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Australian charged after police say he planned to fight IS
SYDNEY (AP) -- An Australian man appeared in court Tuesday on terror charges after police say he tried to join Kurdish-aligned forces battling the Islamic State group in Iraq.... 7/28/2015 2:30 AM

South Korean PM says MERS threat is over
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn says the country is now virtually free of the deadly MERS virus that killed 36 people and sickened nearly 200 since an outbreak was declared in May.... 7/28/2015 2:18 AM

Mexico national team coach allegedly hits TV journalist
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The coach of Mexico's national soccer team is known for his histrionic displays of emotion during games.... 7/28/2015 2:06 AM

Peru decrees warrantless geolocation tracking of cellphones
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Peru's government on Monday ordered telecommunications companies to grant police warrantless access to cellphone users' locations and other call data in real time and store that data for three years, a decree that civil libertarians called an unconstitutional invasion of privacy.... 7/28/2015 1:26 AM

Strong earthquake rocks Indonesia's Papua province
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- A strong earthquake has rocked Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua early Tuesday, but there are no immediate reports of injuries or damage.... 7/28/2015 12:44 AM

Mexico finds cocaine diluted in fruit shipment from Colombia
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Customs and law enforcement personnel in Mexico say they found an undetermined amount of cocaine dissolved in fruit pulp imported from Colombia.... 7/28/2015 12:05 AM

Some buses halt runs in El Salvador's capital after killings
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) -- Some buses in the capital of El Salvador have stopped running after two drivers were killed and rumors circulated that the Central American country's "Mara" street gangs planned to burn buses.... 7/27/2015 11:58 PM

Patriarch of musical Jackson family hospitalized in Brazil
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Joe Jackson, the father of the late Michael Jackson and patriarch of the musical family, suffered a stroke while visiting Brazil and was hospitalized in the intensive care unit of a Sao Paulo hospital, the facility said Monday.... 7/27/2015 11:35 PM

US, Turkey plan for 'safe zone' free of IS in northern Syria
BEIRUT (AP) -- Turkey and the United States have agreed on the outlines of a plan to rout the Islamic State group from a strip of Syrian territory along the Turkish border - a plan that opens the possibility of a safe haven for tens of thousands of displaced Syrians but one that also sets up a potential conflict with U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces in the area.... 7/27/2015 9:50 PM

Obama calls GOP criticism of Iran deal 'ridiculous' 'sad'
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- President Barack Obama unleashed a blistering and belittling rebuke of Republican White House hopefuls Monday, calling their attack on his landmark nuclear deal with Iran "ridiculous if it weren't so sad."... 7/27/2015 9:43 PM

Turkish bombing of Kurds carries risk of instability
ISTANBUL (AP) -- Turkey's unexpected move to launch raids against Kurdish rebels at the same time it is cracking down on the Islamic State group risks ending a period of relative calm and stability for the country that has been a boon for the economy.... 7/27/2015 9:23 PM

Greece launches bailout talks as Plan B details revealed
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's government on Monday launched complex bailout negotiations with creditors, but faced rebuke following revelations that former finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, formed a secret committee to plan for the possible conversion of euros into drachmas "at a drop of a hat."... 7/27/2015 8:56 PM

Amnesty: Mexico bodies report highlights 'shocking' crisis
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The discovery of 129 bodies in clandestine graves during months of searching for 43 missing students highlights a crisis of disappearances in Mexico, Amnesty International said Monday.... 7/27/2015 8:51 PM

Somalia hotel truck bomb toll rises to 15
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- The massive truck bomb that killed 15 people, including a Kenyan diplomat, and wrecked Somalia's premier hotel has stunned the capital and raised fears Monday that the Islamic extremist al-Shabab rebels are escalating their violence.... 7/27/2015 8:51 PM

World Trade Organization approves Kazakhstan's membership
BERLIN (AP) -- Kazakhstan is set to become the 162nd member of the World Trade Organization after the Geneva-based body formally approved the country's membership Monday.... 7/27/2015 8:41 PM

WHITE HOUSE NOTEBOOK: Barack, meet Lucy
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- President Barack Obama met an unexpected guest on the way to Monday night's state dinner at Ethiopia's National Palace - Lucy.... 7/27/2015 8:26 PM

Saudi FM says Iran is still showing 'hostility' in region
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's top diplomat has told visiting EU foreign policy chief that Iran is still showing "hostility" toward countries in the region, following a landmark deal on curbing Tehran's nuclear program earlier this month.... 7/27/2015 8:18 PM

Obama pushes for end to crippling crisis in South Sudan
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- President Barack Obama launched a personal push for peace in South Sudan on Monday, convening African leaders for urgent talks in neighboring Ethiopia aimed at keeping the world's newest nation from collapsing amid civil war.... 7/27/2015 7:26 PM

Colombia unearths landfill looking for scores of disappeared
MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) -- The last contact Margarita Restrepo had with her daughter was a hurried phone call on Oct. 25, 2002. The school day was over and 17-year-old Carol Vanesa was going to meet friends at a metro stop near the sprawling Comuna 13 hillside slum.... 7/27/2015 7:17 PM

Russia considers ban on import of Dutch flowers
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia says it is considering banning imports of cut flowers from The Netherlands, a move that would aggravate tensions between the two countries already at odds over the downing of flight MH17.... 7/27/2015 6:55 PM



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