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Beijing faces defiance in Hong Kong on vote reform
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers disrupted a Beijing official's speech Monday as he sought to explain a decision announced over the weekend to tightly limit voting reforms for the southern Chinese financial hub.... 9/1/2014 3:14 AM

Placido Domingo closing act at London festival
LONDON (AP) -- Placido Domingo will be the closing act at this year's iTunes Festival in London.... 9/1/2014 3:11 AM

Modi visit draws pledges of support from Japan
TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese government and business leaders pledged support Monday for visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's effort to modernize his country's economy.... 9/1/2014 2:54 AM

Pakistani police, protesters clash anew in capital
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Anti-government protesters and Pakistani police have clashed once again as the demonstrators pushed into a sprawling government complex in the country's capital in an effort to try to reach the prime minister's official residence.... 9/1/2014 2:40 AM

Merkel aide downplays anti-euro party's success
BERLIN (AP) -- A top aide to German Chancellor Angela Merkel is downplaying a new anti-euro party's strong showing in a state election, arguing that it's too early to say its long-term success is assured.... 9/1/2014 2:39 AM

Alibaba IPO comes with unusual structure
BEIJING (AP) -- Foreigners who want to buy Alibaba Group shares in the Chinese e-commerce giant's U.S. public offering will need to get comfortable with an unusual business structure.... 9/1/2014 2:29 AM

Islamic State group becomes target of Arab satire
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The bumbling young militant first drops the rocket launcher on the toes of his boss before taking aim and firing toward a military checkpoint outside of an Iraqi town - not realizing he's fired it backward at his leader.... 9/1/2014 2:16 AM

Man in China kills 2 in knife attack at school
BEIJING (AP) -- Officials say a 40-year-old man stabbed students and teachers with a knife at a school in central China, killing two people and injuring four before jumping to his death.... 9/1/2014 2:01 AM

S. Korea says N. Korea fires projectile into sea
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea fired another short-range projectile into the sea Monday, a Seoul official said, in the country's latest weapons test made three days after it cancelled a plan to send cheerleaders to the upcoming Asian Games in the South.... 9/1/2014 1:26 AM

Japan urges toilet paper stock for major quake
TOKYO (AP) -- On national disaster prevention day, Japan's government is urging people to stock up on toilet paper, because more than 40 percent of the nation's supply comes from a high-risk earthquake zone.... 9/1/2014 12:32 AM

Cuba cracks down on goods in travelers' luggage
HAVANA (AP) -- Cubans braced Monday for a clampdown on the flow of car tires, flat-screen televisions, blue jeans and shampoo in the bags of travelers who haul eye-popping amounts of foreign-bought merchandise to an island where consumer goods are frequently shoddy, scarce and expensive.... 9/1/2014 12:09 AM

China manufacturing growth slowed in August
BEIJING (AP) -- China's manufacturing growth decelerated in August due to weaker global demand and a slowdown in domestic investment, two surveys showed Monday.... 9/1/2014 12:06 AM

It's not just Hello Kitty: Japan's character craze
TOKYO (AP) -- Hello Kitty, whom many learned last week is a girl and not a cat, may be the queen of Japan's cute characters, but she's hardly the only one.... 9/1/2014 12:02 AM

Asia stocks rise on S&P high, China stimulus hopes
BEIJING (AP) -- Asian stock markets rose Monday, lifted by another record high on Wall Street and expectations of stimulus in China after its manufacturing growth slowed. Investors looked ahead to this week's U.S. employment figures and a meeting of Europe's central bank for signs of stimulus steps.... 8/31/2014 11:55 PM

Islamist militia now guards US Embassy in Libya
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- An Islamist-allied militia group in control of Libya's capital now guards the U.S. Embassy and its residential compound, a commander said Sunday, as onlookers toured the abandoned homes of diplomats who fled the country more than a month ago.... 8/31/2014 8:58 PM

Philippine troops pull 'greatest escape' in Golan
BEIRUT (AP) -- Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers escaped their besieged outpost in the Golan Heights after a seven-hour gunbattle with Syrian rebels, Philippine officials said Sunday. Al-Qaida-linked insurgents still hold captive 45 Fijian troops.... 8/31/2014 8:11 PM

Ukraine: rebels fire on border guard vessel
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday called on Ukraine to immediately start talks on a political solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine.... 8/31/2014 7:06 PM

Mexico police: accidental blast kills 1 on border
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Police in Piedras Negras say that an apparently accidental explosion in a customs building on Mexico's border with the U.S. has killed one woman and injured five other people.... 8/31/2014 6:02 PM

Iraqi forces break militant siege of Shiite town
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen on Sunday broke a six-week siege imposed by the Islamic State extremist group on the northern Shiite Turkmen town of Amirli, as a suicide bombing killed 14 people in Anbar western province, officials said.... 8/31/2014 5:18 PM

Germany to send rifles, tank busters to aid Kurds
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany will send high-end rifles, tank-busting weapons and armored vehicles to aid Kurdish fighters battling Islamic extremists in Iraq, officials said Sunday.... 8/31/2014 4:43 PM