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China's latest bus fire kills 1, injures 19
BEIJING (AP) -- A public bus in eastern China caught fire Wednesday in what was likely arson, killing one person and injuring 19 others, a local state-run newspaper reported.... 8/20/2014 12:56 AM

Japan trade deficit widens, exports up slightly
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's trade deficit rose in July from the month before to a wider than expected 964 billion yen ($9.4 billion), though exports were higher for the first time in three months, the government said Wednesday.... 8/20/2014 12:06 AM

Asia stocks make slight gains, await Yellen speech
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian stock markets got a slight boost Wednesday from positive U.S. economic figures that reinforced expectations of eventual Fed rate hikes and a stronger dollar.... 8/20/2014 12:01 AM

AP PHOTOS: Peruvian nurse cares for 175 sick cats
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- At her job, Maria Torero cares for sick human beings. At home, she lavishes love on slowly dying cats - 175 of them at last count.... 8/20/2014 12:00 AM

Press groups urge probe of Honduras reporter slay
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) -- Press freedom groups on Tuesday urged Honduran authorities to thoroughly investigate the slaying of a broadcast journalist who was shot to death outside his home last week.... 8/19/2014 11:03 PM

At least 6 dead, 22 missing in Hiroshima landslide
TOKYO (AP) -- At least six people were confirmed dead and 22 were missing after rain-sodden hills in the outskirts of Hiroshima gave way early Wednesday in several landslides.... 8/19/2014 10:51 PM

Blast in China coal mine kills 2, traps 25 miners
BEIJING (AP) -- A gas explosion at a coal mine in eastern China has killed at least two miners, and rescuers searched Wednesday for 25 more workers missing in the blast, state media reported.... 8/19/2014 10:28 PM

Liberia president declares Ebola curfew
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Liberia's president declared a curfew and ordered security forces to quarantine a slum home to at least 50,000 people late Tuesday as the West African country battled to stop the spread of Ebola in the capital.... 8/19/2014 7:58 PM

Gaza cease-fire efforts collapse in heavy fighting
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Egyptian attempts to broker an end to a monthlong war between Israel and Hamas collapsed in heavy fighting Tuesday, with Palestinian militants firing dozens of rockets and Israel responding with airstrikes across the Gaza Strip. At least three Palestinians were killed.... 8/19/2014 7:56 PM

Gunmen kill 9 in attack inside morgue in Honduras
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) -- A Honduran official says gunmen attacked a family retrieving a body from a state morgue in the city of San Pedro Sula, killing seven of the dead man's relatives and two bystanders.... 8/19/2014 7:23 PM

US court grants new appeal hearing for Buju Banton
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- A lawyer for convicted Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton said Tuesday that a U.S. federal appellate court agreed to a new hearing on his latest appeal.... 8/19/2014 7:08 PM

Mexico says mine firm lied about chemical spill
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's top environmental official said Tuesday that a mining company lied about a spill of millions of gallons of acids and heavy metals that contaminated two rivers and a dam downstream.... 8/19/2014 6:07 PM

UN Ebola coordinator to visit West Africa
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The public health expert coordinating U.N. efforts to fight Ebola said on Tuesday that he's heading to Washington and then to West Africa to determine the best ways the world body can support people, communities and governments affected by the deadly disease.... 8/19/2014 5:58 PM

WWII bomb found near Frankfurt airport
BERLIN (AP) -- A World War II bomb found Tuesday next to a highway near Frankfurt airport was disposed of in a controlled explosion, causing some disruption to flight operations.... 8/19/2014 5:02 PM

Tens of thousands march on Pakistani parliament
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Tens of thousands of protesters armed with wire cutters and backed by cranes broke through barriers protecting Pakistan's parliament and other government buildings Tuesday night, demanding the country's prime minister resign.... 8/19/2014 4:47 PM

Argentina car crash kills 3 relatives of pope
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Three relatives of Pope Francis died and a fourth was in serious condition Tuesday after their car crashed on a provincial highway in Argentina, the Vatican and local officials said.... 8/19/2014 4:36 PM

Top Saudi cleric: Islamic State is Islam's enemy
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's top cleric said Tuesday that extremism and the ideologies of groups like the Islamic State and al-Qaida are Islam's No. 1 enemy and that Muslims have been their first victims.... 8/19/2014 4:17 PM

'Canadian Idol' contestant acquitted on terrorism
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- A former "Canadian Idol" contestant was acquitted on Tuesday of conspiring to facilitate terrorism, with the judge finding insufficient evidence that he intended to join a plot.... 8/19/2014 4:01 PM

Yemen on alert over rebel supporters' protests
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Tanks and armored vehicles deployed in Yemen's capital Tuesday in the face of protests by tens of thousands of supporters of Shiite rebels who are demanding the government step down.... 8/19/2014 3:39 PM

S Sudan authorities close popular radio station
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- Authorities in South Sudan have shut down a popular radio station in the capital, Juba, the Committee to Protect Journalists said.... 8/19/2014 3:33 PM