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  • Dethroned Myanmar beauty queen blasts pageant boss

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A dethroned beauty queen from Myanmar says she won't return her $100,000 crown until the pageant's organizers apologize for calling her a liar and a thief. May Myat Noe — the 2014 Miss Asia Pacific World winner — insisted at a press conference Tuesday she had done nothing wrong. She denied accepting breast implants, as...

  • Clashes between Islamists, rivals in Libya kill 31

    CAIRO (AP) — A Libyan security official says clashes in the eastern city of Benghazi between Islamists and rival fighters loyal to a renegade general have killed 31 on both sides. The official said early on Tuesday that fierce fighting erupted between Gen. Khalifa Hifter's loyalists and a group of Islamist militias called The Benghazi...

  • Gunmen in Tunisia attempt to kill politician

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian authorities say a parliamentarian narrowly escaped assassination by masked men in Kasserine, a city near the Algerian border. Interior Ministry spokesman Mohamed Ali Aroui said six men came to the home of Mohammed Ali Nasri, a member of the secular party "Nida Tounes" (Tunisia's Call), early Tuesday morning....

  • More storms roll through Midwest with hail, winds

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — More strong storms are rumbling through the Midwest, with the National Weather Service saying a tornado was confirmed in Kansas and other places seeing heavy rains, large hail and strong winds. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the National Weather Service noted hail nearly 2 inches in diameter near the city. It said...

  • Jury to begin deliberations in ex-governor trial

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal jury will hear instructions from a judge before beginning deliberations in the public corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. U.S. District Judge James Spencer is to read his instructions to the seven-man, five-woman jury Tuesday morning. Prosecutors and defense attorneys...

  • Chris Brown due back in DC court for plea hearing

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Singer Chris Brown is expected to appear in a District of Columbia court for what would be a third attempt at a plea deal to resolve an assault case. According to court filings, Brown is scheduled to appear in D.C. Superior Court on Tuesday at 9 a.m. A hearing originally scheduled for Friday was postponed. U.S. Attorney...

  • Anti-China group nabbed for planned Manila attacks

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine authorities said Tuesday that they arrested three men linked to a group that was planning to set off firebombs at Manila's international airport and a major mall in the city to protest the government's alleged "soft" stance in its territorial dispute with China. The military, however, downplayed the planned...

  • Australian dad accused of abusing Thai-born twins

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian man has been charged with sexually abusing twin girls he fathered several years ago to a Thai surrogate mother. The man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was charged in a New South Wales state court last year with committing acts of indecency with a victim under 10 years old, court documents...

  • UK: Passports could be seized to fight terrorism

    LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday proposed new laws that would give police the power to seize the passports of Britons suspected of having traveled abroad to fight with terrorist groups. Speaking to Parliament, Cameron said his government is also working on plans to block such suspected British jihadi fighters from...

  • School to begin in Chicago with more safety guards

    CHICAGO (AP) — More guards will be watching Chicago students to keep them safe on the first day of school. Thanks to $1 million from the city, another 100 "Safe Passage" workers will be on routes that children walk through crime-ridden neighborhoods when classes resume Tuesday. There is far less publicity than a year ago, when Mayor Rahm...

  • British migrant rights activist faces Thai trial

    BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — A British human rights activist who investigated alleged abuses at a Thai fruit processing factory went on trial Tuesday in the first of a series of criminal lawsuits filed against him by the company. Natural Fruit Co. Ltd. is accusing activist Andy Hall of defamation in the wake of a report he helped author last year...

  • Top South America hackers rattle Peru's Cabinet

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — The Peruvian hackers have broken into military, police, and other sensitive government networks in Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Venezuela and Peru, defacing websites and extracting sensitive data to strut their programming prowess and make political points. Their latest stunt may be their most consequential. Emails that the...

  • Brazilian designer Sergio Rodrigues dies at 86

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Celebrated Brazilian designer Sergio Rodrigues, whose "Mole" armchair is among the most iconic pieces of Brazilian mid-century design, has died. He was 86 years old. Rodrigues' secretary, Carla Claro, says Rodrigues died of liver failure Monday at his home in Rio de Janeiro. A Rio native, Rodrigues studied architecture...

  • Syrian rebels, government clash in Golan Heights

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels clashed with government troops on Monday in the Golan Heights, where al-Qaida-linked insurgents abducted U.N. peacekeepers last week, activists said. The fighting was focused around the town of Hamidiyeh in Quneitra province near the disputed frontier with Israel, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory...

  • 3 Chinese inmates kill guard, break out of jail

    BEIJING (AP) — Three inmates, including one sentenced to death, escaped in a rare jailbreak in China's northeast after killing a guard early Tuesday morning, state media reported. The escape at from Yanshou county jail outside the city of Harbin took place about 6 a.m. Tuesday (2200 GMT Monday), according to a report on the website of the...

  • NYC police boss defends response in custody death

    NEW YORK (AP) — It appears police officers behaved appropriately when they put a protective body wrap on a drug user who later died in custody, New York City's police commissioner said Monday. Ronald Singleton's death was ruled a homicide on Friday by the city medical examiner's office, which cited physical restraint by police as a factor,...

  • NY West Indian Day Parade marred by nearby slaying

    NEW YORK (AP) — Colorful floats, elaborate costumes, politicians and merrymakers filled Brooklyn's streets Monday for the annual West Indian Day Parade, a massive Caribbean celebration that was marred by a fatal shooting nearby before the official festivities got underway. The annual parade — which draws about 1 million people — features loud...

  • California fires burn cabin, threaten homes

    HAPPY CAMP, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California wildfire has been contained after destroying a forest cabin, damaging five other homes and forcing about 50 people to evacuate. Meanwhile, a second blaze threatens hundreds of homes. Authorities say the blaze erupted shortly before 3:30 p.m. Monday along the Russian River near Forestville in...

  • Pro-Russian rebels lower demands in peace talks

    MOSCOW (AP) — Pro-Russian rebels softened their demand for full independence Monday, saying they would respect Ukraine's sovereignty in exchange for autonomy — a shift that reflects Moscow's desire to strike a deal at a new round of peace talks. The insurgents' platform, released at the start of Monday's negotiations in Minsk, the Belarusian...

  • Regional body to help restore stability in Lesotho

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Southern Africa's regional body said Monday it will send an envoy and an observer team to Lesotho to help restore stability and security in the mountainous kingdom where military actions over the weekend caused the prime minister to flee. The Southern African Development Community announced the measures after an emergency...

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