Talks start on migrant crisis

Malaysia launched high-level talks with its neighbors to try to solve the deepening problem of refugees stranded in boats off Southeast Asia's shores. Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman met with his counterpart from Bangladesh, Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, ahead of a meeting with the Indonesian and Thai foreign ministers Wednesday. But more than two weeks into a regional humanitarian crisis, the stance of Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia remains unchanged — none wants to accept migrants, fearing that would result in an unstoppable flow.


President appears after failed coup

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza has made his first appearance in the capital since the attempted coup against his government last week. Nkurunziza made a brief statement in the foyer of his heavily guarded presidential offices in Bujumbura. He did not mention the failed coup plot or the protests that have rocked Burundi for weeks over his bid for a third term. Instead he described how he contacted the presidents of nearby African countries to discuss the threat from Al-Shabab in Somalia.


Renowned BASE jumper dies

Extreme athlete Dean Potter, renowned for his bold and sometimes rogue climbs and BASE jumps, was among two people who were killed while attempting a wingsuit flight in Yosemite National Park, a park spokesman said. Someone called for help late Saturday after losing contact with Potter, 43, and his climbing partner, Graham Hunt, 29. A helicopter crew spotted their bodies Sunday morning in the Yosemite Valley.


1 dead in Osprey's hard landing

A Marine Corps Osprey aircraft made a hard landing in Hawaii, killing one Marine and sending 21 other people to hospitals as dark smoke from the resulting fire billowed into the sky. The tilt-rotor MV-22 Osprey, which can take off and land like a helicopter but flies like an airplane, had a "hard-landing mishap" about 11:40 a.m., the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit said. Officials didn't provide details about the conditions of the injured.

Washington, D.C.

Senate to pass trade bill this week

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said that the Senate would sign off this week on a measure that would give President Obama broad international trade authority but has been met with resistance from many members of the president's own party. The Senate voted to move ahead last week with the "fast track" bill, which could clear the way for Obama to finalize a multinational trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Northeastern U.S.

Amtrak to restore service Monday

Amtrak says it will restore full operations along the busy Northeast Corridor early Monday morning following the deadly train derailment in Philadelphia. Amtrak President Joseph Boardman said Sunday that repairs were made with passenger safety in mind and "complete compliance" with the directives of federal regulators. Trains on Amtrak's Acela Express and Northeast Regional routes were returning to service, with the first trains leaving Philadelphia at 5:53 a.m. and New York at 5:30 a.m.

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