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Chinese shoppers latest target of Hong Kong protest anger
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong police arrested nearly three dozen people Sunday after scuffles broke out in the latest protest against the growing influx of mainland Chinese shoppers.... 3/2/2015 7:40 AM

UN rights office: Death toll in eastern Ukraine passes 6,000
BERLIN (AP) -- The U.N. human rights office says more than 6,000 people have died in eastern Ukraine since the start of the conflict almost a year ago.... 3/2/2015 7:32 AM

Australia bans travel to Iraqi city of Mosul under new law
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- The Iraqi city of Mosul, which is held by Islamic State movement fighters, on Monday became the second terrorist hot-spot to be declared off-limits to Australians under new counterterrorism laws aimed deterring foreign fighters.... 3/2/2015 7:27 AM

Russian opposition leader asks for early release
MOSCOW (AP) -- Jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has requested to be released early from prison so he can attend the funeral of slain opposition politician Boris Nemtsov.... 3/2/2015 7:20 AM

Afghan army takes on Taliban in first solo offensive
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Afghan army is waging its largest-ever solo offensive against the Taliban, hoping to strike a decisive blow ahead of the spring fighting season and prove it can rout the insurgents without the aid of U.S. and NATO combat troops.... 3/2/2015 7:15 AM

Tourism thrives in Malaysia despite association with tragedy
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Two airplane catastrophes put Malaysia on the map in a bad way in 2014. But they didn't hurt the country's tourism, and the higher visibility may even have helped: visitor numbers had their strongest growth in years.... 3/2/2015 7:03 AM

Iraq state TV: Operation to retake Tikrit begins
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's state TV says government forces backed by allied Shiite and Sunni fighters have begun a large-scale military operation to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown from the Islamic State extremist group.... 3/2/2015 6:50 AM

Myanmar prevents student protesters from marching to Yangon
LETPADAN, Myanmar (AP) -- Truckloads of police on Monday prevented hundreds of student protesters from continuing their march to Myanmar's biggest city to push for educational reform.... 3/2/2015 6:48 AM

UN report: Libya's flow of weapons needs tighter controls
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- A new U.N. report says Libya's ability to prevent the flow of weapons into and out of the chaotic country is "almost nonexistent," and it calls for the tightening of an arms embargo that the government says must be loosened so it can defend itself.... 3/2/2015 6:44 AM

AP NewsAlert
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq state TV: Large-scale military operation to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown begins.... 3/2/2015 6:42 AM

Asia stocks mostly rise as China rate cut offsets US data
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian stock markets were mostly higher Monday as a weekend interest rate cut by the Chinese central bank lifted sentiment following the release of lackluster U.S. growth data.... 3/2/2015 6:32 AM

Kerry set to defend Israel before UN rights panel
GENEVA (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Geneva where he is to deliver a vigorous defense of Israel before a U.N. body that Washington deems biased against the Jewish state.... 3/2/2015 6:30 AM

Kerry, Russian FM meet in Geneva as Ukraine tensions simmer
GENEVA (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting his Russian counterpart for likely highly contentious talks amid continuing tensions over Ukraine and American calls for a full probe into the murder of a prominent opposition figure in Moscow.... 3/2/2015 6:25 AM

Fighting in eastern Ukraine displaces Donetsk's soccer team
LVIV, Ukraine (AP) -- The sleek stadium, built six years ago and host to some of Europe's biggest soccer matches, is silent. It sits in the middle of the city of Donetsk, a war zone controlled by pro-Russian separatists battling Ukrainian troops.... 3/2/2015 5:19 AM

Seoul: North Korea test fires 2 short-range missiles
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea on Monday fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea and warned of "merciless strikes" against its enemies as allies Seoul and Washington launched annual military drills Pyongyang claims are preparation for a northward invasion.... 3/2/2015 5:00 AM

Canadian gets 7 years in jail in Nepal for child sex abuse
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- A Canadian tourist with several previous child sex convictions has been sentenced to seven years in prison in Nepal for sexually abusing a minor boy, the court said Monday.... 3/2/2015 4:24 AM

Uganda: Victims back leniency for LRA chief but trial awaits
BARLONYO, Uganda (AP) -- This is the horror that Silveria Okweny is willing to forgive:... 3/2/2015 4:19 AM

Britain's Prince William takes on diplomatic role in China
BEIJING (AP) -- Prince William presented China's president with a large envelope Monday containing an invitation from the queen to visit Britain this year, as he began the first official visit to mainland China by a senior British royal in a generation.... 3/2/2015 4:17 AM

Estonia's ruling pro-Western Reform Party wins election
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) -- Estonia's ruling Reform Party has emerged as the overall winner in the Baltic country's general election dominated by economic issues and security concerns over Russia's actions in Ukraine.... 3/2/2015 1:32 AM

Dolce&Gabbana pay sentimental tribute to mothers in Milan
MILAN (AP) -- Model Bianca Balta won applause of approval as she walked down the Dolce&Gabbana runway in an advanced stage of pregnancy. It was part of the designing duo's early Mother's Day present to women, a collection dedicated to moms.... 3/1/2015 11:20 PM

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