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Tibetan monk cremated in Nepal without protests
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Thousands of Tibetan exiles recited prayers and offered white and orange scarves Thursday during the cremation ceremony for a revered Tibetan monk, whose funeral in Nepal nearly fell victim to regional politics.... 7/31/2014 4:49 AM

World stocks drift after US Fed stays course
MUMBAI, India (AP) -- Global stock markets were uninspired by an upbeat report on the U.S. economy, with most drifting lower Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve said it would make further cuts to its monetary stimulus as expected. Investors are now reckoning with an expiry date for the lavishly easy monetary policy that has underpinned gains in global stock markets for several years.... 7/31/2014 4:45 AM

Swiss central bank reports $17.7B half-year profit
GENEVA (AP) -- Switzerland's central bank posted a profit Thursday of 16.1 billion Swiss francs ($17.7 billion) for the first half of the year, a big turnaround from its loss of 9 billion francs for 2013.... 7/31/2014 4:36 AM

Panel wants TEPCO execs charged over nuke crisis
TOKYO (AP) -- A Japanese judicial panel has recommended that three former executives of the utility that operates the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant face criminal charges over their role in the disaster.... 7/31/2014 4:30 AM

China lets 1st foreigners into army news briefing
BEIJING (AP) -- Not many years ago, foreign reporters in China trying to call the country's secretive military couldn't even get a connection because phone numbers assigned to the journalists were barred from reaching the Defense Ministry.... 7/31/2014 4:29 AM

Expat Turks begin voting in presidential elections
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turks living abroad have begun casting votes in Turkey's first direct presidential elections. It is also the first time expatriate Turks are casting votes in their countries of residence.... 7/31/2014 4:26 AM

UN official: Vietnam violates religious freedom
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- A U.N. official who went to Vietnam to assess religious freedom there said Thursday that security agents closely monitored his visit and people he wanted to meet were harassed and intimidated.... 7/31/2014 4:18 AM

Spain rail strike hits busy vacation period start
MADRID (AP) -- Spanish train workers have begun a nationwide strike as one of the country's busiest holiday periods kicks off.... 7/31/2014 4:10 AM

Fast food ambitions in China hurt by safety scares
BEIJING (AP) -- Already China's biggest restaurant operator with 4,600 outlets, KFC is pursuing Chinese consumers so avidly it opens two more every day.... 7/31/2014 4:02 AM

Sony surprises with first quarter profit
TOKYO (AP) -- Sony Corp. reported a surprise eightfold jump in quarterly profit Thursday as sales got a perk from a cheap yen and its bottom line was helped by gains from selling buildings and its stake in a video-game maker.... 7/31/2014 4:00 AM

Ukraine parliament to vote on PM
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's parliament is meeting in special session to decide whether to accept Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk's decision to resign.... 7/31/2014 3:57 AM

Landslide buries Indian village; at least 30 dead
MALIN, India (AP) -- Rescue workers and desperate villagers dug through deep mud, rocks and the debris of shattered homes Thursday after a massive landslide buried a remote village in western India, killing at least 30 people and trapping more than 150, authorities said.... 7/31/2014 3:53 AM

Israel calls up another 16,000 reserves
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel said Thursday it has called up another 16,000 reservists, allowing it to potentially widen its Gaza offensive against the territory's Hamas rulers in a war that has killed more than 1,300 Palestinians and more than 50 Israelis.... 7/31/2014 3:35 AM

19 swimmers drown off Pakistan beaches
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) -- At least 19 people have drowned off southern Pakistani beaches because of heavy waves and strong currents, rescuers said Thursday.... 7/31/2014 3:27 AM

Samsung profit falls as smartphone sales slow
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Samsung Electronics Co. reported a bigger-than-expected fall in second quarter profit on Thursday and said it was uncertain if earnings from its handset business would improve in the current quarter.... 7/31/2014 1:52 AM

AP NewsAlert
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's military says 16,000 more reserves called up for Gaza fighting.... 7/31/2014 1:23 AM

Australian leaders differ on Russian role in war
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia's prime minister and foreign minister on Thursday sent mixed messages on whether Russia was frustrating Dutch and Australian police efforts to retrieve the bodies of victims of the Malaysian airliner disaster in war-torn east Ukraine.... 7/31/2014 12:00 AM

Chinese minority scholar indicted for separatism
BEIJING (AP) -- An outspoken Chinese minority scholar was indicted on separatism charges amid a renewed flare-up of bloody anti-government violence in the country's far west.... 7/30/2014 11:29 PM

Hospital: 33 dead after Guinea concert stampede
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- Hundreds of people leaving a late-night rap concert on a beach in Guinea rushed to leave through a single exit, creating a stampede that killed at least 33 people, officials said Wednesday.... 7/30/2014 11:28 PM

KFC owner says China scandal hurting sales
BEIJING (AP) -- The owner of the KFC and Pizza Hut restaurant chains said Thursday a food safety scandal in China has hurt sales and might be severe enough to cut into the company's global profit.... 7/30/2014 11:19 PM