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Student protesters sit-in at Taiwan Education Ministry
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Dozens of students stormed Taiwan's Education Ministry on Friday demanding that officials take responsibility for a student leader who killed himself in an apparent protest over curriculum changes that critics say overemphasize China's ties to the island.... 7/31/2015 7:28 AM

Airbus takes 290M euro charge for military transport crash
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Plane maker Airbus Group SE said Friday its net profit rose 5 percent in the second quarter to 732 million euros ($805 million) despite a one-time charge stemming from the crash of one of its military transport planes in Spain.... 7/31/2015 7:27 AM

Attack in West Bank kills Palestinian child, homes torched
DUMA, West Bank (AP) -- Suspected Jewish assailants attacked a Palestinian village in the West Bank early Friday and torched two homes, killing a young child and critically wounding at least three people, Israeli and Palestinian officials said. The Israeli prime minister called the incident a "terror attack."... 7/31/2015 7:19 AM

Officials hope to give Flight 370 families some answers soon
SAINT-ANDRE, Reunion (AP) -- After 16 agonizing months without answers, loved ones of those on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will likely have to wait at least another day for confirmation that it crashed into the sea, as investigators work to identify the source of a barnacle-encrusted wing part that washed up on a remote Indian Ocean island.... 7/31/2015 7:19 AM

French Jewish immigrants flock to Israeli coastal city
NETANYA, Israel (AP) -- The coastal city of Netanya markets itself as the "Israeli Riviera" and walking along its main pedestrian boulevard, one would be hard-pressed to tell it apart from its twin city of Nice. Barely a word of Hebrew is spoken, and real estate ads, restaurant menus and cafe conversations are mostly in French.... 7/31/2015 7:15 AM

Honda records 20 pct profit rise on yen, despite recalls
TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese automaker Honda is seeing a 20 percent jump in fiscal first quarter profit on the back of a cheap yen that offset the damage from a massive air bag recall.... 7/31/2015 6:59 AM

China rebound, other Asian markets mostly up after US data
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- China's stock market rebounded while other Asian stocks also mostly gained Friday after data showed the U.S. economy posted solid growth during the second quarter.... 7/31/2015 6:55 AM

Australian seated beside overweight passenger sues Etihad
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) -- Etihad Airways said Friday that it will continue to fight a lawsuit by a passenger who says he was left with back pain because he was seated beside an overweight man on a 14-hour flight from the United Arab Emirates to Sydney.... 7/31/2015 6:44 AM

Turkey: 2 policemen, 2 PKK militants killed in clash
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish officials say Kurdish rebels have attacked a police station in southern Turkey, killing two policemen amid renewed violence between the security forces and the Kurdish insurgents. Two rebels were also killed in a gunfight that ensued.... 7/31/2015 6:37 AM

No move to alter Olympic venues despite water contamination
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Sailors and other athletes preparing for the Olympics have been training for months in contaminated waters where the Rio Games will be held. Many believe moving events now would put them at a disadvantage, even though water-quality tests analyzed by The Associated Press show athletes have a high chance of being exposed to viruses.... 7/31/2015 6:36 AM

Almaty, Beijing make final pitches for 2022 Winter Olympics
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- The prime minister of Kazakhstan challenged the IOC on Friday to make a "historic decision" by awarding the 2022 Winter Olympics to Almaty, painting the project as the one that offers real snow and mountain conditions as opposed to the rival bid from Beijing.... 7/31/2015 6:30 AM

Japanese girl's WWII job: waving goodbye to kamikaze pilots
CHIRAN, Japan (AP) -- As young army pilots took off on suicide-attack missions in the closing days of World War II, the schoolgirls in this southwestern Japanese town waved handkerchiefs and branches of pink blossoms.... 7/31/2015 6:09 AM

Afghan Taliban release statement praising new leader
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Afghan Taliban are praising their new leader, saying he was one of the most "trusted" associates of the late Mullah Mohammad Omar.... 7/31/2015 6:04 AM

Aquino chooses Roxas as Philippine presidential candidate
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine President Benigno Aquino III announced Friday that he had picked Interior Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas II as the administration candidate to succeed him in elections next year.... 7/31/2015 5:42 AM

Former top Chinese general suspected of corruption
BEIJING (AP) -- China has expelled a former top general from the ruling Communist Party over corruption accusations as President Xi Jinping's campaign to root out graft in the government and military churns onward.... 7/31/2015 5:13 AM

Greek bailout talks to shift gear
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Lead negotiators from the European Union and International Monetary Fund begin an intensive round of talks with Greece on Friday to hammer out details of a third international bailout worth some 85 billion euros ($93 billion). Greece needs the money to keep paying its debts and remain in the euro currency.... 7/31/2015 4:01 AM

Currency crisis has Venezuelans struggling to call abroad
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelans are struggling to call abroad as telephone carriers fall behind on payments to international partners amid a currency crisis that is leaving the country increasingly cut off from the rest of the world.... 7/31/2015 4:01 AM

Chinese vice premier, Kazakh prime minister head delegations
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Kazakhstan Prime Minister Karim Massimov will head the Almaty delegation and Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong will lead the Beijing team in the final presentations to the IOC ahead of the vote for the 2022 Winter Olympics.... 7/31/2015 3:57 AM

Almaty has hard-hitting final pitch for 2022 hosting rights
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Almaty has pleaded with International Olympic Committee members to not consider them a "risky" choice to host the 2022 Winter Games simply because the central Asian country of Kazakhstan is not familiar to many of them.... 7/31/2015 3:31 AM

Surfer seriously injured in Australian shark attack
SYDNEY (AP) -- A surfer was seriously injured as he repeatedly punched a shark that mauled him off the Australian east coast on Friday, less than a week after a fatal attack, police and a witness said.... 7/31/2015 2:54 AM

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