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  • Floods shut down Philippine capital

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Torrential rains from a Tropical Storm Fung-Wong flooded large swathes of the Philippine capital and outlying provinces Friday, leaving three dead and displacing tens of thousands, just days after the region had been drenched by a typhoon. Schools and government offices were shut in Manila as authorities said...

  • Indian state TV sacks anchor over China blunder

    NEW DELHI (AP) — A news anchor for India's state TV channel has been fired after she referred to Chinese President Xi Jinping as "Eleven" Jingping — apparently mistaking his name for a Roman numeral, a top official at the station said Friday. Xi left for China on Friday after a three-day visit to India, where he signed more than a dozen...

  • North Korea struts in style on world sports stage

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — North Korea is making a statement on the international sports stage — a fashion statement. Standing tall in the land of K-pop and Gangnam style, the North's top athletes have been looking decidedly sharper than usual at the Asian Games hosted by rival South Korea, with pink candy-striped ties, azure slacks and, of...

  • Donetsk cleans up from shelling in eastern Ukraine

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — The rebel-held city of Donetsk is holding a city-wide clean-up day after months of shelling in eastern Ukraine, sending prisoners out to help remove the debris. The city council said one person was killed by overnight shelling in a neighborhood in the north of the city, where fighting centered around the government-held...

  • Russian PM: Moscow ready to cooperate with West

    MOSCOW (AP) — Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says Russia is ready to cooperate with the West despite efforts to isolate Moscow with economic sanctions. The United States and the European Union last week imposed a new round of sanctions against Russia for its support for pro-Russian separatists fighting government troops in eastern Ukraine....

  • Islamic State plot in Australia raises questions

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Islamic State plot to carry out random beheadings in Sydney alleged by police is a simple and barbaric scheme that has shaken Australians. But terrorism experts on Friday questioned whether the ruthless movement had the capacity or inclination to sustain a terror campaign so far from the Middle East. Police said...

  • AP Photos: Scenes from Iraq's Mosul then and now

    CAIRO (AP) — Iraq's second largest city, Mosul, is locked under the rule of extremists from the Islamic State group trying to purge it of everything they see as contradicting their stark vision of Islam. A trove of photographs now housed at the Library of Congress offers a glimpse of a different Mosul — before wars, insurgency, sectarian...

  • UK leader pledges to honor promises to Scotland

    LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to live up to commitments to Scotland made ahead of the independence vote, including plans for new powers on tax, spending and welfare. Cameron says the new plans will be agreed by November, with draft legislation by January. "We will ensure that those commitments are honored in...

  • Alibaba mega IPO caps founder Jack Ma success tale

    HONG KONG (AP) — When Jack Ma founded Alibaba 15 years ago he insisted the e-commerce venture should see itself as competing against Silicon Valley, not other Chinese companies. That bold ambition from a time when China was still a corporate backwater has been vindicated this week by Alibaba completing a mammoth sale of shares to investors in...

  • Utah doctor to be sentenced for killing wife

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A doctor who was convicted of murder after his wife was found drugged and dead in the bathtub of their Utah home will be sentenced in the case that became a true-crime, cable TV obsession. Martin MacNeill returns to court in Provo on Friday after prosecutors said he gave his wife drugs following cosmetic surgery then left...

  • Crash sends truck dangling over Oregon bridge rail

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A driver has been cited after a truck hauling lumber products crashed at an Umpqua River bridge in southern Oregon Thursday, leaving the truck's trailer hanging over the bridge railing. An estimated 100 gallons of diesel leaked into the river. A hazmat team responded, Oregon State Police Lt. Gregg Hastings said. The...

  • Vets work to save leg of dog hit by stolen van

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Veterinarians on Thursday worked to save the leg of a fluffy white dog named Gordo who was run down by a stolen van during a wild police chase that was captured live by television helicopters. The 1- to 2-year-old Maltese mix suffered a deep cut to a rear leg and a smashed hip Wednesday night. On Thursday night he went...

  • Malaysian student sentenced to 1 year for sedition

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian court sentenced a student democracy activist to a year in jail on Friday after finding him guilty of sedition, drawing immediate condemnation from human rights groups who accuse the government of using the colonial-era law to stifle freedom of expression. Adam Adli was charged last year after making...

  • New round of Iran nuclear talks faces old hurdles

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Seven months and more than a half dozen rounds into talks on a substantive nuclear deal, Iran and six world powers gathering for another session appear no closer to an agreement. Iran claims its nuclear program has only peaceful purposes, but Western nations have long suspected Iran wants to have the capacity to make...

  • Roadside bombs kills 5 UN peacekeepers in Mali

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A roadside bomb in northern Mali killed five U.N. peacekeepers and wounded several others on Thursday, a spokesman said of the latest in a string of deadly attacks on the force. A car carrying Chadian troops hit the explosive north of Aguel'hoc, which is near the embattled city of Kidal, said Olivier Salgado. U.N....

  • Sheriff: Fla. man kills 6 grandchildren, daughter

    BELL, Fla. (AP) — A once-convicted felon killed six of his grandchildren, including an infant, his adult daughter and himself in a shooting at the man's home in a small North Florida town Thursday, a sheriff said. Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert Schultz at a news conference identified the shooter as 51-year-old Don Spirit. He would not say if...

  • Pound rises as Scottish results favor union

    HONG KONG (AP) — The British pound jumped as investors bet that Scottish voters would reject independence based on results that cover more than half of Scotland. Japanese stocks rallied as the yen extended losses against the dollar while other Asian benchmarks were subdued for lack of major economic data. KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo's Nikkei 225...

  • Loser to Sen. Thad Cochran files appeal arguments

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A defeated Senate candidate in Mississippi is arguing that a state court judge was wrong to dismiss his lawsuit that sought to overturn his Republican primary loss to incumbent Thad Cochran. Attorneys for the tea party-backed candidate, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, filed legal arguments with the Mississippi Supreme Court...

  • Thai military ruler apologizes for bikini comment

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's military ruler apologized for suggesting that attractive foreign tourists might be unsafe on the country's world-famous beaches if they wear bikinis. The comments came just after the bodies of two British tourists were found bludgeoned to death on the scenic resort island of Koh Tao on Monday, dealing another blow to...

  • High turnout seen in Scotland's independence vote

    EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — From the capital of Edinburgh to the far-flung Shetland Islands, Scots embraced a historic moment — and the rest of the United Kingdom held its breath — after voters turned out in unprecedented numbers for an independence referendum that could end Scotland's 307-year union with England. Results early Friday brought...