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Japanese lawmaker, ex-NFL lineman in North Korea
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- A Japanese pro-wrestler-turned-politician arrived in North Korea with a former NFL lineman and more than a dozen martial artists on Thursday for the first big sports event featuring well-known foreigners since Dennis Rodman's controversial basketball game earlier this year.... 8/28/2014 5:56 AM

China vows to respond to US surveillance flights
BEIJING (AP) -- China says it will keep responding to U.S. military surveillance flights off its coast, rejecting American claims that one of Beijing's fighter jets acted recklessly in intercepting a U.S. Navy plane last week.... 8/28/2014 5:55 AM

Pakistani cleric says talks with government failed
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- A fiery Pakistani cleric who has been leading a mass rally outside parliament demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation said on Thursday that he has "shut the door" on further talks with the government.... 8/28/2014 5:55 AM

Strategic Ukraine town under rebel control
NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine (AP) -- The strategically positioned southeastern Ukraine town of Novoazovsk appears firmly under the control of Russia-backed separatists as concerns grow about the opening of a new front in the Ukraine conflict.... 8/28/2014 5:49 AM

HK graft cops raid pro-democracy media boss's home
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong anti-corruption police on Thursday searched the home of a pro-democracy media magnate who is an outspoken critic of Beijing.... 8/28/2014 5:48 AM

Thai court drops murder case against ex-PM
BANGKOK (AP) -- A Thai court on Thursday dismissed a murder case against ex-premier Abhisit Vejjajiva and his former deputy, who were both indicted for their role in ordering a deadly crackdown on anti-government protesters in 2010.... 8/28/2014 5:43 AM

EU struggles with dearth of women in top jobs
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Don't be fooled by Angela Merkel. The German chancellor may be the most powerful leader in the European Union, but she hardly paints a true picture of the place of women in EU politics.... 8/28/2014 5:41 AM

Indonesia, Australia sign new security agreement
BALI, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesia and Australia have signed a new security agreement to mend ties damaged last year by spying allegations.... 8/28/2014 5:34 AM

Nigeria Ebola patient hid from government
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- A man who contracted Ebola in Nigeria after coming into contact with a traveler from Liberia evaded surveillance and infected a doctor in southern Nigeria who later died, Nigerian health authorities announced Thursday.... 8/28/2014 5:19 AM

Turkey's Erdogan to be sworn in as president
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to take the oath of office as Turkey's first popularly elected president on Thursday, a position that will keep him in the nation's driving seat for at least another five years.... 8/28/2014 5:08 AM

India urges millions of poor to open bank accounts
NEW DELHI (AP) -- India's state-owned banks are conducting a massive campaign to open millions of accounts for poor Indians who are off the financial grid and vulnerable to black market money lenders.... 8/28/2014 5:06 AM

Israelis skeptical of PM's Gaza victory claim
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's claim that Israel achieved a "great military and political" victory over Hamas in the latest round of fighting in the Gaza Strip has met with skepticism from many Israelis, according to a poll published Thursday.... 8/28/2014 5:00 AM

Undersea search for Malaysian plane refined
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- The massive undersea search area for a missing Malaysian airliner in the southern Indian Ocean could be extended farther south based on new satellite analysis, only weeks before the multimillion dollar, yearlong sonar hunt for wreckage is due to begin, officials said Thursday.... 8/28/2014 4:58 AM

6 dead, 21 missing in landslide in southwest China
BEIJING (AP) -- Six people died and 21 others were missing after a landslide hit a village in southwestern China, Chinese state media reported Thursday.... 8/28/2014 4:56 AM

German unemployment ticks up slightly in August
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's Federal Labor Office says the country's jobless rate ticked up slightly to 6.7 percent in August as 30,000 more people joined the ranks of the unemployed.... 8/28/2014 4:51 AM

Filipino bishops to counter Islamic State group
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Leaders of the Philippine Roman Catholic Church, Asia's largest, have vowed to counter extremist religions such as that espoused by Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.... 8/28/2014 4:46 AM

Global stock markets muted, Qantas surges
TOKYO (AP) -- Global stock markets were muted Thursday ahead of U.S. economic data and possible policy announcements from Japan.... 8/28/2014 4:34 AM

France rules out Assad as partner in terror fight
PARIS (AP) -- French President Francois Hollande has ruled out an international partnership with Syria's leader to fight against the Islamic State group, saying any alliance with Bashar Assad would play into the militants' hands.... 8/28/2014 4:28 AM

Dubai port operator H1 profits up 26 percent
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Dubai-based port operator DP World said Thursday its profit rose 26 percent in the first half of the year as it was able to process more cargo thanks to new capacity and a pick-up in global trade.... 8/28/2014 4:21 AM

A flavor out of favor: Dog meat fades in S. Korea
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- For more than 30 years, chef and restaurant owner Oh Keum-il built her expertise in cooking one traditional South Korean delicacy: dog meat.... 8/28/2014 4:05 AM