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Syria's al-Qaida chief says no plans to attack the West
BEIRUT (AP) -- The leader of al-Qaida's branch in Syria says they have no plans to attack the West and denies that the so-called Khorasan group exists.... 5/28/2015 8:05 AM

Indians crowd rivers, tree shade as heat toll passes 1,400
HYDERABAD, India (AP) -- Eating onions, lying in the shade and crowding into rivers, Indians were doing whatever they could Thursday to stay cool amid a brutal heat wave that has killed more than 1,400 in the past month.... 5/28/2015 7:56 AM

THE LATEST: Blatter cancels speaking engagement in Zurich
ZURICH (AP) -- The Latest on FIFA developments:... 5/28/2015 7:49 AM

After complaints, Chinese hotelier gets his government's ear
BEIJING (AP) -- In the wee hours of a March morning, a Chinese hotelier wrote a 5,000-word open letter to his country's premier and posted it on social media. The delicate topic: how local regulators capriciously enforce rules and extort bribes. Within days, officials came knocking.... 5/28/2015 7:42 AM

Premier: Serbia ready to reduce dependency on Russian gas
TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic says his country will accept U.S. calls to reduce dependency on Russian gas supplies by adding an American-backed pipeline that would bring gas to Europe from Azerbaijan.... 5/28/2015 7:37 AM

US, Swiss timed FIFA raids for maximum effect
BERN, Switzerland (AP) -- For months, American and Swiss investigators worked in secret to prepare for the raids that would shake the soccer world.... 5/28/2015 7:36 AM

UN body says fewer are suffering from hunger in Asia-Pacific
BANGKOK (AP) -- The proportion of people suffering from hunger in the Asia-Pacific region has fallen by half in the last 25 years, the United Nation's food body said Thursday.... 5/28/2015 7:17 AM

Poor construction, safety checks blamed for fatal China fire
BEIJING (AP) -- A preliminary investigation into a nursing home fire that killed 38 people in central China has blamed poor building construction and lax safety checks, Chinese authorities reported.... 5/28/2015 7:00 AM

China detains artist who posted humorous photo of president
BEIJING (AP) -- The wife of a Chinese artist says authorities have detained him after he posted a humorous portrait of President Xi Jinping online.... 5/28/2015 6:53 AM

Boat people talks: Key issues and expectations
BANGKOK (AP) -- In the past month, more than 3,000 desperate, hungry people have landed on the shores of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, drawing international attention to a crisis in Southeast Asia. Arrivals of the overcrowded boats - crammed with Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar and impoverished Bangladeshis hoping to find jobs - have now slowed. But the crisis is far from over, and will be the topic of a Friday conference in Bangkok to be attended by senior official... 5/28/2015 6:43 AM

Asia stocks down as Greece deadline looms, Shanghai sinks
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian stocks were mostly lower Thursday as a deadline for Greece to make a debt payment neared and Chinese shares dived after big gains in the past three months.... 5/28/2015 6:36 AM

Croatian dilemma: Oil in the Adriatic, or tourism
MEDULIN, Croatia (AP) -- Peter Fries has been coming to Croatia for years after falling in love with its pristine coastline, fresh seafood, mellow wine and friendly hosts.... 5/28/2015 6:33 AM

Thai protest leaders get jail term for anti-government rally
BANGKOK (AP) -- Six prominent protest leaders in Thailand were sentenced to two years in prison Thursday for storming the prime minister's office compound during massive anti-government rallies in 2008 in part of the political turmoil that has plagued the country in the past decade.... 5/28/2015 6:33 AM

Paris leaders want fast expulsion of migrants from tent camp
PARIS (AP) -- In the shadow of the famed Sacre Coeur basilica, hundreds of migrants have poured into a makeshift tent camp on a bridge over Eurostar train tracks to Britain - the country that many see as a cherished final destination.... 5/28/2015 6:24 AM

Study says girls seek sisterhood _ not just marriage _ in IS
LONDON (AP) -- The notion that young women are traveling to Syria solely to become "jihadi brides" is simplistic and hinders efforts to prevent other girls from being radicalized, new research suggests.... 5/28/2015 6:09 AM

Philippine economic growth slows to 5.2 percent in 1Q
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Sluggish government spending slowed Philippine economic growth in the first quarter of this year, officials said Thursday.... 5/28/2015 5:10 AM

Shocking ads ignite debate about abortion ban in Chile
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- The video shows a woman climbing a stairwell, her belly visibly pregnant, as she offers suggestions: Make sure there are no security cameras. Be careful not to look down or you might regret it.... 5/28/2015 4:42 AM

Ex-Chinese legislator on trial for organizing prostitution
BEIJING (AP) -- A former member of China's national legislature who is accused of running a brothel with 100 prostitutes at a luxury hotel that he ran in southern China has gone on trial on charges of organizing prostitution.... 5/28/2015 3:43 AM

Colombian rebel peace negotiator among dead in military raid
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Leftist rebels in Colombia claimed on Wednesday that one of their most-veteran fighters, a former envoy to peace talks with the government, was killed during a military raid last week.... 5/28/2015 2:41 AM

FIFA's commercial partners urged to make their voices heard
LONDON (AP) -- FIFA's sponsorship paymasters are facing mounting calls to put pressure on soccer's global governing body to clean up its act - and fast - following Wednesday's arrest of seven officials.... 5/28/2015 2:18 AM

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