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A secret to IS success: Shock troops who fight to the death
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Bearded and wearing bright blue bandanas, the Islamic State group's "special forces" unit gathered around their commander just before they attacked the central Syrian town of al-Sukhna. "Victory or martyrdom," they screamed, pledging their allegiance to God and vowing never to retreat.... 7/8/2015 6:51 AM

American Toyota exec released from custody in Japan
TOKYO (AP) -- Toyota's highest ranking woman executive until her arrest in Japan on suspicion of drug law violations has been released from custody.... 7/8/2015 6:38 AM

China leads dive in Asia stocks as Greece rattles investors
TOKYO (AP) -- Chinese stocks led a slump in Asian markets on Wednesday as the sell-off in Shanghai intensified and Greece's future in the euro remained highly uncertain.... 7/8/2015 6:24 AM

China unveils new measures to prop up stocks
BEIJING (AP) -- In a flurry of new moves to halt a stock market slide, China's government on Wednesday told state-owned companies to buy shares, raised the amount of equities insurance companies can hold and promised more credit to finance trading.... 7/8/2015 5:47 AM

Thai trial opens for 2 accused of killing British tourists
KOH SAMUI, Thailand (AP) -- Ten months after two British tourists were killed on a resort island in Thailand, prosecutors called their first witnesses Wednesday in a case marked by claims that the accused - two migrant workers from Myanmar - were tortured into confessing.... 7/8/2015 5:15 AM

Peace talks between Kabul, Taliban end, plan to meet again
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- One-day peace talks between Afghan officials and Taliban representatives ended with both sides agreeing to meet again after the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, Pakistan's foreign ministry said Wednesday.... 7/8/2015 5:02 AM

Pope wraps Ecuador leg of SAmerica trip, next stop Bolivia
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) -- Pope Francis wraps up the first leg of a three-nation South American pilgrimage Wednesday after issuing an impassioned call for a new economic and ecological world order where the goods of the Earth are shared by everyone, not just exploited by the rich.... 7/8/2015 4:03 AM

Church-state tensions in Bolivia cloud Pope Francis' visit
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) -- President Evo Morales is a huge fan of Pope Francis, and says he couldn't be happier they are of the same mind that capitalism promotes social inequalities that leave the poor by the wayside.... 7/8/2015 4:01 AM

Indigenous leaders complain of being left off pope's agenda
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) -- Ecuador's largest indigenous association is complaining that it was left off of Pope Francis's agenda during his visit to Ecuador, where the group has been at odds with President Rafael Correa.... 7/8/2015 3:42 AM

China opens exhibition to mark the war victory over Japan
BEIJING (AP) -- China opened an exhibition of guns and photos of massacres to commemorate the World War II victory over Japan, part of a propaganda push to stir up nationalism by observing the 70th anniversary of the war's end in Asia with great fanfare.... 7/8/2015 2:20 AM

The Latest: Pope visits Jesuit church, then calls it a day
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) -- Here are the latest developments from Pope Francis' trip to South America:... 7/8/2015 12:58 AM

Mexican rights agency asks army to avoid ambiguous orders
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The Mexican government's human rights agency said Tuesday it is urging the army not to use ambiguous terms in orders, after activists revealed the army had essentially issued a directive to troops to kill suspected criminals.... 7/8/2015 12:18 AM

Soldiers arrive in Saskatchewan to battle raging wildfires
LA RONGE, Saskatchewan (AP) -- Canadian soldiers arrived Tuesday to help battle raging wildfires in the western province of Saskatchewan, where more than 10,000 people have been evacuated in recent days. The smoke has triggered air quality warnings across the U.S. West and Midwest.... 7/7/2015 11:39 PM

Greece gets until Sunday for proposals to stave off collapse
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Frustrated and angry eurozone leaders fearing for the future of their common currency gave the Greek prime minister a last-minute chance Tuesday to finally come up with a viable proposal on how to save his country from financial ruin.... 7/7/2015 11:19 PM

Vote on Srebrenica resolution delayed by Russian veto threat
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council delayed a vote on a British-drafted resolution that would condemn the 1995 massacre at Srebrenica during the Bosnian war as "a crime of genocide" until Wednesday after Russia informed council members it would veto the measure.... 7/7/2015 10:35 PM

Bomb blamed on Boko Haram kills 20 in northern Nigeria
ZARIA, Nigeria (AP) -- A bomb blast in Nigeria's northern university town of Zaria killed at least 25 people Tuesday including a 2-year-old toddler, the Kaduna state governor reported, the latest in a string of deadly bombing and shooting attacks by the Boko Haram Islamic extremist group.... 7/7/2015 10:29 PM

The Latest: Juncker: EU officials are prepared for Grexit
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The latest on the Greek financial crisis (all times Brussels local):... 7/7/2015 10:28 PM

5-day film festival launches in Jamaica's capital
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- A five-day movie festival has begun in Jamaica with the goal of strengthening the island's small filmmaking community.... 7/7/2015 9:51 PM

BRUSSELS (AP) -- Tsipras says Greece has submitted its proposals to the eurogroup and to the European Council.... 7/7/2015 9:25 PM

AP NewsAlert
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Renzi: Greece has until Sunday to make last proposals for full European Union summit .... 7/7/2015 8:31 PM

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