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China downplays South China Sea island development
BEIJING (AP) -- China is comparing its controversial island reclamation project in the South China Sea to ordinary construction going on in other parts of the country, such as the building of roads and apartments.... 5/26/2015 4:21 AM

Corporate maneuver at Samsung strengthens heir's influence
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Two key Samsung companies are merging in a step toward ensuring the son of the group's ailing chairman inherits control of the theme parks to smartphones conglomerate.... 5/26/2015 4:16 AM

Rohingya seek better life in Malaysia, but reality is stark
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia has been a sort of promised land for Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar. The tens of thousands who endured perilous journeys to get here find more work opportunities than in Indonesia and a more Muslim-friendly environment than in Thailand.... 5/26/2015 4:11 AM

Americans find ways to visit Cuba despite tourism ban
HAVANA (AP) -- "Is travel to Cuba for tourist activities permitted? No." That's what the U.S. Treasury Department website says. And yet Havana is loaded with Americans, from the Floridita bar, where they pose for photos with a bust of Ernest Hemingway, to the Rum Museum, where they swig rum samples after trudging through dim displays of old casks.... 5/26/2015 4:05 AM

Taiwan proposes plan to ease South China Sea tensions
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou laid out a plan Tuesday to ease tensions in a vast, resource-rich Asian ocean where China has chafed against its neighbors by expanding islets with landfill to solidify its claims in the region.... 5/26/2015 4:05 AM

Stunning 36 percent rise in US visits to Cuba since January
HAVANA (AP) -- The thaw in relations between the U.S. and Cuba has led to a stunning 36 percent increase in visits by Americans to the island, including thousands who are flying into Cuba from third countries like Mexico in order to sidestep U.S. restrictions on tourism.... 5/26/2015 4:03 AM

AP PHOTOS: Indigenous beauty queen chosen in Ecuador
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) -- There was no bathing suit or modern evening gown competition in this beauty contest.... 5/26/2015 4:00 AM

Galapagos Island volcano erupts first time in 33 years
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) -- A volcano atop one of the Galapagos Islands has erupted for the first time in 33 years, threatening a fragile ecosystem that inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.... 5/26/2015 3:50 AM

Brides for sale: European women lured for sham marriages
LONDON (AP) -- Klara Balogova was 18, penniless and heavily pregnant when she rode thousands of miles from Slovakia to England to marry a man she had never met.... 5/26/2015 3:14 AM

Twister kills 13 in Mexico border city; 12 missing in Texas
CIUDAD ACUNA, Mexico (AP) -- A tornado raged through a city on the U.S.-Mexico border Monday, destroying homes, flinging cars like matchsticks and ripping an infant away from its mother. At least 13 people were killed, authorities said.... 5/26/2015 2:55 AM

Rest home fire in central China kills 38
BEIJING (AP) -- A fire that swept through a rest home in central China killed 38 people and injured six, Chinese authorities said Tuesday.... 5/26/2015 2:40 AM

AP PHOTOS: India's Modi shows media savvy in his first year
NEW DELHI (AP) -- As Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wraps up his first year on the job, one thing is clear: He understands the power of a good photo.... 5/26/2015 2:22 AM

Malaysia: Human traffickers' camps had 139 suspected graves
WANG KELIAN, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysian authorities say a cluster of abandoned jungle camps used by human traffickers contained 139 suspected graves as well as barbed-wire pens likely used to cage migrants, shedding more light on a regional trade that preyed on some of Southeast Asia's most desperate people.... 5/26/2015 2:09 AM

California looks to Australia for tips on surviving drought
SYDNEY (AP) -- California has turned to the world's driest inhabited continent for solutions to its longest and sharpest drought on record.... 5/26/2015 1:29 AM

California looks Down Under for drought advice
SYDNEY (AP) -- California's longest and sharpest drought on record has its increasingly desperate water stewards looking for solutions in Australia, the world's driest inhabited continent.... 5/26/2015 1:27 AM

Australia rejects Vietnamese refugee claims in 40 minutes
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia secretly held a group of 46 Vietnamese asylum seekers on a warship at sea for almost a month and rejected their refugee claims during interviews that took as little as 40 minutes before returning them all to Vietnam last month, officials said.... 5/26/2015 12:54 AM

Conservative challenger Duda wins Polish presidential vote
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Conservative challenger Andrzej Duda has won Poland's presidential election and ousted the incumbent in a runoff vote, according to official results Monday.... 5/25/2015 11:17 PM

Brazil prison riot leaves 8 dead, officials say
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- A prison riot in northeastern Brazil left eight inmates dead after a fight between two gangs quickly escalated, prison officials said.... 5/25/2015 10:59 PM

Unusual wake held for Puerto Rican taxi driver
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rican taxi driver Victor Perez Cardona's final fare was highly unusual: a wreath of flowers for his own funeral.... 5/25/2015 10:32 PM

Russia plans to use prison labor for 2018 World Cup
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian authorities want to use prison labor to drive down the costs of holding the 2018 World Cup.... 5/25/2015 8:51 PM



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