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China says 6.5 quake hits far western region of Xinjiang
BEIJING (AP) -- Officials say a 6.5 magnitude earthquake has hit China's far western region of Xinjiang.... 7/3/2015 2:29 AM

3 days before pope visit, Ecuador protests aim at president
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) -- Thousands of people turned out for protest marches across Ecuador on Thursday to call for the ouster of President Rafael Correa just three days before a visit by Pope Francis.... 7/3/2015 1:55 AM

2 bombings wound 8 people in Colombia's capital, police say
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Two bombs exploded in different parts of Colombia's capital Thursday, wounding eight people in attacks that appeared aimed at a private pension fund, authorities said.... 7/3/2015 1:37 AM

Cash-strapped UN food agency reduces help to Syrian refugees
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- The United Nations' food agency is cutting back on assistance to thousands of Syrian refugees after an appeal for a ceasefire to enable Syrians feed themselves went unheeded, World Food Program Executive Director Ertharin Cousin said on Friday.... 7/3/2015 1:36 AM

Reigning Miss Universe rebukes Trump for his migrant remarks
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- The reigning Miss Universe says Donald Trump, the beauty pageant's owner, was "hurtful and unfair" in his comments about Mexican migrants. But Paulina Vega of Colombia says she isn't giving up her crown.... 7/3/2015 12:59 AM

Malaysia wants a tribunal for Malaysia Airlines crash
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Malaysia told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that it plans to submit a resolution soon that would establish an international tribunal to prosecute those responsible for shooting down a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine last year.... 7/3/2015 12:43 AM

Bill Clinton visits Vietnam to mark 20th anniversary of ties
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- For Bill Clinton, President Barack Obama's announcement this week of plans to resume diplomatic relations with Cuba must have stirred memories. It was 20 years ago this month that Clinton pulled off a similar diplomatic and political success, normalizing relations with Vietnam.... 7/3/2015 12:16 AM

Indonesian suburb hit by plane disasters twice in 10 years
MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) -- A decade ago, when an Indonesian passenger jet crashed into a quaint neighborhood in Indonesia's third-biggest city, Medan, Waktu Tarigan thought he'd never witness anything like that again. He was wrong.... 7/3/2015 12:13 AM

Report: Saudi king censors TV host, pro-Brotherhood scholar
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A government-linked Saudi news website reported Thursday that King Salman ordered an investigation and trial of a pro-Muslim Brotherhood scholar and a television host after an episode that was critical of his predecessor King Abdullah's policies toward the outlawed Islamist group.... 7/2/2015 11:56 PM

UN leader voices concern about Dominican crackdown
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AP) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Caribbean leaders Thursday that he shares concerns about a crackdown on migrants in the Dominican Republic, most of whom are from Haiti or of Haitian descent.... 7/2/2015 11:53 PM

Bahamas concerned about US ruling for resort developer
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- The Bahamas attorney general expressed frustration Thursday with a decision by the developer of a $2.5 billion hotel-and-casino project in Nassau to file for bankruptcy protection in a U.S. court.... 7/2/2015 11:16 PM

Puerto Rico governor: Creditors should help solve crisis
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico's governor said Thursday that creditors are responsible for helping the U.S. island out of its economic crisis because they lent money knowing the government was running a deficit.... 7/2/2015 11:08 PM

'80s file shows plan for Hong Kong 'plantation' in NIreland
LONDON (AP) -- A bizarre plan to relocate the entire population of Hong Kong to Northern Ireland was considered an option in the uncertain years before Britain handed back the former British colony to Chinese rule, formerly classified government files showed.... 7/2/2015 11:07 PM

Gene therapy for cystic fibrosis promising for some patients
LONDON (AP) -- Doctors who gave children with cystic fibrosis a replacement copy of a defective gene say it appeared to slow the expected decline of some patients' lungs, but called the results "modest" and say there must be major improvements before offering the treatment more widely.... 7/2/2015 10:42 PM

Documents: Mexican army ordered troops to 'kill criminals'
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A human rights group said Thursday that military documents show high-ranking officers had given Mexican soldiers standing orders to kill criminals ahead of an army mass slaying of suspected cartel members after they surrendered.... 7/2/2015 10:31 PM

Attack on UN convoy in Mali kills 6 peacekeepers, wounds 5
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- Gunmen ambushed a U.N. convoy in conflict-wracked northern Mali on Thursday killing six peacekeepers and wounding five others, the U.N. said. All the victims were from Burkina Faso.... 7/2/2015 10:10 PM

Days before referendum, Greek voters perplexed and undecided
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Costas Christoforidis hasn't decided how to vote in Sunday's referendum on a bailout deal for Greece's troubled economy. The problem is, the 37-year-old farmer isn't sure what he's voting for.... 7/2/2015 10:00 PM

UN observers say Burundi elections were not free
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- A U.N. observer mission concluded Thursday that this week's parliamentary elections in Burundi were not "free, credible and inclusive."... 7/2/2015 8:59 PM

The case for Greece: when it forgave Germany's debt
LONDON (AP) -- Forgiving debt, if done right, can get an economy back on its feet.... 7/2/2015 8:51 PM

'Cartel Land' shows good and bad of vigilantes in Mexico, US
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The documentary "Cartel Land" opens with chilling night scenes of large-scale methamphetamine cooking in rural Mexico. What viewers later learn is how such drug production became deeply intertwined with the vigilante movement that emerged in 2013 and 2014 to oust the region's main drug cartel.... 7/2/2015 8:49 PM

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