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India fires top foreign office official
NEW DELHI (AP) -- The Indian government has fired its top foreign ministry official, replacing her with its current ambassador to the United States.... 1/29/2015 6:03 AM

Battle of the big phones: Samsung down in China, Apple gains
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Samsung lost the battle of the big phones last quarter as Apple's copycat large iPhone lured buyers in the crucial Chinese market.... 1/29/2015 5:55 AM

Chinese officials call attention to baby, gender imbalances
BEIJING (AP) -- An official in China's biggest city is calling on families to have more children as far fewer people than expected take advantage of a rule change that lets more households bear a second child.... 1/29/2015 5:55 AM

Philippines: Growth shows we're no longer sick man of Asia
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A Philippine official says the country no longer deserves to be branded the "sick man of Asia" after its economy grew more than 6 percent for a third consecutive year.... 1/29/2015 5:53 AM

Inquest: Sydney caf?? hostage killed by police bullet
SYDNEY (AP) -- A hostage who died during a siege in a downtown Sydney cafe was killed when she was struck by fragments of a bullet fired from a police officer's gun as authorities stormed in to end the 16-hour standoff, a lawyer told an inquest on Thursday.... 1/29/2015 5:48 AM

Asia stocks sunk by oil plunge, Fed rate hike plan reminder
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian stock markets sank Thursday after plunging oil prices and the Federal Reserve's reminder it is still on track to raise interest rates this year led to a dismal day on Wall Street. The release of weaker-than-expected retail sales figures in Japan was another reason for gloom.... 1/29/2015 5:45 AM

AP PHOTOS: Chilean kids cool off during summer heat wave
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- When the news spreads through the neighborhood that a small aquatic park is being installed in the local plaza, the children are the first to show up and excitedly watch a water truck fill up inflatable swimming pools.... 1/29/2015 5:01 AM

Philippines says peace pact collapse would aid terrorists
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippine president has warned that the collapse of a peace deal with the country's largest Muslim rebel group would abet terrorism and fresh violence after criticism of the accord followed the killing of 44 police commandos in what authorities said was an accidental clash with the guerrillas.... 1/29/2015 4:35 AM

Naomi Campbell steals show at couture as Bruni is mobbed
PARIS (AP) -- Singer Carla Bruni, actress Catherine Deneuve and burlesque performer Dita Von Teese were among regulars attending the spectacular displays at Paris' haute couture week Wednesday.... 1/29/2015 4:31 AM

Islamic State releases new audio message by Japanese hostage
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Islamic State group released a message late Wednesday purportedly extending the deadline for Jordan's release of an Iraqi would-be hotel bomber linked to al-Qaida.... 1/29/2015 4:29 AM

Panama high court OKs corruption probe of ex-president
PANAMA CITY (AP) -- Panama's Supreme Court voted Wednesday to open a corruption probe against former President Ricardo Martinelli, a move likely to rally popular support in a nation where the politically powerful rarely face justice for misdeeds.... 1/29/2015 4:17 AM

North Korea may be restarting nuke plant: US institute
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea may be attempting to restart its main nuclear bomb fuel reactor after a five-month shutdown, a U.S. research institute said Thursday.... 1/29/2015 3:44 AM

Raul Castro: US must return Guantanamo for normal relations
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) -- Cuban President Raul Castro demanded on Wednesday that the United States return the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, lift the half-century trade embargo on Cuba and compensate his country for damages before the two nations re-establish normal relations.... 1/29/2015 2:06 AM

Chilean lawmakers approve same-sex civil unions
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Chilean lawmakers gave final approval on Wednesday to a bill that recognizes civil unions between same-sex couples.... 1/29/2015 1:46 AM

Hezbollah fires missile salvo, killing 2 Israeli soldiers
SHEAR YASHUV, Israel (AP) -- The Lebanese militant Hezbollah group fired a salvo of missiles at an Israeli military convoy in a disputed border area Wednesday, killing two soldiers and triggering deadly clashes that marked the most serious escalation since the sides' 2006 war.... 1/28/2015 11:59 PM

Rights groups also doubt Mexico account on missing students
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- International human rights groups on Wednesday questioned the Mexican government's official account of the disappearance of 43 college students last fall in the southern state of Guerrero.... 1/28/2015 11:47 PM

Israel: UN must live up to mission of war against genocide
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The president of Israel urged the world's nations Wednesday to wage an all-out war against genocide saying "the Holocaust of the Jews was not the final chapter in the brutal scheme of man against his fellow man."... 1/28/2015 11:44 PM

Spain blames Israel for death of peacekeeper
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Spain's ambassador to the United Nations is blaming Israel for the death of a Spanish U.N. peacekeeper during the Israeli military's exchange of fire with the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group in a disputed border area.... 1/28/2015 11:13 PM

Tiger fight: China and Alibaba face off over fake goods
BEIJING (AP) -- There's a tiger fight going on in China.... 1/28/2015 11:03 PM

US Coast Guard rescues 2 Americans stranded on Bahamas cay
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) -- The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued two American boaters stranded on a tiny uninhabited island in the Bahamas.... 1/28/2015 10:57 PM

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