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Chinese dissident Gao Zhisheng out of contact for 3 days
BEIJING (AP) -- Wife of the prominent Chinese political dissident Gao Zhisheng says her husband has been out of contact for three days after he voiced support for a fellow activist who was sentenced to prison last week.... 12/2/2015 7:07 AM

Chris Brown cancels Down Under tour after visa troubles
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Chris Brown canceled plans for a Down Under tour Wednesday after Australian authorities earlier warned the troubled R&B singer they were likely to refuse him a visa because of his criminal conviction for assaulting pop star Rihanna.... 12/2/2015 7:03 AM

Late WWII US veteran is 1st soldier honored for saving Jews
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Nazi soldiers made their orders very clear: Jewish American prisoners of war were to be separated from their fellow brothers in arms and sent to an uncertain fate.... 12/2/2015 6:59 AM

Afghans face daunting task in rebuilding war-battered city
KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (AP) -- Two months after the Taliban rampaged through the northern Afghan city of Kunduz, residents are still sifting through the rubble, wondering how they will ever rebuild and worrying that the insurgents will return.... 12/2/2015 6:53 AM

Australia's economy gathers pace in September quarter
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- The threat of recession in Australia receded with new data on Wednesday showing the economy gathered pace in the most recent quarter as mining exports grew.... 12/2/2015 6:41 AM

India's government restores funding for HIV-AIDS program
NEW DELHI (AP) -- India's federal government said it will restore funding to the country's HIV-AIDS program months after it cut its contribution and asked regional governments to fill in the gaps.... 12/2/2015 6:38 AM

Timeline of Rio Olympic water testing broken promises
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- A timeline of key moments since The Associated Press first reported on contamination of Rio de Janeiro's Olympic waterways:... 12/2/2015 6:16 AM

AP test: Rio Olympic water badly polluted, even far offshore
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Olympic sailor Erik Heil floated a novel idea to protect himself from the sewage-infested waters he and other athletes will compete in during next year's games: He'd wear plastic overalls and peel them off when he was safely past the contaminated waters nearest shore.... 12/2/2015 6:14 AM

Southern India flooding closes airport, cuts off power
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Weeks of torrential rains have forced an airport in southern India to close and have cut off several roads and highways, leaving tens of thousands of people stranded in their homes, government officials said Wednesday.... 12/2/2015 6:13 AM

Suu Kyi meets Myanmar's outgoing president
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) -- Nearly a month after her party's crushing election win, Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi held closed-door talks with Myanmar's outgoing president Wednesday to discuss what both hope will be a "smooth" transition of power.... 12/2/2015 6:04 AM

Islamic State group targets gays with brutal public killings
REYHANLI, Turkey (AP) -- Before a crowd of men on a street in the Syrian city of Palmyra, the masked Islamic State group judge read out the sentence against the two men convicted of homosexuality: They would be thrown to their deaths from the roof of the nearby Wael Hotel.... 12/2/2015 5:56 AM

Asian stock markets uneven as economic data weighed
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Asian stock markets were uneven Wednesday after weakness in U.S. economic data was tempered by an upbeat Australian growth report.... 12/2/2015 5:40 AM

Australia weather bureau won't comment on cyberattack report
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia's weather bureau refused to comment on a media report on Wednesday that it has been hacked in a cyberattack that compromised sensitive systems across the federal government.... 12/2/2015 5:14 AM

Hearings to begin over battle on moving US base in Okinawa
TOKYO (AP) -- Hearings are due to begin in a legal battle between the Japanese government and the local government in Okinawa over plans to move a U.S. military air base on the southern island.... 12/2/2015 3:43 AM

Texas governor makes little progress on Cuba business trip
HAVANA (AP) -- Gov. Greg Abbott enjoyed dinner and a private concert in Havana but made little progress in finding opportunities for Texas businesses on the second day of a three-day trip to Cuba.... 12/2/2015 3:30 AM

Suspected match fixer Tan re-arrested a week after release
SINGAPORE (AP) -- Singapore businessman Dan Tan has been re-arrested just a week after being released following more than two years in detention on suspicion of coordinating a global soccer match-fixing syndicate.... 12/2/2015 3:23 AM

AP Exclusive: On the set of MTV's 'The Shannara Chronicles'
KUMEU, New Zealand (AP) -- MTV's new fantasy series "The Shannara Chronicles" is set in the future but features elves and gnomes and promises plenty of old-fashioned adventure.... 12/2/2015 2:59 AM

US agency lowers safety rating of Thai aviation
BANGKOK (AP) -- The United States has downgraded the safety rating of Thailand's aviation industry in a move that could hamper operations of Thai airlines worldwide.... 12/2/2015 2:59 AM

UN experts: Up to 3,000 Islamic State fighters in Libya
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The Islamic State group has between 2,000 and 3,000 fighters in Libya and has demonstrated its intention to control more territory in the strategically located North African country - but it is only one player among multiple warring factions, United Nations experts said in a report Tuesday.... 12/2/2015 2:27 AM

Russia wants UN to tighten crackdown on financing extremists
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Russia hopes to circulate a draft resolution to the Security Council very soon that will tighten the U.N. crackdown on the financing of extremist groups including the Islamic State group, the country's U.N. ambassador said Tuesday.... 12/2/2015 2:10 AM

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