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Japan data signal slow recovery despite lower energy costs
TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese factories churned out more machinery and electronic devices in January as export shipments rose, but lower energy costs due to cheaper crude oil failed to provide a boost to consumer spending.... 2/27/2015 6:29 AM

Hong Kong woman gets 6 years in Indonesian maid abuse case
HONG KONG (AP) -- A Hong Kong mother of two was given a six-year prison term Friday for abusing her Indonesian maid in a case that aroused widespread outrage over its brutality.... 2/27/2015 6:21 AM

Gunman kills 3, found dead in South Korean city: police
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A gunman shot and killed three people Friday before he was found dead at a home in a city near the capital Seoul in the second such incident in three days, police officials said.... 2/27/2015 6:03 AM

Fijians get to design new flag as nation ditches Union Jack
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Fijians will get the opportunity to design a new flag as the country prepares to ditch Britain's Union Jack.... 2/27/2015 6:02 AM

Syria expels 2 key UN humanitarian staffers
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The Syrian government expelled two key U.N. humanitarian staffers because of their contact with armed opposition groups while trying to arrange aid deliveries - a decision that could harm a new effort to secure a six-week truce in the country's largest city, the U.N. humanitarian chief says.... 2/27/2015 5:16 AM

The big melt: Antarctica's retreating ice may re-shape Earth
CAPE LEGOUPIL, Antarctica (AP) -- From the ground in this extreme northern part of Antarctica, spectacularly white and blinding ice seems to extend forever. What can't be seen is the battle raging underfoot to re-shape Earth.... 2/27/2015 5:11 AM

Prince William strikes a friendly contrast to Japan's prince
TOKYO (AP) -- Britain's Prince William, on his second day of his four-day trip to Japan, is having tea Friday with Crown Prince Naruhito. Both princes may be equally charming, but it is no contest which one is seen as more approachable.... 2/27/2015 5:05 AM

Cuban cigar makers anticipate big bucks from US travelers
HAVANA (AP) -- Over six decades rolling premium cigars with his small, wrinkled hands, Arnaldo Alfonso has taken pride in seeing his "habanos" sampled by visiting heads of state and other dignitaries.... 2/27/2015 5:03 AM

Venezuela newspaper that opposed Chavez ends daily edition
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- The Venezuela newspaper started by a former guerrilla as a forum to criticize the socialist revolution started by the late President Hugo Chavez is ending its daily print edition amid a shortage of newsprint and what it says is a pattern of government harassment.... 2/27/2015 4:42 AM

Hollande tours typhoon-hit Philippines ahead of climate deal
GUIUAN, Philippines (AP) -- French President Francois Hollande on Friday took his warning about the need for funds for a landmark climate deal to a central Philippine town that was devastated by a killer typhoon in 2013.... 2/27/2015 4:39 AM

Boat capsizes off Macau, 15 people missing
BEIJING (AP) -- A suspected people-smuggling boat carrying 19 people capsized off the Chinese territory of Macau on Friday, leaving 15 people missing, the Macau government and Chinese state media said.... 2/27/2015 4:34 AM

Unidentified attackers hack US blogger to death in Dhaka
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- A prominent U.S. blogger, known for his writing against religious fundamentalism, has been hacked to death by unidentified attackers in Bangladesh's capital, police said Friday.... 2/27/2015 4:27 AM

Asian stock markets lackluster after Wall Street decline
BEIJING (AP) -- Asian stocks were lackluster Friday after U.S. markets drifted lower and Japan reported faster growth in factory output but weaker retail sales.... 2/27/2015 3:45 AM

South Korea renews license of 2nd-oldest nuclear plant
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The South Korean nuclear regulator said Friday it renewed the operating license of the country's second-oldest nuclear power plant until 2022, overriding the objections of residents and anti-nuclear groups.... 2/27/2015 3:20 AM

Chile government rejects 14-year-old's plea for euthanasia
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Chile's government on Thursday rejected an ailing 14-year-old girl's plea on social media to let her "sleep forever."... 2/27/2015 2:21 AM

Imprisoned Mexican drug suspects complain of poor conditions
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's National Human Rights Commission said Thursday it has received a complaint from inmates at a maximum-security prison, reportedly including top cartel leaders, complaining of poor food and bad conditions.... 2/27/2015 1:39 AM

China bans ivory imports for 1 year to protect elephants
BEIJING (AP) -- China imposed a one-year ban on ivory imports that took immediate effect Thursday amid criticism that its citizens' huge appetite for ivory has fueled poaching that threatens the existence of African elephants.... 2/27/2015 12:51 AM

Canadian citizenship oath to Queen to remain law
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- Immigrants to Canada will have to keep taking an oath to the Queen Elizabeth II after the Supreme Court of Canada refused Thursday to hear a challenge to the citizenship requirement.... 2/27/2015 12:25 AM

Costa Rica says Romanian hanged himself on airline flight
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) -- Authorities in Costa Rica say an autopsy has confirmed that a Romanian man hanged himself in an airliner's bathroom on a flight arriving from Bogota, Colombia.... 2/27/2015 12:12 AM

Victory for Argentine leader as judge rejects cover-up case
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- A federal judge on Thursday firmly dismissed allegations that Argentine President Cristina Fernandez tried to cover up the involvement of Iranian officials in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center, easing a crisis for her government fed by the death of the prosecutor who brought the case.... 2/27/2015 12:06 AM

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