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Thai junta leader to fight forced labor in fish industry
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's junta leader has vowed to take legal action against companies using forced labor, after an Associated Press investigation revealed that fish caught by enslaved migrant workers was being exported from Thai ports to global markets.... 3/27/2015 5:39 AM

Singapore urges restraint as Lee mourners queue for 10 hours
SINGAPORE (AP) -- Singaporeans hoping for a glimpse of long-time leader Lee Kuan Yew's coffin are being urged to stay away from the sprawling queue as waiting times reach 10 hours.... 3/27/2015 5:25 AM

Myanmar army commander pledges successful elections
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) -- Myanmar's powerful military commander pledged Friday to work to support successful elections in November, calling it "an important landmark for democracy implementation," and warned that the army will not tolerate instability or armed threats.... 3/27/2015 5:08 AM

Chinese NGO considering legal action over police raid
BEIJING (AP) -- A Chinese anti-discrimination civic group said Friday it is considering legal action over a police raid on the group's offices that was apparently prompted by its advocacy for five women's rights activists whose detentions have drawn international scrutiny.... 3/27/2015 4:50 AM

Seoul urges Pyongyang to release 2 South Korean detainees
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea on Friday urged North Korea to immediately release two of its citizens detained in the country over alleged espionage, the latest in a series of arrests in the North of foreign nationals.... 3/27/2015 4:49 AM

Bomb hits police bus in southern Pakistan, wounding 10
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) -- Police and hospital officials say a roadside bomb has struck a bus carrying police officers in southern Pakistan, wounding at least 10 people.... 3/27/2015 4:28 AM

Critters found in Antarctic ice shows how tenacious life is
DECEPTION ISLAND, Antarctica (AP) -- Deep below the ice, far from the playful penguins and other animals that bring tourists to Antarctica, is a cold and barren world that by all indications should be completely void of life.... 3/27/2015 4:14 AM

Yemen weighs on Asian shares, Japan gains on stimulus hopes
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian shares were lackluster Friday as investors monitored violence in the Middle East but Japan's market rose after weak economic data boosted hopes for more central bank stimulus.... 3/27/2015 3:08 AM

Co-pilot was 'very happy' with Germanwings job
MONTABAUR, Germany (AP) -- Andreas Lubitz never appeared anything but thrilled to have landed a pilot's job with Germanwings, according to those who helped him learn to fly as a teenager in this town in the forested hills of western Germany.... 3/27/2015 2:31 AM

Mexico march marks 6 months since 43 students disappeared
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Parents of 43 missing students marked the six-month anniversary of their disappearance with a march of a few thousand supporters Thursday, urging fellow Mexicans not to abandon them but drawing far smaller numbers than rallies last year.... 3/27/2015 2:13 AM

Japan inflation cools, household spending, incomes soften
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan reported lackluster inflation and wages data for February that suggested Friday that its economic recovery remains in the doldrums.... 3/27/2015 1:21 AM

Co-pilot deliberately slams plane in Alps; families ask why
PARIS (AP) -- Passengers with moments to live screamed in terror and the pilot frantically pounded on the locked cockpit door as a 27-year-old German co-pilot deliberately and wordlessly smashed an Airbus carrying 150 people into an Alpine mountainside.... 3/27/2015 12:34 AM

Turmoil in Yemen escalates as Saudi Arabia bombs rebels
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- The turmoil in Yemen grew into a regional conflict Thursday, with Saudi Arabia and its allies bombing Shiite rebels allied with Iran, while Egyptian officials said a ground assault will follow the airstrikes.... 3/27/2015 12:31 AM

Vatican sending diplomat to Obama summit with Latin America
PANAMA CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis is sending a top emissary to a gathering between U.S. President Barack Obama and the leaders of Latin America.... 3/27/2015 12:20 AM

Gulf states ask UN Security Council for Yemen arms embargo
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies presented powerful members of the U.N. Security Council with suggested elements for a resolution that would impose an arms embargo on the Shiite rebels who have thrown Yemen into turmoil and caused its Western-backed president to flee.... 3/26/2015 11:52 PM

Argentine appeals court throws out case against president
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- A federal appeals court on Thursday threw out a case accusing President Cristina Fernandez and other top officials of a major cover-up deal with Iran, giving a victory of sorts to an administration that has been rocked by the mysterious death of the prosecutor who made the allegation.... 3/26/2015 11:22 PM

UN Mideast envoy calls on Security Council for Israel action
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N.'s top Mideast envoy challenged the Security Council on Thursday to lead the way to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, suggesting it should present a framework for negotiations that "may be the only way to preserve the goal of a two-state solution."... 3/26/2015 11:21 PM

Mexico City businesses cite losses during Bond filming
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The leader of small businesses in Mexico City's historic downtown district says owners have complained of a 60 percent drop in sales during the first week of filming of the new James Bond movie, "Spectre."... 3/26/2015 11:05 PM

UK prime minister, opposition leader in live TV interviews
LONDON (AP) -- It wasn't quite a debate, but back-to-back live televised interviews of Prime Minister David Cameron and opposition leader Ed Miliband were billed Thursday as the unofficial campaign kickoff six weeks before Britain's general election.... 3/26/2015 11:03 PM

Mexico double-transplant patient eyes US humanitarian entry
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A young Mexican man who is urgently trying to travel to the Mayo Clinic for a double-organ transplant has filed a third application for entry into the United States after twice being denied a visa.... 3/26/2015 10:30 PM

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