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Myanmar president signs off on controversial population law
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Myanmar's president has signed off on a law requiring some mothers to space their children three years apart despite objections by a visiting senior U.S. diplomat and rights activists, who worry it could be used not only to repress women, but also religious and ethnic minorities.... 5/23/2015 12:25 PM

China-Taiwan talks seek to maintain momentum for closer ties
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Negotiators from Taiwan and China have met for talks on a range of issues in an attempt to maintain momentum for the forging of closer ties in the face of a skeptical Taiwanese public.... 5/23/2015 12:19 PM

Cyprus' rival leaders take stroll through divided capital
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- Rival Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders took a stroll together on both sides of the divided capital's medieval center on Saturday to raise the feel-good factor as talks aimed at reunifying the ethnically split island kick into gear.... 5/23/2015 12:13 PM

AP Interview: Top UN official says Europe must open borders
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) -- Borders must be "open to Syrians everywhere," including in Europe, to help ease the burden of Middle Eastern countries that have absorbed close to 4 million Syrian refugees, the head of the U.N. refugee agency said Saturday.... 5/23/2015 12:07 PM

Syrian official: Islamic State militants in Palmyra's museum
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Islamic State fighters broke into the museum of the ancient town of Palmyra, though its artifacts have been removed and are safe, a Syrian official said Saturday.... 5/23/2015 12:02 PM

Roadside bomb kills 2, including Afghan district chief
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan official says a roadside bomb has killed two people, including a district administrative chief, in the country's south.... 5/23/2015 11:39 AM

Japan pledges climate change aid to Pacific island nations
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan pledged Saturday 55 billion yen ($450 million) in aid to Pacific island nations that are battling rising sea levels and natural calamities as a result of global warming.... 5/23/2015 11:39 AM

57 dead in China floods, including 2 kids on overloaded bus
BEIJING (AP) -- The death toll in China's latest round of flooding has risen to at least 57, including two schoolchildren aboard a bus carrying more than twice its authorized passenger load that plunged into a pond, authorities said Saturday.... 5/23/2015 11:33 AM

Iran says Djibouti turned away aid plane for Yemeni refugees
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iranian state television is reporting that authorities in Djibouti have turned away aid plane for Yemeni refugees there.... 5/23/2015 11:31 AM

Islamic State group radio claims Saudi mosque suicide attack
CAIRO (AP) -- The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia, warning that more "black days" loom ahead in a direct challenge to the rulers of the Sunni kingdom.... 5/23/2015 10:48 AM

Egypt court acquits 17 in protest that saw mother shot dead
CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian court has acquitted 17 people over taking part in an unsanctioned demonstration earlier this year that saw a young mother shot to death in downtown Cairo.... 5/23/2015 10:45 AM

Both sides say Ireland has voted to legalize gay marriage
DUBLIN (AP) -- Ireland has voted resoundingly to legalize gay marriage in the world's first national vote on the issue, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday even as official ballot counting continued.... 5/23/2015 10:25 AM

German woman, 65, gives birth to quadruplets
BERLIN (AP) -- A 65-year-old teacher from Berlin has given birth to quadruplets after a pregnancy that was widely criticized by medical professionals because of her age, RTL television said Saturday.... 5/23/2015 10:14 AM

AP Interview: Leader says Mideast pays price for gender gap
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) -- Bring more Arab women into the workforce, invest in "bite-sized" infrastructure projects and get the private sector more involved in training young job seekers - these are the prescriptions of a leading Gulf entrepreneur for growing Middle Eastern economies and combating rampant youth unemployment.... 5/23/2015 7:22 AM

Thai year-old coup imposes superficial calm but little else
BANGKOK (AP) -- Shortly after seizing power in a coup that followed months of debilitating street protests, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha vowed to end Thailand's decade of political upheaval once and for all. In his words, "to bring everything out in the open and fix it."... 5/23/2015 7:09 AM

UN chief says save migrants, deal with cause of flight
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday urged Southeast Asian nations to deal with the causes behind a growing humanitarian crisis that has forced thousands of Rohingya from Myanmar and Bangladeshi migrants to flee by sea, leaving many still stranded in boats.... 5/23/2015 7:06 AM

AP Analysis: At Mideast forum, hopes for future amid chaos
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) -- Against a backdrop of Iraq and Syria in flames, Middle Eastern political and business leaders sought to focus on a future of growth and investment for a region that for long has lagged behind. But present-day reality proved rather difficult to ignore, with the Islamic State group wreaking havoc not far from these Dead Sea shores.... 5/23/2015 7:04 AM

Syrians try to build case against Assad in chlorine attacks
BEIRUT (AP) -- With only a cloth mask for protection, Firas Kayali rushed to try to rescue the residents of a house in a village in rebel-held northern Syria after a barrel bomb, suspected to be filled with chlorine gas, hit nearby.... 5/23/2015 6:01 AM

Peru suspends civil liberties in region after 4th death
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Peru's government said it was suspending civil liberties in a southern coastal valley after a fourth death in violent anti-mining protests against a Mexican-owned copper mining project.... 5/23/2015 5:12 AM

China contributing experts, troops to disaster relief drills
BEIJING (AP) -- China is contributing 600 personnel, including 49 from the military, to multinational disaster relief exercises in Malaysia, the first time it has taken part in such an effort, the Defense Ministry said Saturday.... 5/23/2015 5:04 AM

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