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Vietnam and the US test their hard-won friendship
BANGKOK (AP) -- After tanks from communist North Vietnam burst through the gates of the Presidential Palace in Saigon 40 years ago Thursday, Washington imposed a punitive economic embargo that kept Hanoi from receiving assistance even from multilateral institutions such as the World Bank.... 4/28/2015 7:35 AM

Captain of doomed ferry sentenced to life in prison
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The South Korean ferry captain responsible for last year's disaster that killed more than 300 people, mostly school children, was given an increased sentence of life in prison Tuesday by an appellate court that convicted him of homicide.... 4/28/2015 7:34 AM

Lower oil prices dent Total's Q1 despite production rise
PARIS (AP) -- French energy giant Total SA says its net profit slid 20 percent in the first quarter despite a rise in production as slumping oil prices took their toll.... 4/28/2015 7:27 AM

Palestinian who clashed with Israeli troops dies of wounds
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Palestinian officials say a 21-year-old Palestinian man wounded in clashes with Israeli troops the night before has died.... 4/28/2015 7:11 AM

Lower oil prices take a slice out of BP's Q1 profits
LONDON (AP) -- BP says first-quarter profit fell 26 percent in the wake of the sharp drop in oil prices.... 4/28/2015 7:11 AM

Nepal troops ready aid for remote quake-hit villages
GORKHA, Nepal (AP) -- Preparing to push into the most isolated areas of quake-devastated Nepal, soldiers packed food, water and other emergency supplies to be loaded onto helicopters Tuesday in this small town near the epicenter of the powerful earthquake that has devastated this nation.... 4/28/2015 6:59 AM

Asian markets lower ahead of major earnings, Fed meeting
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Asian stock markets were lower Tuesday, taking a cue from losses on Wall Street ahead of earnings from major Asian companies and the Federal Reserve's policy meeting.... 4/28/2015 6:49 AM

Afghan army sends more troops to fight Taliban in north
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan official says the military has sent reinforcements to a northern province to fight Taliban insurgents closing in on the provincial capital.... 4/28/2015 6:29 AM

Iraq faces huge challenges dislodging Islamic State in Anbar
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi forces are on a westward push to retake Anbar, a sprawling Sunni-dominated desert province captured by the Islamic State group in their offensive last year. But as the battles for Tikrit and Ramadi have shown, it will be a hard slog for a much-diminished Iraqi army - especially given Baghdad's reticence to arm Sunni tribesmen and local fears of the Shiite militias backing government forces.... 4/28/2015 6:15 AM

Ukraine's rebels mete out rough justice in authority vacuum
KRASNYI PARTYZAN, Ukraine (AP) -- A bruised rebel fighter in battle fatigues is tied to a traffic pole, avoiding glances as a crude message hung about his neck flutters in the wind: "I am a marauder. I beat up and robbed my countrymen."... 4/28/2015 6:14 AM

Australia can't do more for death row prisoners in Indonesia
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia's foreign minister on Tuesday defended Prime Minister Tony Abbott against online criticism that he had not done enough to save the lives of two Australians on death row in Indonesia.... 4/28/2015 5:55 AM

Japanese police investigate projectile launch near US base
TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese police said they were investigating a possible attack on a U.S. Army base near Tokyo after finding a pair of launchers and a projectile Tuesday following reports of explosions in the vicinity.... 4/28/2015 5:51 AM

In quake-hit Nepal, rescuers struggle to recover the dead
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- For hours after Nepal was shaken by one of the most intense earthquakes here in nearly a century, 12-year-old Neha Chumda screamed for help.... 4/28/2015 4:55 AM

Nuclear attack survivors, 70 years later, now fading away
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- What a nuclear attack didn't take from them, old age will.... 4/28/2015 4:12 AM

Jamaica woman brings attention to rapes targeting lesbians
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- When Angeline Jackson and a friend were ambushed at gunpoint and sexually assaulted on a wooded trail outside the Jamaican capital, police initially seemed less concerned about the attack than the fact she is a lesbian.... 4/28/2015 4:05 AM

AP PHOTOS: Peruvian community lives half-year on the water
BELEN, Peru (AP) -- Residents of the Peruvian Amazon community nicknamed "Venice of the Jungle" live half the year on the water, with canoes replacing motorcycle taxis as the most popular form of transport. Teenagers swim in the same areas where they played soccer during the other six months of the year.... 4/28/2015 4:05 AM


KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Police say at least 4,352 people have been confirmed dead in Nepal after massive quake.... 4/28/2015 3:30 AM

Colombia's health ministry seeks to halt coca spraying
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombias Health Ministry is recommending the immediate suspension of aerial spraying of a herbicide thats the cornerstone of U.S.-financed efforts to wipe out cocaine crops.... 4/28/2015 3:00 AM

In post-quake aid rush, Nepal neighbors jockey for position
BEIJING (AP) -- Wedged between the two rising Asian powers of China and India, landlocked Nepal watched rescuers and offers of help pour in from both sides within hours of an earthquake that killed more than 4,000 people.... 4/28/2015 1:33 AM

Greek PM says initial deal in bailout talks 'very close'
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's prime minister voiced hope that bailout talks between the cash-strapped country and its international creditors are "very close" to an initial deal, and ruled out early elections if the dragging negotiations fail.... 4/28/2015 12:38 AM



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