the anti-government rally in Kuala Lumpur on August 30, 2015The organisers of a massive weekend demonstration demanding the Malaysian prime minister's removal over corruption allegations said Tuesday they had been summoned by police, after the government earlier threatened they could face charges. Several protest leaders were ordered to report to police and give statements on Wednesday, said Maria Chin Abdullah, chair of Bersih, the coalition of Malaysian NGOs and activist groups that staged the huge rally. Prime Minister Najib Razak has been under fire since the Wall Street Journal last month published Malaysian documents showing nearly $700 million had been deposited into his personal bank accounts beginning in 2013.


United States defeats Cuba at women's volleyball World Cup

OKAYAMA, Japan (AP) — The United States overpowered Cuba 25-15, 25-11, 25-15 to remain top of the standings at the women's volleyball World Cup on Tuesday.

Lebanese protesters storm ministry over garbage crisis

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese protesters broke into the Environment Ministry in downtown Beirut Tuesday, demanding the resignation of the minister over the country's snowballing trash crisis.

Sword-wielding Patel crusader threatens Modi's 'model' in India

Hardik Patel has breakfast during an interview with Reuters in GandhinagarBy Rupam Jain Nair AHMEDABAD, India (Reuters) - A sword-wielding 22-year-old activist has emerged overnight as the most pressing political threat to Narendra Modi, accusing the Indian prime minister of breaking a promise to provide jobs that helped him win last year's general election. Hardik Patel, by his own admission, scraped through college and failed to land a steady job. The explosive issue he has locked on to is caste: He says India's policies of affirmative action have shut his community the Patels, also known as Patidars, out of university places and government jobs.


Taiwan swipe card with porn star image sells out in 4 hours

In this photo taken on Aug. 26, 2015, by the Central News Agency, two special edition swipe cards for Taiwan's mass transit are seen on display featuring the clothed image of 27-year-old, Japanese porn star Yui Hatano, in Taipei, Taiwan. Despite strong opposition, the 15,000 limited-edition cards sold out within hours overnight via a telephone hotline. (Central News Agency via the AP)TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A special edition swipe card for Taiwan's mass transit featuring the clothed image of a Japanese porn star sold out within hours overnight via a telephone hotline, despite a storm of opposition.


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