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Israel-Lebanon border calm day after escalation
SHEAR YASHUV, Israel (AP) -- The Israeli-Lebanese border is calm but Israel remains on alert a day after the deadliest escalation since the two sides' 2006 war.... 1/29/2015 8:05 AM

Myanmar tallies 1,114 bird species, 20 previously unrecorded
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- An extensive survey of birds in Myanmar has revealed nearly two dozen not known to have existed in the country, including a large black seabird with a ballooning red neck sack and a tiny black and white falconet with a surprised, panda-like expression.... 1/29/2015 8:03 AM

Latest Taliban attacks across Afghanistan kill 17
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A spate of Taliban attacks across Afghanistan overnight and on Thursday morning killed at least 17 people, officials said, the latest violence that comes as insurgents increasingly target local police and Afghan forces after most foreign combat troops withdrew at the end of last month.... 1/29/2015 8:01 AM

Sri Lanka says to return private lands in civil war areas
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Sri Lanka's new government plans to give back military-held private land in the country's war-ravaged north and release detainees, a minister said, in apparent moves at post-civil war reconciliation with ethnic minority Tamils.... 1/29/2015 7:46 AM

Battle of the big phones: Samsung down in China, Apple gains
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Samsung lost the battle of the big phones last quarter as Apple's copycat large iPhone lured buyers in the crucial Chinese market.... 1/29/2015 7:28 AM

Chinese officials call attention to baby, gender imbalances
BEIJING (AP) -- For decades, most urban Chinese families could have only one child. Now, officials in China's biggest city are telling young couples: Please have more children.... 1/29/2015 7:25 AM

As Iraqi Kurds gain ground from IS, local Sunnis are wary
ESKI MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- An unarmed Sunni Arab man walked along a road in a patch of northern Iraq newly liberated from Islamic State extremists, holding a white surrender flag - a signal to Kurdish fighters that he is not a militant. Cars drove by, a similar white banner flying from their windows.... 1/29/2015 6:51 AM

N. Korea demanded $10 billion for summit: ex-Seoul leader
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il repeatedly pushed for summit talks with South Korea before his 2011 death but the plans failed because Pyongyang demanded $10 billion and large-scale shipments of food and fertilizer, a former South Korean president said in a memoir to be published next week.... 1/29/2015 6:40 AM

Israeli center-left alliance looks to unseat Netanyahu
JERUSALEM (AP) -- When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dissolved his unwieldy coalition and called new elections last month, he appeared almost certain to be returned once more to office. But a new center-left alliance has surged past his Likud party in the polls, turning the March 17 contest into a toss-up.... 1/29/2015 6:40 AM

Japan studying latest message in Mideast hostage crisis
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan was studying the latest message purportedly from the Islamic State group, which extends the deadline for Jordan's release of an Iraqi prisoner, while officials worked feverishly Thursday to try to free a Japanese journalist held by the militant group.... 1/29/2015 6:40 AM

India fires top foreign office official
NEW DELHI (AP) -- The Indian government has fired its top foreign ministry official, replacing her with its current ambassador to the United States.... 1/29/2015 6:03 AM

Philippines: Growth shows we're no longer sick man of Asia
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A Philippine official says the country no longer deserves to be branded the "sick man of Asia" after its economy grew more than 6 percent for a third consecutive year.... 1/29/2015 5:53 AM

Inquest: Sydney caf?? hostage killed by police bullet
SYDNEY (AP) -- A hostage who died during a siege in a downtown Sydney cafe was killed when she was struck by fragments of a bullet fired from a police officer's gun as authorities stormed in to end the 16-hour standoff, a lawyer told an inquest on Thursday.... 1/29/2015 5:48 AM

Asia stocks sunk by oil plunge, Fed rate hike plan reminder
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian stock markets sank Thursday after plunging oil prices and the Federal Reserve's reminder it is still on track to raise interest rates this year led to a dismal day on Wall Street. The release of weaker-than-expected retail sales figures in Japan was another reason for gloom.... 1/29/2015 5:45 AM

AP PHOTOS: Chilean kids cool off during summer heat wave
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- When the news spreads through the neighborhood that a small aquatic park is being installed in the local plaza, the children are the first to show up and excitedly watch a water truck fill up inflatable swimming pools.... 1/29/2015 5:01 AM

Philippines says peace pact collapse would aid terrorists
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippine president has warned that the collapse of a peace deal with the country's largest Muslim rebel group would abet terrorism and fresh violence after criticism of the accord followed the killing of 44 police commandos in what authorities said was an accidental clash with the guerrillas.... 1/29/2015 4:35 AM

Naomi Campbell steals show at couture as Bruni is mobbed
PARIS (AP) -- Singer Carla Bruni, actress Catherine Deneuve and burlesque performer Dita Von Teese were among regulars attending the spectacular displays at Paris' haute couture week Wednesday.... 1/29/2015 4:31 AM

Panama high court OKs corruption probe of ex-president
PANAMA CITY (AP) -- Panama's Supreme Court voted Wednesday to open a corruption probe against former President Ricardo Martinelli, a move likely to rally popular support in a nation where the politically powerful rarely face justice for misdeeds.... 1/29/2015 4:17 AM

North Korea may be restarting nuke plant: US institute
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea may be attempting to restart its main nuclear bomb fuel reactor after a five-month shutdown, a U.S. research institute said Thursday.... 1/29/2015 3:44 AM

Raul Castro: US must return Guantanamo for normal relations
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) -- Cuban President Raul Castro demanded on Wednesday that the United States return the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, lift the half-century trade embargo on Cuba and compensate his country for damages before the two nations re-establish normal relations.... 1/29/2015 2:06 AM

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