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US: Indonesia defense chief not involved in abuses

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Indonesia’s army allegedly committed abuses when it was commanded by the retired general newly appointed as defense minister, but he was not personally implicated, a U.S. official said Tuesday. Indonesia’s new president unveiled his Cabinet this week, and rights activists have criticized the appointment of Ryamizard Ryacudu, a former army chief [...]

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Malaysia’s Anwar makes final appeal in sodomy case

  PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s top court on Tuesday began hearing a final appeal filed by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim against a sodomy conviction widely regarded as a means to neutralize the threat he poses to the country’s ruling coalition. Anwar was sentenced to five years in prison in March on charges of sodomizing [...]

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Marine murder case reveals US-Philippine sore spot

  MANILA, Philippines (AP) — American forces are guarding Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, yet a ring of Filipino troops surrounds them. The seemingly redundant security effort around the suspect in a Philippine murder case reflects Manila’s uneasy ties with Washington, its former colonial master. Pemberton, 19, is accused of killing Jennifer Laude, a 26-year-old [...]

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Poor health systems in Asia cause for Ebola alarm

  SINGAPORE (AP) — The longer the Ebola outbreak rages in West Africa, the greater chance a traveler infected with the virus touches down in an Asian city. How quickly any case is detected — and the measures taken once it is — will determine whether the virus takes hold in a region where billions [...]

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China, 20 other countries initiate new Asian bank

  BEIJING (AP) — Twenty-one Asian nations have signed on to a China-driven initiative to create a new development bank for Asia that’s aimed at boosting infrastructure investment of all kinds. Beijing sees that as a way to raise its international standing, but Washington opposes the move as an unnecessary and potentially damaging rival to [...]

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Anti-Islamists take most seats in Tunisia poll

  TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A liberal party with ties to the deposed regime took the most seats in Tunisia’s parliamentary elections, leaving the once dominant Islamists running a close second, the election commission announced in the early hours of the morning Thursday, October 30. The Nida Tunis (Tunis Calls) Party, running on an explicitly [...]

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Pope delivers mini-encyclical on poor, environment

  VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis delivered an off-the-cuff, mini-encyclical on the rights of the poor, the injustices of unemployment, and the need for environmental protection October 28th , saying he’s not preaching communism but the Gospel. Francis’ remarks to the World Meeting of Popular Movements, delivered in his native Spanish, ran for more [...]

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Zambian president dies after long illness

  LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) — Zambian President Michael Sata, dubbed “King Cobra” for his sharp-tongued remarks, has died in a London hospital after a long illness. Vice President Guy Scott, a white Zambian of Scottish descent, became the country’s acting president Wednesday, making him the first white leader in continental sub-Saharan Africa since 1994 when [...]

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Amnesty: Libyan militias committing war crimes

  CAIRO (AP) — Amnesty International said rival militias and armed groups in Western Libya are committing “mounting war crimes” with impunity. In a new report released Thursday, October 30, it accused fighters of having complete disregard for civilian lives, saying militants have fired GRAD rockets and artillery into civilian neighborhoods. “In today’s Libya the [...]

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Larson named AP’s West Africa bureau chief

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Krista Larson, who has covered the Ebola outbreak and the deadly conflict in Central African Republic for The Associated Press, has been named bureau chief for West Africa for the news cooperative. The appointment was announced Thursday, October 30, by AP Africa Editor Andrew Selsky. Larson has worked in Africa [...]

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Malaysia Airlines sued by 2 boys over Flight 370

  KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Two Malaysian teenage boys are suing Malaysia Airlines and the government over the loss of their father eight months after Flight 370 that was carrying him mysteriously disappeared. Friday’s suit was the first filed by the family member of a passenger aboard the missing jet. Jee Kinson, 13, and [...]

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South Africans mourn sport deaths

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African officials on Thursday, October 30, called for a strict new gun law as a tribute to a soccer star who was shot and killed earlier this week. The calls were made at a memorial service to honor three sports figures who died within three days of each other. [...]

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Burkina Faso president won’t resign after protests

  OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso’s longtime leader refused to resign Thursday, October 30, in the face of violent protests that posed the greatest threat to his nearly three-decade rule, saying instead he will lead a transitional government after parliament was dissolved. Protesters stormed the parliament building and set part of it ablaze [...]

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Burkina Faso president won’t resign after protests

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso’s longtime leader refused to resign Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 in the face of violent protests that posed the greatest threat to his nearly three-decade rule, saying instead he will lead a transitional government after parliament was dissolved. Protesters stormed the parliament building and set part of it ablaze in [...]

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N. Korea cracking down on a distant threat: Ebola

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea announced Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 it will quarantine foreigners entering the country for 21 days over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus, even though no cases of the disease have been reported anywhere in Asia, and very few foreigners are allowed to enter. North Korea is always [...]

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Ukraine, Moscow clinch deal on Russian gas supply

BRUSSELS (AP) — Moscow and Kiev on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, clinched a multi-billion dollar deal that will guarantee that Russian gas exports flow into Ukraine and beyond to the European Union throughout the winter despite their intense rivalry over the fighting in eastern Ukraine. EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, whose offices mediated the [...]

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Marine suspect transferred to Philippine detention

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The U.S. military turned over a Marine suspect in the gruesome killing of a transgender Filipino to the Philippine military’s main camp in the capital Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014  easing a looming irritant over his custody, officials said. Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton had been detained on board the USS Peleliu [...]

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Aussie Murdaca leads Asia-Pacific amateur

Aussie Murdaca leads Asia-Pacific amateur

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Antonio Murdaca of Australia shot a 4-under 68 to lead the Asia-Pacific Amateur Golf Championship after two rounds by a shot from compatriot and overnight leader Todd Sinnott on Friday. Murdaca had five birdies and a bogey at Royal Melbourne to take his two-round total to 7-under 137, edging Sinnott, who [...]

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Suge Knight to stay in Vegas jail through weekend

  LAS VEGAS (AP) — Rap music figure Marion “Suge” Knight had a Las Vegas traffic warrant reduced to a parking ticket on Thursday, but was returned in custody to the Clark County jail to await a Monday extradition hearing in a California robbery case. Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Joseph Sciscento quickly arraigned [...]

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Inmate freed in landmark Illinois case

  CHICAGO (AP) — A prisoner whose confession helped free a death row inmate in a case that was instrumental to ending capital punishment in Illinois was released Thursday after he recanted, and a prosecutor said there was powerful evidence that the other man was responsible. Alstory Simon’s confession gained international attention in 1999, largely [...]

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First lady launches 2 graduation video contests

  WASHINGTON (AP) — High school and college students are competing for Michelle Obama to come to their schools to share her wisdom about moving on to higher education and adulthood. The first lady announced on Thursday two video contests as part of her Reach Higherinitiative, which encourages students to take their studies and training past secondary school. To [...]

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Man wanted in Pennsylvania trooper ambush captured

  BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) — A survivalist accused of ambushing two state troopers, killing one and seriously wounding the other, was captured on Thursday by U.S. marshals in an abandoned airplane hangar, ending a seven-week manhunt that had rattled the nerves of area residents, authorities said. The apparently quiet takedown of Eric Frein ended [...]

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