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Beijing hosts regional conference on Afghanistan
BEIJING (AP) -- China is hosting an international conference on Afghanistan's security and reconstruction that highlights its growing role in the country as U.S. and NATO forces depart.... 10/31/2014 4:11 AM

Asia stocks gain after robust US growth report
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Asian stocks climbed Friday after strong U.S. economic growth and upbeat earnings sent Wall Street higher. The dollar continued to strengthen after the Fed signaled a rate hike earlier this week.... 10/31/2014 4:05 AM

Malaysia Airlines sued by 2 boys over Flight 370
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Two Malaysian teenage boys are suing Malaysia Airlines and the government over the loss of their father eight months after Flight 370 that was carrying him mysteriously disappeared.... 10/31/2014 4:05 AM

Myanmar's president, army chief meet Suu Kyi
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) -- Myanmar's president is holding a rare meeting with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi that also includes the country's political and military heavyweights.... 10/31/2014 3:43 AM

US and Australia drop sanctions against Fiji
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- The U.S. and Australia have removed sanctions against Fiji following democratic elections last month in the South Pacific nation.... 10/31/2014 3:21 AM

Burkina Faso president won't resign after protests
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) -- Burkina Faso's longtime leader refused to resign Thursday in the face of violent protests that posed the greatest threat to his nearly three-decade rule, saying instead he will lead a transitional government after parliament was dissolved.... 10/31/2014 2:48 AM

N. Korea says it has invited EU rights official
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- North Korea on Thursday said it has invited European Union's top human rights official to visit the country, but it threatened to drop recent offers of visits by United Nations rights officials unless a U.N. resolution on the country removes any reference to the International Criminal Court before Saturday.... 10/31/2014 2:33 AM

Japan's inflation slips as jobless rate edges up
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's economic recovery remained in the doldrums in September, as household spending fell, inflation edged lower and unemployment ticked up.... 10/31/2014 2:32 AM

Small US-based plane crashes in Caribbean Sea
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (AP) -- Authorities searched in the Caribbean Sea off Dutch St. Maarten on Thursday for one of two pilots from a small cargo plane operated by a U.S. company that crashed shortly after takeoff.... 10/31/2014 2:01 AM

Survey: Asia finds money brings happiness
SINGAPORE (AP) -- Emerging Asian nations are finding out what developed ones did years ago: Money - and the stuff it buys - brings happiness, or at least satisfaction.... 10/31/2014 1:10 AM

Nations in Americas join in battle against Ebola
HAVANA (AP) -- Representatives of countries from around the Americas, including the United States, have agreed to work together in their response to Ebola, adopting similar procedures in such things as the establishment of epidemiological monitoring centers and coordinating the transport of biological samples.... 10/31/2014 12:34 AM

Mexican governor confirms 3 US siblings found dead
MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) -- Three U.S. citizens missing for more than two weeks have been found shot to death in Mexico near the border city of Matamoros, and authorities are questioning a local police unit about possible involvement, the attorney general in northern Tamaulipas state said Thursday.... 10/31/2014 12:07 AM

Ukraine, Moscow clinch deal on Russian gas supply
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Moscow and Kiev on Thursday clinched a multi-billion dollar deal that will guarantee that Russian gas exports flow into Ukraine and beyond to the European Union throughout the winter despite their intense rivalry over the fighting in eastern Ukraine.... 10/30/2014 11:34 PM

Puerto Rico government looks to raise tax on oil
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico government officials said Thursday they are seeking a 68 percent increase in an oil tax to help sell up to $2.9 billion in bonds and strengthen one of the island's largest public corporations amid bankruptcy concerns.... 10/30/2014 11:13 PM

N. Korea cracking down on a distant threat: Ebola
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea announced Thursday it will quarantine foreigners entering the country for 21 days over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus, even though no cases of the disease have been reported anywhere in Asia, and very few foreigners are allowed to enter.... 10/30/2014 10:52 PM

Argentina OKs law aimed at luring oil investment
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina's Congress has passed an energy law aimed at luring foreign investment into its promising shale oil and gas.... 10/30/2014 10:46 PM

Mexico Supreme Court rejects energy referendum
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a bid to hold a national referendum on a major energy overhaul that opened the sector to widespread private investment for the first time in 76 years.... 10/30/2014 10:18 PM

Senior US diplomat seeks end to impasse in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- The United States sent a senior diplomat to Haiti on Thursday to help resolve a political impasse blocking long-overdue legislative and local elections in the Caribbean country.... 10/30/2014 10:00 PM

Israel closes Jerusalem holy site after shooting
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel closed all access to Jerusalem's most sensitive religious site on Thursday, a rare move that ratcheted up already heightened tensions following the attempted assassination of a prominent Jewish religious activist and the killing of his suspected Palestinian assailant by police.... 10/30/2014 9:52 PM

Costa Rica volcano spews ash, prompts evacuations
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) -- The Turrialba volcano's largest eruption in over a century rained ash over parts of central Costa Rica and prompted the evacuation of some nearby communities, authorities said Thursday.... 10/30/2014 9:39 PM