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Is N. Korean airline world's worst? It may be the quirkiest
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- If an Air Koryo passenger ignores its no-photography rule, a flight attendant might take the camera and delete the pictures herself. Crumpling up a newspaper bearing the image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un can earn travelers a stern lecture, or worse.... 9/2/2015 5:16 AM

North Korea denies it apologized over mine blast
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea insisted Tuesday that its recent expression of "regret" over a mine explosion that maimed two South Korean soldiers was not an apology, as Seoul claims it was - throwing doubt on tentative moves toward detente between the rivals.... 9/2/2015 5:11 AM

China slowdown weighs on Australian growth in second quarter
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia's economy grew a slower-than-expected 0.2 percent in the three months through June, dragged down by waning Chinese demand for resources including iron ore and coal, government figures showed Wednesday.... 9/2/2015 5:11 AM

A preview of new gear China's military showing off at parade
BEIJING (AP) -- When China rolls out its latest armaments Thursday for a lavish parade commemorating the defeat of Japan in World War II, defense experts and foreign armies will be watching closely for any revelations about new military capabilities.... 9/2/2015 5:07 AM

Soyuz carrying 3-man crew blasts off for orbiting station
BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) -- A Soyuz space craft carrying a Russian, a Dane and a Kazakh has blasted off for the International Space Station.... 9/2/2015 4:54 AM

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BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) -- Soyuz craft carrying Russian, Dane and Kazakh blasts off for International Space Station.... 9/2/2015 4:51 AM

Hong Kong teen faces trial over pro-democracy protest
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong teenage student leader Joshua Wong is set to face trial on charges relating to his role in storming government headquarters nearly a year ago in a protest that sparked monthslong pro-democracy street occupations.... 9/2/2015 4:09 AM

Immunity lifted, prosecutors close in on Guatemala president
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- Guatemalan prosecutors wasted no time in pressing their corruption investigation of President Otto Perez Molina, persuading a judge to bar him from leaving the country just hours after a historic congressional vote to strip his immunity from prosecution.... 9/2/2015 4:02 AM

China leads Asian stocks lower on poor factory data
HONG KONG (AP) -- Asian stocks extended a global market sell-off Wednesday as poor manufacturing data from the world's two biggest economies dampened investor sentiment.... 9/2/2015 3:04 AM

China chemical factory blast toll rises to 5
BEIJING (AP) -- The death toll from an explosion at a chemical factory in eastern China has risen to five and the cause of the blast is still under investigation, state media reported Wednesday.... 9/2/2015 1:41 AM

Mexican president's state-of-the-nation beset by doubts
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto sent his written state-of-the-nation report to Congress on Tuesday in an atmosphere of rising violence, a falling currency and a slowing economy.... 9/2/2015 1:15 AM

Pope: Priests in Holy Year can absolve 'sin of abortion'
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis is applying his vision of a merciful church to women who have had abortions, easing their path toward forgiveness and saying he realizes some felt they had no choice but to make "this agonizing and painful decision."... 9/2/2015 12:55 AM

UN: Gaza could be 'uninhabitable' by 2020 if trends continue
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- A new United Nations report says Gaza could be "uninhabitable" in less than five years if current economic trends continue.... 9/1/2015 11:38 PM

Nigeria to deploy drones to curb oil theft
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation will deploy drones across the territorial waters of Africa's largest oil producer as part of a series of new efforts to help curb rampant oil theft, a company official said Tuesday.... 9/1/2015 11:31 PM

Rio head vows to introduce viral testing in Olympic waters
LONDON (AP) -- Olympic organizers promised Tuesday to introduce viral testing in the polluted waters in Rio de Janeiro where about 1,400 athletes will compete in next year's games.... 9/1/2015 11:15 PM

Guinea arrests ex-wildlife director for alleged trafficking
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Authorities arrested Guinea's former wildlife director for allegedly playing a key role in trafficking chimpanzees and other endangered wildlife, an alliance formed by a United Nations initiative to save great apes said Tuesday.... 9/1/2015 11:03 PM

US presidential hopeful Marco Rubio to visit Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio is scheduled to visit the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico this week, his staff said Tuesday.... 9/1/2015 10:41 PM

Toronto mayor vows to hold Trump tower accountable
TORONTO (AP) -- An antenna at the top of the Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto that had been deemed unstable poses "no safety risk whatsoever," police said Tuesday.... 9/1/2015 10:16 PM

Charges sought against Brazil's former chief-of-staff
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Police on Tuesday asked prosecutors to file charges against Brazil's former presidential chief of staff, Jose Dirceu, for alleged involvement in the massive corruption scheme at state-owned oil company Petrobras.... 9/1/2015 10:07 PM

Israel asks UN to reject Palestinian attempt to raise flag
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Israel on Tuesday urged U.N. leaders to reject a Palestinian attempt to raise their flag at U.N. headquarters as early as this month's gathering of world leaders there.... 9/1/2015 9:59 PM



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