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Sri Lankan lawmakers protest bribery summons for ex-leader
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- A protest staged by lawmakers backing former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa ran into a second day Tuesday after the country's bribery commission summoned the ex-leader and his brothers to explain their actions while in power.... 4/21/2015 6:32 AM

7 dead, 17 trapped in flooded northern China coal mine
BEIJING (AP) -- Seven coal miners have died and 17 are trapped after a shaft flooded at a mine in northern China.... 4/21/2015 6:16 AM

Japan mulls 2018 moon landing, seeks to keep up with rivals
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's space agency says it is considering a mission to the moon by 2018 or early 2019, part of an effort to beef up aerospace technology and keep pace with China and other emerging powers.... 4/21/2015 6:14 AM

Bargains and bidding in a raucous Saudi open-air market
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- At an open-air market in Saudi Arabia's capital, haggling for a good deal is not just part of the experience - it's also part of the fun.... 4/21/2015 6:04 AM

Chinese president applauds Pakistan's anti-terror efforts
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday applauded Pakistan's anti-terrorism efforts in a speech to parliament, vowing his nation would continue to stand by its neighbor.... 4/21/2015 6:01 AM

Replacing carpet at Jerusalem shrine reveals religious rift
JERUSALEM (AP) -- It began as a routine remodeling project: Muslim authorities replacing an old carpet worn thin by masses of worshippers at the Dome of the Rock, the iconic, gold-topped shrine that overlooks the Old City of Jerusalem.... 4/21/2015 6:00 AM

Defiant Hong Kongers resist embrace of mainland China
HONG KONG (AP) -- All around Chow Tak-yee's neighborhood in the working-class edges of Hong Kong, the 26-year-old can feel the spreading influence of nearby mainland China on the prosperous, open-minded city she's always called home.... 4/21/2015 5:53 AM

Officials say explosion in southern Afghanistan kills 3
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghan officials say an explosion near a southern police station has killed three people and wounded 17.... 4/21/2015 5:41 AM

US, Japan say no deal on farm, auto trade but end in sight
TOKYO (AP) -- U.S. and Japanese trade officials failed to resolve differences on autos and farm exports that are hindering progress toward a Pacific Rim trade deal but say they believe agreement is within reach.... 4/21/2015 5:39 AM

Japan's leader sends offerings to controversial war shrine
TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent religious offerings Tuesday to a Tokyo shrine that honors convicted World War II leaders among its war dead, a likely signal that he won't pray there ahead of trips to Asia and the United States.... 4/21/2015 5:19 AM

Hong Kong rebound leads Asian stocks higher
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong led Asian stocks higher Tuesday as investors shook off initial pessimism over new measures by China's market regulator.... 4/21/2015 5:11 AM

South Korea's prime minister offers to resign amid scandal
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea's prime minister has offered to resign amid a bribery scandal just two months after he took up the country's No. 2 post, officials said Tuesday, in the latest political crisis to hit President Park Geun-hye.... 4/21/2015 5:00 AM

Mother of Ukraine pilot jailed in Russia seeks global help
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The mother of a Ukrainian helicopter pilot imprisoned in Russia is on a global campaign seeking support from world leaders to pressure President Vladimir Putin to free her daughter.... 4/21/2015 4:55 AM

Fierce storm lashes southeast Australia; 3 feared dead
SYDNEY (AP) -- A fierce storm lashing Australia's southeast destroyed homes, left dozens stranded in swirling floodwaters and may have led to the deaths of three people, officials said Tuesday.... 4/21/2015 4:46 AM

Iwo Jima vet, Okinawa survivor wrestle with WWII legacy
ITOMAN, Japan (AP) -- In Norman Baker's mind, the Japanese were fanatical, brutal animals with no respect for life. To Yoshiko Shimabukuro, Americans were long-nosed demons who rained hellfire from the skies before raping and pillaging anything with the worse-than-death fate of crossing their path.... 4/21/2015 4:11 AM

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd pleads guilty to threatening to kill
TAURANGA, New Zealand (AP) -- AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd pleaded guilty in a New Zealand court Tuesday to a charge of threatening to kill a man who used to work for him. He also pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine and marijuana.... 4/21/2015 4:07 AM

Much anger in southern Chile over bishop appointment
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Parishioners in a southern Chile diocese are gathering wherever their new bishop appears, but their presence is not the sort of assembly the Catholic Church would expect.... 4/21/2015 4:01 AM

Al-Shabab bombs UN van in Somalia, 4 UNICEF workers killed
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Islamic extremists set off a bomb in a U.N. van in normally tranquil northern Somalia on Monday, killing at least seven people, including four employees of the U.N. children's agency in an attack that was widely denounced.... 4/21/2015 4:00 AM

Australia: EU needs tough border control after boat tragedy
SYDNEY (AP) -- Australia's prime minister urged European leaders on Tuesday to adopt tougher border control measures in the wake of the feared drowning of as many as 900 asylum seekers whose boat capsized off the coast of Libya.... 4/21/2015 3:53 AM

Ethiopians shocked by Islamic State killings
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- Many in Ethiopia are reeling from the news that several Ethiopians were killed in Libya by the Islamic State group, which over the weekend released a video purporting to show the killings.... 4/21/2015 3:51 AM

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