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Japan's maglev train breaks own speed record at 603 kph
TOKYO (AP) -- A Japanese maglev that is the fastest passenger train in the world has broken its own speed record.... 4/21/2015 1:40 PM

Macedonian police say border watchtower attacked
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) -- Macedonian police say a group of about 40 people wearing uniforms of the disbanded Kosovo Liberation Army, or UCK, have attacked a police watchtower in Gosince on the country's northern border with Kosovo.... 4/21/2015 1:39 PM

Chinese president applauds Pakistan's anti-terror efforts
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday applauded Pakistan's anti-terrorism efforts and vowed his nation would continue to stand by its neighbor as he wrapped up a two-day visit meant to boost bilateral ties and assure Islamabad of Beijing's support.... 4/21/2015 1:39 PM

US couple sentenced to prison in Bali suitcase killing
BALI, Indonesia (AP) -- An Indonesian court found an American couple guilty of premeditated murder and sentenced them to prison on Tuesday in the killing of the woman's mother on the resort island of Bali.... 4/21/2015 1:38 PM

A look at the EU's 10-point emergency migrant action plan
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Spurred into action by a massive loss of lives in the Mediterranean, the European Union's executive arm has proposed a 10-point action plan for dealing with the unprecedented migrant influx. Here's a look at each point of the plan, which will be fleshed out by EU leaders at a crisis summit Thursday, and how likely each is to help the situation:... 4/21/2015 1:36 PM

Summer sports suspend membership in umbrella body in protest
SOCHI, Russia (AP) -- Summer Olympic sports have suspended their membership in the umbrella body for international federations after its leader launched a blistering attack on the IOC.... 4/21/2015 1:26 PM

Serbia president's plane trouble caused by coffee spill
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- An investigation into the sudden plunge of the Serbian president's plane has shown that it was because the co-pilot spilled coffee on the instruments panel, aviation authorities said Tuesday.... 4/21/2015 1:26 PM

South Africa deploys army to end anti-immigrant attacks
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The South African army has been deployed to areas that remain volatile after a spate of attacks targeting immigrants, the defense minister announced on Tuesday.... 4/21/2015 1:23 PM

UNHCR: weekend shipwreck deadliest ever in Mediterranean
CATANIA, Sicily (AP) -- The United Nations refugee agency said Tuesday that it believes more than 800 people drowned when a boat packed with migrants trying to reach Europe sank on Saturday, making it the worst such incident ever in the Mediterranean.... 4/21/2015 1:17 PM

Japan's leader sends offerings to controversial war shrine
TOKYO (AP) -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent religious offerings Tuesday rather than visiting a Tokyo shrine that honors Japan's war dead, including convicted World War II leaders, a move less likely to draw controversy on his Southeast Asian trip and an upcoming U.S. visit.... 4/21/2015 1:16 PM

Government spokesman says Libya chaos spurs human smuggling
BAYDA, Libya (AP) -- A spokesman for Libya's internationally recognized government says the chaos in his country has allowed human traffickers to proliferate.... 4/21/2015 1:13 PM

Replacing carpet at Jerusalem shrine reveals religious rift
JERUSALEM (AP) -- It began as a routine remodeling project: Muslim authorities replacing an old carpet worn thin by masses of worshippers at the Dome of the Rock, the iconic, gold-topped shrine that overlooks the Old City of Jerusalem.... 4/21/2015 1:00 PM

EU threatens Thailand with seafood ban over illegal fishing
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union has given Thailand six months to drastically crack down on illegal and unregulated fishing or face an EU seafood import ban, but has lifted the threat of similar action against South Korea and the Philippines.... 4/21/2015 1:00 PM

Somalia police: 9 killed by car bomb in capital
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A car bomb killed at least nine people and wounded many others at a restaurant in Somalia's capital on Tuesday, police said.... 4/21/2015 12:46 PM

Exiled Tibet gov't presses China on missing Buddhist leader
DHARMSALA, India (AP) -- The Tibetan government-in-exile wants supporters to help pressure China to release the 11th Panchan Lama, a Buddhist leader who is believed to have been in Chinese custody since his disappearance as a child 20 years ago, the government's spokesman said Tuesday.... 4/21/2015 12:39 PM

Hungary says FBI chief insensitive, superficial on Holocaust
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- Hungary has joined Poland in denouncing remarks by FBI director James Comey which seemed to equate Germany's role in the Holocaust with that of Poland and Hungary.... 4/21/2015 12:30 PM

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd pleads guilty to threatening to kill
TAURANGA, New Zealand (AP) -- AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd pleaded guilty in a New Zealand court Tuesday to a charge of threatening to kill a man who used to work for him. He also pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine and marijuana.... 4/21/2015 12:18 PM

Pope OKs resignation of US bishop for not reporting abuse
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis on Tuesday accepted the resignation of a U.S. bishop who pleaded guilty to failing to report a suspected child abuser, answering calls by victims to take action against bishops who cover up for pedophile priests.... 4/21/2015 12:17 PM

Activists: Dozens killed in fighting in southern Syria
BEIRUT (AP) -- Activists say intense clashes between government forces and militants in southern Syria have killed more than two dozen people in two days.... 4/21/2015 12:15 PM

Iraqi troops retake some Ramadi districts from Islamic State
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq security forces recaptured areas lost earlier to the Islamic State group in and around the battleground city of Ramadi, security officials said on Tuesday.... 4/21/2015 12:10 PM

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