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Brit braves Antarctic waters in Speedos in conservation push
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- During one swim, Lewis Pugh saw his support boat crew screaming at him just before they hauled him from the water as a sea lion bore down on him. During another, the air temperature dropped so far below freezing that a wave broke over the crew and froze solid.... 3/27/2015 6:52 AM

Thai junta leader: I'll 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 6:45 AM

Iraqi Sunni tribe wages costly battle against IS group
DULUIYAH, Iraq (AP) -- The consequences of the al-Jabouri tribe's decision to ally with Iraq's Shiite-led government against their fellow Sunnis in the Islamic State group are etched on row after row of gravestones in this palm-shaded town by the Tigris River.... 3/27/2015 6:29 AM

Arabs inch closer to old dream of joint Arab force
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) -- Arab leaders meeting this weekend in this Egyptian Red Sea resort are moving closer than ever to creating a joint Arab military force, a sign of a new determination among Saudi Arabia, Egypt and their allies to intervene aggressively in regional hotspots, whether against Islamic militants or spreading Iranian power.... 3/27/2015 6:26 AM

Police say 10 dead in stampede in Bangladesh
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- At least 10 people were killed and dozens more injured Friday in a stampede during a Hindu religious gathering in Bangladesh, police said.... 3/27/2015 6:25 AM

Yemen weighs on Asian shares, data highlights Japan doldrums
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian shares were lackluster Friday as the conflict in Yemen ripped through the Middle East and Japanese data showed the world's No. 3 economy is still in the doldrums.... 3/27/2015 6:24 AM

Agency: 4,000 fishermen stranded on some Indonesian islands
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- The International Organization for Migration says an estimated 4,000 fishermen are stranded on a handful of islands in Indonesia, including men revealed in an Associated Press investigation to have been enslaved.... 3/27/2015 6:16 AM

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

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



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