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Beijing bid faces same old questions ahead of 2022 IOC vote
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Two of China's most storied winter Olympic athletes faced some tough questions Tuesday about Beijing bid's for the 2022 Winter Games - namely about air pollution and a lack of snow.... 7/28/2015 7:10 AM

Summer camp for Iraqi Shiite boys: Training to fight IS
BAGHDAD (AP) -- In the steamy Baghdad night, sweat poured down the faces of the Iraqi teens as they marched around a school courtyard, training for battle against the Islamic State group.... 7/28/2015 7:07 AM

Obama to wrap Africa trip with speech to African Union
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- President Barack Obama will address the African Union as he closes out his return trip to the continent.... 7/28/2015 7:07 AM

Malaysian PM axes deputy, attorney general amid fund scandal
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, stung by allegations that he received some $700 million in government money, on Tuesday fired the attorney general who had been investigating him and a deputy who has been among his most prominent critics.... 7/28/2015 6:43 AM

Explosion shuts down Iran-Turkey natural gas pipeline
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's energy minister says an explosion on a natural gas pipeline between Iran and Turkey caused a large fire and shut down the flow of gas.... 7/28/2015 6:30 AM

Volkswagen sold more vehicles than Toyota in first half
TOKYO (AP) -- Volkswagen overtook Toyota in global vehicle sales for January-June, the first time the German automaker has come out top in the intensely competitive tallies.... 7/28/2015 6:20 AM

IOC urges US to come up with another bid city for 2024 Games
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- With Boston no longer in contention, IOC President Thomas Bach urged U.S. Olympic leaders on Tuesday to pick "the most appropriate city" as a substitute candidate for the 2024 Games. Two-time Olympic host Los Angeles could fit the bill perfectly, according to several IOC board members.... 7/28/2015 6:01 AM

Rio de Janeiro prisons seek to protect transgender inmates
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- When Estefanie Ferraz went to prison, she had been living as a woman for around a decade, had undergone more than half a dozen plastic surgeries including breast and cheek implants to enhance her feminine looks, and was saving up for a sex change operation.... 7/28/2015 5:57 AM

Thailand remains blacklisted by US for human trafficking
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thai authorities are upset about being blacklisted by the U.S. for the second year in a row for failing to do enough to combat modern-day slavery.... 7/28/2015 5:22 AM

China stocks volatile after big fall, Hong Kong rebounds
BEIJING (AP) -- Shanghai stocks were volatile Tuesday after falling the most in eight years the day before while other Asian markets also flitted between gains and losses.... 7/28/2015 5:09 AM

North Korea official says not interested in Iran-style deal
BEIJING (AP) -- The North Korean ambassador to China said Tuesday that his country has no interest in an Iran-style nuclear disarmament deal because North Korea is a "nuclear weapons state."... 7/28/2015 4:26 AM

Strong earthquake rocks Indonesia's Papua province
JAYAPURA, Indonesia (AP) -- A strong earthquake struck Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua early Tuesday panicking people with at least one teenager missing after possibly drowning in a river. Several buildings and houses were either destroyed or damaged.... 7/28/2015 4:03 AM

Mexico struggles to clean seaweed surge from Cancun beaches
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Authorities on Mexico's Caribbean coast said Monday they are redoubling efforts to remove tons of sargassum seaweed that has been washing ashore in recent weeks.... 7/28/2015 3:38 AM

US, Turkey plan for 'safe zone' free of IS in northern Syria
BEIRUT (AP) -- Turkey and the United States have agreed on the outlines of a plan to rout the Islamic State group from a strip of Syrian territory along the Turkish border - a plan that opens the possibility of a safe haven for tens of thousands of displaced Syrians but one that also sets up a potential conflict with U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces in the area.... 7/28/2015 3:31 AM

South Korea says MERS threat is over
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea said Tuesday it is now virtually free of the deadly MERS virus that killed 36 people and sickened nearly 200 since an outbreak was declared in May.... 7/28/2015 3:16 AM

Obama calls GOP criticism of Iran deal 'ridiculous,' 'sad'
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- President Barack Obama unleashed a blistering and belittling rebuke of Republican White House hopefuls Monday, calling their attack on his landmark nuclear deal with Iran "ridiculous if it weren't so sad."... 7/28/2015 2:53 AM

Australian charged after police say he planned to fight IS
SYDNEY (AP) -- An Australian man appeared in court Tuesday on terror charges after police say he tried to join Kurdish-aligned forces battling the Islamic State group in Iraq.... 7/28/2015 2:30 AM

Mexico national team coach allegedly hits TV journalist
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The coach of Mexico's national soccer team is known for his histrionic displays of emotion during games.... 7/28/2015 2:06 AM

Peru decrees warrantless geolocation tracking of cellphones
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Peru's government on Monday ordered telecommunications companies to grant police warrantless access to cellphone users' locations and other call data in real time and store that data for three years, a decree that civil libertarians called an unconstitutional invasion of privacy.... 7/28/2015 1:26 AM

Mexico finds cocaine diluted in fruit shipment from Colombia
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Customs and law enforcement personnel in Mexico say they found an undetermined amount of cocaine dissolved in fruit pulp imported from Colombia.... 7/28/2015 12:05 AM

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