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Protesters, police clash over Ukraine reforms vote

Tomas Monzon
KIEV, Ukraine, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Protesters attempted to enter the parliament in Ukraine's capital of Kiev over a vote on reforms for independence of the eastern side of the country.

VMAs 2015: Nicki Minaj fuels spat with Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber breaks down on stage

Wade Sheridan
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- This year's MTV Video Music Awards was full of shock and awe as the biggest names in music gathered under one roof at the Microsoft theater in Los Angeles Sunday.

London clears major North Sea gas investment

Daniel J. Graeber
LONDON, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Consent for the $4.5 billion development of the Culzean gas field in the North Sea shows the British government remains committed offshore, a minister said.

Two suspects identified in Bangkok bombing case

Tomas Monzon
BANGKOK, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- A Thai court issued arrest warrants Monday for two suspects believed to have played a role in the bombing of Bangkok's Erawan Shrine on Aug. 17.

Taylor Swift wins four MTV VMAs, including Video of the Year for 'Bad Blood'

Karen Butler
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Taylor Swift was the big winner at Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards, taking home four prizes, including the top honor of Video of the Year for "Bad Blood."

Amnesty International condemns gang-rape sentence of two Indian women

Andrew V. Pestano
NEW DELHI, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Amnesty International has condemned the gang-rape and public humiliation sentence of two Indian sisters given because their brother eloped with a married woman.

Canada orders Alberta pipeline closures

Daniel J. Graeber
CALGARY, Alberta, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Canadian energy company Nexen said safety was its top priority after a provincial regulator ordered dozens of pipeline closed because of maintenance issues.

Gas sales give lift to Israel's Delek Group

Daniel J. Graeber
TEL AVIV, Israel, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- After posting strong second results, the chief executive officer at Israeli energy company Delek said growth should continue through future investments.

Kanye West announces bid for the presidency in 2020 at the MTV VMAs

Karen Butler
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Hip-hop titan Kanye West announced at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards that he plans to run for U.S. president in the 2020 election.

Former Maryland Gov. Marvin Mandel, a divisive figure, dead at 95

Andrew V. Pestano
BALTIMORE, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Former Maryland Gov. Marvin Mandel, a popular politician until his conviction for mail fraud and racketeering, died Sunday at the age of 95.