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Pope: Priests in Holy Year can absolve 'sin of abortion'
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis is applying his vision of a merciful church to women who have had abortions, easing their path toward forgiveness and saying he realizes some felt they had no choice but to make "this agonizing and painful decision."...

A look at what migrants are carrying with them to Europe
ROSZKE, Hungary (AP) -- To survive days on end of walking and improvised camping in harsh weather, they must concentrate on essentials: pain medicine, foot powder and first aid, food and personal hygiene items. The savviest have smartphones with backup battery power and SIM cards that work in the countries they're passing through. Otherwise, they can end up walking in circles without satellite navigation, particularly at night, when many travel to avoid police....

Hungary bars migrants from trains; smugglers wait in wings
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- Hungary stunned migrants and European partners Tuesday by blocking asylum-seekers from its westbound trains, a move that raised new challenges for the EU's passport-free travel zone and could drive many into the reckless hands of cross-border smugglers....

Immunity lifted, prosecutors close in on Guatemala president
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- Guatemalan prosecutors wasted no time in pressing their corruption investigation of President Otto Perez Molina, persuading a judge to bar him from leaving the country just hours after a historic congressional vote to strip his immunity from prosecution....

North Korea denies it apologized over mine blast
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea insisted on Tuesday that its recent expression of "regret" over a mine explosion that maimed two South Korean soldiers was not an apology, as Seoul claims it was....

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....

Questions in Lebanon over protesters' end game
BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanese security forces and protesters engaged in a drawn-out standoff outside a ministry that was briefly taken over by activists Tuesday, reflecting both reluctance by authorities to decisively crack down and a lack of focus by protesters - who are determined but lacking a clear path to success....

Europe's passport free travel area explained
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Desperate to halt the flow of migrants fleeing conflict or poverty, some European countries have begun erecting fences and tightening border controls. But the crackdown, as people leave Greece and Italy to move deeper into the European Union, has raised questions about whether Europe's passport-free area is viable....

UNESCO chief: IS destruction of Syrian temple 'intolerable'
BEIRUT (AP) -- Islamic State militants in Syria committed an "intolerable crime against civilization" by destroying the Temple of Bel, one of the ancient world's most iconic monuments, the head of the U.N. cultural agency said Tuesday....

From 'Everest' to Depp, highlights of the Venice Film fest
VENICE, Italy (AP) -- It's a sure sign that summer's over and the awards season is around the corner - the feast of fall film festivals....

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Africa
Nigeria to deploy drones to curb oil theft

Asia
Hong Kong teen faces trial over pro-democracy protest

Europe
Hungary bars migrants from trains; smugglers wait in wings

Latin America/Caribbean
Immunity lifted, prosecutors close in on Guatemala president

Middle East
UN: Gaza could be 'uninhabitable' by 2020 if trends continue


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