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UN appeals for $405M for Afghanistan aid in 2015
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The United Nations has appealed for $405 million to cover the humanitarian needs of the people in Afghanistan in 2015.... 11/26/2014 6:56 AM

China asks US for help in hunting down fugitives
BEIJING (AP) -- A senior Chinese diplomat is calling on the U.S. and other Western countries to put aside their wariness of China's justice system and work with Beijing to send back officials who have absconded overseas with ill-gained loot.... 11/26/2014 6:56 AM

South Asian leaders gather at regional summit
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- South Asian leaders, including from rivals India and Pakistan, have gathered in Nepal's capital to boost cooperation in trade and energy and seek greater peace in the region, home to more than a fifth of the world's population.... 11/26/2014 6:36 AM

Officials: US drone kills 4 militants in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected U.S. drone strike has killed four alleged militants in the country's tribal region along the Afghan border.... 11/26/2014 6:32 AM

Rickshaw research reveals extreme Delhi pollution
NEW DELHI (AP) -- The three-wheeled rickshaw lurched through New Delhi's commuter-clogged streets with an American scientist and several air pollution monitors in the back seat. Car horns blared. A scrappy scooter buzzed by belching black smoke from its tailpipe. One of the monitors spiked.... 11/26/2014 6:28 AM

Thai police kept illicit fortune in hidden vaults
BANGKOK (AP) -- Two top police officers embroiled in a high-profile corruption scandal in Thailand kept an illicit fortune that included antique paintings, golden postage stamps and tens of millions of dollars in cash hidden in secret vaults at a dozen private residences, authorities said Wednesday.... 11/26/2014 5:49 AM

Hong Kong police arrest student protest leaders
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong authorities cleared more street barricades from a pro-democracy protest camp in a volatile district Wednesday, part of a two-day operation in which police arrested more than 100 people, including key student leaders.... 11/26/2014 5:33 AM

Beloved macaws bring harmony to Caracas' chaos
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- In one of the world's most-hostile urban jungles, the spectacle of rainbow-colored tropical birds streaking across the late-afternoon sky has become a natural respite from rampant crime and choking pollution.... 11/26/2014 5:29 AM

Killings surge in Mexico state at tip of Baja
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The normally bucolic, vacationer-crowded state at the tip of Mexico's Baja peninsula has become a battleground, with dozens of killings in a power struggle following the capture of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman nearly a year ago.... 11/26/2014 5:04 AM

Cardenas leaves Mexico leftist party he founded
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Cuauhtemoc Cardenas, a pillar of leftist politics in Mexico and son of the revered president who nationalized the oil industry, resigned Tuesday from the political party he founded, citing disagreements with its leadership.... 11/26/2014 4:31 AM

Domestic violence in NYC reflects the world
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- New York City's legal counsel said Tuesday that police receive more than 770 reports of domestic violence every day - a figure the head of the U.N. women's agency said reflects what is happening in the world.... 11/26/2014 4:14 AM

Garcia Marquez family explains archive decision
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The family of Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez says the late Colombian novelist's archive was offered only to the University of Texas, which will be the materials' repository.... 11/26/2014 3:10 AM

In New Zealand, feud over fate of 1902 corpse ship
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- The S.S. Ventnor sank 112 years ago off the northern New Zealand coast, bearing unusual cargo: the exhumed bodies of 499 Chinese miners, some in wooden coffins and others in sealed zinc caskets.... 11/26/2014 3:00 AM

Report says abusers remain in Australian military
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- A government investigation into sexual misconduct, assault and bullying in the Australian military over decades reported Wednesday that more than 1,100 alleged perpetrators remained in the ranks or reserves, some holding senior positions.... 11/26/2014 2:15 AM

China state media says 24 coal miners die in fire
BEIJING (AP) -- A fire sparked by underground tremors tore through a coal mine in northeastern China early Wednesday, killing 24 miners, Chinese state reported.... 11/26/2014 1:52 AM

AC/DC drummer clowns around at New Zealand court
TAURANGA, New Zealand (AP) -- AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd showed up late for a New Zealand court appearance Wednesday and clowned around by jumping on the back of one of his security guards outside the courthouse.... 11/26/2014 1:45 AM

Weather cited in Bahamas jet crash that killed 9
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) -- Bad weather appears to have been a major factor in a small plane crash in the Bahamas that killed a prominent Christian minister and eight other people, according to a report released Tuesday.... 11/26/2014 1:09 AM

UN: 12.2 million Syrians need humanitarian help
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- An estimated 12.2 million Syrians need assistance because of increasing violence and deteriorating conditions in the country, up from 10.8 million in July, the U.N. humanitarian chief said Tuesday.... 11/26/2014 12:48 AM

Spain urges Cuba to up pace of economic reforms
HAVANA (AP) -- Spain's foreign minister urged Cuba on Tuesday to accelerate economic reforms designed to expand private enterprise and attract foreign investment to the communist-run island.... 11/25/2014 11:53 PM

France suspends delivery of warship to Russia
PARIS (AP) -- France suspended the delivery of a warship to Russia on Tuesday, after months of speculation about what would be the biggest arms sale ever by a NATO country to the Kremlin.... 11/25/2014 11:45 PM