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Greece's new prime minister to name caretaker cabinet
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's new prime minister, a top judge who is the country's first female premier, was to name the members of her caretaker government Friday as the country heads to early elections next month, the third time Greeks will go to the polls this year.... 8/28/2015 7:34 AM

Asylum-seeker home in Germany firebombed; no injuries
BERLIN (AP) -- Police say a petrol bomb was thrown through a window at an asylum-seekers' home in a town in northwestern Germany, starting a small fire but injuring none of the residents.... 8/28/2015 7:32 AM

2 French journalists arrested in blackmail of Moroccan king
PARIS (AP) -- The Paris prosecutor's office and a lawyer for Morocco's King Mohammed VI say two French journalists have been arrested in France for allegedly trying to blackmail the monarch.... 8/28/2015 7:28 AM

US national security adviser in China ahead of Xi's US trip
BEIJING (AP) -- The U.S. national security adviser held talks Friday in Beijing to help lay the groundwork for Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Washington next month.... 8/28/2015 7:02 AM

India's polluted waters cleanse spirits at Hindu festival
NASIK, India (AP) -- It's just water, and far from the cleanest you could find. Raw sewage often flows in the Godavari River, bringing with it high bacteria levels. Residue from sand mining can cloud the water. Farm pesticides leech through the soil.... 8/28/2015 6:46 AM

Asian stocks extend global rally on upbeat US growth data
HONG KONG (AP) -- Asian stocks rose Friday as upbeat U.S. economic data lifted investors' spirits following days of stomach-churning turbulence sparked by a heavy sell-off in China.... 8/28/2015 6:27 AM

Japan reports inflation, household spending soften in July
TOKYO (AP) -- The backdrop to the wild drama in financial markets over the past few weeks is a less dramatic but more daunting reality: the deep-seated challenges for sustaining long-term growth, especially for aging economies like Japan's.... 8/28/2015 6:15 AM

Vietnam grants amnesty to more than 18,000 prisoners
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Vietnam has granted amnesty to more than 18,000 prisoners to mark the 70th anniversary of independence from France, but authorities said Friday they do not include anyone convicted of national security crimes.... 8/28/2015 6:14 AM

Indian and Pakistani border guards trade gunfire, 2 killed
SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- Indian and Pakistani border guards traded gunfire in the divided region of Kashmir, leaving two Indian civilians dead and another 16 wounded, an Indian official said Friday.... 8/28/2015 5:54 AM

N. Korea leader dismisses top officials after standoff eases
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has dismissed top officials in the wake of a recent standoff with South Korea, state media reported Friday, a move that suggests the young leader holds them responsible for allowing the confrontation to nearly spin out of control.... 8/28/2015 5:13 AM

Australian survivor of WWII 'Great Escape' dies aged 101
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Paul Royle, an Australian pilot who took part in a mass breakout from a German prisoner of war camp during World War II that is remembered as The Great Escape, has died in his hometown of Perth, his son said Friday. He was 101.... 8/28/2015 5:10 AM

US group urges China to open insurance, securities markets
BEIJING (AP) -- An American business group urged China on Friday to allow more access to its insurance and other service industries, saying foreign skills could help develop its volatile stock markets and cope with disasters like the recent chemical explosion in Tianjin.... 8/28/2015 5:00 AM

Rousseff faces 'political suicide bomber,' removal threat
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- If the worst economic crisis in a decade, a massive corruption scandal centered on her ruling party and approval ratings in the single digits weren't rough enough for Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, she's now faced with a "political suicide bomber."... 8/28/2015 4:07 AM

Puerto Rico braces for TS Erika after 4 dead in Dominica
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Tropical Storm Erika lashed Puerto Rico early Friday with heavy rains and wind after killing four people and causing devastating floods in the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, where several people remained missing.... 8/28/2015 4:06 AM

Venezuelans to rally in support of closing Colombian border
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Colombia and Venezuela recalled their ambassadors for consultations amid an increasingly bitter border dispute, while government supporters in Caracas prepared to rally Friday in support of a controversial crackdown on migrants, smugglers and paramilitary groups.... 8/28/2015 4:05 AM

Bangladesh arrests 2 more suspects in blogger's killing
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- Police in Bangladesh have arrested two more suspected members of a banned militant group thought to be behind the slaying of a secular blogger in the fourth such deadly attack this year.... 8/28/2015 4:04 AM

AP PHOTOS: VW Beetles find 2nd life with Mexican collectors
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- When the Mexico City government retired the last Volkswagen Beetle taxis in 2012, it shipped most of the aging cars, commonly known as "vochos," to junkyards to be turned into scrap metal.... 8/28/2015 4:02 AM

Colombia, Venezuela recall ambassadors amid dispute
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Venezuela and Colombia each recalled their ambassadors for consultations on Thursday amid a dispute over the closing of a major border crossing and a weeklong crackdown on Colombian migrants and smugglers.... 8/28/2015 1:59 AM

Guatemalan prosecutors urge president to resign amid scandal
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- Pressure grew Thursday on Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina to resign as business and government offices closed, protesters marched by the thousands and the attorney general's office urged him to step down "to prevent ungovernability that could destabilize the nation."... 8/28/2015 1:34 AM

Mexico replaces security chief and foreign relations head
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto replaced the country's national security chief on Thursday, 1 1/2 months after top drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman escaped from a maximum security prison.... 8/28/2015 12:40 AM

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