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Communist cadres in Tibet punished for helping Dalai Lama
BEIJING (AP) -- Investigators have found that 15 Communist Party officials in Tibet joined underground Tibetan independence organizations, provided intelligence to the Dalai Lama and his supporters or participated in activities deemed harmful to China's security, a party agency said Wednesday.... 1/28/2015 7:11 AM

Tourists give hope to residents of battered Lebanese city
TRIPOLI, Lebanon (AP) -- As the tour group made its way through the narrow alleys of the seaside city of Tripoli, marveling at its medieval architecture, residents stared back at a sight that for them was just as exotic - visitors in their poor, restive corner of Lebanon.... 1/28/2015 7:02 AM

Palestinian girl, 14, in Israel prison for throwing rocks
BETIN, West Bank (AP) -- The fate of a 14-year-old Palestinian girl, tried before an Israeli military court for hurling rocks at passing cars in the West Bank and sentenced to two months in prison, has gripped Palestinians who say her treatment demonstrates Israel's excessive measures against stone-throwing youth.... 1/28/2015 7:01 AM

Fiery Islamic State group cleric gives voice to radicals
BEIRUT (AP) -- Turki al-Binali has crisscrossed the Islamic State group's self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq with a pistol holstered at his side, delivering fiery sermons in which the 30-year-old provides religious justification for its bloody rampage across the region.... 1/28/2015 7:01 AM

Group: Israel violated rules of war in strikes on Gaza homes
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A majority of Palestinians killed in dozens of Israeli attacks on Gaza homes in the 2014 war with Hamas were women, minors or the elderly, and some of the strikes violated the rules of war, an Israeli rights group said Wednesday.... 1/28/2015 6:59 AM

China criticizes Alibaba in report withheld until after IPO
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese regulators accused e-commerce giant Alibaba on Wednesday of permitting sales of fake goods and hurting consumers in a report that was withheld until now to avoid disrupting the company's U.S. stock market debut.... 1/28/2015 6:57 AM

Hostage Mom's plea to Japan's leader: Please save Kenji
TOKYO (AP) -- The mother of a Japanese hostage held by Islamic State extremists appealed publicly Wednesday to Japan's leader to save her son after his captors issued what they said was a final death threat.... 1/28/2015 6:23 AM

Vietnam War-era helicopter crashes, killing 4 soldiers
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- An American-built helicopter once used in the Vietnam War crashed Wednesday during a training mission in the Southeast Asian nation, killing all four soldiers aboard, the military said.... 1/28/2015 5:58 AM

Snails slither into spa scene in Thailand and around world
CHIANG MAI, Thailand (AP) -- The last time I encountered escargots they were served up by a French waiter, sizzling in garlic and herb butter. Now, one is slithering up the bridge of my nose while five others are being stuck onto other parts of my face by a Thai beautician, all secreting snail slime to hopefully smooth out some wrinkles and otherwise give me a younger-than-my-age look.... 1/28/2015 5:52 AM

Egyptian police criticized over death of female protester
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's police are coming under withering criticism as signs mount that officers not only fired birdshot at a young mother during a peaceful protest last weekend but then also hampered efforts to save her life by ignoring pleas to let an ambulance take her away.... 1/28/2015 5:17 AM

TV star's plastic surgery disaster tests Brazil
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Andressa Urach went from being a single teenage mom nicknamed "Beanpole" to a reality TV bombshell in Brazil thanks to silicone implants, anabolic steroids, a nose job, and gel and botox injections, a fact she wasn't ashamed to share with fans.... 1/28/2015 5:16 AM

Mexico: Missing students' parents reject official account
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Parents of 43 college students missing since last year angrily rejected the Mexican attorney general's declaration that investigators are certain the youths were killed and incinerated after being seized by police in the southern state of Guerrero.... 1/28/2015 5:12 AM

Venezuela confirms desertion of ex-agent from armed forces
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- A Venezuelan official confirmed on Tuesday that the former bodyguard of the head of congress has deserted from the socialist country's armed forces amid reports the man is in the United States to testify against his former boss.... 1/28/2015 5:11 AM

Gunmen storm luxury Libyan hotel, killing American, 9 others
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- In the latest sign of Libya's descent into chaos, gunmen stormed a luxury hotel used by diplomats and businessmen in the capital Tuesday, killing 10 people, including an American, a French citizen and three people from Asia.... 1/28/2015 5:10 AM

Australian leader vows to consult more widely on knighthoods
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia's prime minister on Wednesday promised to consult more widely before bestowing knighthoods in the future as he weathered an avalanche of criticisms over his decision to make the husband of Queen Elizabeth II an Australian knight.... 1/28/2015 4:59 AM

China's yuan joins top 5 most-used global currencies
BEIJING (AP) -- China's yuan has become one of the five most widely used currencies in global payments, an international financial transactions agency announced Wednesday.... 1/28/2015 4:49 AM

Court rules Australia held 157 Sri Lankans at sea legally
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia's highest court on Wednesday narrowly ruled that Australia acted legally when it held 157 Sri Lankan asylum seekers at sea for almost a month last year.... 1/28/2015 4:42 AM

Mexico: Captured drug lord 'Chapo' Guzman to stay put
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Captured Sinaloa drug cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman will not be extradited to the United States anytime soon, Mexico's top prosecutor said Tuesday.... 1/28/2015 3:39 AM

Asian stocks tumble after weak US corporate earnings
BEIJING (AP) -- Asian stock markets were mostly lower Wednesday after Wall Street tumbled on concern about weak corporate earnings as investors watched this week's meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve.... 1/28/2015 3:31 AM

Argentine Jewish groups boycott commemoration in protest
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Jewish groups boycotted the Argentine government's Holocaust Day commemoration Tuesday in protest over the mysterious death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman, while skepticism grew over President Cristina Fernandez's plan to reform intelligence services that she has suggested were behind the prosecutor's death.... 1/28/2015 1:26 AM

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