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Controversial surveillance bill comes to vote in France
PARIS (AP) -- France's parliament is to vote on a bill aimed at legalizing broad surveillance of terrorism suspects that has drawn an outcry from privacy advocates and others.... 5/5/2015 7:22 AM

Rights group condemns atrocities in Syrian city of Aleppo
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian government forces and insurgents have both committed abuses in the contested northern city of Aleppo, but some of the government's actions amount to crimes against humanity, an international rights group said Tuesday.... 5/5/2015 7:22 AM

Nepali police dig bodies from village and trekking route
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Rescuers were digging through thousands of tons of earth Tuesday, the remains of a quake-triggered mudslide that wiped out an entire village along a popular trekking route in Nepal's Himalayan foothills and killed at least 60 people.... 5/5/2015 7:21 AM

China to lift price controls on most drugs starting June 1
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese regulators say they will lift price controls on most medical drugs starting June 1 in hopes that a more market-driven pricing system will keep medical costs in check.... 5/5/2015 7:14 AM

Substance or Style? Labour leader banks on geek appeal
LONDON (AP) -- It was an unexpected moment on the campaign trail.... 5/5/2015 6:30 AM

Thailand's 87-year-old king makes rare appearance
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej made a rare public appearance Tuesday to mark the 65th anniversary of his coronation.... 5/5/2015 6:30 AM

Australia cuts interest rate to record low 2 percent
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia's central bank cut its benchmark interest rate to a record low of 2 percent on Tuesday in a bid to jolt the nation's economy which is weighed by falling commodity prices and weakening demand from China.... 5/5/2015 6:23 AM

Climber begin to return from Everest base camp
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Climbers who stayed in villages close to the Everest base camp have started packing their gear and are leaving the mountain because Sherpa guides have refused to rebuild a climbing route destroyed by the earthquake-triggered avalanche, mountaineering officials said Tuesday.... 5/5/2015 6:13 AM

Afghan poppy farmers say new seeds will boost opium output
ZHARI, Afghanistan (AP) -- It's the cash crop of the Taliban and the scourge of Afghanistan - the country's intractable opium cultivation. This year, many Afghan poppy farmers are expecting a windfall as they get ready to harvest opium from a new variety of poppy seeds said to boost yield of the resin that produces heroin.... 5/5/2015 6:04 AM

Shanghai: Officials' close relatives can't run businesses
BEIJING (AP) -- Shanghai officials have implemented China's toughest ban on the business activities of government officials by prohibiting their spouses, children or children's spouses from running private businesses in the city.... 5/5/2015 5:55 AM

Australian stocks slip after central bank cuts interest rate
HONG KONG (AP) -- Australian stocks slipped Tuesday even as the central bank cut interest rates to a record low to stimulate the limping economy. Stocks elsewhere in the region were mostly lower with two major markets closed.... 5/5/2015 5:38 AM

Small tsunami seen near epicenter of Papua New Guinea quake
SYDNEY (AP) -- A powerful earthquake rattled the South Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, generating a small tsunami near the epicenter, bringing down power lines and cracking walls, but causing no widespread damage.... 5/5/2015 4:46 AM

AP NewsAlert
SYDNEY (AP) -- Australia cuts its benchmark interest rate quarter percentage point to record low of 2 percent.... 5/5/2015 4:33 AM

Venezuelan rum industry succeeding despite country's woes
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Ever since he was a young man, one of Guillermo Matos' small pleasures has been a mid-month round of cocktails with friends.... 5/5/2015 4:07 AM

A name for Britain's new princess: Charlotte Elizabeth Diana
LONDON (AP) -- It's a name that immediately evokes British royal history: Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.... 5/5/2015 4:03 AM

Coca production in Colombia jumped 39 pct in 2014
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Cultivation of the leaf used to make cocaine skyrocketed last year in Colombia, according to a new White House report that's likely to pressure authorities here to preserve a threatened U.S. aerial eradication program at the heart of the drug war.... 5/5/2015 3:30 AM

Metro trains crash in Mexico City, injuring 12
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Two metro trains carrying passengers crashed in Mexico City on Monday, leaving at least 12 people injured, authorities said.... 5/5/2015 2:12 AM

SurveyMonkey CEO died of head trauma in exercise accident
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- SurveyMonkey CEO David Goldberg died of severe head trauma in an exercise accident in the Mexican resort town of Punta Mita, a Mexican state official said Monday.... 5/5/2015 12:57 AM

Police: US couple killed in US Virgin Islands
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) -- Authorities in the U.S. Virgin Islands say an elderly couple visiting from the U.S. mainland has been found stabbed to death in a rental home.... 5/5/2015 12:12 AM

Kerry to visit Riyadh to confer with Saudi Arabia on Yemen
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Riyadh for discussions with Saudi government leaders on Wednesday and Thursday.... 5/4/2015 10:41 PM



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