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A flavor out of favor: Dog meat fades in S. Korea
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- For more than 30 years, chef and restaurant owner Oh Keum-il built her expertise in cooking one traditional South Korean delicacy: dog meat.... 8/28/2014 4:05 AM

Pakistani cleric says talks with government failed
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- A fiery Pakistani cleric who has been leading a mass rally outside parliament demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation says he has "shut the door" on further talks with the government.... 8/28/2014 3:58 AM

Dubai port operator H1 profits up 26 percent
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Dubai-based port operator DP World says its profit rose 26 percent in the first half of the year as new capacity and a pick-up in global trade allowed it to process more cargo.... 8/28/2014 3:55 AM

Global stock markets muted, Qantas surges
TOKYO (AP) -- Global stock markets were muted Thursday ahead of U.S. economic data and possible policy announcements from Japan.... 8/28/2014 3:45 AM

Correction: Thailand-Six-Legged Livestock story
THANON NANG KLARN, Thailand (AP) -- In a story Aug. 25 about insects being raised for food around the world, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the first cricket farm in the United States will open this year in Youngstown, Pennsylvania. The farm is in Youngstown, Ohio, and is now operating.... 8/28/2014 3:44 AM

Poll: Israelis skeptical of PM Gaza victory claim
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A new poll has shown that a majority of Israelis are skeptical of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's claim that Israel achieved a "great military and political" victory over Hamas in the latest round of fighting in the Gaza Strip.... 8/28/2014 3:19 AM

Tim Hortons a big part of Canadian identity
TORONTO (AP) -- Few things unite Canadians the way Tim Hortons does. For half a century, they have warmed themselves on chilly mornings with the chain's coffee and Timbits - or doughnut holes to Americans.... 8/28/2014 3:12 AM

Undersea search for Malaysian plane refined
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- The search area for a missing Malaysian airliner in the southern Indian Ocean has been refined based on the latest analysis, while the investigation into how the plane came to crash cannot proceed until the wreckage and black boxes are recovered, officials said Thursday.... 8/28/2014 2:51 AM

Turkey's Erdogan to be sworn in as president
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Recep Tayyip Erdogan is taking the oath of office as Turkey's first popularly elected president, a position that will keep him in the nation's driving seat for at least another five years.... 8/28/2014 2:40 AM

Germanwings pilots union plans strike for Friday
BERLIN (AP) -- A German union representing pilots says it is planning a new round of strikes in a long-running dispute over wages and early retirement benefits.... 8/28/2014 2:28 AM

Neighbors urge Japan to stick to history
TOKYO (AP) -- China and South Korea on Thursday urged Japan to stick to history and reflect on its wartime aggression after Tokyo confirmed that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a note earlier this year to a ceremony honoring more than a thousand World War II-era war criminals praising their contributions.... 8/28/2014 2:16 AM

A look at the Islamic State militants in Syria
BEIRUT (AP) -- As the U.S. strikes Islamic State targets in Iraq, extremists belonging to the same militant group across the border in Syria are capturing new territory and becoming bolder by the day.... 8/28/2014 1:41 AM

Chile sailor publicly discloses his homosexuality
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- A sailor with Chile's navy on Wednesday announced he is gay, an unprecedented public declaration in this socially conservative South American nation.... 8/27/2014 11:30 PM

Flight returns, 2 airline passengers in custody
TORONTO (AP) -- Police say two women are in custody after a Sunwing flight bound for Cuba was forced to turn back to Toronto's Pearson International Airport.... 8/27/2014 11:09 PM

Qantas Airways posts $2.6 billion loss for year
SYDNEY (AP) -- Qantas Airways Ltd. on Thursday posted a record 2.8 billion Australian dollar ($2.6 billion) loss, reflecting a profit-draining battle with its smaller rival Virgin Australia and aircraft write downs.... 8/27/2014 11:02 PM

6 dead, 21 missing in landslide in southwest China
BEIJING (AP) -- Six people died and 21 remained missing Thursday after a landslide hit a village in southwestern China, according to Chinese state media.... 8/27/2014 10:31 PM

Girls in Colombian town struck by mystery illness
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- A mystery illness has overwhelmed a small town in northern Colombia as scores of teenage girls have been hospitalized with symptoms that parents fear could be an adverse reaction to a popular vaccine against cervical cancer.... 8/27/2014 8:54 PM

Uruguayans can now sign up to grow pot at home
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) -- People in Uruguay who want to grow their own marijuana at home were able to register to do so Wednesday as the government launched the latest phase in its first-of-its-kind legalization program.... 8/27/2014 8:02 PM

New police force sent to Mexican town near capital
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The first assignment for members of a new police force created to combat crimes affecting industry, farms and businesses is Valle de Bravo, a chic resort town near Mexico City that has seen a recent spate of kidnappings, an official said Tuesday.... 8/27/2014 7:56 PM

Mother of US reporter in Syria begs for his life
BEIRUT (AP) -- The mother of a hostage American journalist pleaded for his release Wednesday in a video directed at the Islamic State group, while new images emerged of mass killings, including masked militants shooting kneeling men after the capture of a strategic air base in Syria.... 8/27/2014 7:55 PM