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Japan economy weak but improved in April; deflation persists
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's factory output fell 3.5 percent in April from the same month a year earlier, while consumer spending also edged lower, though both improved from the month before, the government said Tuesday.... 5/31/2016 2:12 AM

Australia to sell bitcoins confiscated as proceeds of crime
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- About $13 million in bitcoins will be auctioned in Sydney in June after Australian police confiscated the digital currency as proceeds of crime, an official said Tuesday.... 5/31/2016 2:02 AM

Haiti panel recommends throwing out results of disputed vote
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- A special verification commission on Monday recommended throwing out the disputed results of Haiti's first-round presidential election because it appeared to be tainted by significant fraud.... 5/31/2016 1:47 AM

Guatemala gets new attorney general after resignation
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales has named a new attorney general after the previous chief prosecutor resigned due to threats.... 5/31/2016 1:44 AM

Premier says return to Fort McMurray delayed for some
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says concerns about environmental contamination will delay the return of up to 2,000 evacuees hoping to move back to their homes in fire-damaged Canadian oil sands city of Fort McMurray until as late as September.... 5/31/2016 1:04 AM

Air strikes pummel rebel-held city of Idlib
BEIRUT (AP) -- A wave of air strikes on a rebel-held stronghold in northwest Syria Monday night caused mass casualties and sparked fresh clashes. The flare up in violence came a day after the opposition's chief negotiator resigned in frustration over the stalled Geneva peace talks with the government of Bashar Assad.... 5/31/2016 12:57 AM

South Korea military says North Korea missile launch likely fails, latest in string of hig...
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea military says North Korea missile launch likely fails, latest in string of high-profile failures.... 5/31/2016 12:36 AM

Activists say air strikes pummel rebel-held city
BEIRUT (AP) -- Activists say a wave of air strikes on the rebel-held city of Idlib in northwestern Syria have killed at least 10 people and damaged one or more hospitals.... 5/31/2016 12:04 AM

A Haiti commission is recommending throwing out the disputed results of last year's first-...
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- A Haiti commission is recommending throwing out the disputed results of last year's first-round presidential election and holding a new vote.... 5/31/2016 12:01 AM

Mexican soccer player Alan Pulido overpowered kidnappers
CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) -- About 24 hours after he was kidnapped, Mexican soccer star Alan Pulido found himself alone with one of his captors and saw his chance. He wrestled away the man's pistol and his cellphone and dialed Mexico's emergency number.... 5/30/2016 11:36 PM

Physicist Stephen Hawking baffled by Donald Trump's rise
LONDON (AP) -- Renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking may have a good grasp of the workings of the universe, but he says he can't understand Donald Trump's popularity.... 5/30/2016 11:24 PM

Brazil's transparency chief quits over corruption probe tape
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Leaked recordings of heavyweight politicians discussing Brazil's sprawling kickback scandal caused more headaches for acting President Michel Temer on Monday, with a new tape forcing his anti-corruption minister to quit.... 5/30/2016 11:24 PM

Nigeria: Security forces kill oil militants, separatists
WARRI, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigerian security forces clashed with oil militants and Biafran secessionists in separate bloody confrontations Monday that killed at least 20 civilians and two police officers, officials and witnesses. The violence erupted in Nigeria's restive south as the military mounted an offensive in the oil rich south-central Niger Delta and separatists protested in the southeast.... 5/30/2016 11:10 PM

Brazilian police: Gang rape happened but tests are not proof
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Police investigating a gang rape possibly involving more than 30 men said Monday that they have no doubt the assault happened but that tests on the 16-year-old victim were done too late to provide conclusive evidence.... 5/30/2016 10:45 PM

Argentina's Macri to repatriate $1.3 million from Bahamas
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- President Mauricio Macri said Monday that he will repatriate $1.3 million in savings from the Bahamas and use the money to buy Argentine treasury bonds because he is confident the struggling economy will recover and thrive.... 5/30/2016 10:26 PM

Head of Egypt's journalists union to stand trial
CAIRO (AP) -- Prosecutors on Monday referred the head of Egypt's journalists union and two board members to trial after they were formally charged with spreading false news and harboring journalists wanted by authorities.... 5/30/2016 10:25 PM

Pueblo shield withdrawn from Paris artifacts auction
PARIS (AP) -- A French auction house withdrew a Pueblo shield from a contested sale of Native American artifacts Monday after protests from the United States.... 5/30/2016 10:00 PM

Elton John doesn't see Putin, hopes for future meeting
MOSCOW (AP) -- Elton John regrets he didn't get to meet President Vladimir Putin during his current trip to Moscow, but says he's looking forward to meeting the Russian leader in the future to discuss LGBT issues.... 5/30/2016 9:12 PM

Puerto Rico debates consequences of paying off debt
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico's budget director says the U.S. territory cannot pay off its debt and provide essential services at the same time.... 5/30/2016 9:12 PM

NATO summit to raise military presence in Poland, region
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Monday that an upcoming "landmark summit" will enhance the alliance's defensive and deterrent presence in Poland and in the region, but decisions as to the number still haven't been finalized.... 5/30/2016 8:03 PM



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