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Iraqi musicians play ancient oud to soften din of war
BAGHDAD (AP) -- In a Baghdad workshop plastered with black-and-white photos from a more peaceful time, Mahmoud Abdulnabi hand-carves a wooden oud, a string instrument with ancient roots that has fallen silent in much of the war-torn country.... 7/3/2015 7:20 AM

Malaysian premier denies he got $700 million from state fund
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Friday denied news reports that $700 million ($2.6 billion) were funneled from an indebted state investment fund into his personal accounts.... 7/3/2015 7:13 AM

Poll finds Greeks split on keeping the euro
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The latest news on Greece's financial woes (all times local):... 7/3/2015 7:01 AM

China says 6.5 quake in far west kills 6, collapses homes
BEIJING (AP) -- A magnitude 6.5 earthquake shook China's far western region of Xinjiang on Friday, killing six people and damaging or collapsing thousands of buildings, authorities said.... 7/3/2015 6:57 AM

Palestinian Authority arrests 100 Hamas members in West Bank
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinian Authority forces arrested 100 Hamas members in the West Bank in the biggest raid of its kind in years.... 7/3/2015 6:56 AM

China stocks extend rout; Greece weighs on Asia sentiment
HONG KONG (AP) -- China's main stock benchmark plunged as much as 7 percent Friday as government stabilizing measures failed to reassure panicky investors while other Asian indexes fell ahead of Greece's weekend austerity referendum.... 7/3/2015 6:53 AM

Palestinian killed after throwing rocks at Israeli vehicle
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's military says troops opened fire and killed a Palestinian among a group that threw large rocks at their vehicle.... 7/3/2015 6:46 AM

AP Exclusive: China Ministry posted bootleg 'Liar's Poker'
SHANGHAI (AP) -- A complete bootlegged copy of Michael Lewis' bestselling book about Wall Street, "Liar's Poker," was hosted on the official website of the Chinese Commerce Ministry, the agency responsible for intellectual property protection in China, The Associated Press has found.... 7/3/2015 6:33 AM

Russian supply ship launched to International Space Station
MOSCOW (AP) -- A Russian booster rocket on Friday successfully launched an unmanned cargo ship to the International Space Station, whose crew is anxiously awaiting it after the successive failures of two previous supply missions.... 7/3/2015 6:32 AM

Explosion at chemical plant in South Korea kills 6 workers
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- An explosion at a chemical plant in South Korea killed six workers on Friday, fire officials said.... 7/3/2015 6:08 AM

Death toll from accident to Pakistan army train rises to 17
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's military said Friday the death toll from an accident to a special train that plunged into a canal because of a bridge collapse has risen to 17. Divers were searching for more bodies.... 7/3/2015 5:56 AM

Shark bites Australian surfer's board a day after attack
SYDNEY (AP) -- A shark bit a terrified surfer's board on Friday near the Australian coastal town where another surfer was mauled a day earlier, police said.... 7/3/2015 5:43 AM

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MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian unmanned supply ship launched to International Space Station.... 7/3/2015 5:06 AM

Greece: Referendum campaigns squeezed to deadline
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Rival campaigns in Greece's bailout referendum end Friday, with rallies planned in Athens for "Yes" and "No" supporters - at the same time.... 7/3/2015 4:03 AM

AP PHOTOS: Surfing takes Brazilian kids out of Rio slum
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- It's dawn and barefoot boys are hustling down the inclined alleys of Rio de Janeiro slums, surfboards under their arms. They're heading to nearby Sao Conrado and Arpoador beaches, where they catch waves and momentarily leave their impoverished lives behind.... 7/3/2015 4:00 AM

Capsized Philippine ferry death toll rises to 38; 15 missing
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- MANILA, Philippines (AP) - At least three more bodies have been recovered from a ferry that capsized in choppy waters in the central Philippines, raising the death toll in the accident to 38 with 15 others missing, the coast guard said Friday.... 7/3/2015 3:40 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 2:52 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

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



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