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Smoking ban seems cause of 15-hour Australian prison riot
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Australian authorities on Wednesday ended a 15-hour prison riot involving up to 300 inmates in Melbourne suspected to have been triggered by a ban on smoking.... 7/1/2015 12:54 AM

Japanese business mood improves despite gloomy data
TOKYO (AP) -- The mood among big Japanese corporations is unexpectedly upbeat despite recent data showing the recovery appears to be stalling.... 7/1/2015 12:45 AM

Japan's UNESCO heritage bid draws ire over past labor abuse
GUNKANJIMA, Japan (AP) -- Of countless ghostly abandoned factories and mines in Japan, this fortress island near Nagasaki is among the most notorious. It is also a source of national pride.... 7/1/2015 12:15 AM

Man accused in Boko Haram abduction of Chibok girls arrested
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigerian troops have arrested a businessman accused of "participating actively" in Boko Haram's mass abduction of nearly 300 schoolgirls from the northeastern town of Chibok last year, Nigeria's Defense Ministry said Tuesday.... 6/30/2015 11:36 PM

Economists say Puerto Rico needs right to bankruptcy option
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico's financial future hung in limbo Tuesday as economists and officials warned that the U.S. territory could head down Greece's path if it is not allowed to declare bankruptcy as it struggles with $72 billion in public debt.... 6/30/2015 11:31 PM

A year after Mexico army slayings, calls for justice mount
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A year later, many people say justice still has not been served in the case of soldiers killing at least a dozen suspected gang members who had surrendered after a confrontation at a grain warehouse in southern Mexico.... 6/30/2015 11:18 PM

Greece's bailout expires, country defaults on IMF payment
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece slipped deeper into its financial abyss after the bailout program it has relied on for five years expired at midnight Tuesday and the country failed to repay a loan due to the International Monetary Fund, deepening fears over whether it will be able to remain in the eurozone.... 6/30/2015 11:15 PM

French soldiers accused of sexual abuse of minors in Africa
PARIS (AP) -- Two French soldiers serving in the African country of Burkina Faso are being suspended over accusations of sexual abuse of minors, authorities said Tuesday.... 6/30/2015 10:48 PM

IMF: Greece misses $1.8 billion loan payment
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The latest news on Greece's financial woes (all times local):... 6/30/2015 10:22 PM

APNewsBreak: Tunisia beach killer trained with museum gunmen
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- The student who massacred tourists in a Tunisian seaside resort trained in a jihadi camp in Libya at the same time as the two men who attacked a leading museum in March, a top security official said Tuesday, enforcing the notion of a link between the two assaults and raising fears of more attacks from an underground world clawing at this North African nation's budding democracy.... 6/30/2015 10:15 PM

UN: World should be ashamed at failure to end Syria conflict
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday the world should be ashamed that three years after major powers approved a blueprint in Geneva to bring peace to Syria the suffering of its people is reaching new depths and the country is "on the brink of falling apart."... 6/30/2015 9:58 PM

US senator on visit to Venezuela amid diplomatic detente
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- The Republican chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee is making a surprise visit to Venezuela amid a U.S. effort to reduce tensions with the South American nation.... 6/30/2015 9:52 PM

Police replace soldiers on security duty in big Rio slum
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Police in Rio de Janeiro have finished replacing more than 2,000 soldiers who have been stationed in the Mare complex of shantytowns to improve security and drive out the drug gangs that ruled the slum for decades.... 6/30/2015 8:50 PM

Russia fails to clinch deal on gas supplies to Ukraine
MOSCOW (AP) -- Talks on Russian gas supplies to Ukraine have failed to reach an agreement on future supplies.... 6/30/2015 8:44 PM

Spain: 'Gag Law' greeted with protests from critics
MADRID (AP) -- Thousands of protesters rallied Tuesday against a new Spanish public security law nicknamed the "gag law" before it went into effect at midnight, slamming it as legalized muzzling of free expression and the media.... 6/30/2015 8:39 PM

Yemen fighting allows 1,200 prisoners to flee
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Some 1,200 inmates fled a prison in Yemen on Tuesday after guards deserted their posts amid fierce fighting between Shiite rebels and their opponents, officials said.... 6/30/2015 8:23 PM

Romania Parliament approves new spy chief in blow to premier
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Romania's Parliament approved a new spy chief opposed by the prime minister on Tuesday, dealing a blow to the leader who faces increasing pressure to resign amid a corruption investigation.... 6/30/2015 8:20 PM

China announces climate target for Paris deal
PARIS (AP) -- Top carbon polluter China confirmed it will try to cap its rising emissions before 2030 while the U.S. and Brazil pledged to boost renewable energy sources in a series of announcements Tuesday in anticipation of a global climate pact in Paris.... 6/30/2015 8:18 PM

IS fighters stage surprise attack on key Syrian border town
BEIRUT (AP) -- Islamic State fighters on Tuesday launched a surprise attack on a Syrian border town recently seized by U.S.-backed Kurdish forces, taking positions in the eastern part of the town and waging fierce gun battles with its defenders, activists said.... 6/30/2015 8:03 PM

Liberia quarantines an area where new Ebola case appeared
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Liberian authorities on Tuesday quarantined two households after the corpse of a 17-year-old boy was found with Ebola, sparking fears the West African country could face another outbreak of the disease nearly two months after being declared Ebola-free.... 6/30/2015 7:53 PM



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