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Bill Clinton visits Vietnam to mark 20th anniversary of ties
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- For Bill Clinton, President Barack Obama's announcement this week of plans to resume diplomatic relations with Cuba must have stirred memories. It was 20 years ago this month that Clinton pulled off a similar diplomatic and political success, normalizing relations with Vietnam.... 7/3/2015 12:16 AM

Indonesian suburb hit by plane disasters twice in 10 years
MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) -- A decade ago, when an Indonesian passenger jet crashed into a quaint neighborhood in Indonesia's third-biggest city, Medan, Waktu Tarigan thought he'd never witness anything like that again. He was wrong.... 7/3/2015 12:13 AM

Report: Saudi king censors TV host, pro-Brotherhood scholar
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A government-linked Saudi news website reported Thursday that King Salman ordered an investigation and trial of a pro-Muslim Brotherhood scholar and a television host after an episode that was critical of his predecessor King Abdullah's policies toward the outlawed Islamist group.... 7/2/2015 11:56 PM

UN leader voices concern about Dominican crackdown
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AP) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Caribbean leaders Thursday that he shares concerns about a crackdown on migrants in the Dominican Republic, most of whom are from Haiti or of Haitian descent.... 7/2/2015 11:53 PM

2 bombings wound 8 people in Colombia's capital, police say
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- An explosive device went off in the financial district of Colombia's capital Thursday and wounded seven people, while a second blast elsewhere in Bogota injured an eighth person, authorities said.... 7/2/2015 11:31 PM

Bahamas concerned about US ruling for resort developer
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- The Bahamas attorney general expressed frustration Thursday with a decision by the developer of a $2.5 billion hotel-and-casino project in Nassau to file for bankruptcy protection in a U.S. court.... 7/2/2015 11:16 PM

Puerto Rico governor: Creditors should help solve crisis
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico's governor said Thursday that creditors are responsible for helping the U.S. island out of its economic crisis because they lent money knowing the government was running a deficit.... 7/2/2015 11:08 PM

'80s file shows plan for Hong Kong 'plantation' in NIreland
LONDON (AP) -- A bizarre plan to relocate the entire population of Hong Kong to Northern Ireland was considered an option in the uncertain years before Britain handed back the former British colony to Chinese rule, formerly classified government files showed.... 7/2/2015 11:07 PM

Gene therapy for cystic fibrosis promising for some patients
LONDON (AP) -- Doctors who gave children with cystic fibrosis a replacement copy of a defective gene say it appeared to slow the expected decline of some patients' lungs, but called the results "modest" and say there must be major improvements before offering the treatment more widely.... 7/2/2015 10:42 PM

Documents: Mexican army ordered troops to 'kill criminals'
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A human rights group said Thursday that military documents show high-ranking officers had given Mexican soldiers standing orders to kill criminals ahead of an army mass slaying of suspected cartel members after they surrendered.... 7/2/2015 10:31 PM

Attack on UN convoy in Mali kills 6 peacekeepers, wounds 5
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- Gunmen ambushed a U.N. convoy in conflict-wracked northern Mali on Thursday killing six peacekeepers and wounding five others, the U.N. said. All the victims were from Burkina Faso.... 7/2/2015 10:10 PM

Days before referendum, Greek voters perplexed and undecided
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Costas Christoforidis hasn't decided how to vote in Sunday's referendum on a bailout deal for Greece's troubled economy. The problem is, the 37-year-old farmer isn't sure what he's voting for.... 7/2/2015 10:00 PM

UN observers say Burundi elections were not free
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- A U.N. observer mission concluded Thursday that this week's parliamentary elections in Burundi were not "free, credible and inclusive."... 7/2/2015 8:59 PM

The case for Greece: when it forgave Germany's debt
LONDON (AP) -- Forgiving debt, if done right, can get an economy back on its feet.... 7/2/2015 8:51 PM

'Cartel Land' shows good and bad of vigilantes in Mexico, US
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The documentary "Cartel Land" opens with chilling night scenes of large-scale methamphetamine cooking in rural Mexico. What viewers later learn is how such drug production became deeply intertwined with the vigilante movement that emerged in 2013 and 2014 to oust the region's main drug cartel.... 7/2/2015 8:49 PM

Egypt's warplanes strike back at militants in troubled Sinai
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian warplanes launched new airstrikes and troops went house-to-house Thursday in the troubled Sinai Peninsula, a day after Islamic State-linked militants set off the area's bloodiest fighting in decades in an unprecedented, coordinated attack.... 7/2/2015 8:35 PM

Sex performance at university causes scandal in Argentina
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- A sex performance at a university in Argentina's capital is causing an uproar.... 7/2/2015 8:19 PM

US senator ends visit to Venezuela, urges moderation
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- The chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee wrapped up a trip to crisis-plagued Venezuela by warning the country is on a "destructive path" that could result in more suffering unless the socialist government adopts more moderate policies before congressional elections.... 7/2/2015 8:17 PM

Iran takes hard line on inspections, sanctions at nuke talks
VIENNA (AP) -- Iran took a hard line Thursday on two of the biggest demands of world powers in a final nuclear accord, rejecting any extraordinary inspection rules and threatening to ramp up enrichment of bomb-making material if the United States and other countries re-impose sanctions after the deal is in place.... 7/2/2015 8:04 PM

The Latest: Greek premier wants biggest 'no' vote possible
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The latest news on Greece's financial woes (all times local):... 7/2/2015 7:50 PM



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