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3 patients at Chinese nursing home castrated
BEIJING (AP) -- Police in northeastern China have detained a man accused of cutting off the testicles of three patients in a nursing home, state media and officials said Thursday.... 7/24/2014 4:25 AM

Taiwan airline suspects bad weather caused crash
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Stormy weather trailing behind a typhoon was the likely cause of a plane crash on a Taiwanese island that killed 48 people on board and injured 10 on the plane and five on the ground, the airline said Thursday.... 7/24/2014 4:20 AM

12 children, man die in train-bus crash in India
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Twelve children were killed Thursday when a train crashed into their school bus at an unmanned railroad crossing in southern India, police said.... 7/24/2014 4:20 AM

South Korea unveils stimulus after ferry sinking
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea's government announced a $40 billion stimulus plan Thursday after the shock of a deadly ferry sinking slowed economic growth to the lowest level in three quarters.... 7/24/2014 4:10 AM

2 planes with more crash victims to leave Ukraine
KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) -- Dozens of containers holding remains of victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash were loaded aboard two military transports to go to the Netherlands Thursday on the second day of the airlift, while Australia's government dispatched 50 police officers to London to prepare to join a proposed U.N. team to secure the crash site.... 7/24/2014 4:10 AM

World shares subdued amid Russia sanctions report
TOKYO (AP) -- World shares were rattled Thursday by reports the European Union is weighing stiffer financial sanctions against Russia.... 7/24/2014 4:05 AM

Gaza fighting rages amid cease-fire efforts
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israeli tanks and warplanes bombarded the Gaza Strip on Thursday, as Hamas militants stuck to their demand for the lifting of an Israeli and Egyptian blockade amid U.S. efforts to reach a cease-fire.... 7/24/2014 3:57 AM

Spanish jobless falls as recovery gains traction
MADRID (AP) -- Official figures show that Spain's unemployment rate edged down to 24.5 percent in the second quarter from 25.9 percent in the previous three-month period, a further sign that the economy's recovery is gaining traction and making solid inroads into the labor market.... 7/24/2014 3:50 AM

Iraq: Attack on prisoner convoy kills 60 people
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Gunmen attacked a prisoner convoy north of Baghdad on Thursday, setting off a gunbattle with troops in which 52 prisoners and eight soldiers were killed, officials said.... 7/24/2014 3:39 AM

Australia readies 50 police to send to Ukraine
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia has sent 50 police to London in anticipation of deploying them to the Ukraine to secure the Malaysian plane crash site as part of a United Nations team.... 7/24/2014 3:37 AM

Afghan market bombing kills 6
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan official says a bombing in a northern market has killed six people, including a young girl.... 7/24/2014 3:22 AM

China's love and dating scene laid out on stage
BEIJING (AP) -- For many of today's Chinese youth looking for a partner, love takes second place to parental pressure, moving up the social ladder and a heavy dose of fear drummed into women that they will end up as "leftover."... 7/24/2014 3:20 AM

Nokia Q2 profit up 20 percent to $285 million
HELSINKI (AP) -- Telecommunications and wireless equipment maker Nokia Corp. says second-quarter profit rose 20 percent to 213 million euros ($285 million) on the back of improved profitability of its key networks unit.... 7/24/2014 3:09 AM

HK firms on edge as democracy rally blockade looms
HONG KONG (AP) -- As activists vow to shut down Hong Kong's financial district in protest at China's attempt to hobble democratic elections in the city, businessman Bernard Chan is preparing for the worst.... 7/24/2014 3:01 AM

Matmo brings stormy weather to eastern China
BEIJING (AP) -- Typhoon Matmo brought stormy weather to parts of eastern China on Thursday following another typhoon that killed at least 56 people in the country's south.... 7/24/2014 2:57 AM

Israeli border towns empty, adjust to new threats
NIR AM, Israel (AP) -- With deadly fighting raging next door in the Gaza Strip, southern Israeli towns along the border have turned into mini army bases as most residents have fled.... 7/24/2014 2:30 AM

Swiss drug maker Roche posts 7 percent profit drop
GENEVA (AP) -- Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding AG on Thursday posted a net profit drop of 7 percent compared with a year ago, weighed down by a strong Swiss franc and charges from one of its diagnostic units.... 7/24/2014 2:23 AM

Boss of company in China meat scandal apologizes
BEIJING (AP) -- The chairman of an American meat supplier apologized Thursday for a Chinese subsidiary that is accused of selling expired beef and chicken to restaurants including McDonald's and KFC.... 7/24/2014 1:57 AM

UN human development report faults inequality
TOKYO (AP) -- Improvements in life spans, education and incomes are slowing due to natural disasters, misguided government policies and worsening inequality in a world where the 85 richest people have as much wealth as the 3.5 billion poorest people, the United Nations said Thursday in its annual human development report.... 7/24/2014 1:28 AM

China lifts quarantine after man dies of plague
BEIJING (AP) -- A nine-day quarantine imposed on parts of a northern Chinese city where a man died of bubonic plague has been lifted, China's official news agency reported Thursday.... 7/24/2014 1:27 AM