World
September 12

Pope removes Brazil bishop accused of stealing church funds

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a Brazilian bishop who was arrested earlier this year along with other church officials on accusations they stole hundreds of thousands of dollars in church funds.
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September 12

Dutch leader wants EU justice report on Romania

The prime minister of the Netherlands, which has long opposed Romania joining a European passport-free zone, says he'll wait for a European Commission report on Romania's contentious judicial overhaul before deciding on whether the country can join the Schengen zone.
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September 12

Putin: Suspects in Britain poisoning are innocent civilians

President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Russian authorities know the identities of the two men accused by Britain of carrying out a nerve agent attack on a former spy, but he added that they are civilians and there is "nothing criminal" about them.
World
September 12

New Thai laws mandate election by May next year

After a series of long delays and broken promises, Thailand's military government has enacted laws that set in motion a countdown leading to new elections by next May.
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September 12

Poll shows Palestinian mistrust of Trump runs deep

Over 60 percent of Palestinians oppose resuming dialogue with the Trump administration after the U.S. cut hundreds of millions of dollars in aid, according to an opinion poll published Wednesday.
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September 12

From music to news, EU moves to protect online copyright

The European Union wants to shake up the way internet companies handle media, e-books, digital music, news articles and other content posted online by better protecting the rights of the authors and creators.
World
September 12

McDonald's, Google strike wind power deals in Europe

McDonald's customers in the Netherlands will soon be able to buy fast food for their electric cars as well as themselves.
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September 12

Leading Brexit supporters deny plot to topple Theresa May

Leading Brexit-supporting lawmakers insisted Wednesday that they aren't about to topple Prime Minister Theresa May, despite strong opposition to her plan for taking Britain out of the European Union.
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September 12

Undersea eruption detected at Japan's Iwo Jima

Signs of undersea volcanic eruptions were detected at Iwo Jima, the site of one of the bloodiest battles in World War II, meteorological and defense officials said Wednesday.
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September 12

Myanmar's Suu Kyi to skip UN General Assembly session

A senior Myanmar official has confirmed that the country's leader, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, will not attend the U.N. General Assembly session this month in New York.
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September 12

Brexit-backing pub chain drops Jagermeister, French brandy

A pub chain founded by a prominent Brexit supporter said Wednesday it will stop selling French brandy and German Jagermeister liqueur and replace them with products from countries that aren't European Union members.
World
September 12

The Latest: Malta contests Italian PM's account of rescue

The Latest on Europe's response to mass migration (all times local):
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September 12

Fenella Fielding, star of 'Carry On' comedies, dies at 90

Fenella Fielding, a British actress who was the glamorous, velvet-voiced star of two "Carry On" comedies, has died. She was 90.
World
September 12

Libyan officials say missiles hit Tripoli airport

Missiles were fired at Libya's capital Tripoli, including the city's only functioning airport, forcing authorities to divert flights to another airport to the south, government and airport officials said Wednesday, less than a week after the U.N. brokered a cease-fire between rival armed groups.
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September 12

Former Iranian president Ahmadinejad's ally gets prison time

An Iranian court sentenced a close ally of former hard-line president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to six-and-a-half years in prison, semi-official ISNA news agency reported Wednesday.
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September 12

Report: 3,677 sex abuse cases in German Catholic Church

A report on sexual abuse inside the Catholic Church in Germany says 3,677 people were abused by clergy between 1946 and 2014, two leading German media outlets said Wednesday.
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September 12

EU chief aims to boost euro's role in world markets

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says he'll unveil plans this year to boost the euro's role in financial markets, which are dominated by the dollar.
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September 12

Polish leader slammed for saying EU has little relevance

Poland's president came under heavy criticism from political opponents Wednesday after he called the European Union an "imaginary community" of little relevance to Poles.
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September 12

Merkel: Germany must respond to chemical weapon use

Chancellor Angela Merkel suggested Wednesday that Germany must be prepared to respond if chemical weapons are used in war zones, remarks that come amid a debate over possible military involvement in the Syrian conflict.
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September 12

EU to give internet firms 1 hour to remove extremist content

European authorities are planning to slap internet companies like Google, Twitter and Facebook with big fines if they don't take down extremist content within one hour.