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AP PHOTOS: Pakistan religious schools in spotlight
RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (AP) -- Sitting on the ground, the students sway back and forth, deep in thought as they read Islam's holy book, the Quran. Their white skull caps signify that they are students at one of the tens of thousands of religious schools across the country that have become embroiled in a debate about where militancy comes from.... 3/5/2015 8:22 AM

Singapore sentences 2 Germans to caning for vandalism
SINGAPORE (AP) -- Singapore on Thursday sentenced two German men to three strokes of the cane and nine months in prison after they were found guilty of vandalizing a public train carriage.... 3/5/2015 8:15 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 8:07 AM

Faucet theft from German spy building causes water leak
BERLIN (AP) -- Police say someone removed faucets from the still-incomplete headquarters of Germany's foreign intelligence service in Berlin, causing a large water leak.... 3/5/2015 8:04 AM

Kerry in Saudi Arabia to talk Iran, Yemen instability
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sought Thursday to ease Gulf Arab concerns about an emerging nuclear deal with Iran and explore ways to calm instability in Yemen and other troubled nations in the Middle East.... 3/5/2015 7:49 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 7:48 AM

Death toll in east Ukraine mine blast reaches 32
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Officials in a separatist rebel-held city in east Ukraine say the death toll from an accidental explosion at a coal mine has risen to 32.... 3/5/2015 7:37 AM

Myanmar police drag away protesting factory workers
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Police say they have detained more than a dozen factory workers, who were demanding higher wages and better working conditions, in a protest that follows a crackdown on students outside Myanmar's biggest city.... 3/5/2015 7:27 AM

Australia offers Indonesia prisoner swap to stop executions
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia has offered Indonesia a prison swap deal in a last-ditch 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.... 3/5/2015 7:24 AM

Iranian special operatives free diplomat abducted in Yemen
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's official news agency says that special operatives have freed an Iranian diplomat abducted more than 19 months ago in Yemen.... 3/5/2015 7:04 AM

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

'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

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



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