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Strong earthquake rattles tsunami-weary Japan
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TOKYO (AP) — A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 hit Japan's northeastern coast on Sunday, prompting a brief tsunami warning for the area still recovering from a devastating quake and killer wave four months ago. Residents in coastal areas were warned to evacuate for about two hours
New Australian law to make Muslims lift veils
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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Muslim women would have to remove veils and show their faces to police on request or risk a prison sentence under proposed new laws in Australia's most populous state that have drawn criticism as culturally insensitive. A vigorous debate that the proposal has
Bangladesh police clash with strike supporters
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DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Riot police in Bangladesh fired tear gas shells Sunday to disperse thousands of Islamist activists trying to enforce an anti-government general strike, leaving at least 50 people injured, news reports said. The violence erupted at two places outside capital Dhaka after
Malaysia gov't fights criticism after rally chaos
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian authorities sought Sunday to deflect criticism that the government was suppressing dissent after making mass arrests and unleashing tear gas against at least 20,000 demonstrators who marched for electoral reforms. The political fallout from rare scenes
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SINGAPORE (AP) — Fewer Singaporeans consider the ruling People's Action Party to be credible after the party's worst election results since independence, a survey showed Friday. About 73 percent of those polled agreed or strongly agreed that the PAP is a credible party, down from 87 percent in
China's inflation jumps to 3-year high
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BEIJING (AP) — China's stubbornly high inflation accelerated to a three-year high in June even as the overheated economy began to cool. Consumer prices rose 6.4 percent over a year ago, a sharp jump from May's 5.5 percent rate, data showed Saturday. It was driven by a 14.4 percent rise in
Wall collapses in India monsoon rains, killing 10
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MUMBAI, India (AP) — Police say heavy monsoon rains caused a stone wall to collapse, killing 10 construction workers, on the outskirts of India's financial capital. Nitin Sambatwad, deputy superintendent of police, says the fallen wall buried the workers Friday at a building construction site
Malaysia arrests 236 ahead of banned rally
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Police detained at least 236 people trying to assemble at a stadium and sealed off parts of Malaysia's largest city Saturday in an attempt to prevent a banned rally seeking electoral reforms. The opposition-backed rally planned for Saturday afternoon is the
Indian minister in telecom probe offers to quit
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NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian government minister offered to resign Thursday after investigators said they were probing his alleged involvement in a telecommunications scandal, media reports said. The allegations against Dayanidhi Maran further tarnished the government of Prime Minister Manmohan
Boeing: India will need 1,320 new planes
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NEW DELHI (AP) — Boeing has forecast a $150 billion market for passenger airplanes in India over the next 20 years driven by a booming economy. Indian airlines will need to buy around 1,320 new airplanes to meet the demand of an expanding aviation sector, Boeing India President Dinesh Keskar
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LUCKNOW, India (AP) — A train hit a bus at a railway crossing in northern India early Thursday, killing at least 35 people returning from a wedding party, an official said. At least 39 others were injured when the train dragged the mangled bus more than 1,600 feet (500 meters) before coming to
Opposition strike continues to cripple Bangladesh
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DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A general strike shuttered schools and businesses and disrupted transportation for a second day Thursday in cities across Bangladesh. Opposition parties called the strike to protest a constitutional amendment they say will allow incumbents to rig elections. In the
Oil rises to above $97 after US crude supply drop
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SINGAPORE (AP) — Oil prices rose to above $97 a barrel Thursday in Asia as a report showed U.S. crude supplies fell more than expected for a second week, suggesting demand is improving. Benchmark oil for August delivery was up 73 cents to $97.38 a barrel at midday Singapore time in electronic
Obama's juggling act on Twitter
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The debt-ceiling deal that President Barack Obama hopes to negotiate with Republicans won't solve the nation's problem with red ink, as he stated in his first Twitter session with the public. And no, the payroll tax cut he got out of Congress isn't putting an extra $1,000 into
US-chartered cargo plane crashes in Afghanistan
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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A cargo plane chartered by the U.S. military crashed into a mountaintop in eastern Afghanistan, officials said Wednesday. No Americans were aboard the plane, said U.S. Army Maj. James Lowe, a spokesman for the U.S. Transportation Command at Scott Air Force Base,