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Australian laws on storing phone, Internet records to change
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- A parliamentary committee on Friday recommended a major rewrite of draft laws that would force Australian telcos and Internet providers to store customers' personal data for the convenience of law enforcement agencies. A key recommendation is that the law specifies exactly what personal data is to be retained.... 2/27/2015 7:34 AM

Kendall Jenner struts for Fendi, Kate Mara cozy in Max Mara
MILAN (AP) -- Shape and color engaged designers on the second day of Milan Fashion Week of womenswear previews for next autumn and winter, featuring shows by Fendi, Max Mara, Just Cavalli and Prada.... 2/27/2015 7:34 AM

Unidentified attackers hack US blogger to death in Dhaka
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- A prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious fundamentalism was hacked to death in the streets of Bangladesh's capital as he walked with his wife, police said Friday.... 2/27/2015 7:31 AM

Afghan avalanches, flooding taking toll across the country
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghan officials say that severe conditions and lack of machinery are hampering efforts to reach people trapped, injured or dead after avalanches and flooding across large swaths of the country.... 2/27/2015 7:25 AM

Hollande tours typhoon-hit Philippines ahead of climate deal
GUIUAN, Philippines (AP) -- French President Francois Hollande on Friday took his warning about the need for funds for a landmark climate deal to a central Philippine town that was devastated by a killer typhoon in 2013.... 2/27/2015 7:24 AM

Despite spat with US, Israeli leader fighting Iran nuke deal
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu heads to Washington next week on a last-gasp effort to seal what he hopes will become his signature achievement: preventing Iran from attaining a nuclear weapon. But the centerpiece of the visit, a much-hyped speech to Congress arguing against the international community's emerging nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic, has been overshadowed by a damaging battle with the White House and electoral intrigue back home.... 2/27/2015 7:02 AM

Japan data signal slow recovery despite lower energy costs
TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese factories churned out more machinery and electronic devices in January as export shipments rose, but lower energy costs due to cheaper crude oil failed to provide a boost to consumer spending.... 2/27/2015 6:29 AM

Hong Kong woman gets 6 years in Indonesian maid abuse case
HONG KONG (AP) -- A Hong Kong mother of two was given a six-year prison term Friday for abusing her Indonesian maid in a case that aroused widespread outrage over its brutality.... 2/27/2015 6:21 AM

Gunman kills 3, found dead in South Korean city: police
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A gunman shot and killed three people Friday before he was found dead at a home in a city near the capital Seoul in the second such incident in three days, police officials said.... 2/27/2015 6:03 AM

Fijians get to design new flag as nation ditches Union Jack
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Fijians will get the opportunity to design a new flag as the country prepares to ditch Britain's Union Jack.... 2/27/2015 6:02 AM

Syria expels 2 key UN humanitarian staffers
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The Syrian government expelled two key U.N. humanitarian staffers because of their contact with armed opposition groups while trying to arrange aid deliveries - a decision that could harm a new effort to secure a six-week truce in the country's largest city, the U.N. humanitarian chief says.... 2/27/2015 5:16 AM

The big melt: Antarctica's retreating ice may re-shape Earth
CAPE LEGOUPIL, Antarctica (AP) -- From the ground in this extreme northern part of Antarctica, spectacularly white and blinding ice seems to extend forever. What can't be seen is the battle raging underfoot to re-shape Earth.... 2/27/2015 5:11 AM

Prince William strikes a friendly contrast to Japan's prince
TOKYO (AP) -- Britain's Prince William, on his second day of his four-day trip to Japan, is having tea Friday with Crown Prince Naruhito. Both princes may be equally charming, but it is no contest which one is seen as more approachable.... 2/27/2015 5:05 AM

Cuban cigar makers anticipate big bucks from US travelers
HAVANA (AP) -- Over six decades rolling premium cigars with his small, wrinkled hands, Arnaldo Alfonso has taken pride in seeing his "habanos" sampled by visiting heads of state and other dignitaries.... 2/27/2015 5:03 AM

Venezuela newspaper that opposed Chavez ends daily edition
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- The Venezuela newspaper started by a former guerrilla as a forum to criticize the socialist revolution started by the late President Hugo Chavez is ending its daily print edition amid a shortage of newsprint and what it says is a pattern of government harassment.... 2/27/2015 4:42 AM

Boat capsizes off Macau, 15 people missing
BEIJING (AP) -- A suspected people-smuggling boat carrying 19 people capsized off the Chinese territory of Macau on Friday, leaving 15 people missing, the Macau government and Chinese state media said.... 2/27/2015 4:34 AM

Asian stock markets lackluster after Wall Street decline
BEIJING (AP) -- Asian stocks were lackluster Friday after U.S. markets drifted lower and Japan reported faster growth in factory output but weaker retail sales.... 2/27/2015 3:45 AM

South Korea renews license of 2nd-oldest nuclear plant
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The South Korean nuclear regulator said Friday it renewed the operating license of the country's second-oldest nuclear power plant until 2022, overriding the objections of residents and anti-nuclear groups.... 2/27/2015 3:20 AM

Chile government rejects 14-year-old's plea for euthanasia
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Chile's government on Thursday rejected an ailing 14-year-old girl's plea on social media to let her "sleep forever."... 2/27/2015 2:21 AM

Imprisoned Mexican drug suspects complain of poor conditions
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's National Human Rights Commission said Thursday it has received a complaint from inmates at a maximum-security prison, reportedly including top cartel leaders, complaining of poor food and bad conditions.... 2/27/2015 1:39 AM



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