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Court rules Australia held 157 Sri Lankans at sea legally
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia's highest court on Wednesday narrowly ruled that Australia acted legally when it held 157 Sri Lankan asylum seekers at sea for almost a month last year.... 1/28/2015 4:42 AM

Israel violated rules of war in strikes on Gaza homes: group
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 elderly people, and some of the strikes violated the rules of war, an Israeli rights group said Wednesday.... 1/28/2015 4:31 AM

China's yuan joins top 5 most-used global currencies
BEIJING (AP) -- China's yuan has become of the five most widely used currencies in global payments, an international financial transactions agency announced Wednesday.... 1/28/2015 3:49 AM

Mexico: Captured drug lord 'Chapo' Guzman to stay put
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Captured Sinaloa drug cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman will not be extradited to the United States anytime soon, Mexico's top prosecutor said Tuesday.... 1/28/2015 3:39 AM

Asian stocks tumble after weak US corporate earnings
BEIJING (AP) -- Asian stock markets were mostly lower Wednesday after Wall Street tumbled on concern about weak corporate earnings as investors watched this week's meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve.... 1/28/2015 3:31 AM

Australian leader vows to consult more widely on knighthoods
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia's prime minister on Wednesday promised to consult more widely before bestowing knighthoods in the future as he weathered an avalanche of criticisms over his decision to make the husband of Queen Elizabeth II an Australian knight.... 1/28/2015 2:34 AM

Japan's Abe calls latest hostage deadline 'despicable'
TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed outrage and demanded Wednesday that Islamic State extremists release a Japanese journalist, as secret talks in Jordan sought the release of the Japanese and a Jordanian pilot also being held hostage.... 1/28/2015 2:23 AM

Argentine Jewish groups boycott commemoration in protest
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Jewish groups boycotted the Argentine government's Holocaust Day commemoration Tuesday in protest over the mysterious death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman, while skepticism grew over President Cristina Fernandez's plan to reform intelligence services that she has suggested were behind the prosecutor's death.... 1/28/2015 1:26 AM

Gunmen storm Libya hotel, killing American, 9 others
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- In the latest sign of Libya's descent into chaos, gunmen stormed a luxury hotel used by diplomats and businessmen in the capital on Tuesday, killing 10 people, including an American, a French citizen and three people from Asia.... 1/28/2015 1:15 AM

Mexico: Investigation shows that all 43 students are dead
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Investigators are now certain that 43 college students missing since September were killed and incinerated after they were seized by police in southern Guerrero state, the Mexican attorney general said Tuesday.... 1/28/2015 12:29 AM

Rebel killings of 44 commandos test Philippine peace deal
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine officials asked lawmakers Tuesday not to withdraw their support from a new government peace deal with the country's largest Muslim rebel group after some insurgents were involved in a clash that killed 44 anti-terror police commandos.... 1/28/2015 12:17 AM

Colombia angers Venezuela with call to free jailed opponent
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos is taking a tougher line with Venezuela's socialist government, urging it to free a prominent opposition leader.... 1/27/2015 11:46 PM

Obama, Merkel discuss increased violence in Ukraine
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AP) -- The White House says President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have spoken about their concern over the "significant increase in violence" in eastern Ukraine.... 1/27/2015 11:21 PM

Kristen Stewart, Robin Wright hit politically-minded couture
PARIS (AP) -- "Twilight" star Kristen Stewart stunned crowds at Chanel's Paris couture show Tuesday, revealing an edgy bob in a white Chanel sleeveless mini-dress that showed the 24-year-old is fashion savvy beyond her age.... 1/27/2015 11:03 PM

Obama pays respects to Saudis, defends ties to kingdom
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- In a show of solidarity with Saudi Arabia, President Barack Obama led a parade of American dignitaries to the ultraconservative desert kingdom Tuesday to pay respects after King Abdullah's death and take measure of the new monarch.... 1/27/2015 10:59 PM

5 foreigners killed in Libya
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- Officials say five foreigners, an American, a French national and three citizens of former Soviet republics, died when gunman stormed a luxury hotel in the Libyan capital.... 1/27/2015 10:53 PM

UN: 3 killed, 13 hurt in northern Mali protest
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- U.N. peacekeepers said they fired tear gas and warning shots on Tuesday to disperse a protest that had degenerated into violence outside one of their bases in northern Mali. Three people were killed and several wounded, including some by gunfire, the force said.... 1/27/2015 9:55 PM

Leader of Yemen's rebels urges 'peaceful transfer of power'
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- The leader of Shiite rebels who control the Yemeni capital called for a "peaceful transfer of power" on Tuesday, after his forces released a presidential aide whose abduction set in motion a violent escalation that led to the resignation of the president and the government.... 1/27/2015 9:54 PM

Venezuelan officials reject allegation of drug trafficking
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelan officials on Tuesday denounced a report that links the head of the socialist South American country's congress to the drug trade.... 1/27/2015 9:28 PM

Memoir 'H is for Hawk' wins Britain's Costa book prize
LONDON (AP) -- Helen Macdonald's account of how training a hawk helped her cope with grief has won Britain's Costa Book of the Year prize.... 1/27/2015 9:03 PM



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