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Trump will address Afghan strategy as U.S. commanders hail new force

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, to the right of the podium, is joined by top U.S. and Afghan military leaders for the launch of the Afghan Army�s new special operations corp on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, at Camp Morehead, a training base southeast of Kabul.

Signaling that the U.S. military expects its mission to continue, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan on Sunday hailed the launch of the Afghan Army's new special operations corps, declaring that "we are with you and we will stay with you."

Nations search for 10 missing after US destroyer collision

In this Jan. 22, 2017, photo provided by U.S. Navy, the USS John S. McCain conducts a patrol in the South China Sea while supporting security efforts in the region. The guided-missile destroyer collided with a merchant ship on Monday, Aug. 21, in waters east of Singapore and the Straits of Malacca.

Vessels from several nations are searching Southeast Asian waters for 10 missing U.S. sailors after an early morning collision Monday between the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker ripped a gaping hole in the destroyer's hull.

Appeal filed for 2 convicted of killing British backpackers

Two migrant workers from Myanmar who were convicted two years ago of murdering two British backpackers on a resort island in Thailand have submitted a final appeal of their death sentences.

Pope: Rights of migrants trump national security concerns

Pope Francis on Monday urged countries to greatly improve their welcome to migrants and stop collective expulsions, saying migrants' dignity and right to protection trumps national security concerns.

German nationalists try reviving migration as election topic

Germany's anti-immigrant AfD party pushed Monday to make the massive influx of migrants into the country an election issue as it battles with flagging support, despite waning concern among Germans over the matter.

Spain death toll to 15 as suspect linked to fatal carjacking

The fugitive who mowed down tourists in Barcelona then stole a car and stabbed its owner to death as he made his getaway, Spanish authorities said Monday as they raised the death toll in the country's two vehicle attacks to 15.

Big Ben bell falls silent in London for repairs until 2021

After more than 150 years as Britain's most famous timekeeper, London's Big Ben bell fell silent Monday for four years of repair work that will keep it quiet on all but a few special occasions.

German Foreign Ministry pokes fun at Breitbart gaffe

Germany's Foreign Ministry is having some fun at the expense of a Breitbart News gaffe.

Russia boosts air campaign to help recapture key Syrian city

Russia has boosted its air campaign in Syria to help President Bashar Assad's forces drive Islamic State militants from Deir el-Zour, the largest city in which they still have a major presence.

Finland names suspect in stabbings that killed 2, wounded 8

A court in Finland has named the suspect in a stabbing rampage that killed two and wounded eight as 18-year-old Moroccan Abderrahman Mechkah, who is being treated in hospital after police shot him in the leg to subdue him in the south-western city of Turku.

Serbia withdraws entire staff from its embassy in Macedonia

The entire staff of the Serbian Embassy in the Macedonian capital has been withdrawn for urgent consultations in Belgrade in a move that has further strained relations between the Balkan neighbors.

Pakistan claims success against militants near Afghan border

Pakistan's military claimed success in a month-long operation against militants in a troubled northwestern tribal region that borders Afghanistan.

Romanian PM sends auditors to beleaguered national airline

Romania's premier has sent auditors to Romania's national airline Tarom after it reported significant losses for the first half of the year.

Lebanon says it helped foil plot to down plane in Australia

Lebanon's interior minister said Monday that the country's police intelligence played a major role in foiling a plot to bring down an Emirati passenger plane that was supposed to take off from Sydney bound for the United Arab Emirates' capital, Abu Dhabi.

The Latest: US Navy vessel arrives to help damaged destroyer

The Latest on the collision between the USS John S. McCain guided missile destroyer and an oil tanker east of Singapore (all times local):

1 dead, 1 injured as van rams bus stops in Marseille, France

A van rammed into two bus stops about 5 kilometers (3 miles) apart in the French port city of Marseille on Monday, killing one person and injuring another, police officials said.

Emirates approves new 'sin tax' to boost government revenue

The United Arab Emirates has issued a new law that imposes taxes on tobacco products, energy drinks and soft drinks to boost revenue and help offset the impact of lower oil prices.

Putin appoints new Russian ambassador to US

President Vladimir Putin has appointed a former deputy defense minister as Russia's new ambassador to the United States.

US health chief lauds China for help with opioid control

China has been an "incredible partner" in cracking down on synthetic opioids seen as fueling fast-rising overdose deaths in the United States, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said Monday during a visit to the country considered the source of many of the deadly substances sought by addicts.