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Public-sector workers strike in Belgium, transport disrupted
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Public-sector employees are striking across Belgium, disrupting train and bus services as well as schools, prisons and mail delivery.... 5/31/2016 7:49 AM

Iraqi forces in Fallujah repel IS attack in city's south
CAMP TARIQ, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi forces battling their way into Fallujah have repelled a four-hour attack by the Islamic State group in the city's south.... 5/31/2016 7:43 AM

Freed pilot Savchenko sworn in as Ukrainian lawmaker
MOSCOW (AP) -- Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, who spent two years in Russian custody before she was released last week, has been sworn in as a lawmaker in the national parliament.... 5/31/2016 7:35 AM

Net profit down 19 pct at scandal-hit VW in 1st quarter
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Volkswagen saw net profit fall 19 percent in the first quarter as it struggled to deal with a scandal over cars equipped to cheat on diesel emissions tests.... 5/31/2016 7:32 AM

Iran parliament confirms election of speaker for 1 year term
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's parliament has confirmed the re-election of its long-serving parliament speaker for another year.... 5/31/2016 7:12 AM

17 reportedly killed in India army ammunitions depot fire
NEW DELHI (AP) -- A fire broke out at a major ammunitions depot in western India early Tuesday, causing fatalities, officials said. Local news reports said at least 17 army personnel were killed in the blaze.... 5/31/2016 6:49 AM

Asia stock markets climb as investors cheered by Japan data
HONG KONG (AP) -- Most Asian stock markets rose Tuesday after Japan reported better-than-expected data for April. Shares in Japan were also buoyed by expectations that a 2017 sales tax hike will be delayed until 2019, and by a weakening in the Japanese yen.... 5/31/2016 6:44 AM

Wanted Taiwanese fugitive dies in car accident in California
BEIJING (AP) -- Taiwan's foreign ministry has confirmed a report that a former tycoon wanted on allegations of embezzlement and fraud was killed in a car accident in California. He had been hiding for years in the United States.... 5/31/2016 6:42 AM

Gulf economic slowdown sees foreign workers trapped by debts
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- The economic slowdown gripping countries across the Persian Gulf can be seen in layoffs, slowed construction projects and government cutbacks. For the millions of foreign workers drawn by brighter job prospects, it can have a far-darker side if they find themselves deep in debt.... 5/31/2016 6:25 AM

New Zealand political parties team up ahead of 2017 election
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- New Zealand's second- and third-largest political parties announced Tuesday that they are teaming up to try and stop the dominant National Party from winning a fourth straight election.... 5/31/2016 6:19 AM

Chinese transgender man fights for job equality
BEIJING (AP) -- A 28-year-old transgender man who goes by the name of "Mr. C" has become the public face of the fight for job equality in China, where sexual and gender minorities are only beginning to emerge from virtual invisibility.... 5/31/2016 6:02 AM

Wal-Mart seeks overseas success by going native in China
SHENZHEN, China (AP) -- Zhong Guoyan sifted through piles of fish at a Wal-Mart in Shenzhen, one of China's largest cities. She studied the fins, to make sure they were bright red and firm. She peered at the eyeballs - were they bulging?... 5/31/2016 5:48 AM

Wal-Mart needs to grow overseas, and China's the big prize
SHENZHEN, China (AP) -- Zhong Guoyan sifted through piles of fish at a Wal-Mart in Shenzhen, one of China's largest cities. She studied the fins, to make sure they were bright red and firm. She peered at the eyeballs - were they bulging?... 5/31/2016 5:45 AM

Japan's economy improved but weak; Abe set to delay tax hike
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's economy remains weak but did better than expected in April, the latest data showed Tuesday, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looked set to delay a 2017 tax hike to minimize shocks to the fitful recovery.... 5/31/2016 5:34 AM

Amnesty says 1.2 million Afghans internally displaced by war
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An international rights group has called on the Afghan government and the international community to tackle the country's growing crisis of refugees internally displaced by war.... 5/31/2016 5:32 AM

After decades, 32 Australians' remains return from Malaysia
SUBANG AIR BASE, Malaysia (AP) -- The bodies of 32 Australian service personnel and their dependents, many of them killed during the Vietnam War, were handed over by Malaysian soldiers to their Australian counterparts Tuesday. Australian officials say it's among the biggest single repatriations in the nation's history.... 5/31/2016 4:49 AM

Gaza's Hamas rulers execute 3 men convicted of murder
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Gaza's Hamas rulers have executed three Palestinians convicted of murder without the required approval of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.... 5/31/2016 4:21 AM

Wal-Mart's Sam's Club: A bright spot in China
SHENZHEN, China (AP) -- Wal-Mart's Sam's Club took a gamble in China almost two years ago. It changed the way it sells meat and fish, putting them in packages instead of letting Chinese shoppers physically inspect cuts of meat or live fish in tanks the way they're used to.... 5/31/2016 4:18 AM

New Zealand plans to remove logos from cigarette packs
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- New Zealand on Tuesday announced it will push ahead with plans to force tobacco companies to remove their logos from cigarette packs and enhance graphic health warnings.... 5/31/2016 4:18 AM

Wal-Mart steps up online efforts in China as a key to future
SHANGHAI (AP) -- Wal-Mart's tiny warehouse in eastern Shanghai doesn't look like much. But it's a key part of the company's strategy to win over grocery customers in China who are fast heading online.... 5/31/2016 4:15 AM

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