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Thai junta forces rights group to nix presentation
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's ruling military junta has forced a human rights group to cancel a presentation on the precarious rights situation in the Southeast Asian country three months after the army staged a coup.... 9/2/2014 5:41 AM

Poll says Palestinian support for Hamas rises
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A Palestinian opinion poll suggests Hamas' popularity in the West Bank and Gaza Strip has risen dramatically following its war against Israel.... 9/2/2014 5:29 AM

Shares mostly higher, strong dollar buoys Japan
TOKYO (AP) -- World stocks were mostly higher Tuesday as investors awaited central bank meetings later this week in Europe and Japan as well as U.S. employment figures. The U.S. dollar extended its rally against the euro and the yen on expectations the Fed will be the first major central bank to raise interest rates.... 9/2/2014 5:26 AM

US military attacks al-Shabab in Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- U.S. military forces attacked the extremist al-Shabab network in Somalia Monday, the Pentagon said, and a witness described ground-shaking explosions in a strike that reportedly targeted the group's leader.... 9/2/2014 5:03 AM

Group accuses extremists of war crimes in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) -- An international rights group accused the extremist Islamic State group on Tuesday of carrying out a systematic campaign of "ethnic cleansing" in northern Iraq that includes mass killings, abductions and other war crimes.... 9/2/2014 4:59 AM

Commission rejects London mayor's plan for airport
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's Airport Commission has rejected a plan to build a four-runway airport in the Thames Estuary, describing it as more problematic and more expensive than other options.... 9/2/2014 4:55 AM

Dethroned Myanmar beauty queen blasts pageant boss
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- A dethroned beauty queen from Myanmar said Tuesday she won't return her bejeweled $100,000 crown until pageant organizers apologize for calling her a liar and a thief.... 9/2/2014 4:55 AM

Attacks kill 3 Afghan policemen, 4 soldiers
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Attacks in Afghanistan have killed three policemen and four Afghan soldiers, officials said Tuesday.... 9/2/2014 4:53 AM

Iran unveils new surface-to-air missile, radars
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran on Tuesday unveiled a new surface-to-air missile and two radar systems it claims will boost the country's defense capabilities.... 9/2/2014 4:40 AM

Australian dad accused of abusing Thai-born twins
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- An Australian man has been charged with sexually abusing twin girls he fathered several years ago to a Thai surrogate mother in another case that casts a harsh light on Thailand's beleaguered surrogacy industry.... 9/2/2014 4:33 AM

Pakistan parliament meets over political crisis
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's lawmakers held an emergency session Tuesday over the political crisis roiling the country as thousands of anti-government protesters remained camped out in front of the parliament building, demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resign.... 9/2/2014 4:21 AM

Clashes between Islamists, rivals in Libya kill 31
CAIRO (AP) -- Fierce clashes in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi between Islamist militiamen and rival forces loyal to a renegade general have killed 31 fighters on both sides, a security official said Tuesday.... 9/2/2014 4:18 AM

Court halts ridesharing service Uber in Germany
BERLIN (AP) -- A court has issued an injunction barring ridesharing service Uber from operating in Germany, the latest shot in a fight with the country's taxi drivers.... 9/2/2014 4:17 AM

Philippine House rejects Aquino impeachment
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippine House of Representatives' justice committee on Tuesday rejected three impeachment complaints against President Benigno Aquino III, killing the challenges.... 9/2/2014 4:12 AM

Putin's aide confirms '2 weeks to Kiev' remark
MOSCOW, Russia (AP) -- A Russian official is complaining that EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso breached confidentiality when he quoted President Vladimir Putin as saying Moscow could take over Kiev in two weeks if it wished.... 9/2/2014 4:10 AM

Modi promises red carpet for Japan firms in India
TOKYO (AP) -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is wooing Japanese businesses with a promise of "red carpet" treatment rather than the bureaucratic red tape that India is notorious for.... 9/2/2014 4:01 AM

Syrian rebels issue demands for captive UN troops
BEIRUT (AP) -- Al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels holding 45 Fijian peacekeepers hostage have issued a set of demands for their release, including the extremist group's removal from a U.N. terrorist list and compensation for the killing of three of its fighters in a shootout with international troops, an official said Tuesday.... 9/2/2014 4:00 AM

US military targets Islamic extremists in Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- U.S. military forces attacked the Islamic extremist al-Shabab network in an operation in Somalia on Monday, the Pentagon said, in a strike a Somali official said targeted the group's fugitive leader.... 9/2/2014 3:59 AM

3 Chinese inmates kill guard, break out of jail
BEIJING (AP) -- Three prisoners including a death row inmate killed a guard, donned police uniforms and escaped in a rare jailbreak in northeastern China early Tuesday, prompting a manhunt that later recaptured two of the men, state media said.... 9/2/2014 3:49 AM

9 steps a Japanese man took to 16 surrogate babies
BANGKOK (AP) -- Police say Japanese businessman Mitsutoki Shigeta followed nine key steps on his path to fathering 16 surrogate babies in Thailand, born starting in June 2013. It's unclear whether he went through all of the steps for every baby; four are in Cambodia and the rest remain in Thailand. Here's how he did it:... 9/2/2014 3:45 AM