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Taiwan stands up to China with World War II military parade
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Taiwan marched out thousands of troops and displayed its most modern military hardware Saturday to spotlight an old but often forgotten claim that its forces, not the Chinese Communists, led the campaign that routed imperial Japan from China 70 years ago.... 7/4/2015 7:12 AM

Would euro departure help or hurt Europe's currency union?
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- With aid negotiations off and ATMs running out of money, it's not speculation any more. Greece could leave the euro. And soon.... 7/4/2015 6:33 AM

Fatal fire on Japan's airtight bullet train exposes lapses
TOKYO (AP) -- A fatal fire on Japan's bullet train, started by a man who self-immolated this week, has revealed blind spots in a system renowned for its speed, punctuality and safety record.... 7/4/2015 5:36 AM

Right to die: Colombian man ends life with government backup
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Dr. Gustavo Quintana walks out of a modest, two-floor apartment building in southern Bogota. Inside his black doctor's bag are vials containing anesthesia and muscle relaxants, a syringe and a rubber tourniquet. The man known in Colombia as Dr. Death has just ended the life of his 234th patient: a middle-aged woman suffering from incurable stomach cancer.... 7/4/2015 4:08 AM

Papal visit puts Andes presidents' eco-record under scrutiny
AGUARAGUE NATIONAL PARK, Bolivia (AP) -- In the vine-entangled forests of the Aguarague National Park, crude that seeped for decades out of abandoned wellheads saturates the soil and has stained the bedrock of creeks that provide water to the indigenous Guarani who live nearby.... 7/4/2015 4:03 AM

Campaigns halt as Greeks face tough referendum choice
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Campaigns halt in Greece on Saturday on the eve of a closely watched bailout referendum - with voters in a dead heat over whether to defy creditors and push for better repayment terms or essentially seek new political leadership to find a compromise.... 7/4/2015 4:03 AM

Police: Beltran Leyva cartel boss arrested in Mexico City
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- One of the leaders of the once-powerful Beltran Leyva drug cartel was arrested Friday in a trendy neighborhood in Mexico City, authorities said.... 7/4/2015 4:01 AM

China says 6.5 quake in far west kills 3, collapses homes
BEIJING (AP) -- A magnitude 6.5 earthquake that shook China's far-western region of Xinjiang killed three people, injured 71 and collapsed thousands of houses, officials said Saturday.... 7/4/2015 3:55 AM

Yes or no? What Greece's landmark vote might bring
LONDON (AP) -- On his 10-year trip home, the Greek hero Odysseus at one point had to steer his ship and crew down a narrow stretch of water menaced on opposite sides by two sea monsters, Scylla and Charybdis.... 7/4/2015 2:29 AM

Vietnam Communist Party chief to make first US visit
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- The powerful head of Vietnam's Communist Party will travel to the United States for the first time next week, and said he expects President Barack Obama will visit Vietnam later this year.... 7/4/2015 12:27 AM

New Puerto Rico agencies to buy TRANs amid economic crisis
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico's governor signed a bill late Friday that allows certain public agencies to buy up to $400 million in tax and revenue anticipation notes as the government of the U.S. territory seeks more cash amid a worsening economic crisis.... 7/3/2015 11:03 PM

Mexico City proposes regulations for Uber
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico City is proposing regulations that would allow Uber and other smartphone-based ride-sharing apps to operate, while requiring drivers and cars to be registered, the city's Office of Legal and Legislative Studies said Friday.... 7/3/2015 11:00 PM

UN says children being killed in Burundi's violence
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Children are suffering as a result of instability and election-related violence in Burundi including three killed in the last five days and dozens forced to flee from school, the U.N. children's agency said Friday.... 7/3/2015 10:16 PM

Iran to US: Nuke deal could result in joint cooperation
VIENNA (AP) -- In a message to Washington, Iran's foreign minister on Friday called for an end to "coercion and pressure" at the nuclear talks, suggesting a deal acceptable to his country will open the door to cooperation on fighting the upsurge of Middle East extremism threatening both nations' interests.... 7/3/2015 10:15 PM

Mexico set to free founder of Michoacan vigilante movement
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican authorities say they are near to freeing Jose Manuel Mireles, a founder of the self-defense movement that rose up to fight an entrenched drug cartel in the western state of Michoacan.... 7/3/2015 9:09 PM

Egypt marks 2nd anniversary of Islamist ouster with mourning
CAIRO (AP) -- Two years to the day after the army overthrew Egypt's Islamist president, the sounds coming from the mosque at Cairo's Tahrir Square were sadly telling. At the focal point of Egypt's upheavals, where authorities had hoped to stage celebrations, there was instead a prayer for the week's dead, including soldiers cut down by militants in Sinai and the country's chief prosecutor, assassinated by car bomb in the capital.... 7/3/2015 8:57 PM

French president talks Boko Haram in Cameroon
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) -- French President Francois Hollande promised intensified military cooperation with Cameroon in the fight against Boko Haram during a visit to the West African country on Friday.... 7/3/2015 8:46 PM

El Salvador's 677 murders in June most since civil war
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) -- The month of June saw 677 murders in El Salvador, more than in any other single month since the end of the country's civil war.... 7/3/2015 8:37 PM

UN leader offers assistance in Guyana-Venezuela dispute
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AP) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday offered assistance to resolve an escalating border dispute between Guyana and Venezuela.... 7/3/2015 8:05 PM

UN rights body backs call for accountability in Gaza war
BERLIN (AP) -- The U.N.'s top human rights body backed calls Friday for accountability in last year's conflict in Gaza, in which hundreds of Palestinian civilians and six Israeli civilians were killed.... 7/3/2015 8:03 PM



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