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Pro-Western Ukraine parliament holds first session
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Parliament in Ukraine has opened for its first session since an election last month that ushered in a spate of pro-Western parties.... 11/27/2014 8:54 AM

Toyota finds new air bag issue, recalls more cars
TOKYO (AP) -- Toyota Motor Corp. recalled more than 40,000 vehicles in Japan on Thursday as part of a worldwide scare over defective air bags and is investigating a new type of air bag problem that could lead to further recalls.... 11/27/2014 8:34 AM

Australian batsman Hughes dies from head injury
SYDNEY (AP) -- Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes died in a Sydney hospital on Thursday from a "catastrophic" injury to his head, two days after being struck by a delivery during a domestic first-class match. He was 25.... 11/27/2014 8:20 AM

Philippines unlikely to meet full-year growth goal
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippines is unlikely to meet its 2014 growth target after the economy's expansion slowed to 5.3 percent in the third quarter.... 11/27/2014 8:14 AM

With incentives and brute force, IS subdues tribes
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Islamic State group is employing multiple tactics to subdue the Sunni Muslim tribes in Syria and Iraq under its rule, wooing some with gifts - everything from cars to feed for their animals - while brutally suppressing those that resist with mass killings.... 11/27/2014 8:01 AM

India: Girls died by suicide, not slain by rapists
NEW DELHI (AP) -- An investigation into the deaths of two teenage girls believed to have been raped and hanged by their attackers concluded that the two actually committed suicide, news reports said Thursday.... 11/27/2014 8:01 AM

General strike shuts down services across Greece
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A nationwide general strike to protest continued austerity measures has shut down services across Greece, grounding flights, leaving ferries tied up in ports, shutting down schools and leaving state hospitals functioning with emergency staff.... 11/27/2014 7:54 AM

Japan's reporter pleads innocent in S. Korea trial
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A Japanese reporter on Thursday pleaded not guilty to charges of defaming South Korea's president by reporting rumors that she was absent for seven hours during a ferry disaster in April because she was with a man.... 11/27/2014 7:28 AM

Suspected rebels kill 1 Indian soldier in Kashmir
SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- The Indian army says a group of heavily armed suspected militants have killed at least one soldier and wounded three others in the latest fighting in the Indian portion of Kashmir.... 11/27/2014 7:26 AM

Afghan attack targets British embassy car, 5 dead
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A suicide bomber attacked a British embassy vehicle in the Afghan capital Kabul on Thursday, killing at least five Afghan civilians and wounding more than 30 others, officials said.... 11/27/2014 7:21 AM

Ship with 700 migrants safely towed to Greek coast
IERAPETRA, Greece (AP) -- Officials say a broken-down smuggling ship carrying 700 men, women and children trying to emigrate to Europe has been safely towed to just off the southern Greek island of Crete.... 11/27/2014 6:55 AM

Ex-CBC host charged with sexual assault in Canada
TORONTO (AP) -- Former Canadian Broadcasting Corp. radio host Jian Ghomesi must live with his mother while sexual assault charges against him are heard in a case that has rocked the country's vaunted public broadcaster.... 11/27/2014 6:19 AM

China hit by second deadly mine blast in 2 days
BEIJING (AP) -- At least 11 people were killed Thursday in the second deadly coal mine accident to hit China in two days, pointing to continuing safety issues in the industry despite a major decline in deaths among miners in recent years.... 11/27/2014 5:45 AM

Asian shares meander as China data disappoints
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian shares meandered Thursday as data showed a drop in Chinese industrial profits, but expectations for further stimulus moves from China and Europe helped to limit losses.... 11/27/2014 5:35 AM

In Peru, whip-cracking vigilantes serve up justice
CAJAMARCA, Peru (AP) -- The standard `'peacemaker" in this highlands Peruvian provincial capital is a whip fashioned from the twisted sinew of a bull penis. It gets a lot of respect. So do the well-organized bands of citizen vigilantes who wield it.... 11/27/2014 5:19 AM

Killing of Guatemalan hunter likely to go unsolved
ZACAPA, Guatemala (AP) -- Jose Miguel Ramirez went hunting for iguanas on a melon farm, and paid for it with his life. The 19-year-old's body was dumped by a stream near the property line, a bullet hole above his left eye.... 11/27/2014 5:08 AM

Private firms filling Latin America's security gap
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A panic alert flashed across Alberto Herrera's computer screen. Men claiming to be with the notorious Gulf Cartel had stopped a convoy transporting chemicals through a lawless region of northeastern Mexico. They seized two drivers from an escort truck and demanded the valuable cargo in exchange for their release.... 11/27/2014 5:04 AM

AP PHOTOS: Private security guards VIPs in Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The earpiece is usually the giveaway. Or, maybe it's the dark suits, the big SUVs with tinted windows or the menacing Dodge Avengers in black, always black.... 11/27/2014 5:02 AM

Report: Colombia's land restitution effort lagging
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Threats of violence and flawed legislation are undercutting Colombia's efforts to return huge swaths of land illegally snatched from poor farmers during the country's half-century conflict, according to a study released Thursday.... 11/27/2014 5:01 AM

Iconic Chinese liquor maker in graft probe
BEIJING (AP) -- A top official at iconic Chinese state-owned liquor maker Moutai has been snared in the country's ongoing anti-corruption campaign, the ruling Communist Party's anti-graft body said Thursday.... 11/27/2014 4:51 AM