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AP Interview: Leader says Mideast pays price for gender gap
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) -- Bring more Arab women into the workforce, invest in "bite-sized" infrastructure projects and get the private sector more involved in training young job seekers - these are the prescriptions of a leading Gulf entrepreneur for growing Middle Eastern economies and combating rampant youth unemployment.... 5/23/2015 7:22 AM

Thai year-old coup imposes superficial calm but little else
BANGKOK (AP) -- Shortly after seizing power in a coup that followed months of debilitating street protests, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha vowed to end Thailand's decade of political upheaval once and for all. In his words, "to bring everything out in the open and fix it."... 5/23/2015 7:09 AM

UN chief says save migrants, deal with cause of flight
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday urged Southeast Asian nations to deal with the causes behind a growing humanitarian crisis that has forced thousands of Rohingya from Myanmar and Bangladeshi migrants to flee by sea, leaving many still stranded in boats.... 5/23/2015 7:06 AM

AP Analysis: At Mideast forum, hopes for future amid chaos
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) -- Against a backdrop of Iraq and Syria in flames, Middle Eastern political and business leaders sought to focus on a future of growth and investment for a region that for long has lagged behind. But present-day reality proved rather difficult to ignore, with the Islamic State group wreaking havoc not far from these Dead Sea shores.... 5/23/2015 7:04 AM

Japan pledges climate change aid to Pacific island nations
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan pledged Saturday 55 billion yen ($450 million) in climate change and disaster aid to Pacific island nations that are battling rising sea levels and natural calamities as a result of global warming.... 5/23/2015 7:01 AM

Islamic State group radio claims Saudi mosque suicide attack
CAIRO (AP) -- The Islamic State group's radio station has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing Friday on a Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia, warning that more "black days" loom ahead for Shiites.... 5/23/2015 6:54 AM

Roadside bomb kills 2, including Afghan district chief
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan official says a roadside bomb has killed that two people, including a district administrative chief, in the country's south.... 5/23/2015 6:40 AM

Syrians try to build case against Assad in chlorine attacks
BEIRUT (AP) -- With only a cloth mask for protection, Firas Kayali rushed to try to rescue the residents of a house in a village in rebel-held northern Syria after a barrel bomb, suspected to be filled with chlorine gas, hit nearby.... 5/23/2015 6:01 AM

Peru suspends civil liberties in region after 4th death
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Peru's government said it was suspending civil liberties in a southern coastal valley after a fourth death in violent anti-mining protests against a Mexican-owned copper mining project.... 5/23/2015 5:12 AM

China contributing experts, troops to disaster relief drills
BEIJING (AP) -- China is contributing 600 personnel, including 49 from the military, to multinational disaster relief exercises in Malaysia, the first time it has taken part in such an effort, the Defense Ministry said Saturday.... 5/23/2015 5:04 AM

China says 2 schoolchildren die amid heavy flooding
BEIJING (AP) -- The death toll in China's latest round of flooding has risen to at least 48, including two schoolchildren aboard an overloaded bus that plunged into a pond, authorities said Saturday.... 5/23/2015 4:41 AM

El Salvador hosting beatification of slain Archbishop Romero
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) -- Huge crowds are expected at Saturday's ceremony to beatify Roman Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was cut down by an assassin's bullet 35 years ago and declared a martyr for his faith this year by Pope Francis.... 5/23/2015 4:41 AM

AP Interview: Steinem says isolating N. Korea not working
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- Iconic women's rights activist Gloria Steinem may be in North Korea, but she is as outspoken as ever.... 5/23/2015 4:39 AM

Fierce gunbattle kills 43 in west Mexico cartel territory
ECUANDUREO, Mexico (AP) -- The latest in a series of clashes between Mexican authorities and a powerful, fast-growing drug cartel turned into the deadliest confrontation in recent memory, with 42 suspected gang gunmen and one Federal Police officer killed during a three-hour firefight at a remote western ranch.... 5/23/2015 4:05 AM

Currency tumbles as Venezuelans look to unload bolivars
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelans are dumping their rapidly-depreciating currency at a quicker pace, leading to a staggering plunge in its free-market value, as the crisis-plagued economy edges closer to an outbreak of hyperinflation.... 5/23/2015 2:13 AM

US rejects nuclear disarmament document over Israel concerns
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United States on Friday blocked a global document aimed at ridding the world of nuclear weapons, saying Egypt and other states tried to "cynically manipulate" the process by setting a deadline for Israel and its neighbors to meet within months on a Middle East zone free of such weapons.... 5/23/2015 1:33 AM

2 dead in grenade explosion in Burundi market
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) -- Grenades thrown into a market in the capital Bujumbura killed two people on Friday, Burundi's state broadcaster said.... 5/23/2015 1:05 AM

Colombian paramilitary warlord wanted in US freed from jail
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- A prominent paramilitary warlord wanted in the U.S. on drug charges walked out of a Colombian jail Friday, becoming the first major paramilitary boss to earn freedom as part of a decade-old peace deal.... 5/23/2015 12:41 AM

IS militants purge Syrian town of Assad loyalists
BEIRUT (AP) -- Islamic State group militants hunted down Syrian government troops and loyalists in the newly captured town of Palmyra, shooting or beheading them in public as a warning, and imposing their strict interpretation of Islam, activists said Friday.... 5/23/2015 12:36 AM

Cartel surveillance cameras found in Mexican border city
CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) -- A drug cartel in the northern state of Tamaulipas used at least 39 surveillance cameras to monitor the comings and goings of authorities in the city of Reynosa across the border from Texas, Mexican officials said Friday.... 5/23/2015 12:11 AM

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