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China's manufacturing shows zero growth in July
BEIJING (AP) -- China's manufacturing recorded no growth in July, in a sign of weakness in the world's second-largest economy, according to data released by an industry group on Saturday.... 8/1/2015 4:08 AM

Original sound of Japan emperor's war-end speech released
TOKYO (AP) -- The 4 1/2-minute speech that has reverberated throughout Japan's modern history since it was delivered by Emperor Hirohito at the end of World War II has come back to life in digital form.... 8/1/2015 3:35 AM

APNewsBreak: Germany shelves Nazi crimes probe of US man
BERLIN (AP) -- German prosecutors have shelved their Nazi war crimes investigation of a retired Minnesota carpenter whom The Associated Press exposed as a former commander in an SS-led unit, saying Friday that the 96-year-old is not fit for trial.... 8/1/2015 3:28 AM

Zimbabwe: American lion killer's extradition being sought
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Zimbabwe will seek the extradition of an American dentist who killed a lion that was lured out of a national park and caused international outrage, a Cabinet minister said Friday.... 8/1/2015 2:41 AM

Mexico pet chain stops selling endangered, invasive species
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's largest pet store chain has agreed to stop selling 47 species of birds and other animals native to Mexico, 18 of which are considered at risk or in danger of extinction.... 8/1/2015 1:40 AM

Analysis: Afghan govt hopes to divide and conquer Taliban
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The new leader of the Afghan Taliban faces the twin challenges of bringing together an insurgency that he ran for years under another man's name and uniting a fractured movement that has seen fighters desert for more extreme groups such as the Islamic State. Meanwhile, the Afghan government believes it can seize on the Taliban leadership crisis it has created by announcing that Mullah Mohammad Omar has been dead for more than two years to further weaken the in... 8/1/2015 1:16 AM

India, Bangladesh swap border enclaves, settle old dispute
NEW DELHI (AP) -- At the stroke of midnight Friday, tens of thousands of stateless people who were stranded for decades along the poorly defined border between India and Bangladesh will finally get to choose their citizenship, as the two countries swapped more than 150 pockets of land to settle the demarcation line dividing them.... 8/1/2015 1:13 AM

US envoy to UN visits Cuba's UN Mission, a first in decades
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Samantha Power made the first visit by an American ambassador to the United Nations to Cuba's U.N. Mission in over a half-century on Friday.... 8/1/2015 12:54 AM

Mexico state: Indians approve embattled wind power project
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Residents of a heavily Indian area have approved the installation of a huge wind power project in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in southern Mexico, the Oaxaca state government said Friday.... 8/1/2015 12:37 AM

Venezuela governor: 1 killed during supermarket looting
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- A man was killed and dozens were arrested Friday as a mob looted a supermarket and other shops in an industrial Venezuelan city, Bolivar state authorities said.... 8/1/2015 12:35 AM

Suspected Jewish extremists burn Palestinian child to death
DUMA, West Bank (AP) -- Suspected Jewish assailants set fire to a West Bank home on Friday and burned a sleeping Palestinian toddler to death in an attack that drew Palestinian rage and widespread Israeli condemnation. The attack, which threatens to set off another violent escalation, shines a light on the growing lawlessness of extremist Jewish settlers that Israel is either unable or unwilling to contain.... 8/1/2015 12:29 AM

Puerto Rico: No money available to make $58M bond payment
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico's government said Friday it would not make a $58 million bond payment due on the weekend and warned that the general fund will run out of liquidity by November if no action is taken.... 8/1/2015 12:23 AM

Colombian military plane crashes, killing all 11 on board
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- A Colombian military transport plane crashed in the country's north on Friday, killing all 11 personnel aboard.... 8/1/2015 12:22 AM

Fired Mexican soccer coach probed for political tweets
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The trouble isn't over for fired Mexico national soccer team coach Miguel Herrera. He is now under investigation for possible violations of electoral laws for politically oriented tweets sent the day of June 7 midterm elections, authorities said Friday.... 7/31/2015 11:07 PM

Mexico activists denounce abuses targeting Cuban migrants
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Advocates for migrants said Friday they filed 15 complaints against Mexican government officials for allegedly extorting Cubans passing through en route to the United States and have documented hundreds of similar cases.... 7/31/2015 10:48 PM

Mexican judge orders 4 soldiers to stand trial in 7 deaths
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A federal judge in Mexico has ordered that four soldiers be held for trial on charges including forced disappearance and murder related to the deaths of seven people.... 7/31/2015 10:12 PM

Triathletes shrug off water warnings, swim in Rio
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Triathletes swam in waters off Copacabana Beach Friday ahead of weekend Olympic test events, despite published warnings that water in the area was "unfit" for swimming.... 7/31/2015 10:00 PM

Report: Pinochet covered up burning death of US resident
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- U.S. documents published Friday indicate Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet covered up the military's role in the burning death of a 19-year-old U.S. resident during a 1986 protest, a case that drew worldwide condemnation and strained the regime's relationship with Washington.... 7/31/2015 9:13 PM

UN nuclear chief to talk to Senate critics of Iran nuke deal
VIENNA (AP) -- U.S. senators who accuse the Obama administration of making secret deals with Iran that go beyond the publicly known nuclear pact will get a chance next week to question the head of the U.N. agency said to be linked to the alleged clandestine documents.... 7/31/2015 8:26 PM

Bus service resumes in San Salvador after driver killings
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) -- Bus service returned to near normal in the Salvadoran capital Friday after being paralyzed for four days due to a string of deadly gang attacks on drivers and warnings to others to abandon their routes.... 7/31/2015 7:51 PM



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