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Asia stocks mostly higher, wages data boosts Japan
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian stocks were mostly higher Tuesday after a jump in average wages boosted Japan's market. Hong Kong's benchmark was recovering after initially retreating on weak Chinese data and concerns over tensions with Beijing.... 9/2/2014 2:11 AM

Dethroned Myanmar beauty queen blasts pageant boss
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- A dethroned beauty queen from Myanmar says she won't return her $100,000 crown until the pageant's organizers apologize for calling her a liar and a thief.... 9/2/2014 2:08 AM

Clashes between Islamists, rivals in Libya kill 31
CAIRO (AP) -- A Libyan security official says clashes in the eastern city of Benghazi between Islamists and rival fighters loyal to a renegade general have killed 31 on both sides.... 9/2/2014 2:05 AM

Australian dad accused of abusing Thai-born twins
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- An Australian man has been charged with sexually abusing twin girls he fathered several years ago to a Thai surrogate mother in another case that casts a harsh light on Thailand's beleaguered surrogacy industry.... 9/2/2014 1:46 AM

Homicide charges for S. Korean soldiers over death
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Officials say South Korean military prosecutors are charging four soldiers with homicide over the hazing death of a young army conscript in April.... 9/2/2014 1:44 AM

Anti-China group nabbed for planned Manila attacks
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine authorities said Tuesday that they arrested three men linked to a group that was planning to set off firebombs at Manila's international airport and a major mall in the city to protest the government's alleged "soft" stance in its territorial dispute with China. The military, however, downplayed the planned attacks, saying the men were just seeking attention.... 9/2/2014 1:41 AM

UK: Passports could be seized to fight terrorism
LONDON (AP) -- Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday proposed new laws that would give police the power to seize the passports of Britons suspected of having traveled abroad to fight with terrorist groups.... 9/2/2014 1:31 AM

British migrant rights activist faces Thai trial
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- A British human rights activist who investigated alleged abuses at a Thai fruit processing factory went on trial Tuesday in the first of a series of criminal lawsuits filed against him by the company.... 9/2/2014 12:35 AM

Brazilian designer Sergio Rodrigues dies at 86
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Celebrated Brazilian designer Sergio Rodrigues, whose "Mole" armchair is among the most iconic pieces of Brazilian mid-century design, has died. He was 86 years old.... 9/2/2014 12:08 AM

Top South America hackers rattle Peru's Cabinet
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- The Peruvian hackers have broken into military, police, and other sensitive government networks in Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Venezuela and Peru, defacing websites and extracting sensitive data to strut their programming prowess and make political points.... 9/2/2014 12:05 AM

3 Chinese inmates kill guard, break out of jail
BEIJING (AP) -- Three inmates, including one sentenced to death, escaped in a rare jailbreak in China's northeast after killing a guard early Tuesday morning, state media reported.... 9/1/2014 11:59 PM

Syrian rebels, government clash in Golan Heights
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian rebels clashed with government troops on Monday in the Golan Heights, where al-Qaida-linked insurgents abducted U.N. peacekeepers last week, activists said.... 9/1/2014 11:51 PM

Mexico turns to army, drones for security
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The Mexican government says it is increasingly turning to the use of the army and drones in security patrols, reducing the role of the once-successful Marine forces.... 9/1/2014 11:40 PM

Pro-Russian rebels lower demands in peace talks
MOSCOW (AP) -- Pro-Russian rebels softened their demand for full independence Monday, saying they would respect Ukraine's sovereignty in exchange for autonomy - a shift that reflects Moscow's desire to strike a deal at a new round of peace talks.... 9/1/2014 10:51 PM

Fiji says Syrian rebels issue demands for captives
SUVA, Fiji (AP) -- Fiji's military commander said Tuesday that Syrian rebels have issued three demands for the release of 45 Fijian peacekeepers they've held captive for five days.... 9/1/2014 9:50 PM

Regional body to help restore stability in Lesotho
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Southern Africa's regional body said Monday it will send an envoy and an observer team to Lesotho to help restore stability and security in the mountainous kingdom where military actions over the weekend caused the prime minister to flee.... 9/1/2014 9:46 PM

Mexico rescues 15 Cubans adrift deep in Gulf
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The Mexican Navy says it has rescued 13 badly dehydrated Cubans who were drifting in a makeshift boat far offshore in the Gulf of Mexico.... 9/1/2014 9:26 PM

Acid victims' photo shoot draws attention in India
NEW DELHI (AP) -- A fashion photo shoot featuring five victims of acid attacks is drawing wide attention in India. While the country keeps no official statistics on acid attacks, there are regular reports in the media of attackers targeting victims to disfigure or blind them, often because of spurned sexual advances.... 9/1/2014 8:51 PM

New Zealand gunman kills 2; suspect faces charges
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- A man suspected of killing two unemployment-office workers and seriously wounding a third in a South Island town was charged Tuesday with murder.... 9/1/2014 7:24 PM

Peru police display record 7.7-ton cocaine haul
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Peruvian police displayed in a Lima airport police hangar on Monday what officials called the largest cocaine haul ever in the Andean nation, 7.7 metric tons (8.5 tons).... 9/1/2014 6:52 PM