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AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd pleads guilty to threatening to kill
TAURANGA, New Zealand (AP) -- AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd pleaded guilty in a New Zealand court Tuesday to a charge of threatening to kill a man who used to work for him. He also pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine and marijuana.... 4/21/2015 7:01 AM

US business group in China urges more transparency, access
BEIJING (AP) -- The American Chamber of Commerce in China is calling for more government transparency and fairness as the confidence of U.S. companies in the country's investment climate deteriorates.... 4/21/2015 6:54 AM

Defiant Hong Kongers resist embrace of mainland China
HONG KONG (AP) -- All around Chow Tak-yee's neighborhood in the working-class edges of Hong Kong, the 26-year-old can feel the spreading influence of nearby mainland China on the prosperous, open-minded city she's always called home.... 4/21/2015 6:48 AM

'Accountant of Auschwitz' standing trial in Germany
LUENEBURG, Germany (AP) -- A 93-year-old man is going on trial in Germany on 300,000 counts of accessory to murder over allegations he helped the functioning of the Auschwitz death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland by serving as a guard there.... 4/21/2015 6:42 AM

Stronger markets boost earnings at Swiss bank Credit Suisse
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Swiss bank Credit Suisse Group AG says net profit rose 23 percent to 1.054 billion Swiss francs ($1.13 billion) in the first quarter compared with a year ago.... 4/21/2015 6:39 AM

7 dead, 13 trapped in flooded northern China coal mine
BEIJING (AP) -- At least seven coal miners were killed and 13 left trapped after a shaft flooded at a mine in northern China, state media reported Tuesday.... 4/21/2015 6:36 AM

Japan's maglev train breaks own speed record at 603 kph
TOKYO (AP) -- A Japanese maglev that is the fastest passenger train in the world has broken its own speed record.... 4/21/2015 6:36 AM

Sri Lankan lawmakers protest bribery summons for ex-leader
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- A protest staged by lawmakers backing former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa ran into a second day Tuesday after the country's bribery commission summoned the ex-leader and his brothers to explain their actions while in power.... 4/21/2015 6:32 AM

Japan mulls 2018 moon landing, seeks to keep up with rivals
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's space agency says it is considering a mission to the moon by 2018 or early 2019, part of an effort to beef up aerospace technology and keep pace with China and other emerging powers.... 4/21/2015 6:14 AM

Bargains and bidding in a raucous Saudi open-air market
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- At an open-air market in Saudi Arabia's capital, haggling for a good deal is not just part of the experience - it's also part of the fun.... 4/21/2015 6:04 AM

Chinese president applauds Pakistan's anti-terror efforts
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday applauded Pakistan's anti-terrorism efforts in a speech to parliament, vowing his nation would continue to stand by its neighbor.... 4/21/2015 6:01 AM

Replacing carpet at Jerusalem shrine reveals religious rift
JERUSALEM (AP) -- It began as a routine remodeling project: Muslim authorities replacing an old carpet worn thin by masses of worshippers at the Dome of the Rock, the iconic, gold-topped shrine that overlooks the Old City of Jerusalem.... 4/21/2015 6:00 AM

Officials say explosion in southern Afghanistan kills 3
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghan officials say an explosion near a southern police station has killed three people and wounded 17.... 4/21/2015 5:41 AM

US, Japan say no deal on farm, auto trade but end in sight
TOKYO (AP) -- U.S. and Japanese trade officials failed to resolve differences on autos and farm exports that are hindering progress toward a Pacific Rim trade deal but say they believe agreement is within reach.... 4/21/2015 5:39 AM

Japan's leader sends offerings to controversial war shrine
TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent religious offerings Tuesday to a Tokyo shrine that honors convicted World War II leaders among its war dead, a likely signal that he won't pray there ahead of trips to Asia and the United States.... 4/21/2015 5:19 AM

Hong Kong rebound leads Asian stocks higher
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong led Asian stocks higher Tuesday as investors shook off initial pessimism over new measures by China's market regulator.... 4/21/2015 5:11 AM

South Korea's prime minister offers to resign amid scandal
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea's prime minister has offered to resign amid a bribery scandal just two months after he took up the country's No. 2 post, officials said Tuesday, in the latest political crisis to hit President Park Geun-hye.... 4/21/2015 5:00 AM

Mother of Ukraine pilot jailed in Russia seeks global help
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The mother of a Ukrainian helicopter pilot imprisoned in Russia is on a global campaign seeking support from world leaders to pressure President Vladimir Putin to free her daughter.... 4/21/2015 4:55 AM

Fierce storm lashes southeast Australia; 3 feared dead
SYDNEY (AP) -- A fierce storm lashing Australia's southeast destroyed homes, left dozens stranded in swirling floodwaters and may have led to the deaths of three people, officials said Tuesday.... 4/21/2015 4:46 AM

Iwo Jima vet, Okinawa survivor wrestle with WWII legacy
ITOMAN, Japan (AP) -- In Norman Baker's mind, the Japanese were fanatical, brutal animals with no respect for life. To Yoshiko Shimabukuro, Americans were long-nosed demons who rained hellfire from the skies before raping and pillaging anything with the worse-than-death fate of crossing their path.... 4/21/2015 4:11 AM



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