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China accuses US of 'militarizing' South China Sea
BEIJING (AP) -- China's Defense Ministry on Thursday accused the U.S. of militarizing the South China Sea as Beijing makes increasingly bold moves to assert its claim to virtually all of the sea's waters, islands and reefs.... 7/30/2015 9:13 PM

Venezuela's largest beer company suspends work at 2 plants
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela's largest beer manufacturer is shutting some of its plants because of a lack of imported barley.... 7/30/2015 9:06 PM

Mexico ups dollar auction to $200 million to boost peso
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's central bank said Thursday it will increase dollar auctions from $52 million to $200 million per day through the end of September to stabilize the badly weakened peso.... 7/30/2015 9:03 PM

Police commander, 3 others killed in southern Mexico
ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) -- Gunmen killed a police commander Thursday in the capital of restive southern Mexico state of Guerrero, and officers pursuing the suspected attackers killed three people about two hours later, authorities said.... 7/30/2015 9:01 PM

AP Investigation: Filthy Rio water a threat at 2016 Olympics
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The waters where Olympians will compete in swimming and boating events next summer in South America's first games are rife with human sewage and present a serious health risk for athletes, an Associated Press investigation has found.... 7/30/2015 8:53 PM

Nigeria rescues 71, mostly women and girls, from Boko Haram
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigerian soldiers rescued 71 people, almost all girls and women, in firefights that killed many Boko Haram militants in villages near the northeastern city of Maiduguri, the military said Thursday.... 7/30/2015 8:48 PM

New Nigerian general to head multinational Boko Haram fight
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's Defense Ministry has appointed a new general to head the multinational army to fight Boko Haram.... 7/30/2015 8:39 PM

Ukraine will try again for Malaysia Airlines crash tribunal
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Ukraine's foreign minister says the five countries investigating the downing of a Malaysia airlines plane over Ukraine a year ago will try again in a few months to get Security Council approval for an international tribunal to prosecute the alleged perpetrators.... 7/30/2015 8:38 PM

Guatemala court lifts immunity for 3 lawmakers in graft case
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- Guatemala's Supreme Court has withdrawn the immunity from prosecution for three members of congress with alleged links to corruption.... 7/30/2015 8:33 PM

Man describes find that could solve MH370 plane mystery
SAINT-ANDRE, Reunion (AP) -- Johnny Begue was out collecting stones on the French Indian Ocean island he calls home when he says he saw part of an airplane wing washed up in the sand.... 7/30/2015 8:26 PM

AP PHOTOS: Attack on gay pride parade in Jerusalem
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Revelers dancing and singing through the streets of Jerusalem during the city's annual gay pride parade were left shrieking in pain and panic Thursday after an anti-gay extremist stabbed and wounded six people.... 7/30/2015 8:23 PM

Man stabs several people at Jerusalem gay pride parade
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Revelers dancing and singing through the streets of Jerusalem during the holy city's annual gay pride parade were left shrieking in pain and panic Thursday night, as an anti-gay extremist lunged into a group leading the march and stabbed six people, Israeli police and witnesses said.... 7/30/2015 8:23 PM

Afghan Taliban confirm Mullah Omar's death, choose successor
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Taliban confirmed the death of longtime leader Mullah Mohammad Omar and appointed his successor Thursday, as a new round of peace talks was indefinitely postponed amid concerns over how committed the new leadership is to ending the militant group's 14-year insurgency.... 7/30/2015 8:19 PM

Wing part could help solve what happened to MH370
SAINT-ANDRE, Reunion (AP) -- A barnacle-encrusted wing part that washed up on a remote Indian Ocean island could help solve one of aviation's greatest mysteries, as investigators work to connect it to the Malaysia Airlines flight that vanished more than a year ago.... 7/30/2015 8:09 PM

5 things to know about filthy water awaiting Rio Olympians
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The Associated Press commissioned a study of the virus and bacteria levels in the waters where Olympic athletes will compete next year in Rio de Janeiro. The testing found dangerously high levels of pathogens from human sewage waste.... 7/30/2015 8:09 PM

Turkey onslaught on Kurds, after IS attack, fuels anger
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (AP) -- Just when it seemed Turkey was getting serious about the fight against IS, it has turned its military focus to pounding its old foe: the Kurdish rebels.... 7/30/2015 7:29 PM

Philae probe finds evidence that comets can be cosmic labs
BERLIN (AP) -- Scientists say the Philae space probe has gathered data supporting the theory that comets can serve as cosmic laboratories in which some of the essential elements for life are assembled.... 7/30/2015 6:57 PM

AP Investigation: What's in Rio's water? AP explains tests
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Sewage pollution has long been a problem for Rio de Janeiro, and officials promised they would use the 2016 Summer Olympics as the springboard to finally clean up this stunningly beautiful city's waterways.... 7/30/2015 9:15 PM

Britain limits Ai Weiwei's visit due to alleged conviction
BEIJING (AP) -- Britain has denied Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei a six-month business visa to attend a London exhibition of his work, saying he failed to disclose that he has a criminal conviction - a claim that the artist and his attorney dispute.... 7/30/2015 6:48 PM

The Latest: Wing part may arrive in French city on Saturday
PARIS (AP) -- Here are the latest developments on the Malaysia Airlines flight that disappeared nearly a year and a half ago (all times local):... 7/30/2015 6:43 PM

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