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Polls open in key runoff parliamentary election in Iran
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's parliamentary runoff elections got underway Friday, a key vote to decide whether hard-liners or moderate forces backing President Hassan Rouhani will control the legislature, state media reported.... 4/29/2016 5:43 AM

Russia, China in agreement on North Korea, South China Sea
BEIJING (AP) -- The foreign ministers of Russia and China on Friday expressed their joint opposition to the U.S. deployment of an anti-missile system in South Korea and said non-claimants should not take sides in the dispute over the South China Sea.... 4/29/2016 5:39 AM

North Korea sends another US citizen to prison
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea on Friday sentenced a U.S. citizen of Korean heritage to 10 years in prison after convicting him of espionage and subversion, the second American it has put behind bars this year.... 4/29/2016 5:29 AM

Iranian refugee dies after setting himself on fire on Nauru
SYDNEY (AP) -- An Iranian refugee who set himself on fire at Australia's immigration detention camp on the Pacific island nation of Nauru has died of his injuries.... 4/29/2016 5:21 AM

Australia blocks $284 million ranch sale to Chinese
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- The Australian government has blocked a Chinese-led consortium from buying the nation's largest private land holding, a collection of Outback cattle ranches, for 371 million Australian dollars ($284 million).... 4/29/2016 5:02 AM

Australian believed to have been kidnapped in Afghanistan
SYDNEY (AP) -- An Australian aid worker is believed to have been kidnapped in Afghanistan, Australian officials said on Friday, as her father issued a plea for her safe return.... 4/29/2016 5:00 AM

Japan abandons costly X-ray satellite lost in space
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's space agency has abandoned its efforts to restore the operations of a multimillion-dollar satellite that was to probe the mysteries of black holes using X-ray telescopes.... 4/29/2016 4:27 AM

UK company fined for misleading Australians over painkillers
SYDNEY (AP) -- An Australian court has ordered a British consumer goods company to pay 1.7 million Australian dollars ($1.3 million) in penalties after ruling the company misled consumers about the effectiveness of a popular painkiller.... 4/29/2016 4:01 AM

AP PHOTOS: Fragments of shattered lives after Ecuador quake
PEDERNALES, Ecuador (AP) -- The dreams, plans and even the lives of hundreds of families were shattered in one moment - 6:58 p.m. on April 16 - when a magnitude 7.8 earthquake rocked the central coast of Ecuador.... 4/29/2016 4:01 AM

South Africa: Shoppers go to new mall, despite economy woes
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South African shoppers flocked to the opening Thursday of one of Africa's largest malls outside Johannesburg, despite rising unemployment and slowing economic growth.... 4/29/2016 3:37 AM

US official visits Haiti to assess progress toward elections
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- The U.S. State Department's special coordinator for Haiti arrived in the troubled Caribbean nation Thursday seeking to help resolve a political standoff that has left elections in limbo.... 4/29/2016 2:06 AM

K-tel creator Philip Kives has died at age 87
TORONTO (AP) -- Philip Kives, the tireless TV pitchman whose commercials implored viewers to "wait, there's more!" while selling everything from vegetable slicers to hit music compilations on vinyl, has died at age 87.... 4/29/2016 1:23 AM

Venezuela congress votes to censure food czar amid shortages
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela's opposition-controlled congress voted Thursday to censure the country's food minister amid widespread shortages.... 4/29/2016 12:08 AM

Brother takes Colombian politician's place as rebel hostage
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- When leftist rebels earlier this month freed a former governor held captive more than two years, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos welcomed the release as a hopeful sign that the National Liberation Army had finally sworn off kidnapping as peace talks with the group were getting under way.... 4/28/2016 11:55 PM

Iran calls on UN to help with US court asset award
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Iran asked the United Nations on Thursday to intervene with the U.S. government over a Supreme Court ruling that allows nearly $2 billion in frozen Iranian assets to be paid to victims of terrorist attacks for which the Middle Eastern country has been blamed.... 4/28/2016 11:54 PM

UN says 9,333 killed since Ukraine conflict began
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Nearly 10,000 people have been killed and more than 20,000 injured since the Ukraine conflict began in April 2014, a top U.N. official said Thursday.... 4/28/2016 11:53 PM

Missing students' parents demand Mexican prosecutor be fired
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Parents of 43 college students who disappeared in 2014 called Thursday for the firing of the head of Mexico's criminal investigation agency, the AIC, for what they called missteps in the investigation.... 4/28/2016 11:33 PM

UN: More aid deliveries in Syria, but people still starving
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. humanitarian chief warned Thursday that despite increased aid deliveries in Syria, people are still starving without medical care and said the world should be "ashamed" at the devastating human toll in five years of "senseless" fighting.... 4/28/2016 11:17 PM

China passes law tightening controls on foreign nonprofits
BEIJING (AP) -- China passed a law Thursday tightening controls over foreign non-governmental organizations by subjecting them to close police supervision, a move officials say will help the groups but critics charge is the latest attempt by authorities to clamp down on perceived threats to the ruling Communist Party's control.... 4/28/2016 11:11 PM

Mexican general gets 52 years for torturing, killing man
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A judge has sentenced a general in the Mexican army to 52?? years in prison for ordering the torture of a suspect, then having his body burned, Mexico's federal judiciary council said Thursday.... 4/28/2016 10:57 PM

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