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Students in Hong Kong warn of erosion in academic freedom
HONG KONG (AP) -- Students at Hong Kong's most prestigious university say its academic freedom is under attack in what they maintain is the politically motivated stalling of the appointment of an administrator who supported last year's pro-democracy protests.... 7/29/2015 7:19 AM

Kurdish rebels attack Turkish government lodgings
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's state-run news agency says Kurdish rebels have attacked police and judicial officials' lodgings with rockets in a further escalation of violence between the government and the insurgents.... 7/29/2015 7:15 AM

LG Electronics reports 45 percent plunge in 2Q earnings
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- LG Electronics said Wednesday its second quarter earnings sank 45 percent over a year earlier as losses widened in its TV business and mobile phones earned little income.... 7/29/2015 7:14 AM

Bangladesh upholds opposition leader's death sentence
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- Bangladesh's Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the death sentence for an influential opposition leader and an aide to a former prime minister for his role in mass killings during the country's independence war against Pakistan in 1971.... 7/29/2015 6:56 AM

Star athletes pitch for Beijing, Almaty ahead of 2022 vote
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Former NBA star Yao Ming and Sochi Olympic bronze medalist figure skater Denis Ten differ in height by exactly two feet. The towering basketballer is representing Beijing's bid for the 2022 Olympics, and the diminutive figure skater is boosting the bid from Almaty, Kazakhstan.... 7/29/2015 6:52 AM

Pakistan police kill feared Sunni militant leader, 13 others
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistani police gunned down one of the country's most-feared Sunni militant leaders and 13 followers in a mysterious pre-dawn shootout Wednesday, killing a man believed to behind the slaughter of hundreds of the nation's minority Shiites.... 7/29/2015 6:42 AM

Sydney man arrested in 30-year-old shooting, bombing case
SYDNEY (AP) -- More than 30 years after series of bombings and shootings left four people dead and terrorized the Australian legal fraternity police have arrested a 68-year-old suspect.... 7/29/2015 6:39 AM

Car bombing kills 2 civilians in northern Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A police official says a car bombing in northern Afghanistan has killed two civilians and wounded 11.... 7/29/2015 6:25 AM

Asia stocks muted ahead of Fed, keep wary eye on China
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian stock markets were muted Wednesday as the recent plunge in Chinese shares kept investors on edge and attention turned to a Federal Reserve meeting that might give clues about the timing of a U.S. interest rate hike.... 7/29/2015 5:49 AM

Turkish President Erdogan in Beijing amid ethnic tensions
BEIJING (AP) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived Wednesday in Beijing amid tensions over China's treatment of its Uighur minority and sensitive negotiations surrounding the possible purchase of a Chinese missile system.... 7/29/2015 5:26 AM

Russian veto expected as Security Council votes on MH17
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Russia on Wednesday is expected to veto a U.N. Security Council resolution to set up an international criminal court to prosecute those responsible for shooting down a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine a year ago.... 7/29/2015 4:30 AM

Run-in with reporter triggered Mexico coach Herrera's ouster
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- In the end it wasn't the middling on-field performance by Mexico's national soccer team that cost Miguel Herrera his job as head coach of "El Tri."... 7/29/2015 4:05 AM

Symbol of dictatorship abuse, Chilean sees justice coming
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Her scarred face long ago became a symbol of the atrocities committed during Chile's 1973-90 dictatorship led by Gen. Augusto Pinochet. Now Carmen Quintana finally feels justice is being done.... 7/29/2015 4:03 AM

TV depiction of Colombia's only saint angers her devotees
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- For weeks, billboards on buses and television spots have been announcing what promises to be Colombia's next big prime-time sensation.... 7/29/2015 4:01 AM

Mexico sentences 5 men to 697 years for killings of 11 women
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican prosecutors announced Tuesday that they had won "historic" convictions and sentences of 697 years in prison against five men for killing 11 women near the border city of Ciudad Juarez.... 7/29/2015 3:43 AM

Russian helicopter pilot rescued from Arctic ice floe
IQALUIT, Nunavut (AP) -- A Russian helicopter pilot who spent more than 30 hours on an ice floe after ditching his small helicopter into frigid Arctic waters says he's not sure he would have survived much longer had searchers not seen his last warning flare.... 7/29/2015 1:59 AM

5.9 quake shakes Colombia-Panama border region
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- A strong earthquake shook a sparsely populated region along the border between Colombia and Panama on Tuesday evening. There were no early reports of damage or injuries.... 7/29/2015 1:35 AM

Mexico to clean seaweed from coast, monitor floating masses
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican authorities say they are working to clean sargassum seaweed from 112 miles (180 kilometers) of the country's Caribbean coast and will try to prevent more from coming ashore.... 7/29/2015 1:02 AM

Chelsea Clinton in Haiti to visit family foundation projects
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Chelsea Clinton on Tuesday encouraged women to educate themselves and learn how to be more independent during a trip to Haiti to oversee projects financed by the Clinton Foundation.... 7/29/2015 12:50 AM

UN says it could help 3 million in Yemen if a pause holds
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The latest attempt at a humanitarian pause in Yemen "has not been respected by any party to the conflict," the U.N. humanitarian chief said Tuesday, adding that a plan to reach 3 million Yemenis with aid is ready to go if only the fighting would stop.... 7/29/2015 12:44 AM

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