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China calls on Japan to break with militarism
TOKYO (AP) -- China's government on Thursday called on Japan to "break clean with militarism" 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 12:59 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 12:42 AM

Asian stocks post cautious gains, Qantas surges
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian stock markets were mostly higher Thursday but gains were muted ahead of U.S. economic data and possible policy announcements from Japan.... 8/28/2014 12:25 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 12:17 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

New counterterrorism units at Australian airports
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- New counterterrorism units have been working at Australia's two largest airports since last week and had already prevented two suspected jihadists from leaving the country, officials said.... 8/27/2014 7:46 PM

Niger lawmaker flees before being questioned
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) -- The president of Niger's National Assembly has fled the country after his immunity was lifted so he could be questioned about a baby trafficking scandal that has shaken the country's political class... 8/27/2014 7:31 PM

Ecuadoran police sentenced for attack on president
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) -- An Ecuadoran court has sentenced six police officers to prison for attempting to kill President Rafael Correa during a protest in 2010.... 8/27/2014 7:08 PM

Relatives criticize Mexico's new number on missing
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Relatives of people missing in Mexico blasted authorities Wednesday as seemingly more interested in manipulating the data on the disappeared than on conducting thorough investigations.... 8/27/2014 6:22 PM

Labor protest disrupts Argentine capital
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- A labor organization opposed to Argentine President Cristina Fernandez caused traffic jams and disrupted life for many in the capital Wednesday at the start of a 36-hour strike.... 8/27/2014 6:12 PM

UK sex abuse report prompts outrage, reflection
ROTHERHAM, England (AP) -- Rotherham is a working-class town that is remarkable in its ordinariness - a collection of charmless discount stores, betting shops and kebab counters, surrounded by sleepy residential streets lined with brick houses that have seen better days.... 8/27/2014 4:47 PM

Battle for Ukraine's southeast coast heats up
NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Pushing west in a new offensive along Ukraine's strategic coastline, heavily armed Russian-backed separatist forces captured new territory Wednesday far from their previous battles with government troops.... 8/27/2014 4:24 PM

AP ANALYSIS: A grim stalemate at war's end in Gaza
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) -- The third Gaza War in six years appears to have ended in another sort of tie, with both Israel and Hamas claiming the upper hand. Their questionable achievements have come at a big price, especially to long-suffering Palestinians in Gaza.... 8/27/2014 4:20 PM