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Capsized Philippine ferry death toll rises to 38; 15 missing
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- MANILA, Philippines (AP) - At least three more bodies have been recovered from a ferry that capsized in choppy waters in the central Philippines, raising the death toll in the accident to 38 with 15 others missing, the coast guard said Friday.... 7/3/2015 3:40 AM

Explosion at chemical plant in South Korea kills 5 workers
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Fire officials say an explosion at a chemical plant in South Korea has killed five workers. Another person is missing.... 7/3/2015 3:39 AM

China stocks plunge as market rout deepens
HONG KONG (AP) -- China's main stock benchmark plunged more than 5 percent Friday as government stabilizing measures failed to reassure panicky investors while other Asian indexes fell ahead of Greece's weekend austerity referendum.... 7/3/2015 3:34 AM

China says 6.5 quake hits far western region of Xinjiang
BEIJING (AP) -- A magnitude 6.5 earthquake shook buildings in China's far western region of Xinjiang on Friday, sending people out onto the streets, but there were no immediate reports of casualties from the sparsely populated area surrounding the epicenter.... 7/3/2015 3:23 AM

Cash-strapped UN food agency reduces help to Syrian refugees
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- The United Nations' food agency is cutting back on assistance to thousands of Syrian refugees after an appeal for a ceasefire to enable Syrians feed themselves went unheeded, World Food Program Executive Director Ertharin Cousin said on Friday.... 7/3/2015 2:52 AM

3 days before pope visit, Ecuador protests aim at president
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) -- Thousands of people turned out for protest marches across Ecuador on Thursday to call for the ouster of President Rafael Correa just three days before a visit by Pope Francis.... 7/3/2015 1:55 AM

2 bombings wound 8 people in Colombia's capital, police say
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Two bombs exploded in different parts of Colombia's capital Thursday, wounding eight people in attacks that appeared aimed at a private pension fund, authorities said.... 7/3/2015 1:37 AM

Reigning Miss Universe rebukes Trump for his migrant remarks
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- The reigning Miss Universe says Donald Trump, the beauty pageant's owner, was "hurtful and unfair" in his comments about Mexican migrants. But Paulina Vega of Colombia says she isn't giving up her crown.... 7/3/2015 12:59 AM

Malaysia wants a tribunal for Malaysia Airlines crash
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Malaysia told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that it plans to submit a resolution soon that would establish an international tribunal to prosecute those responsible for shooting down a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine last year.... 7/3/2015 12:43 AM

Bill Clinton visits Vietnam to mark 20th anniversary of ties
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- For Bill Clinton, President Barack Obama's announcement this week of plans to resume diplomatic relations with Cuba must have stirred memories. It was 20 years ago this month that Clinton pulled off a similar diplomatic and political success, normalizing relations with Vietnam.... 7/3/2015 12:16 AM

Indonesian suburb hit by plane disasters twice in 10 years
MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) -- A decade ago, when an Indonesian passenger jet crashed into a quaint neighborhood in Indonesia's third-biggest city, Medan, Waktu Tarigan thought he'd never witness anything like that again. He was wrong.... 7/3/2015 12:13 AM

Report: Saudi king censors TV host, pro-Brotherhood scholar
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A government-linked Saudi news website reported Thursday that King Salman ordered an investigation and trial of a pro-Muslim Brotherhood scholar and a television host after an episode that was critical of his predecessor King Abdullah's policies toward the outlawed Islamist group.... 7/2/2015 11:56 PM

UN leader voices concern about Dominican crackdown
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AP) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Caribbean leaders Thursday that he shares concerns about a crackdown on migrants in the Dominican Republic, most of whom are from Haiti or of Haitian descent.... 7/2/2015 11:53 PM

Bahamas concerned about US ruling for resort developer
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- The Bahamas attorney general expressed frustration Thursday with a decision by the developer of a $2.5 billion hotel-and-casino project in Nassau to file for bankruptcy protection in a U.S. court.... 7/2/2015 11:16 PM

Puerto Rico governor: Creditors should help solve crisis
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico's governor said Thursday that creditors are responsible for helping the U.S. island out of its economic crisis because they lent money knowing the government was running a deficit.... 7/2/2015 11:08 PM

'80s file shows plan for Hong Kong 'plantation' in NIreland
LONDON (AP) -- A bizarre plan to relocate the entire population of Hong Kong to Northern Ireland was considered an option in the uncertain years before Britain handed back the former British colony to Chinese rule, formerly classified government files showed.... 7/2/2015 11:07 PM

Gene therapy for cystic fibrosis promising for some patients
LONDON (AP) -- Doctors who gave children with cystic fibrosis a replacement copy of a defective gene say it appeared to slow the expected decline of some patients' lungs, but called the results "modest" and say there must be major improvements before offering the treatment more widely.... 7/2/2015 10:42 PM

Documents: Mexican army ordered troops to 'kill criminals'
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A human rights group said Thursday that military documents show high-ranking officers had given Mexican soldiers standing orders to kill criminals ahead of an army mass slaying of suspected cartel members after they surrendered.... 7/2/2015 10:31 PM

Attack on UN convoy in Mali kills 6 peacekeepers, wounds 5
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- Gunmen ambushed a U.N. convoy in conflict-wracked northern Mali on Thursday killing six peacekeepers and wounding five others, the U.N. said. All the victims were from Burkina Faso.... 7/2/2015 10:10 PM

Days before referendum, Greek voters perplexed and undecided
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Costas Christoforidis hasn't decided how to vote in Sunday's referendum on a bailout deal for Greece's troubled economy. The problem is, the 37-year-old farmer isn't sure what he's voting for.... 7/2/2015 10:00 PM



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