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Nearly 1,000 migrants rescued off Italy; 10 die
ROME (AP) -- Italy's Coast Guard is bringing nearly 1,000 migrants to southern Italian ports from several different boat rescues, but 10 migrants perished at sea.... 3/4/2015 9:01 AM

Honey, we shrunk the SUV _ and Europe loves it
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- In Europe, SUV now stands for: Shrunken Utility Vehicle.... 3/4/2015 8:56 AM

US, Iran resume nuclear talks after Netanyahu speech
MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) -- Undeterred by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's scathing speech against an Iran nuclear deal, U.S. and Iranian negotiators have resumed work on an agreement meant to crimp Iran's atomic program in exchange for sanctions relief.... 3/4/2015 8:52 AM

Ukrainian parl't told 32 workers killed in coal mine blast
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- An explosion at a coal-mine in war-torn eastern Ukraine killed 32 workers Wednesday, the speaker of Ukraine's parliament said. Rebels who control the area, however, confirmed only one death.... 3/4/2015 8:52 AM

Ailing Malaysia Airlines readies for drastic overhaul
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- After a year of calamity, Malaysia Airlines is shrinking to survive.... 3/4/2015 8:50 AM

Europe stocks gain, Asia mixed as data, China target awaited
BEIJING (AP) -- European stocks gained while Asian markets faltered Wednesday as investors looked ahead to U.S. economic data and China's announcement of its annual growth target.... 3/4/2015 8:46 AM

British citizen fighting with Kurds killed in Syria
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -- A Kurdish commander says a British citizen fighting alongside his forces against the Islamic State group has been killed in Syria.... 3/4/2015 8:46 AM

Prince William meets elephant on final day of China tour
BEIJING (AP) -- Britain's Prince William highlighted his interest in wildlife conservation on the final stop of his China tour Wednesday, feeding baskets of carrots to an elephant in the country's southwest.... 3/4/2015 8:28 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 along with seven other foreigners amid a diplomatic squabble with some of their governments. An Indonesian is also scheduled to be executed.... 3/4/2015 8:04 AM

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 7:53 AM

New Malaysia Airlines CEO a "battle hardened" veteran
HONG KONG (AP) -- When the owners of embattled Malaysia Airlines went looking for a new CEO to lead its restructuring, they chose a German turnaround specialist known as "The Terminator" to take on what's been dubbed the toughest job in aviation.... 3/4/2015 7:48 AM

N. Korea shifts more responsibility to factories, farmers
TOKYO (AP) -- North Korea is trying to invigorate its hidebound economy by offering more control and possibly more personal rewards to key sectors of its workforce in the country's biggest domestic policy experiment since leader Kim Jong Un assumed power.... 3/4/2015 7:34 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 7:26 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 Wednesday that the law is purely designed to address domestic security issues.... 3/4/2015 7:16 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

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

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