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Japanese paper regrets use of term 'sex slaves'
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's biggest newspaper has apologized for using the term "sex slaves" in its English-language edition to describe Asian women forced into Japanese military-run brothels during World War II.... 11/28/2014 5:51 AM

Volcano in south Japan erupts, disrupting flights
TOKYO (AP) -- A volcano in southern Japan is blasting out chunks of magma in the first such eruption in 22 years, causing flight cancellations and prompting warnings to stay away from its crater.... 11/28/2014 5:50 AM

Asian energy shares slide after OPEC decision
HONG KONG (AP) -- Crude oil and Asian energy shares tumbled Friday as OPEC's decision to keep production steady rippled across the globe. Japanese stocks rose after a slew of economic data releases but other regional indexes were mixed.... 11/28/2014 5:29 AM

In Peru, whip-cracking vigilantes serve up justice
CAJAMARCA, Peru (AP) -- The standard "peacemaker" in this highland Peruvian provincial capital is a whip fashioned from the twisted sinew of a bull penis. It gets a lot of respect. So do the well-organized bands of citizen vigilantes who wield it.... 11/28/2014 5:07 AM

Indonesian, 2 Filipinos convicted in 2002 bombing
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A Philippine court has convicted an Indonesian militant and two Filipino extremists for their role in a 2002 mall bombing that killed at least 12 people and signaled the start of the alliance of two of Southeast Asia's most violent terrorist groups.... 11/28/2014 4:25 AM

Taliban attack rocks upscale Kabul district
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Taliban fighters staged an attack Thursday evening in an upscale district in the Afghan capital Kabul. Witnesses described multiple explosions and bursts of gunfire in the Wazir Akbar Khan district, which contains numerous foreign embassies and compounds housing international agencies and companies - as well as the homes of some senior Afghan government officials.... 11/28/2014 4:04 AM

Mexico president announces anti-crime crackdown
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's president announced a nationwide anti-crime plan Thursday that would allow Congress to dissolve local governments infiltrated by drug gangs and give state authorities control over often-corrupt municipal police.... 11/28/2014 3:59 AM

1.2 million Australian Christmas lights set record
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- An Australian lawyer has set a world record by stringing up almost 1.2 million Christmas lights in the center of the national capital.... 11/28/2014 3:51 AM

Pele says 'nothing serious' with him
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazilian great Pele says he is not seriously ill, easing fears Thursday that his health deteriorated even though a hospital said he was in intensive care and undergoing renal support treatment.... 11/28/2014 3:05 AM

Storm cuts power, lifts roofs in Australian city
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) -- Brisbane, Australia's third-largest city, was lashed by its worst storm in decades, with wind, rain and hail lifting roofs, cutting power lines, flooding streets and injuring a dozen people, officials said.... 11/28/2014 2:37 AM

Japan inflation eases, other data mixed in October
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's inflation rate edged lower in October, highlighting the difficulty Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces in his campaign to overcome deflation in the world's third-largest economy.... 11/28/2014 2:12 AM

Argentina charges HSBC with aiding tax evasion
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina's tax agency charged HSBC bank Thursday with helping more than 4,000 Argentines evade taxes by placing their money in secret Swiss accounts.... 11/28/2014 1:19 AM

Fugitive New Zealand killer deported from Brazil
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- A convicted killer and pedophile from New Zealand who fled to Brazil while on temporary release from prison was deported Friday from the South American country.... 11/28/2014 12:39 AM

Protesters wounded by gunfire in northeast Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Haitian authorities on Thursday were investigating a street protest that turned violent in a northeastern town close to the country's border with the Dominican Republic.... 11/27/2014 11:13 PM

Venezuela says 13 dead in prison disturbance
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela's government said at least 13 prisoners died of drug overdoses after inmates stormed a prison infirmary during protests demanding better living conditions, though activists on Thursday questioned the official version and said the death toll could be far higher.... 11/27/2014 10:39 PM

Venezuela opposition leader will appear in court
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Opposition leader Maria Corina Machado said Thursday she will continue working toward a peaceful change of Venezuela's government even as she complies with an order to face charges of plotting to kill the president.... 11/27/2014 9:38 PM

Riviera rains leave at least 1 dead in flooding
PARIS (AP) -- Torrential rains along the French Riviera have inundated homes and roads, leaving at least one person dead and three missing.... 11/27/2014 9:29 PM

Diplomats make trade deal to cut red tape, poverty
GENEVA (AP) -- After many years of talking, the World Trade Organization pulled off a major deal Thursday that the body said could boost global commerce by $1 trillion annually.... 11/27/2014 9:24 PM

38 UN peacekeepers deserted Mali post, will return
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- A spokeswoman says more than three dozen U.N. peacekeepers have deserted their post in northern Mali, complaining that supplies including food and water were slow to reach them.... 11/27/2014 9:00 PM

Hollande: France helped exile ex-Burkina leader
PARIS (AP) -- President Francois Hollande says France helped secure the exile of former Burkina Faso leader Blaise Compaore to "avoid a bloodbath."... 11/27/2014 8:28 PM