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Tamil leader becomes opposition leader in Parliament
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Sri Lanka's Parliament on Thursday recognized an ethnic Tamil lawmaker as the opposition leader for the first time in decades in what is seen a positive step toward post civil-war reconciliation with the minority community.... 9/3/2015 7:28 AM

Lost Australian sheep yields 30 sweaters worth of fleece
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- A lost, overgrown sheep found in Australian scrubland was shorn for perhaps the first time on Thursday, yielding 40 kilograms (89 pounds) of wool - the equivalent of 30 sweaters - and shedding almost half his body weight.... 9/3/2015 7:20 AM

China shows rising power in parade marking WWII defeat
BEIJING (AP) -- With fighter jets roaring overhead, China's leader presided Thursday over a massive parade of tanks, missiles and troops that displayed growing military might, but also pledged to reduce the army by 300,000 troops in a bid to show his country poses no expansionist threat.... 9/3/2015 7:16 AM

UN rights chief alleges French soldier sexually abused girl
GENEVA (AP) -- The U.N.'s human rights chief says United Nations staff have turned up a case of alleged sexual abuse of a girl by a French soldier in Central African Republic.... 9/3/2015 7:15 AM

Migrants flood Budapest rail station; no trains to the West
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- Migrants poured into Budapest's Keleti train station Thursday as police ended their blockade, but there were no trains running to Western Europe, the goal of many of the migrants.... 9/3/2015 6:58 AM

Turkish embassy skeptical Bangkok bomb suspects are Turks
BANGKOK (AP) -- The Turkish Embassy in Thailand is casting doubt on reports that its nationals were involved in the Aug. 17 bombing of a Bangkok landmark that killed 20 people.... 9/3/2015 6:53 AM

Pacific bluefin tuna group puts off new moves to save fish
TOKYO (AP) -- An international body that monitors fisheries in most of the Pacific Ocean ended a meeting in Japan on Thursday without agreement on fresh measures to protect the dwindling bluefin tuna.... 9/3/2015 6:43 AM

Out of the sunroof, and the office: Glimpses of China parade
BEIJING (AP) -- Brief looks at China's massive parade Thursday commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II:... 9/3/2015 6:28 AM

Seoul prosecutors seek 15-year term for US envoy attacker
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean prosecutors on Thursday asked for a 15-year prison term for the man they say slashed the U.S. ambassador during a breakfast forum in March.... 9/3/2015 6:26 AM

UNICEF: 40 percent school dropouts in Mideast conflict areas
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Forty percent of children from five conflict-scarred Middle Eastern countries are not attending school, the United Nations agency for children said Thursday, warning that losing this generation will lead to more militancy, migration and a dim future for the region.... 9/3/2015 5:55 AM

Guatemala president ordered detained in corruption probe
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- A Guatemalan judge has issued an unprecedented order to detain President Otto Perez Molina in a fraud scandal that has engulfed his government, dealing the most serious blow yet to entrenched political corruption in the Central American country.... 9/3/2015 5:51 AM

Q&A: What to look for with Guatemala's embattled president
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- A Guatemala judge has ordered President Otto Perez Molina to appear before a judge after Congress withdrew immunity of office this week, moving forward on his possible prosecution in a customs corruption scandal that has sparked massive street protests. A court has barred him from leaving the country during the investigation, though he remains president of the Central American nation.... 9/3/2015 5:26 AM

Bangkok security looks more serious in deadly bombing's wake
BANGKOK (AP) -- Bangkok's laid-back, anything-goes vibe has toughened a bit in the aftermath of last month's deadly bombing in the heart of the city.... 9/3/2015 5:18 AM

French farmers stage 1,000-strong tractor protest in Paris
PARIS (AP) -- Hundreds of tractors were descending on Paris on Thursday in a boisterous protest by farmers blocking highways to express their anger over falling French food prices and high taxes.... 9/3/2015 5:07 AM

China pledges to cut 300,000 troops from its massive army
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday pledged to cut China's 2.3 million-member People's Liberation Army by 300,000 troops, amid rising manpower costs and technological capabilities that reduce the need for large numbers of personnel.... 9/3/2015 5:01 AM

Mexico Senate ratifies academic as next ambassador to US
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican lawmakers have confirmed a U.S.-based Mexican academic as the country's next ambassador to the United States.... 9/3/2015 1:22 AM

Colombia to give citizenship to Venezuelans hurt by crisis
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombia is giving citizenship to dozens of Venezuelans separated from family members as part of President Nicolas Maduro's crackdown on illegal immigration along the border.... 9/2/2015 11:35 PM

Russia delays new body to assign blame for Syrian attacks
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Russia is holding up Security Council approval to establish a new international body to assign blame for chemical attacks in Syria's deadly conflict for the first time.... 9/2/2015 11:08 PM

Mexico's president acknowledges distrust, fear
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto acknowledged Wednesday that the country's crime, corruption and economic troubles have caused distrust and anger among Mexicans.... 9/2/2015 10:42 PM

SodaStream chief accuses boycotters of anti-Semitism
IDAN HANEGEV INDUSTRIAL PARK, Israel (AP) -- The chief executive of SodaStream, the beverage maker that is shuttering its West Bank factory in the face of international boycott calls, accused his company's critics Wednesday of anti-Semitism and hurting the interests of the Palestinian workers they claim to protect.... 9/2/2015 9:33 PM

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