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World's oldest person celebrates a day before turning 117
TOKYO (AP) -- The world's oldest person says 117 years doesn't seem like such a long time.... 3/4/2015 6:40 AM

Official says China to boost military budget by 10 percent
BEIJING (AP) -- China's military budget will grow by about 10 percent in the coming year, a legislative spokeswoman said Wednesday, despite slowing economic growth that fell to 7.4 percent last year and is expected to further decline in 2015.... 3/4/2015 6:31 AM

Egyptians race to expand Suez Canal, hoping for trade surge
ISMAILIA, Egypt (AP) -- Bulldozers push earth and dredgers spit mud round the clock at Egypt's Suez Canal in a race to quickly expand the strategic waterway for two-way traffic, a project trumpeted by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to revive both the country's damaged economy and visions of nationalist glory.... 3/4/2015 6:23 AM

Australia clamps down on illegal foreign housing investment
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australian authorities are clamping down on wealthy foreigners illegally buying real estate, ordering a Chinese billionaire to sell a Sydney mansion he recently bought for $30 million, a minister said on Wednesday.... 3/4/2015 6:16 AM

India central bank cuts key interest rate as inflation eases
NEW DELHI (AP) -- India's central bank on Wednesday unexpectedly cut a key interest rate by a quarter percentage point, the second such reduction this year as the bank lends support to government efforts to boost economic growth.... 3/4/2015 6:00 AM

AP Analysis: Speech fallout could determine Netanyahu's fate
JERUSALEM (AP) -- With Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing a tough re-election fight in two weeks, the U.S. Congress has handed him an unprecedented boost with its effusive welcome to a message that resonates at home: Iran cannot be trusted as a threshold nuclear state.... 3/4/2015 5:54 AM

Singapore police investigating man posing as Uber driver
SINGAPORE (AP) -- Singapore police say they are investigating reports of a man who allegedly cheated and overcharged unsuspecting passengers while posing as a driver for mobile app-based transportation company Uber.... 3/4/2015 5:49 AM

Asia stocks down after US fall as China growth goal eyed
BEIJING (AP) -- Asian stock markets were mostly lower Wednesday after Wall Street declined and investors looked ahead to U.S. economic data and China's announcement of its annual growth target.... 3/4/2015 5:08 AM

Turkish jetliner skids off on runway, passengers safe
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- A Turkish Airlines jet landing in dense fog in the Nepalese capital Wednesday skidded off a slippery runway but there were no serious injuries, officials said.... 3/4/2015 5:06 AM

Myanmar police vow to take action against students blocking
LETPADAN, Myanmar (AP) -- Police formed a human chain across a road leading to Myanmar's biggest city Wednesday, telling hundreds of student protesters that authorities would "take action" unless they dispersed.... 3/4/2015 5:05 AM

Cuba looks north to US farmers for help with food crisis
GUIRA DE MELENA, Cuba (AP) -- The rust-red fields stretched for miles in the Cuban sun, garlic shoots and beetroot leaves waving gently in the spring breeze.... 3/4/2015 5:03 AM

Investigation of politicians sought in Brazil graft scandal
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The inquiry into the biggest corruption scandal yet uncovered in Brazil entered an expansive new phase, as the attorney general formally requested the Supreme Court's permission to open investigations against 54 people, most expected to be top political figures.... 3/4/2015 5:01 AM

Cambodia's Khmer Rouge tribunal charges 2 new suspects
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- Cambodia's U.N.-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal has charged two more suspects, risking a confrontation with the country's prime minister, who has warned against adding new defendants.... 3/4/2015 4:53 AM

Indonesia moves Australians ahead of expected executions
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Two convicted Australian drug smugglers arrived Wednesday at an Indonesian island prison where they will be executed by firing squad with seven other foreigner prisoners and an Indonesian, as diplomatic squabbles persist over the executions.... 3/4/2015 4:21 AM

Mexico raided migrant train 153 times in last year
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican authorities said Tuesday they staged 153 raids over the last year on a train known as "La Bestia" that rolled toward the U.S. border crowded with hundreds of Central American migrants.... 3/4/2015 4:12 AM


BEIJING (AP) -- Legislative official says China to boost military budget about 10 percent in the coming year.... 3/4/2015 3:48 AM

Prince William to meet elephants on final day of China tour
BEIJING (AP) -- Britain's Prince William highlighted his interest in wildlife conservation Wednesday by making the final stop on his China tour an area in the country's southwest that is home to wild Asian elephants.... 3/4/2015 2:33 AM

UN Security Council OKs sanctions regime for South Sudan
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Tuesday creating a system to impose sanctions on those blocking peace in South Sudan, hoping it will press rival leaders into ending a conflict that has killed tens of thousands in the world's newest country.... 3/4/2015 2:13 AM

US pushes back on Venezuela's order to slash embassy staff
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- The United States on Tuesday pushed back against Venezuela's demand for a dramatic cut in the American diplomatic mission in Caracas.... 3/4/2015 1:27 AM

China plays down US concerns over anti-terror legislation
SHANGHAI (AP) -- China played down U.S. concerns that proposed anti-terror legislation would give the Chinese government sweeping power to police electronic communications and marginalize foreign companies fighting for a share of China's $465 billion technology market, saying Tuesday that the law is purely designed to address domestic security issues.... 3/4/2015 12:15 AM



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