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  • 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 in 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Anti-China group nabbed for attempted firebombing

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine authorities have arrested three men linked to a group that allegedly planned to set off firebombs at the Manila airport and a mall to protest the government's alleged "soft" stance in its territorial dispute with China. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said Tuesday that the alleged leader of the group and...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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, according to local media reports. The man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was charged in a New South Wales state court last year with indecent dealings of a sexual nature with the...

  • 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...

  • Fiji says Syrian rebels issue demands for captives

    SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Fiji's military commander said Tuesday that Syrian rebels have issued three demands for the release of 45 Fijian peacekeepers they've held captive for five days. Brig. Gen. Mosese Tikoitoga said the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front wants to be taken off the U.N. terrorist list, wants humanitarian aid delivered to parts of the...

  • Mexico rescues 15 Cubans adrift deep in Gulf

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican Navy says it has rescued 13 badly dehydrated Cubans who were drifting in a makeshift boat far offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. One of those taken from the boat died while being taken for treatment. Another one of the 15 on the boat was found dead on the craft. The Navy said Monday it rescued the Cubans at a point...

  • Burning Man festival draws peak crowd of 66,000

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Burning Man counterculture festival drew a peak crowd of nearly 66,000 celebrants as it neared an end Monday on the northern Nevada desert. Friday's official peak attendance of 65,922 was within the population cap of 68,000 the federal Bureau of Land Management imposed on the quirky art and music festival 110 miles north...

  • Acid victims' photo shoot draws attention in India

    NEW DELHI (AP) — A fashion photo shoot featuring five victims of acid attacks is drawing wide attention in India. While the country keeps no official statistics on acid attacks, there are regular reports in the media of attackers targeting victims to disfigure or blind them, often because of spurned sexual advances. The 41 photos show...

  • Retired Associated Press newsman dies in NY at 76

    NEW YORK (AP) — A former newsman who worked for The Associated Press for 39 years has died in New York. Bruce Hodgman was 76. His wife, Marion Hodgman, says he died Friday at a hospital 18 months after he was diagnosed with cancer. Hodgman began his AP career in 1962 in Hartford, Connecticut, as a capitol correspondent, sending reports by...

  • Arrest in fatal stabbing of NYC homeowner

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police say a man suspected of burglarizing a home and stabbing the owners when they interrupted him has been arrested. Police say 20-year-old Dante Viggiano was being held on murder, attempted murder and burglary charges in Sunday's stabbings on Staten Island. Sixty-seven-year-old Peter Gialluisi was stabbed in...

  • Carrie Underwood announces pregnancy

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Carrie Underwood and NHL player Mike Fisher chose the Labor Day holiday to announce they are expecting their first child. Underwood and Fisher posted the announcement on their social media accounts on Monday. Underwood's publicist confirmed the couple will be expecting their first child in the spring. The...

  • New Zealand gunman kills 2; suspect faces charges

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A man suspected of killing two unemployment-office workers and seriously wounding a third in a South Island town was charged Tuesday with murder. John Tully was arrested Monday evening following a seven-hour manhunt that kept a town on edge. Tully made his first court appearance Tuesday on two charges of murder...

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