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Super typhoon weakens after entering Philippines
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A super typhoon blamed for the deaths of at least four people on islands in the western Pacific Ocean has weakened after reaching Philippine waters and is expected to further lose strength as it approaches the country's northeastern coast, officials said Thursday.... 4/2/2015 6:44 AM

Asia stocks gain as weak global data raises stimulus hopes
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Asian stock markets bounded higher Thursday after weak data from major economies boosted hopes for stimulus and a slow pace for U.S. interest rate hikes.... 4/2/2015 6:34 AM

Afghan official: Police chief killed by roadside bomb
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan official says the police chief of a volatile district in the country's south has been killed by a roadside bomb.... 4/2/2015 6:29 AM

Police: Gunmen attack university in eastern Kenya, killing 2
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Gunmen attacked Garissa University College early Thursday, shooting indiscriminately in campus hostels, killing at least two people and wounding four others, police said.... 4/2/2015 6:27 AM

Security officials: Sinai attacks kill 10 Egyptian troops
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian security officials say two militant ambushes in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula have killed 10 soldiers.... 4/2/2015 6:19 AM

CAIRO (AP) -- Security officials: Militant attacks in Sinai kill 10 Egyptian soldiers.... 4/2/2015 6:10 AM

US hopes Japan navy will be more active in Pacific
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) -- Even as Japan remains divided over proposed changes in the role it should play in regional security issues, senior U.S. and Japanese military officers say they hope the Japanese navy may soon be freed up to play a more active role in the Pacific and beyond, plying some of the world's most hotly contested waters.... 4/2/2015 5:49 AM

Russian trawler with 132 crew sinks, at least 54 dead
MOSCOW (AP) -- A Russian freezer trawler with an international crew of 132 sank Thursday morning in the Sea of Okhotsk off of the Kamchatka Peninsula and at least 54 crew members were killed, rescue workers said.... 4/2/2015 5:37 AM

Thailand junta replaces martial law with absolute power
BANGKOK (AP) -- The big topic of conversation in Thailand is martial law. Technically it's gone, but in reality it's still there.... 4/2/2015 5:24 AM

Vietnam meets demands to end strike in Nike, Adidas factory
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Workers at a major Vietnamese footwear factory for Nike and Adidas ended a weeklong strike Thursday after the government agreed to their demands on retirement payouts.... 4/2/2015 4:55 AM

British banker's Hong Kong murder case adjourned to May
HONG KONG (AP) -- A British banker accused of the murders of two Indonesian women appeared briefly Thursday in a Hong Kong court, where pretrial proceedings were adjourned for five more weeks as prosecutors requested more time.... 4/2/2015 4:53 AM

AP Exclusive: Airbnb to Cuba in major US business expansion
HAVANA (AP) -- The popular online home-rental service Airbnb will allow American travelers to book lodging in Cuba starting Thursday in the most significant U.S. business expansion on the island since the declaration of detente between the two countries late last year.... 4/2/2015 4:43 AM

Double overtime: Faltering Iran nuclear talks extended again
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- With even a vague outline of an Iran nuclear deal eluding their grasp, negotiators went into double overtime Wednesday night and Thursday morning in a marathon attempt to find common ground for a more important task - forging a final deal by the end of June.... 4/2/2015 4:33 AM

Mexico says oil spill avoided after deadly offshore blaze
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A huge blaze twisted and blackened an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico, but the state-run Pemex oil company said it managed to avert any significant oil spill.... 4/2/2015 4:26 AM

Exclusive Dominican resort tied to senator's indictment
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- A Dominican Republic resort long known as an exclusive Caribbean hideaway, where at least three former U.S. presidents have played golf, is one of the main settings in the corruption scandal enveloping Sen. Bob Menendez.... 4/2/2015 4:20 AM

British Prince Harry reports for duty in Australia next week
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Prince Harry arrives in Australia's national capital next week to begin four weeks of training with the Australian army before the British royal ends his decade-long military career.... 4/2/2015 2:54 AM

Bondholders offer $2B boost for Puerto Rico power company
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- A group of U.S. bondholders on Wednesday offered to invest $2 billion in energy production and other measures that it said would help improve the finances and infrastructure of Puerto Rico's power company amid fears it will go bankrupt.... 4/2/2015 12:31 AM

UN report: More than 25,000 foreigners fight with terrorists
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The number of fighters leaving home to join al-Qaida and the Islamic State group in Iraq, Syria and other countries has spiked to more than 25,000 from over 100 nations, according to a new U.N. report.... 4/2/2015 12:12 AM

Hugo Chavez' favorite daughter makes UN debut as US bashed
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- With more than a million Twitter followers and no diplomatic experience, the favorite daughter of Venezuela's late leader Hugo Chavez made her debut Wednesday as her country's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations.... 4/2/2015 12:09 AM

Lacking faith in government, Mexican parents approach cartel
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Some of the families of 43 college students missing in southern Mexico since September say desperation and a lack of confidence in the government drove them to appeal to the leader of a drug gang for help in locating their sons.... 4/1/2015 11:23 PM

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