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Thailand arrests 3, vows crackdown on human traffickers
HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) -- Thai authorities have arrested three local officials they allege were involved in trafficking and holding Rohingya Muslims for ransom at a jungle camp where 26 bodies were found last week in the mountains of southern Thailand.... 5/4/2015 8:19 AM

Israeli president says Ethiopian protest exposes 'wound'
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's president says violent protests by Ethiopian Jews have "exposed an open, bleeding wound in the heart of Israeli society" and that the country must respond to their grievances.... 5/4/2015 8:16 AM

Eurozone, Greece report progress on bailout talks
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Officials say talks between Greece and its international creditors on how to stave off bankruptcy have made headway and will continue with the aim of reaching an agreement later this month.... 5/4/2015 8:11 AM

French president visits Qatar, deepening ties to Gulf
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- French President Francois Hollande, seeking to strengthen political and business ties with the energy-rich Gulf states, arrived in Qatar on Monday at the start of a two-nation trip that will include a visit to neighboring Saudi Arabia.... 5/4/2015 8:05 AM

AP PHOTOS: Egyptian doorman makes a rare trip home
ABU AL-NASR, Egypt (AP) -- Salama Osman's day begins before the tenants of his Cairo apartment building wake and ends only after the last returns home at night, a work week without weekends. Except this week.... 5/4/2015 7:55 AM

Kerry honors victims in Kenya as talks focus on al-Shabaab
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry commemorated the victims of Kenya's past and present terror attacks Monday, and offered American support in the fight against an increasingly diffuse but perhaps more dangerous terror threat emanating out of Somalia. His trip to the African country coincides with improving U.S.-Kenyan ties and sets the stage for President Barack Obama's visit this summer.... 5/4/2015 7:49 AM

Retiring Hong Kong police chief slams radical protesters
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong's outgoing top cop took a parting shot Monday at pro-democracy protesters who occupied busy streets in parts of the southern Chinese financial city for nearly three months last year.... 5/4/2015 7:31 AM

Everest climbing season likely over in Nepal
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Sherpas in Nepal have refused to rebuild a climbing route on Mount Everest that was destroyed by an earthquake-triggered avalanche more than one week ago, a decision which will likely end this year's climbing season.... 5/4/2015 7:24 AM

Taiwan party leader affirms eventual reunion with China
BEIJING (AP) -- The head of Taiwan's Nationalists reaffirmed the party's support for eventual unification with the mainland when he met Monday with Chinese President Xi Jinping as part of continuing rapprochement between the former bitter enemies.... 5/4/2015 7:12 AM

N. Korea's nominal head of state to visit Russia this month
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea's nominal head of state, not its absolute leader Kim Jong Un, is to visit Russia this month to attend celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany.... 5/4/2015 7:00 AM

Nepal urges foreign rescue workers in capital to return home
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Nepal's government urged foreign rescue workers in the quake-hit capital to return home Monday as hundreds of people visited Buddhist shrines and monasteries to mark the birthday of Gautam Buddha.... 5/4/2015 6:25 AM

Flight to UAE diverted to air base after bomb threat
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A commercial plane was diverted to a military air base in Dubai after a passenger said the plane would explode, the United Arab Emirates' state news agency said early Monday.... 5/4/2015 6:24 AM

Iraqi city still a ghost town a month after defeat of IS
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi government forces drove the Islamic State group out of Abu Mustafa's hometown of Tikrit over a month ago, but he has yet to return, fearing the Shiite militias that now patrol its bombed and battered streets.... 5/4/2015 6:11 AM

Suicide bomber strikes government bus in Afghanistan, 1 dead
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan official says a suicide bomber struck a minibus carrying government employees in Kabul, killing at least one person and wounding 13.... 5/4/2015 5:35 AM

French far right patriarch to go before disciplinary board
PARIS (AP) -- The man who for nearly four decades headed France's far-right National Front may now be on the fast-track to disgrace.... 5/4/2015 5:02 AM

Philippine military chief confirms wanted militant killed
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippine military chief confirmed Monday that wanted Filipino bomb-maker Abdul Basit Usman, who has links to the Indonesian-based Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist network and is a suspect in deadly bomb attacks in the south, has been killed.... 5/4/2015 4:58 AM

Asia stocks rise on China stimulus hopes, Wall St. rebound
BEIJING (AP) -- Asian stock markets rose Monday after Wall Street rebounded and China's leaders promised more measures to shore up slowing growth.... 5/4/2015 4:01 AM

S. Korea urges N. Korea to release New York Univ. student
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea on Monday urged North Korea to quickly free a South Korean student of New York University detained in the North for illegally entering the country.... 5/4/2015 3:56 AM

Magnitude-5.6 quake jolts New Zealand; no major damage
WANAKA, New Zealand (AP) -- A magnitude-5.6 earthquake jolted the South Island of New Zealand Monday afternoon, but there were no initial reports of major damage or injuries.... 5/4/2015 3:39 AM

Nepal's wrenching choices: 'I feel like I could die anytime'
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Four days after the earthquake ripped apart the supporting wall attaching her ancient brick house to the tilting seven-story building next door, Parbati Gautam moved back in.... 5/4/2015 3:24 AM

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