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Boat capsizes off Macau, 15 people missing
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese state media say a suspected people-smuggling boat carrying 19 people has capsized off the Chinese territory of Macau, and 15 people are still missing.... 2/27/2015 4:25 AM

Unidentified attackers hack US blogger to death in Dhaka
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- A prominent U.S. blogger, known for his writing against religious fundamentalism, has been hacked to death by unidentified attackers in Bangladesh's capital, police said Friday.... 2/27/2015 4:16 AM

Venezuela newspaper that opposed Chavez ends daily edition
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- The Venezuela newspaper started by a former guerrilla as a forum to criticize the socialist revolution started by Hugo Chavez is ending its daily print edition amid a shortage of newsprint and what it says is a pattern of government harassment.... 2/27/2015 4:04 AM

Asian stock markets lackluster after Wall Street decline
BEIJING (AP) -- Asian stocks were lackluster Friday after U.S. markets drifted lower and Japan reported faster growth in factory output but weaker retail sales.... 2/27/2015 3:45 AM

South Korea renews license of 2nd-oldest nuclear plant
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The South Korean nuclear regulator said Friday it renewed the operating license of the country's second-oldest nuclear power plant until 2022, overriding the objections of residents and anti-nuclear groups.... 2/27/2015 3:20 AM

Gunman kills 3, found dead in South Korean city: police
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A gunman shot and killed three people Friday before he was found dead at a home in a city near the capital Seoul in the second such incident in three days, police officials said.... 2/27/2015 3:06 AM

Chile government rejects 14-year-old's plea for euthanasia
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Chile's government on Thursday rejected an ailing 14-year-old girl's plea on social media to let her "sleep forever."... 2/27/2015 2:21 AM

Imprisoned Mexican drug suspects complain of poor conditions
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's National Human Rights Commission said Thursday it has received a complaint from inmates at a maximum-security prison, reportedly including top cartel leaders, complaining of poor food and bad conditions.... 2/27/2015 1:39 AM

Japan's inflation rate falls in Jan on lower energy costs
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's core inflation rate edged lower in January as lower crude oil prices reduced energy costs, while weak retail sales and employment data underscored the fragility of the recovery of the world's third-largest economy.... 2/27/2015 1:14 AM

China bans ivory imports for 1 year to protect elephants
BEIJING (AP) -- China imposed a one-year ban on ivory imports that took immediate effect Thursday amid criticism that its citizens' huge appetite for ivory has fueled poaching that threatens the existence of African elephants.... 2/27/2015 12:51 AM

Canadian citizenship oath to Queen to remain law
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- Immigrants to Canada will have to keep taking an oath to the Queen Elizabeth II after the Supreme Court of Canada refused Thursday to hear a challenge to the citizenship requirement.... 2/27/2015 12:25 AM

Costa Rica says Romanian hanged himself on airline flight
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) -- Authorities in Costa Rica say an autopsy has confirmed that a Romanian man hanged himself in an airliner's bathroom on a flight arriving from Bogota, Colombia.... 2/27/2015 12:12 AM

Victory for Argentine leader as judge rejects cover-up case
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- A federal judge on Thursday firmly dismissed allegations that Argentine President Cristina Fernandez tried to cover up the involvement of Iranian officials in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center, easing a crisis for her government fed by the death of the prosecutor who brought the case.... 2/27/2015 12:06 AM

Lawyer for Al-Jazeera journalist blasts Canadian government
TORONTO (AP) -- The lawyer for a Canadian Al-Jazeera journalist criticized the Canadian government Thursday for not doing enough to secure his release from Egypt.... 2/27/2015 12:06 AM

UN envoy heads to Damascus to pursue Aleppo truce plan
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. says its special envoy to Syria is heading to Damascus on Saturday to meet with senior government officials on key details of a proposed six-week suspension of government airstrikes and artillery shelling in the country's largest city, Aleppo.... 2/27/2015 12:05 AM

Puerto Rico seeks protection of federal bankruptcy code
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rican officials sought Thursday to convince U.S. legislators that the island's financially struggling public corporations should be allowed to restructure their debt under the federal bankruptcy code.... 2/26/2015 11:31 PM

Migrants in Puerto Rico illegally can now open bank accounts
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico's governor has signed a bill that allows migrants living without legal permission in the U.S. territory to open bank accounts and order checks.... 2/26/2015 11:29 PM

'Jihadi John' identified as London-raised college grad
LONDON (AP) -- The world knows him as "Jihadi John," the masked, knife-wielding militant in videos showing Western hostages being beheaded by the Islamic State group. On Thursday he was identified as a London-raised university graduate known to British intelligence for more than five years.... 2/26/2015 10:57 PM

Pope's finance czar under scrutiny over spending expose
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis' finance czar is coming under intense scrutiny after ruffling feathers at the Vatican as he seeks to impose order on its unruly finances.... 2/26/2015 10:18 PM

Kendall Jenner struts for Fendi, Kate Mara cozy in Max Mara
MILAN (AP) -- Shape and color engaged designers on the second day of Milan Fashion Week of womenswear previews for next autumn and winter, featuring shows by Fendi, Max Mara, Just Cavalli and Prada.... 2/26/2015 9:29 PM



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