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ADB: Japan likely to return to growth in 4Q
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The president of the Asian Development Bank said Wednesday that Japan's economy is expected to return to growth in the fourth quarter of this year and its recession will have little impact on Southeast Asian economies.... 11/26/2014 9:07 AM

In Britain, US turkey dinner is business
LONDON (AP) -- Big-breasted turkeys in butcher shop windows. Harvest displays of pumpkin and corn. Sandwich boards describing groaning feasts.... 11/26/2014 9:05 AM

Activists raise Raqqa strikes death toll to 95
BEIRUT (AP) -- Activists have raised the death toll from a series of Syrian government airstrikes on the Islamic State group's stronghold in northeastern Syria to at least 95.... 11/26/2014 8:59 AM

New Thai tourism strategy: 'I Hate Thailand'
BANGKOK (AP) -- It's been a bad year for tourism in Thailand, and at first glance it looked like a new YouTube video was adding to the misery.... 11/26/2014 8:58 AM

Impoverished Lebanese city is target for IS group
TRIPOLI, Lebanon (AP) -- Jamal Hayak is finally fixing up his restaurant, damaged a month ago in clashes between the army and militants in this northern Lebanese city. But he has little doubt violence will erupt again, and he says he fears next time it will be Islamic State group fighters battling in Tripoli's streets.... 11/26/2014 8:54 AM

EU's Juncker proposes $380 billion investment plan
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Union's executive branch, is proposing a 315-billion euro ($380 billion) investment plan to boost the bloc's flagging economy with some 21 billion coming from EU institutions.... 11/26/2014 8:52 AM

Freighter with 700 migrants being towed to Crete
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A Greek navy frigate was towing a crippled freighter with hundreds of migrants on board through gale-force winds and high waves to safety on the southern island of Crete on Wednesday, a day after it suffered engine failure in international waters.... 11/26/2014 8:50 AM

Greek journalists on strike
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek journalists are on a 24-hour strike, pulling all newscasts off the air a day before a nationwide general strike against austerity measures.... 11/26/2014 8:49 AM

India's state-owned bank to launch Islamic fund
NEW DELHI (AP) -- India's largest state-owned bank will launch an Islamic equity fund next month aimed mainly at attracting investments from the country's 170 million Muslims.The Securities and Exchange Board of India, the country's banking regulator, recently allowed the government-owned State Bank of India and three mutual funds to launch Sharia funds.... 11/26/2014 8:32 AM

Once maligned, Iran's Jews find greater acceptance
YAZD, Iran (AP) -- More than a thousand people trekked across Iran this past week to visit a shrine in this ancient Persian city, a pilgrimage like many others in the Islamic Republic - until you notice men there wearing yarmulkes.... 11/26/2014 8:26 AM

Benin says Lassa fever kills 9, no Ebola found
COTONOU, Benin (AP) -- The Healthy Ministry in Benin says nine people have died from Lassa fever, a viral disease common in West Africa with symptoms similar to Ebola.... 11/26/2014 8:16 AM

Arab world's beloved singer Sabah dies at 87
BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanese singer and actress Sabah, an icon of Arab music, died Wednesday after a career that spanned over six-decades, Lebanese media said. She was 87.... 11/26/2014 8:15 AM

Rickshaw research reveals extreme Delhi pollution
NEW DELHI (AP) -- The three-wheeled rickshaw lurched through New Delhi's commuter-clogged streets with an American scientist and several air pollution monitors in the back seat. Car horns blared. A scrappy scooter buzzed by belching black smoke from its tailpipe. One of the monitors spiked.... 11/26/2014 8:01 AM

Iran parliament approve science minister nominee
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's parliament has approved President Hassan Rouhani's nominee for minister of science.... 11/26/2014 8:01 AM

China asks US for help in hunting down fugitives
BEIJING (AP) -- A senior Chinese diplomat Wednesday called on the U.S. and other Western countries to put aside their wariness of China's justice system and work with Beijing to send back officials who have absconded overseas with ill-gained loot.... 11/26/2014 7:51 AM

South Asian leaders gather at regional summit
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- South Asian leaders, including from rivals India and Pakistan, gathered in Nepal's capital Wednesday to boost cooperation in trade and energy and seek greater peace in the region, home to more than a fifth of the world's population.... 11/26/2014 7:43 AM

UN appeals for $405M for Afghanistan aid in 2015
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The United Nations has appealed for $405 million to cover the humanitarian needs of the people in Afghanistan in 2015.... 11/26/2014 7:35 AM

Official: Gunmen kill 4 polio workers in Pakistan
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) -- A Pakistani police spokesman says gunmen have killed four health workers administering polio vaccines in a southwestern city.... 11/26/2014 7:20 AM

Officials: US drone kills 4 militants in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected U.S. drone strike has killed four alleged militants in the country's tribal region along the Afghan border.... 11/26/2014 6:32 AM

Thai police kept illicit fortune in hidden vaults
BANGKOK (AP) -- Two top police officers embroiled in a high-profile corruption scandal in Thailand kept an illicit fortune that included antique paintings, golden postage stamps and tens of millions of dollars in cash hidden in secret vaults at a dozen private residences, authorities said Wednesday.... 11/26/2014 5:49 AM