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Swiss drug maker Roche posts 7 percent profit drop
GENEVA (AP) -- Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding AG on Thursday posted a net profit drop of 7 percent compared with a year ago, weighed down by a strong Swiss franc and charges from one of its diagnostic units.... 7/24/2014 2:23 AM

Matmo brings stormy weather to eastern China
BEIJING (AP) -- Typhoon Matmo is bringing stormy weather to parts of eastern China on the heels of another typhoon that killed at least 56 people.... 7/24/2014 2:16 AM

12 children, man die in train-bus crash in India
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Twelve children were killed Thursday when a train crashed into their school bus at an unmanned railroad crossing in southern India, police said.... 7/24/2014 2:10 AM

Gaza fighting rages amid cease-fire bid
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israeli tanks and warplanes are pummeling the Gaza Strip as U.S. and other diplomats push for a cease-fire with Hamas militants.... 7/24/2014 2:05 AM

Boss of company in China meat scandal apologizes
BEIJING (AP) -- The chairman of an American meat supplier apologized Thursday for a Chinese subsidiary that is accused of selling expired beef and chicken to restaurants including McDonald's and KFC.... 7/24/2014 1:57 AM

Taiwan airline suspects bad weather caused crash
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Stormy weather on the trailing edge of Typhoon Matmo was the likely cause of a plane crash on a Taiwanese island that killed 48 people, the airline said Thursday.... 7/24/2014 1:34 AM

UN human development report faults inequality
TOKYO (AP) -- Improvements in life spans, education and incomes are slowing due to natural disasters, misguided government policies and worsening inequality in a world where the 85 richest people have as much wealth as the 3.5 billion poorest people, the United Nations said Thursday in its annual human development report.... 7/24/2014 1:28 AM

China lifts quarantine after man dies of plague
BEIJING (AP) -- A nine-day quarantine imposed on parts of a northern Chinese city where a man died of bubonic plague has been lifted, China's official news agency reported Thursday.... 7/24/2014 1:27 AM

Philippines deports Australian Islamic preacher
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine authorities said Thursday they deported an Australian Islamic preacher suspected of links to terrorists based on YouTube videos allegedly showing him advocating jihad and urging local Muslims to support militants in the Middle East.... 7/24/2014 1:25 AM

UN humanitarian chief calls for aid revamp
TOKYO (AP) -- The U.N.'s top humanitarian official called Thursday for major changes in the delivery of relief, as funding falls short because of a growing number of conflicts and disasters.... 7/24/2014 1:11 AM

European carriers suspend more Tel Aviv flights
BERLIN (AP) -- Air France and Germany's two largest airlines on Wednesday canceled more flights to Tel Aviv because of safety concerns amid the fighting between Israel and Hamas.... 7/24/2014 12:48 AM

South Korea unveils stimulus after ferry sinking
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea's government unveiled stimulus plans Thursday after the shock of a deadly ferry sinking slowed economic growth to the lowest level in three quarters.... 7/24/2014 12:44 AM

Australia vows help to secure Ukraine crash site
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia's foreign minister said Thursday that her country stood ready to provide whatever resources were needed to secure the Malaysian airliner's crash site in Ukraine, as newspapers reported Australian troops and police could soon be sent.... 7/24/2014 12:31 AM

New Zealand raises interest rate to 3.5 percent
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- New Zealand on Thursday raised its benchmark interest rate to 3.5 percent but signaled a pause in its program of rate hikes.... 7/24/2014 12:05 AM

Cuba looks to mangroves to fend off rising seas
HAVANA (AP) -- Many people in this tiny hamlet on the southern coast of Cuba remember when the shore lay about 100 meters (yards) farther out. That was four decades ago.... 7/24/2014 12:01 AM

China factory index at 18-month high in July
HONG KONG (AP) -- China's manufacturing rose in July to its highest level in 18 months, in a sign that mini-stimulus measures to shore up growth in the world's No. 2 economy have taken hold.... 7/23/2014 11:50 PM

Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader goes on trial
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- A top leader of the anti-government protests that wracked Venezuela for months this spring is getting his day in court.... 7/23/2014 11:44 PM

Japan trade deficit at record $75B in first half
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's trade deficit surged to a record 7.6 trillion yen ($74.9 billion) in the first half of the year as exports failed to keep pace with surging imports, the Finance Ministry reported Thursday.... 7/23/2014 10:37 PM

Rockets found at UN Gaza school went missing
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. secretary-general on Wednesday said he was "alarmed" to hear that rockets were placed in a U.N.-run school in Gaza and now "have gone missing," and he demanded a full review of such incidents.... 7/23/2014 9:02 PM

Venezuelan network Telesur expands into English
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- The Spanish-language television network started by the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as a vehicle for promoting in Latin America his leftist brand of political change will now reach audiences in English.... 7/23/2014 8:58 PM