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Thai junta forces rights group to nix presentation
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's ruling military junta forced a human rights group on Tuesday to cancel a presentation on the precarious rights situation in the Southeast Asian country three months after the army staged a coup.... 9/2/2014 6:25 AM

Pakistan parliament meets over political crisis
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's lawmakers held an emergency session Tuesday over the political crisis roiling the country as thousands of anti-government protesters remained camped out in front of the parliament building, demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resign... 9/2/2014 6:20 AM

Modi promises red carpet for Japan firms in India
TOKYO (AP) -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is wooing Japanese businesses with a promise of "red carpet" treatment rather than the bureaucratic red tape that India is notorious for.... 9/2/2014 6:01 AM

Fiji says Syrian rebels issue demands for captives
SUVA, Fiji (AP) -- Fiji's military commander said Tuesday that Syrian rebels have issued three demands for the release of 45 Fijian peacekeepers they've held captive for five days.... 9/2/2014 6:01 AM

North Korea athletes on mission for political gold
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- It's a hot, sunny morning at the newly refurbished Sosan Football Stadium in Pyongyang. Two women's soccer teams head to the sidelines of the artificial turf, leaving only a row of archers to continue their practice before several senior sports ministry officials. So sure are they of their aim - or, perhaps, so impromptu is the decision to have them shoot here - that there are no barriers behind the targets, posted on simple squares of straw.... 9/2/2014 5:57 AM

Surrogate offers clues into man with 16 babies
BANGKOK (AP) -- When the young Thai woman saw an online ad seeking surrogate mothers, it seemed like a life-altering deal: $10,000 to help a foreign couple that wanted a child but couldn't conceive.... 9/2/2014 5:54 AM

UN warns food prices rising in Ebola-hit countries
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- The U.N. is warning that food prices are rising in countries hit by Ebola and that it'll get worse because many farmers won't be able to access fields during the upcoming harvests of rice and corn.... 9/2/2014 5:53 AM

Bomb kills 8 Egyptian policemen in Sinai
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- Egyptian officials say a roadside bomb has killed eight policemen travelling in an armored vehicle in the country's troubled Sinai Peninsula.... 9/2/2014 5:50 AM

Putin's '2 weeks to Kiev' out of context: aide
MOSCOW (AP) -- A Kremlin aide on Tuesday sharply criticized EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso for breaching confidentiality when he quoted President Vladimir Putin as saying Moscow could take over Kiev in two weeks, if it wished.... 9/2/2014 5:47 AM

Court halts ridesharing service Uber in Germany
BERLIN (AP) -- A court has issued an injunction barring ridesharing service Uber from operating in Germany, the latest shot in the company's fight with taxi drivers.... 9/2/2014 5:45 AM

UK deputy leader criticizes ill boy case
LONDON (AP) -- U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says it is inappropriate to throw the full weight of the law at a family who spirited their ill 5-year-old child out of the country in order for him to receive a revolutionary type of radiation therapy for a brain tumor.... 9/2/2014 5:44 AM

Poll says Palestinian support for Hamas rises
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A Palestinian opinion poll suggests Hamas' popularity in the West Bank and Gaza Strip has risen dramatically following its war against Israel.... 9/2/2014 5:29 AM

Shares mostly higher, strong dollar buoys Japan
TOKYO (AP) -- World stocks were mostly higher Tuesday as investors awaited central bank meetings later this week in Europe and Japan as well as U.S. employment figures. The U.S. dollar extended its rally against the euro and the yen on expectations the Fed will be the first major central bank to raise interest rates.... 9/2/2014 5:26 AM

US military attacks al-Shabab in Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- U.S. military forces attacked the extremist al-Shabab network in Somalia Monday, the Pentagon said, and a witness described ground-shaking explosions in a strike that reportedly targeted the group's leader.... 9/2/2014 5:03 AM

Group accuses extremists of war crimes in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) -- An international rights group accused the extremist Islamic State group on Tuesday of carrying out a systematic campaign of "ethnic cleansing" in northern Iraq that includes mass killings, abductions and other war crimes.... 9/2/2014 4:59 AM

Commission rejects London mayor's plan for airport
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's Airport Commission has rejected a plan to build a four-runway airport in the Thames Estuary, describing it as more problematic and more expensive than other options.... 9/2/2014 4:55 AM

Dethroned Myanmar beauty queen blasts pageant boss
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- A dethroned beauty queen from Myanmar said Tuesday she won't return her bejeweled $100,000 crown until pageant organizers apologize for calling her a liar and a thief.... 9/2/2014 4:55 AM

Attacks kill 3 Afghan policemen, 4 soldiers
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Attacks in Afghanistan have killed three policemen and four Afghan soldiers, officials said Tuesday.... 9/2/2014 4:53 AM

Iran unveils new surface-to-air missile, radars
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran on Tuesday unveiled a new surface-to-air missile and two radar systems it claims will boost the country's defense capabilities.... 9/2/2014 4:40 AM

Australian dad accused of abusing Thai-born twins
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- An Australian man has been charged with sexually abusing twin girls he fathered several years ago to a Thai surrogate mother in another case that casts a harsh light on Thailand's beleaguered surrogacy industry.... 9/2/2014 4:33 AM