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Official says China to boost military budget by 10 percent
BEIJING (AP) -- China's military budget will grow by about 10 percent in the coming year, a legislative spokeswoman said Wednesday, despite slowing economic growth that fell to 7.4 percent last year and is expected to further decline in 2015.... 3/4/2015 4:27 AM

Indonesia moves Australians ahead of expected executions
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Two convicted Australian drug smugglers arrived Wednesday at an Indonesian island prison where they will be executed by firing squad with seven other foreigner prisoners and an Indonesian, as diplomatic squabbles persist over the executions.... 3/4/2015 4:21 AM

Turkish jetliner skids off on runway, passengers safe
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- A Turkish Airlines jet landing in dense fog in the Nepalese capital Wednesday skidded off a slippery runway but there were no serious injuries, officials said.... 3/4/2015 4:14 AM

Mexico raided migrant train 153 times in last year
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican authorities said Tuesday they staged 153 raids over the last year on a train known as "La Bestia" that rolled toward the U.S. border crowded with hundreds of Central American migrants.... 3/4/2015 4:12 AM

Asia stocks down after US fall as China growth goal eyed
BEIJING (AP) -- Asian stock markets were mostly lower Wednesday after Wall Street declined and investors looked ahead to U.S. economic data and China's announcement of its annual growth target.... 3/4/2015 3:56 AM

BEIJING (AP) -- Legislative official says China to boost military budget about 10 percent in the coming year.... 3/4/2015 3:48 AM

Prince William to meet elephants on final day of China tour
BEIJING (AP) -- Britain's Prince William highlighted his interest in wildlife conservation Wednesday by making the final stop on his China tour an area in the country's southwest that is home to wild Asian elephants.... 3/4/2015 2:33 AM

UN Security Council OKs sanctions regime for South Sudan
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Tuesday creating a system to impose sanctions on those blocking peace in South Sudan, hoping it will press rival leaders into ending a conflict that has killed tens of thousands in the world's newest country.... 3/4/2015 2:13 AM

Brazil: Inquiry sought for politicians in graft scandal
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazil's attorney general on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court for permission to investigate 54 people, the majority top political figures, for alleged involvement in what prosecutors say is the country's largest corruption scandal yet uncovered.... 3/4/2015 1:37 AM

US pushes back on Venezuela's order to slash embassy staff
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- The United States on Tuesday pushed back against Venezuela's demand for a dramatic cut in the American diplomatic mission in Caracas.... 3/4/2015 1:27 AM

China plays down US concerns over anti-terror legislation
SHANGHAI (AP) -- China played down U.S. concerns that proposed anti-terror legislation would give the Chinese government sweeping power to police electronic communications and marginalize foreign companies fighting for a share of China's $465 billion technology market, saying Tuesday that the law is purely designed to address domestic security issues.... 3/4/2015 12:15 AM

Mexican president's appointments to posts raise questions
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- President Enrique Pena faced new pressure Tuesday, this time for his choices for attorney general and to fill a vacant seat on Mexico's highest court.... 3/3/2015 11:39 PM

Canadians 'Spocking" the image of ex-PM on $5 bill
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- The death of actor Leonard Nimoy last week has inspired people to post photos on social media of marked-up five-dollar Canadian banknotes that show former prime minister Wilfrid Laurier transformed to resemble Spock, Nimoy's famous "Star Trek" character.... 3/3/2015 11:37 PM

Yemeni leader proposes Riyadh as venue for talks with rebels
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemen's president on Tuesday proposed the Saudi capital of Riyadh as a possible venue for the resumption of U.N.-sponsored talks with Shiite rebels who have seized Yemen's own capital, Sanaa.... 3/3/2015 11:17 PM

Wife of arrested Caracas mayor seeks international support
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- The wife of imprisoned Caracas mayor Antonio Ledezma asked the Organization of American States on Tuesday to intervene on the opposition leader's behalf.... 3/3/2015 11:15 PM

AP ANALYSIS: US on sidelines of key Iraqi battle against IS
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iranian-backed Shiite militias and Sunni tribes have joined Iraq's military in a major operation to retake Saddam Hussein's hometown from the Islamic State group, while the U.S.-led coalition has remained on the sidelines.... 3/3/2015 10:40 PM

Central America proposes security initiatives on Biden trip
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- Central American leaders are proposing security and other reforms during a visit by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.... 3/3/2015 10:39 PM

Brazil judge orders deportation of Cesare Battisti
SAO PAULO (AP) -- A Brazilian judge Tuesday ordered the deportation of former Italian militant Cesare Battisti, reversing a 2010 ruling granting him asylum in Latin America's biggest country.... 3/3/2015 10:04 PM

New Greek government to spend $234M on poverty relief
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's new left-wing government is promising to spend 200 million euros ($234 million) this year on assistance programs for people pushed into "extreme poverty" by the financial crisis.... 3/3/2015 9:26 PM

Slovenian lawmakers approve same-sex marriage, adoption
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) -- Slovenian lawmakers have approved same-sex marriage and child adoption by gay couples amid opposition from conservative groups and the Catholic Church.... 3/3/2015 9:18 PM

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