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News Guide: Thailand's surrogacy scandals and laws
BANGKOK (AP) -- A string of recent scandals has lifted a lid on Thailand's largely unregulated commercial surrogacy industry, which has been around for over a decade. Here's a look at the controversies, some of the ethical dilemmas they have raised and the Thai military government's new draft law that is expected to outlaw the business of surrogacy.... 9/3/2014 5:32 AM

Pakistan: 910 militants killed since June
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's military says it has killed 910 suspected militants and lost 82 soldiers in a major offensive launched in June in a restive tribal region near Afghanistan.... 9/3/2014 5:20 AM

Japan PM selects new Cabinet, 5 women picked
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's prime minister picked a record-matching five women for his Cabinet.... 9/3/2014 5:09 AM

China's top leaders remember victory over Japan
BEIJING (AP) -- President Xi Jinping straightened ribbons on huge bouquets and gunners fired salutes Wednesday as China commemorated Japan's World War II surrender as part of a campaign to remind the world of Tokyo's historical aggression amid worsening relations between the two countries.... 9/3/2014 5:06 AM

Australia to sign uranium trade deal with India
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia's prime minister said Wednesday that he will sign a uranium export deal with India for peaceful power generation this week, but added that exports of the nuclear fuel to Russia have been banned until further notice.... 9/3/2014 5:06 AM

Second Syria beheading raises stakes for US
BEIRUT (AP) -- Islamic State extremists have released a video purportedly showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warned President Barack Obama that continuing airstrikes against the group in Iraq will be met with the killing of more Western captives.... 9/3/2014 5:04 AM

Maduro replaces Venezuela's longtime oil chief
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- President Nicolas Maduro has replaced Venezuela's longtime oil boss and economic czar as part of a cabinet shakeup sidelining the most-prominent voice within his administration for pragmatic reforms to tackle a deep economic crisis.... 9/3/2014 4:47 AM

Tropical Storm Dolly moves ashore off Mexico Gulf
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Dolly threatened flash floods and mudslides in mountainous areas as it moved in from Mexico's Gulf coast, where authorities had readied shelters and suspended school classes on Wednesday.... 9/3/2014 4:18 AM

Obama to Europe: NATO to oppose Russian aggression
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) -- Confronted by a Kremlin-backed military offensive in Ukraine, President Barack Obama and Western allies will approve plans this week to position at least 4,000 troops and military equipment in Eastern Europe, bolstering NATO's security commitments to nervous member states near the Russian border.... 9/3/2014 4:05 AM

Asian stock markets rise as dollar gains
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Asian stock markets rose Wednesday, lifted by new signs of strength in the U.S. economy and expectations that Europe's central bank will provide more support to the flagging region.... 9/3/2014 3:57 AM

Putin traveling to Mongolia for 5-hour visit
ULAN BATOR, Mongolia (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin is flying to Mongolia on Wednesday for a working visit amid soaring tensions with Washington and NATO over a Kremlin-backed offensive in Ukraine.... 9/3/2014 3:56 AM

Tight security, unity drive clash in China's west
KUQA, China (AP) -- In this ancient oasis town in China's restive west, assault rifle-toting police officers patrol the cobblestone lanes of ochre-brick houses in an ethnic Uighur neighborhood. Three police surveillance cameras atop a white pole watch over a narrow dirt road frequented mostly by cows. Wanted posters for suspected Uighur assailants are stuck on walls every few hundred feet.... 9/3/2014 3:52 AM

Speeding truck overturns, kills 10 in India
New Delhi (AP) -- Police say a speeding truck has overturned and crushed to death 10 people, including seven children, sleeping on a sidewalk in northern India.... 9/3/2014 3:40 AM

Group says world is losing battle against Ebola
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The international group Doctors Without Borders warned Tuesday that the world is losing the battle against Ebola and lamented that treatment centers in West Africa have been "reduced to places where people go to die alone."... 9/3/2014 3:06 AM

Colombia high court Oks bullfights in Bogota ring
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- A Colombian high court says bullfights can return to Bogota's historic ring, more than two months after they were suspended by the capital city's mayor.... 9/3/2014 2:50 AM

Anti-poverty group urges G20 to tackle corruption
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Anti-poverty organization ONE is urging leaders of the 20 largest economies to act decisively at an annual summit in November against money laundering, bribery, tax evasion and corruption which it estimates costs the world's poorest countries more than $1 trillion a year.... 9/3/2014 2:26 AM

Report accuses Islamic State group of war crimes
BAGHDAD (AP) -- An international rights group accused the extremist Islamic State group on Tuesday of systematic "ethnic cleansing" in northern Iraq targeting indigenous religious minorities, as well as conducting mass killings of men and abducting women.... 9/3/2014 2:14 AM

UN: 4 peacekeepers killed in north Mali, 15 hurt
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- At least four U.N. peacekeepers were killed and 15 wounded when their convoy hit a mine in northern Mali on Tuesday, a spokesman said.... 9/3/2014 1:28 AM

Australia delivers ammunition to Iraqi Kurds
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- A military transport jet has made Australia's first delivery of ammunition to Kurdish forces battling Islamic State militants in northern Iraq before returning without incident to a United Arab Emirates base, defense officials said on Wednesday.... 9/3/2014 1:13 AM

Uruguay pres denies US pressured on prisoners
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) -- Uruguayan President Jose Mujica is denying that he has been pressured by the United States to let six men being held at the U.S. Navy Base in Guantanamo, Cuba resettle in the South American country.... 9/3/2014 1:04 AM