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China defense spending to grow 10.1 percent in 2015
BEIJING (AP) -- China said Thursday it will boost defense spending by 10.1 percent, a smaller rise than last year but in line with large annual increases that have drawn concern among the country's neighbors over Beijing's military and territorial ambitions.... 3/5/2015 6:47 AM

After Ebola ban, N. Korea opens marathon to foreigners
TOKYO (AP) -- After lifting travel restrictions it imposed because of concerns over the Ebola virus, North Korea says foreigners can now take part in one of its most popular tourist events - the annual Pyongyang marathon, a travel agency said Thursday.... 3/5/2015 6:31 AM

China stocks lead Asia lower after annual growth target cut
HONG KONG (AP) -- A tumble in Chinese stocks dragged most other Asian benchmarks lower Thursday after China cut its economic growth target.... 3/5/2015 6:28 AM

US envoy to SKorea in stable condition after knife attack
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert was in stable condition after a man screaming demands for a unified North and South Korea slashed him on the face and wrist with a knife, South Korean police and U.S. officials said Thursday.... 3/5/2015 5:54 AM

'Duang!' Chinese poke fun at Jackie Chan with nonsense word
BEIJING (AP) -- Jackie Chan might still be popular in China, but nowadays the pro-Beijing actor is as well-known as fodder for jokes as he is for his gritty martial arts and slapstick humor on screen. His latest contribution to the country's mass culture and entertainment: "duang."... 3/5/2015 5:50 AM

Venezuelan mayor's arrest casts light on unlikely marriage
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- She was raised by a leader of Venezuela's opposition and made a name for herself on a popular anti-government TV show. He is the tourism minister and one of the socialist administration's most passionate defenders.... 3/5/2015 5:00 AM

Australia police charge 6 with smuggling drugs from Colombia
SYDNEY (AP) -- Six men were charged in Sydney with drug smuggling and more than 480 kilograms (1,060 pounds) of cocaine and methamphetamine have been seized in Columbia and Australia in a joint Australian-Colombian police operation, officials said Thursday.... 3/5/2015 4:41 AM

China lowers growth target, promises to open industries
BEIJING (AP) -- China announced a lower economic growth target for this year and promised to open more industries to foreign investors as it tries to make its slowing, state-dominated economy more productive.... 3/5/2015 3:34 AM

Maduro rejects speculation he'll suspend Venezuela elections
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- President Nicolas Maduro is rejecting speculation that he is considering suspending Venezuela's legislative elections later this year.... 3/5/2015 3:13 AM

Effort set to recover body found on Mexico's highest peak
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- An effort was planned for Thursday to recover a body found buried in snow and ice high on Mexico's tallest peak, officials said.... 3/5/2015 3:06 AM

Former chief of Bolivia drug police under investigation
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) -- The retired police general who reorganized Bolivia's counter-narcotics force after President Evo Morales expelled U.S. drug agents is under investigation for illicit enrichment and drug trafficking ties.... 3/5/2015 2:44 AM

Dominican Republic temporarily closes consulates in Haiti
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- The Dominican Republic has announced the temporary closure of five of its consulates in neighboring Haiti because of security concerns.... 3/5/2015 2:36 AM

Mexican police grab latest Zetas leader in wealthy suburb
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican police and soldiers on Wednesday captured Omar Trevino Morales, widely considered to be the most important leader of the Zetas drug cartel that once carved a path of brutal bloodshed along the country's northern border with the U.S.... 3/5/2015 1:54 AM

Chemical fire at Vancouver's port prompts evacuation
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Vancouver health officials are warning people near the city's port to stay indoors due to a fire in a shipping container holding an industrial disinfectant and bleaching agent.... 3/5/2015 1:46 AM

Jane Fonda says male domination of world has been `wounded'
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Jane Fonda said Wednesday the male power structure that has dominated the world for centuries has been wounded - "but there's nothing more dangerous than a wounded beast."... 3/5/2015 1:33 AM

Merkel dampen talk of 3rd Greek bailout
BRUSSELS (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the president of the European Union's executive branch cautioned Wednesday against speculation that Greece will need a third financial bailout.... 3/4/2015 11:25 PM

Libya makes urgent appeal to UN to lift embargo on weapons
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Libya made an urgent appeal Wednesday to the U.N. Security Council to either lift an arms embargo completely or allow exemptions so that its army can fight the rising threat of the Islamic State and other militant groups. Diplomats said Libya has made a sizeable request in the past few days for dozens of fighter jets, tanks, helicopters and grenade launchers.... 3/4/2015 11:19 PM

Australia offers Indonesia prisoner swap to stop executions
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia has offered Indonesia a prison swap deal in an 11th hour bid to save the lives of two Australian drug smugglers who have been transferred to an island prison where they are to be killed by firing squad within days.... 3/4/2015 10:55 PM

Kerry arrives in Saudi Arabia to consult on Iran nuke talks
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Fresh from the latest round of Iran nuclear negotiations, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Saudi Arabia Wednesday to ease Gulf Arab concerns about an emerging deal and discuss ways to calm instability in troubled Yemen and other Mideast nations.... 3/4/2015 10:19 PM

UK fraud office probes central bank auctions
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's Serious Fraud Office says it is investigating Bank of England auctions in 2007 and 2008 that were designed to inject cash into the banking system during the financial crisis.... 3/4/2015 9:46 PM

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