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After big win, India's new leader faces backlash
NEW DELHI (AP) -- When Prime Minister Narendra Modi swept to power in India's most resounding election victory in decades, he promised to revive the sluggish economy, rein in rising food prices, tackle corruption and overhaul his predecessor's lackluster foreign policy.... 8/22/2014 1:51 AM

Most Asia stocks inch higher ahead of Yellen talk
HONG KONG (AP) -- Most Asian stock markets inched higher Friday after a record day on Wall Street powered by upbeat data that adds to evidence the world's biggest economy is gaining strength. Gains were tempered as investors awaited a meeting of central bankers that might shed light on the timing of U.S. interest rate hikes.... 8/22/2014 1:43 AM

MH17 remains return home as govt battles fallout
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Carried by soldiers and draped in the national flag, coffins carrying Malaysian victims of Flight MH17 returned home Friday to a country still searching for those onboard another doomed jet and a government battling the political fallout of the twin tragedies.... 8/22/2014 1:36 AM

In rare move, Chinese man acquitted of murder
BEIJING (AP) -- A Chinese court on Friday acquitted a death-row inmate convicted of double murder, in a high-profile case that observers say may be a rare exception in a court system riddled with wrongful convictions.... 8/22/2014 1:35 AM

Deported Mexicans find new life at call centers
TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) -- Henry Monterroso is a foreigner in his own country. Raised in California from the age of 5, he was deported to Mexico in 2011 and found himself in a land he barely knew.... 8/22/2014 12:33 AM

Mexico increases number of missing to 22,322
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The Mexican government has increased its calculation of the number of people who have disappeared since the start of the country's drug war in 2006 and now lists 22,322 as missing, officials said Thursday. It had said in May that 8,000 people were missing.... 8/21/2014 9:59 PM

Mexican mining firm complains about probe of spill
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A mining conglomerate charged Thursday that it is being subjected to "punitive" legal actions by Mexican officials because one of its mines spilled acid-laced copper sulfate and heavy metals into two rivers.... 8/21/2014 8:50 PM

Mexico nabs suspects with 10,000 sea turtle eggs
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Environmental prosecutors in Mexico say three suspects have been detained in the southern Pacific coast state of Oaxaca with more than 10,000 illegally harvested eggs from protected sea turtles.... 8/21/2014 8:28 PM

Europe, US mull UN resolution on Gaza truce
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- With Egyptian efforts to end the Gaza war collapsing, the United States, Britain, France and Germany are discussing a possible Security Council resolution calling for a sustainable cease-fire and an international monitoring mission to ensure its implementation, U.N. diplomats said Thursday.... 8/21/2014 8:20 PM

Dominican Republic bans Miley Cyrus concert
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- The Dominican Republic government commission that oversees public performances is banning a Sept. 13 concert by Miley Cyrus on morality grounds.... 8/21/2014 8:09 PM

Police tear gas, water cannons at Chilean protest
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Student protesters fled a tear gas truck and police water cannons used during a march through the Chilean capital Thursday, but no injuries or arrests were reported.... 8/21/2014 8:06 PM

Irish peacemaker, ex-premier Reynolds dies at 81
DUBLIN (AP) -- Albert Reynolds, the risk-taking Irish prime minister who played a key role in delivering peace to Northern Ireland but struggled to keep his own governments intact, died Thursday after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 81.... 8/21/2014 7:33 PM

Charges dropped against Venezuelan protesters
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelan courts have dropped all charges against hundreds of demonstrators detained during anti-government protests that wracked the South American country this spring.... 8/21/2014 7:28 PM

Drought hits food supplies in Central America
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- Central America is having one of its worst droughts in decades, and experts warned Thursday that major farm losses and the deaths of hundreds of cattle in the region could leave hundreds of thousands of families without food.... 8/21/2014 7:09 PM

Liberia gives food in slum sealed to stop Ebola
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Government officials handed out bags of rice and sachets of drinking water Thursday to residents of an impoverished slum in Liberia's capital where tens of thousands of people have been barricaded in an effort to stop the spread of Ebola.... 8/21/2014 6:08 PM

Airlines, cruise ships monitoring Caribbean system
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Airlines and cruise ship companies are monitoring the progress of a tropical disturbance approaching the Lesser Antilles at the eastern end of the Caribbean.... 8/21/2014 6:05 PM

US inspector finds Beyonce, Jay-Z Cuba trip legal
HAVANA (AP) -- The U.S. Treasury Department's inspector general has determined Jay-Z and Beyonce's fifth-anniversary trip to Cuba last year was legal under rules allowing educational travel to the island.... 8/21/2014 6:01 PM

Mexico arrests 13 at water-rate protest by Mayas
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Police on Mexico's Caribbean coast arrested 13 activists during a demonstration by Maya Indians against water rate hikes.... 8/21/2014 5:30 PM

Puerto Rico drug ring accused of selling meth
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- The U.S. Attorney's Office in Puerto Rico is for the first time prosecuting a suspected drug-trafficking organization on charges of distributing methamphetamine in the U.S. territory.... 8/21/2014 5:14 PM

Venezuela proposes fingerprinting grocery shoppers
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelans could soon have to scan their fingerprints to buy bread.... 8/21/2014 5:09 PM