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Myanmar prevents students from marching against academic law
LETPADAN, Myanmar (AP) -- Truckloads of police on Monday prevented hundreds of students from continuing their march to Myanmar's biggest city to protest a new law that they say curbs academic freedom.... 3/2/2015 12:44 PM

Pollution documentary attracts huge interest in China
BEIJING (AP) -- A slick new documentary on China's environmental woes has racked up more than 175 million online views in two days, underscoring growing concern in the country over the impact of air, water and soil pollution.... 3/2/2015 12:44 PM

'Jihadi John' was hardworking student, says former principal
LONDON (AP) -- The man who became the Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John" was a relatively hardworking student who showed no signs of being radicalized, his former school principal said Monday.... 3/2/2015 12:42 PM

South Africa: Wildfire destroys 5 homes in Cape Town
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South African firefighters say they are battling to control a wildfire that has burned down five homes in Cape Town's southern peninsula.... 3/2/2015 12:39 PM

World market momentum over Chinese rate cut fades
LONDON (AP) -- World stock markets edged lower in European trading on Monday as investor optimism faded over a weekend interest rate cut by the Chinese central bank.... 3/2/2015 12:39 PM

Kerry, Russian FM meet in Geneva as Ukraine tensions simmer
GENEVA (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Monday with his Russian counterpart in what appeared to be less than amicable talks amid continuing tensions over Ukraine and American calls for a full probe into the murder of a prominent opposition figure in Moscow.... 3/2/2015 12:37 PM

Kerry warns against revealing details of Iran nuke talks
GENEVA (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is warning that public discussion of select details of the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran will make it more difficult to reach a deal that prevents the country from developing atomic weapons.... 3/2/2015 12:34 PM

Britain's Prince William takes on diplomatic role in China
BEIJING (AP) -- Prince William presented China's president with an invitation from the queen for him to visit Britain this year, as the prince on Monday began the first official trip to mainland China by a senior British royal in a generation.... 3/2/2015 12:31 PM

Video reports conflict in probe of Putin critic's slaying
MOSCOW (AP) -- The investigation into the killing of Boris Nemtsov, a fierce critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin who was gunned down not far from the Kremlin, faced conflicting reports Monday about possible surveillance footage of his slaying.... 3/2/2015 12:30 PM

Chinese shoppers latest target of Hong Kong protest anger
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong police said Monday they arrested more than three dozen people involved in scuffles that broke out at a weekend protest against the growing influx of mainland Chinese shoppers.... 3/2/2015 12:28 PM

Scam Alert! Hundreds in Ghana think they're police recruits
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) -- Ghana's police say they are investigating a scam that fooled hundreds of people into thinking they were new police recruits.... 3/2/2015 12:22 PM

Ukraine's leader urges peacekeeping mission for the east
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's president signed a decree Monday opening the way to a formal request for international peacekeepers to be stationed in eastern regions where government forces are battling Russian-backed separatists.... 3/2/2015 12:19 PM

China lists 14 generals snared in anti-corruption campaign
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese military prosecutors have released a list of 14 generals convicted of graft or placed under investigation in an accelerating nationwide anti-corruption drive.... 3/2/2015 12:16 PM

Kerry defends Israel before UN rights panel
GENEVA (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday delivered a vigorous defense of Israel before the U.N. Human Rights Council, urging its members to end what the United States says is its unfair and biased focus on the Jewish State that could undermine its credibility. His remarks came as the Obama administration attempts to blunt complaints that it has not been strong enough in its support for Israel, criticism now centered on its pursuit of a nuclear deal with Iran.... 3/2/2015 12:13 PM

Oscar-winning director: Poles should see 'Ida" not debate it
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- The director of "Ida," the Polish movie that won this year's Oscar for best foreign film, says Poles should see it before calling it anti-Polish.... 3/2/2015 12:06 PM

Journalist jailed for online post freed from Myanmar prison
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- A photojournalist who was arrested for mocking Myanmar's leaders on Facebook has been freed.... 3/2/2015 12:05 PM

US Army head warns of defense cutbacks in Britain
LONDON (AP) -- The U.S. Army chief of staff says cuts in British defense spending may undermine the nation's ability to be an effective ally in future military operations.... 3/2/2015 11:53 AM

Thousands mourn Turkish novelist Yasar Kemal
ISTANBUL (AP) -- Political leaders and fellow writers are among thousands who gathered for the funeral of Yasar Kemal, one of Turkey's best-known novelists.... 3/2/2015 11:52 AM

Iraq state TV: Operation to retake Tikrit begins
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Backed by allied Shiite and Sunni fighters, Iraqi security forces on Monday began a large-scale military operation to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown from the Islamic State extremist group, state TV said, a major step in a campaign to reclaim a large swath of territory in northern Iraq controlled by the militants.... 3/2/2015 11:46 AM

Saudi diplomat taken by al-Qaida in Yemen free after 3 years
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry says that its diplomat who was abducted by alleged al-Qaida militants in Yemen has been released after nearly three years in captivity.... 3/2/2015 11:36 AM

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