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1st transgender in India appointed head of college
KOLKATA, India (AP) -- The first transgender in India has been appointed as the principal of a women's college.... 5/27/2015 7:12 AM

Asia stocks ruffled by Greece crunch, Fed rate hike views
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Asian stock markets were ruffled Wednesday by Greece's impending cash crunch and expectations the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates this year for the first time in almost a decade.... 5/27/2015 6:59 AM

Envoys from S. Korea, US, Japan discuss N.Korean nuke threat
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The top nuclear envoys from South Korea, the United States and Japan agreed Wednesday on the need to increase pressure on North Korea and urged the country to engage in serious negotiations on its expanding nuclear weapons program.... 5/27/2015 6:51 AM

Swiss police detain soccer officials ahead of FIFA congress
ZURICH (AP) -- Six soccer officials were arrested and detained by Swiss police on Wednesday pending extradition at the request of U.S. authorities after a raid at a luxury hotel in Zurich.... 5/27/2015 6:47 AM

China touts success of crackdown in restive Muslim region
BEIJING (AP) -- China said Wednesday that it has foiled 181 terror plots since it started a crackdown a year ago on Islamic separatists in the northwestern region of Xinjiang that was prompted by a surge of violence that reached as far as Beijing.... 5/27/2015 6:43 AM

Pakistan vintage car collectors preserve a part of history
RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (AP) -- For an elite but passionate group of vintage car collectors in Pakistan, restoring antique rides is like travelling back in time - and money seems to be no obstacle when the prize is a Lincoln convertible that belonged to an Afghan king or a Rolls-Royce once used by India's last viceroy.... 5/27/2015 6:42 AM

20,000 residents evacuated in Cologne due to WWII bomb
BERLIN (AP) -- Some 20,000 residents in the western German city of Cologne are being forced to evacuate their homes after authorities discovered a 200-kilogram (440-pound) bomb from World War II. Schools and kindergartens remained closed and dozens of ambulances were on the scene to evacuate residents of a nursing home.... 5/27/2015 6:26 AM

UK's re-elected Cameron outlines plans in Queen's Speech
LONDON (AP) -- After his surprise election victory, British Prime Minister David Cameron is laying out plans for a government free of coalition compromises.... 5/27/2015 6:24 AM

AP Interview: Afghanistan's first lady breaks taboos
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan's first lady has broken numerous conventions in a society that traditionally sequesters women behind closed doors - speaking out on issues such as violence against women, the rule of law and the power of religion. But perhaps Rula Ghani's biggest taboo breaker is simply being the country's first presidential spouse in decades to be seen and heard in public.... 5/27/2015 6:22 AM

Singapore Airlines investigates engine problem during flight
SINGAPORE (AP) -- Singapore Airlines said Wednesday that it is investigating how one of its jets suffered a loss of power in both of its engines over the weekend, falling 13,000 feet (3,962 meters) before regaining altitude en route from Singapore to Shanghai.... 5/27/2015 6:20 AM

Israel defense minister: Islamic Jihad behind Gaza flare-up
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's defense minister is blaming Islamic Jihad - a smaller Palestinian militant group in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip - for the latest rocket fired at Israel that drew retaliatory airstrikes overnight.... 5/27/2015 6:18 AM

4 Taliban militants die in attack in Afghan capital
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An all-night siege in an upscale neighborhood of Afghanistan's capital ended in the early hours of Wednesday morning with the deaths of four heavily armed Taliban attackers, though no civilians or security personnel were injured or killed, an Afghan official said.... 5/27/2015 5:48 AM

Ex-LAPD officer wanted in killing arrested in Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A fugitive former Los Angeles police officer charged with killing a man during an off-duty fight was arrested Tuesday in northern Mexico, officials said.... 5/27/2015 4:07 AM

Cheap motorbikes bring opportunity and chaos to Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Joseph-Marc Carel knows the danger of ferrying passengers on his small motorbike, sometimes two at a time, as tides of the buzzing vehicles cut through the chaotic Haitian capital. He has a prosthetic leg to prove it.... 5/27/2015 4:01 AM

Survivors tell of terror during deadly Mexico tornado
CIUDAD ACUNA, Mexico (AP) -- Jose Francisco Contreras and his wife were driving to the bus he takes to his job at a factory in northern Mexico when the winds picked up and torrential rain began to fall.... 5/27/2015 4:00 AM

Australia warns children of foreign fighters risk charges
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- An Australian boy who was photographed holding the severed head of a Syrian soldier could reportedly return to Australia with his mother and siblings, prompting the prime minister to warn Wednesday that children as well as adults who break terrorism laws face prosecution.... 5/27/2015 3:07 AM

China coal production falls in first 4 months of year
BEIJING (AP) -- Coal production in China, the world's biggest coal-consuming nation, fell by 6 percent in the first four months of this year as the economy slows and the government makes a concerted push to reduce carbon emissions.... 5/27/2015 3:04 AM

Group: Hamas tortured, killed Palestinians in 2014 Gaza war
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A leading international watchdog on Wednesday accused the militant Hamas group of abducting, torturing and killing Palestinians during the war in the Gaza Strip last year, saying some of the actions amount to war crimes.... 5/27/2015 3:03 AM

US returns 25 looted artifacts to Italy: Vases, frescoes
ROME (AP) -- The United States on Tuesday officially returned 25 artifacts looted over the decades from Italy, including Etruscan vases, 1st-century frescoes and precious books that ended up in U.S. museums, universities and private collections.... 5/27/2015 2:43 AM

Police catch 175 looters in China's biggest artifact find
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese police have caught 175 looters who broke into a Neolithic archaeological site in what officials are calling the country's biggest recovery of stolen artifacts.... 5/27/2015 2:01 AM



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