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Japan expands stimulus to spur recovery
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's central bank expanded its asset purchases in a surprise move Friday to shore up sagging growth in the world's No. 3 economy.... 10/31/2014 7:49 AM

Romania to vote for new leader; corruption ignored
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Romanians go to the polls Sunday to elect a new leader as President Traian Basescu steps down after 10 years. Prime Minister Victor Ponta is favored to win over challengers who include a city mayor and a glamorous lawyer. Here's a look at this Balkan nation's vote:... 10/31/2014 7:40 AM

Sony's quarterly loss balloons on mobile woes
TOKYO (AP) -- Sony's losses ballooned to 136 billion yen ($1.2 billion) last quarter as the Japanese electronics and entertainment company's troubled mobile phone division reported huge red ink.... 10/31/2014 7:38 AM

Shelters fill up after deadly Sri Lanka mudslide
KOSLANDA, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Sri Lankan authorities are warning of more landslides at a tea plantation where a deadly torrent of mud swept away scores of homes this week, residents said Friday.... 10/31/2014 7:37 AM

Captured: manhunt ends for trooper ambush suspect
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa (AP) -- They searched for him in impenetrable woods and forbidding caves, in schools and vacation homes and even in a roadside clothing donation bin, all the while hoping that ambush suspect Eric Frein wouldn't take a potshot at them from some unseen, distant perch.... 10/31/2014 7:34 AM

Mexico police questioned in killing of 3 Americans
MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) -- Authorities are investigating a possible police connection to the killing of three U.S. citizens visiting their father in Mexico who were found shot to death along with a Mexican friend more than two weeks after going missing.... 10/31/2014 7:34 AM

2 boys sue govt, Malaysia Airlines over Flight 370
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Two Malaysian children sued Malaysia Airlines and the government on Friday over the loss of their father on Flight 370, the first lawsuit filed in the country by relatives of those aboard the jetliner that mysteriously disappeared eight months ago.... 10/31/2014 7:26 AM

Japan stocks soar 5 percent, yen falls on stimulus
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Japan's stock index surged 5 percent to the highest level since late 2007 and the yen slid against the dollar Friday after the Bank of Japan unexpectedly announced new stimulus to boost a flagging economic recovery.... 10/31/2014 7:19 AM

Afghan leader references Taliban at Beijing
BEIJING (AP) -- Afghanistan's new president invited the Taliban to join in a peace process backed by the international community on Friday, an unusual direct reference to the insurgents who have stepped up attacks in an attempt to bring down his month-old government.... 10/31/2014 7:10 AM

Court upholds death verdicts in slashing attack
BEIJING (AP) -- A Chinese court on Friday upheld the death sentences of three men convicted of organizing the brutal knife attack that killed 31 people earlier this year outside a railway station in the southern city of Kunming.... 10/31/2014 6:48 AM

US and Australia drop sanctions against Fiji
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- The U.S. and Australia have removed sanctions against Fiji following democratic elections last month in the South Pacific nation.... 10/31/2014 6:43 AM

Myanmar's president, army chief meet Suu Kyi
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) -- Myanmar's president held talks Friday that for the first time brought together opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the military chief in a bid to showcase the nation's political dialogue less than two weeks before President Barack Obama and other leaders attend a regional summit.... 10/31/2014 6:06 AM

Hong Kong protesters: Images of determination
HONG KONG (AP) -- On the evening of Sept. 28, Hong Kong police struggling to hold back thousands of democracy protesters unleashed dozens of rounds of tear gas in a failed attempt to disperse them. When the smoke cleared, Hong Kong had changed. Many young people who previously were indifferent to politics say they experienced an awakening.... 10/31/2014 5:58 AM

AP PHOTOS: Program gives disabled Venezuelans hope
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Juan Carlos Marron is among a small group of young disabled Venezuelans who are finding hope for future independence in a program that teaches them how to repair violins and other musical instruments.... 10/31/2014 5:35 AM

Hong Kong activists mull Beijing visit during APEC
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong student protest leaders are considering visiting Beijing while it hosts a major Asian summit next week to press their demands for greater democratic reforms.... 10/31/2014 4:58 AM

Burkina Faso president won't resign after protests
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) -- Burkina Faso's longtime leader refused to resign Thursday in the face of violent protests that posed the greatest threat to his nearly three-decade rule, saying instead he will lead a transitional government after parliament was dissolved.... 10/31/2014 2:48 AM

N. Korea says it has invited EU rights official
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- North Korea on Thursday said it has invited European Union's top human rights official to visit the country, but it threatened to drop recent offers of visits by United Nations rights officials unless a U.N. resolution on the country removes any reference to the International Criminal Court before Saturday.... 10/31/2014 2:33 AM

Small US-based plane crashes in Caribbean Sea
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (AP) -- Authorities searched in the Caribbean Sea off Dutch St. Maarten on Thursday for one of two pilots from a small cargo plane operated by a U.S. company that crashed shortly after takeoff.... 10/31/2014 2:01 AM

Survey: Asia finds money brings happiness
SINGAPORE (AP) -- Emerging Asian nations are finding out what developed ones did years ago: Money - and the stuff it buys - brings happiness, or at least satisfaction.... 10/31/2014 1:10 AM

Nations in Americas join in battle against Ebola
HAVANA (AP) -- Representatives of countries from around the Americas, including the United States, have agreed to work together in their response to Ebola, adopting similar procedures in such things as the establishment of epidemiological monitoring centers and coordinating the transport of biological samples.... 10/31/2014 12:34 AM