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N. Korea leader dismisses top officials after standoff eases
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has dismissed top officials in the wake of a recent standoff with South Korea, state media reported Friday, a move that suggests the young leader holds them responsible for allowing the confrontation to nearly spin out of control.... 8/28/2015 5:13 AM

Australian survivor of WWII 'Great Escape' dies aged 101
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Paul Royle, an Australian pilot who took part in a mass breakout from a German prisoner of war camp during World War II that is remembered as The Great Escape, has died in his hometown of Perth, his son said Friday. He was 101.... 8/28/2015 5:10 AM

US group urges China to open insurance, securities markets
BEIJING (AP) -- An American business group urged China on Friday to allow more access to its insurance and other service industries, saying foreign skills could help develop its volatile stock markets and cope with disasters like the recent chemical explosion in Tianjin.... 8/28/2015 5:00 AM

Rousseff faces 'political suicide bomber,' removal threat
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- If the worst economic crisis in a decade, a massive corruption scandal centered on her ruling party and approval ratings in the single digits weren't rough enough for Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, she's now faced with a "political suicide bomber."... 8/28/2015 4:07 AM

Puerto Rico braces for TS Erika after 4 dead in Dominica
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Tropical Storm Erika lashed Puerto Rico early Friday with heavy rains and wind after killing four people and causing devastating floods in the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, where several people remained missing.... 8/28/2015 4:06 AM

Venezuelans to rally in support of closing Colombian border
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Colombia and Venezuela recalled their ambassadors for consultations amid an increasingly bitter border dispute, while government supporters in Caracas prepared to rally Friday in support of a controversial crackdown on migrants, smugglers and paramilitary groups.... 8/28/2015 4:05 AM

Bangladesh arrests 2 more suspects in blogger's killing
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- Police in Bangladesh have arrested two more suspected members of a banned militant group thought to be behind the slaying of a secular blogger in the fourth such deadly attack this year.... 8/28/2015 4:04 AM

AP PHOTOS: VW Beetles find 2nd life with Mexican collectors
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- When the Mexico City government retired the last Volkswagen Beetle taxis in 2012, it shipped most of the aging cars, commonly known as "vochos," to junkyards to be turned into scrap metal.... 8/28/2015 4:02 AM

Asian stocks rise after US data calms investor nerves
HONG KONG (AP) -- Asian stocks rose Friday as upbeat U.S. economic data lifted investors' spirits following days of stomach-churning turbulence sparked by a heavy sell-off in China.... 8/28/2015 3:14 AM

Japan inflation, household spending slow in July, incomes up
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's inflation rate dropped to its lowest level in more than two years in July and household spending also slowed, data that likely will raise pressure on the central bank to up its barrage of monetary stimulus.... 8/28/2015 2:20 AM

Colombia, Venezuela recall ambassadors amid dispute
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Venezuela and Colombia each recalled their ambassadors for consultations on Thursday amid a dispute over the closing of a major border crossing and a weeklong crackdown on Colombian migrants and smugglers.... 8/28/2015 1:59 AM

Guatemalan prosecutors urge president to resign amid scandal
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- Pressure grew Thursday on Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina to resign as business and government offices closed, protesters marched by the thousands and the attorney general's office urged him to step down "to prevent ungovernability that could destabilize the nation."... 8/28/2015 1:34 AM

Mexico replaces security chief and foreign relations head
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto replaced the country's national security chief on Thursday, 1 1/2 months after top drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman escaped from a maximum security prison.... 8/28/2015 12:40 AM

UN calls for panel to identify Syria chemical weapons users
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. chief proposed Thursday that a new international body to assign blame for chemical attacks in Syria's deadly conflict for the first time have the freedom to go anywhere and the support of all parties on the ground.... 8/27/2015 11:10 PM

Dead migrants found in abandoned truck near Austrian capital
VIENNA (AP) -- As regional leaders met Thursday to tackle Europe's refugee crisis, a gruesome discovery unfolded a short drive from the Austrian capital: An abandoned truck was found with at least 20 - and possibly up to 50 - decomposing bodies of migrants piled inside.... 8/27/2015 8:21 PM

US strikes southern Afghan district seized by Taliban
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- U.S. forces have launched multiple airstrikes on a district in southern Afghanistan seized by the Taliban the day before, U.S. officials said Thursday.... 8/27/2015 8:20 PM

Google rejects EU anti-trust allegations as flawed
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Google rejected on Thursday a complaint by Europe's competition watchdog that the Internet giant is abusing its dominance in Web searches to promote its own products.... 8/27/2015 7:38 PM

Greece appoints 1st female prime minister ahead of snap poll
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's first female prime minister, a top judge, was sworn in Thursday to head a caretaker government ahead of early elections next month in the bailout-dependent country.... 8/27/2015 7:04 PM

French police dismantle Roma camp on Paris outskirts
LA COURNEUVE, France (AP) -- Police, working swiftly in the pouring rain, cleared out one of France's biggest and oldest Roma camps on Thursday, dismantling a sprawling network of makeshift shelters that housed hundreds of people.... 8/27/2015 6:09 PM

Argentine mom hopes pope will help get son off death row
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- When Lidia Guerrero met with Pope Francis in Rome last year, the Argentine native told her he knew all about Guerrero's son, who has been on death row in Texas for 19 years.... 8/27/2015 6:08 PM

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