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China's army plays down South China Sea island-building
BEIJING (AP) -- China's military on Tuesday compared its controversial island-building in the South China Sea to ordinary construction such as road-building going on elsewhere in the country, trying to deflect criticism over an issue seen as inflaming tensions in the region.... 5/26/2015 6:17 AM

Local media: Several Kenyan police officers killed in ambush
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- Local media in Kenya are reporting that several Kenyan police officers have been killed in an attack by suspected Somali militants in the northeastern Garissa county, where 148 students were massacred last month.... 5/26/2015 6:16 AM

Asia stocks gain as China announcements spur Shanghai
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian shares mostly gained Tuesday after China promoted an array of infrastructure projects as open to private investment and said it was slashing tariffs on imported clothing and other consumer goods. Investors lacked other cues, with markets in London and the U.S. closed for holidays on Monday.... 5/26/2015 6:08 AM

UN officials didn't follow up on sex abuse claims for months
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- For months, the U.N.'s top human rights officials knew about allegations of child sexual abuse by French soldiers in Central African Republic, collected by their own staff. But they didn't follow up because they assumed French authorities were handling it, statements marked "strictly confidential" show, even as France pressed the U.N. for more information about the case.... 5/26/2015 5:56 AM

Report: Iran summons Saudi envoy over Yemen strike
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency says the Foreign Ministry has summoned Saudi Arabia's envoy over an airstrike near Tehran's embassy in Yemen.... 5/26/2015 5:46 AM

Fire at rest home in central China kills 38 people
BEIJING (AP) -- A fire swept through a rest home in central China, killing 38 people and injuring six, Chinese authorities said Tuesday.... 5/26/2015 5:07 AM

Taiwan proposes plan to ease South China Sea tensions
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou laid out a plan Tuesday to ease tensions in a vast, resource-rich Asian ocean where China has chafed against its neighbors by expanding islets with landfill to solidify its claims in the region.... 5/26/2015 5:00 AM

Australia to pass law to strip citizenship for terror crimes
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia plans to pass a law within weeks to give the government power to strip citizenship from dual nationals who are suspected terrorists even if they are not convicted of a crime, the prime minister said Tuesday.... 5/26/2015 4:54 AM

Corporate maneuver at Samsung strengthens heir's influence
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Two key Samsung companies are merging in a step toward ensuring the son of the group's ailing chairman inherits control of the theme parks to smartphones conglomerate.... 5/26/2015 4:36 AM

Malaysia: Human traffickers' camps had 139 suspected graves
WANG KELIAN, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysian authorities say a cluster of abandoned jungle camps used by human traffickers contained 139 suspected graves as well as barbed-wire pens likely used to cage migrants, shedding more light on a regional trade that preyed on some of Southeast Asia's most desperate people.... 5/26/2015 4:34 AM

Rohingya seek better life in Malaysia, but reality is stark
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia has been a sort of promised land for Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar. The tens of thousands who endured perilous journeys to get here find more work opportunities than in Indonesia and a more Muslim-friendly environment than in Thailand.... 5/26/2015 4:11 AM

Americans find ways to visit Cuba despite tourism ban
HAVANA (AP) -- "Is travel to Cuba for tourist activities permitted? No." That's what the U.S. Treasury Department website says. And yet Havana is loaded with Americans, from the Floridita bar, where they pose for photos with a bust of Ernest Hemingway, to the Rum Museum, where they swig rum samples after trudging through dim displays of old casks.... 5/26/2015 4:05 AM

Stunning 36 percent rise in US visits to Cuba since January
HAVANA (AP) -- The thaw in relations between the U.S. and Cuba has led to a stunning 36 percent increase in visits by Americans to the island, including thousands who are flying into Cuba from third countries like Mexico in order to sidestep U.S. restrictions on tourism.... 5/26/2015 4:03 AM

AP PHOTOS: Indigenous beauty queen chosen in Ecuador
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) -- There was no bathing suit or modern evening gown competition in this beauty contest.... 5/26/2015 4:00 AM

Galapagos Island volcano erupts first time in 33 years
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) -- A volcano atop one of the Galapagos Islands has erupted for the first time in 33 years, threatening a fragile ecosystem that inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.... 5/26/2015 3:50 AM

Brides for sale: European women lured for sham marriages
LONDON (AP) -- Klara Balogova was 18, penniless and heavily pregnant when she rode thousands of miles from Slovakia to England to marry a man she had never met.... 5/26/2015 3:14 AM

Twister kills 13 in Mexico border city; 12 missing in Texas
CIUDAD ACUNA, Mexico (AP) -- A tornado raged through a city on the U.S.-Mexico border Monday, destroying homes, flinging cars like matchsticks and ripping an infant away from its mother. At least 13 people were killed, authorities said.... 5/26/2015 2:55 AM

AP PHOTOS: India's Modi shows media savvy in his first year
NEW DELHI (AP) -- As Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wraps up his first year on the job, one thing is clear: He understands the power of a good photo.... 5/26/2015 2:22 AM

California looks to Australia for tips on surviving drought
SYDNEY (AP) -- California has turned to the world's driest inhabited continent for solutions to its longest and sharpest drought on record.... 5/26/2015 1:29 AM

California looks Down Under for drought advice
SYDNEY (AP) -- California's longest and sharpest drought on record has its increasingly desperate water stewards looking for solutions in Australia, the world's driest inhabited continent.... 5/26/2015 1:27 AM

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