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China criticizes Alibaba in report withheld until after IPO
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese regulators accused e-commerce giant Alibaba of permitting sales of fake goods and hurting consumers in a report that was withheld until now to avoid disrupting the company's U.S. stock market debut.... 1/28/2015 9:37 AM

Hostage Mom's plea to Japan's leader: Please save Kenji
TOKYO (AP) -- The mother of a Japanese hostage held by Islamic State group extremists appealed publicly to Japan's leader to save her son Wednesday after his captors purportedly issued what they said was a final death threat.... 1/28/2015 9:32 AM

Stocks drift as weak US earnings add to growth concerns
BEIJING (AP) -- Global stocks drifted Wednesday after weak earnings from several U.S. companies added to global growth concerns as investors waited for the U.S. Federal Reserve's latest statement on monetary policy.... 1/28/2015 9:29 AM

Thailand summons US diplomat over critical remarks
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's military government has summoned the U.S. charge d'affaires after a top U.S. diplomat called for an end to martial law and said the impeachment of a former prime minister could be politically motivated.... 1/28/2015 9:27 AM

Snails slither into spa scene in Thailand and around world
CHIANG MAI, Thailand (AP) -- The last time I encountered escargots they were served up by a French waiter, sizzling in garlic and herb butter. Now, one is slithering up the bridge of my nose while five others are being stuck onto other parts of my face by a Thai beautician, all secreting snail slime to hopefully smooth out some wrinkles and otherwise give me a younger-than-my-age look.... 1/28/2015 9:17 AM

Russian govt proposes spending cuts in view of crisis
MOSCOW (AP) -- The Russian government, facing its worst economic crisis in a decade, on Wednesday proposed cutting planned spending by 10 percent this year and 5 percent over the next two years in all categories except military and social expenditures.... 1/28/2015 9:10 AM

Libyan Islamic State group affiliate claims hotel attack
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- A Libyan affiliate of the extremist Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack on a Tripoli luxury hotel that killed 10 people, including an American and four Europeans.... 1/28/2015 9:05 AM

Communist officials in Tibet punished for helping Dalai Lama
BEIJING (AP) -- Investigators have found that 15 Communist Party officials in Tibet joined underground Tibetan independence organizations, provided intelligence to the Dalai Lama and his supporters or participated in activities deemed harmful to China's security, a party agency said Wednesday.... 1/28/2015 9:03 AM

Malaysia to issue interim report on missing plane on March 7
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia's civil aviation department will release an interim report on the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on March 7, a day before the flight's one-year anniversary.... 1/28/2015 9:02 AM

Vietnam War-era helicopter crashes, killing 4 soldiers
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- An American-built helicopter once used in the Vietnam War crashed Wednesday during a training mission in the Southeast Asian nation, killing all four soldiers aboard, the military said.... 1/28/2015 8:37 AM

Israel military says its airstrikes target Syrian army posts
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military said Wednesday it launched airstrikes targeting Syrian army artillery posts in response to rockets fired the previous day into the Israeli-held Golan Heights.... 1/28/2015 8:22 AM

Lawyers, activists demand Sri Lankan chief justice resign
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Lawyers and rights activist on Wednesday demanded Sri Lanka's chief justice resign because he is being investigated for involvement in an alleged coup plot soon after this month's presidential election.... 1/28/2015 8:14 AM

Human smugglers turn to cargo ships to ferry fleeing Syrians
ABOARD THE COAST GUARD CUTTER TYR (AP) -- The crew was about to dig into dinner when word of the "ghost ship" came through: a freighter hurtling out of control toward Italy with no crew - and hundreds of Syrians as cargo.... 1/28/2015 7:25 AM

Tourists give hope to residents of battered Lebanese city
TRIPOLI, Lebanon (AP) -- As the tour group made its way through the narrow alleys of the seaside city of Tripoli, marveling at its medieval architecture, residents stared back at a sight that for them was just as exotic - visitors in their poor, restive corner of Lebanon.... 1/28/2015 7:02 AM

Palestinian girl, 14, in Israel prison for throwing rocks
BETIN, West Bank (AP) -- The fate of a 14-year-old Palestinian girl, tried before an Israeli military court for hurling rocks at passing cars in the West Bank and sentenced to two months in prison, has gripped Palestinians who say her treatment demonstrates Israel's excessive measures against stone-throwing youth.... 1/28/2015 7:01 AM

Fiery Islamic State group cleric gives voice to radicals
BEIRUT (AP) -- Turki al-Binali has crisscrossed the Islamic State group's self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq with a pistol holstered at his side, delivering fiery sermons in which the 30-year-old provides religious justification for its bloody rampage across the region.... 1/28/2015 7:01 AM

Group: Israel violated rules of war in strikes on Gaza homes
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A majority of Palestinians killed in dozens of Israeli attacks on Gaza homes in the 2014 war with Hamas were women, minors or the elderly, and some of the strikes violated the rules of war, an Israeli rights group said Wednesday.... 1/28/2015 6:59 AM

Egyptian police criticized over death of female protester
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's police are coming under withering criticism as signs mount that officers not only fired birdshot at a young mother during a peaceful protest last weekend but then also hampered efforts to save her life by ignoring pleas to let an ambulance take her away.... 1/28/2015 5:17 AM

TV star's plastic surgery disaster tests Brazil
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Andressa Urach went from being a single teenage mom nicknamed "Beanpole" to a reality TV bombshell in Brazil thanks to silicone implants, anabolic steroids, a nose job, and gel and botox injections, a fact she wasn't ashamed to share with fans.... 1/28/2015 5:16 AM

Mexico: Missing students' parents reject official account
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Parents of 43 college students missing since last year angrily rejected the Mexican attorney general's declaration that investigators are certain the youths were killed and incinerated after being seized by police in the southern state of Guerrero.... 1/28/2015 5:12 AM

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