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August 28, 2014 - 11:29pm
19 min 44 sec ago

HONG KONG (AP) — Tokyo stocks led declines in most Asian markets on Friday after Japanese economic data showed that the region's second biggest economy is struggling to recover from a sales tax hike.

KEEPING SCORE: The Nikkei 225, the benchmark for the Tokyo Stock Exchange, fell 0.7 percent to 15,358.35. South Korea's Kospi dipped 0.2 percent to 2,071.22 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng was off 0.1 percent at 24,724.45. In mainland China, the Shanghai Composite Index swung...

August 28, 2014 - 10:37pm
19 min 44 sec ago

SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Fiji's military confirmed Friday that 43 of its soldiers, working as U.N. peacekeepers, have been captured by a militant group on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights.

Fijian Commander Brig. Gen. Mosese Tikoitoga said the soldiers were alive and unharmed. He said talks between the U.N. and the unidentified rebel group had begun and negotiations would be pursued further at daybreak.

Tikoitoga said three vehicles filled with about 150...

August 28, 2014 - 10:22pm
19 min 44 sec ago

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — State media say a court in Hanoi has sentenced a Philippine man to death for cocaine trafficking.

The Law and Society newspaper says that Emmanuel Sillo Camacho, 39, was convicted of trafficking 3.4 kilograms (7.5 pounds) of cocaine from Brazil to Vietnam at a one-day trial Thursday.

Camacho was arrested in December last year when officials at Hanoi's Noi Bai international airport found the drugs in his luggage....

August 28, 2014 - 9:23pm
1 hour 9 min ago

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia has taken a major step recognizing the rights of same-sex couples after the country's constitutional court allowed a lesbian couple to adopt a child born to one of its members.

Ana Leiderman gave birth to two children via artificial insemination. Her longtime partner Veronica Botero however doesn't have any custodial or legal rights over the children, now ages 4 and 6. The couple petitioned for full legal rights after the first child was...

August 28, 2014 - 9:20pm
19 min 44 sec ago

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Friday it won't send cheerleaders to the upcoming Asian Games in rival South Korea, blaming what it called Seoul's hostility for reversing a decision to dispatch the women dubbed by South Korean media as a "squad of beauties."

Many South Koreans were infatuated in past years with the cheer squads of mostly young North Korean women that came south, often lavishing more attention on them than on the North's athletes. Before her...

August 28, 2014 - 9:02pm
1 hour 9 min ago

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Police say a bus carrying Asian tourists has rolled over on a mountain highway in British Columbia and dozens of people have been injured, six of them critically.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sgt. Norm Flemming said Thursday that all 56 passengers were injured in the bus crash, which happened about 18 miles (30 kilometers) south of Merritt, British Columbia.

Police say along with the six in critical condition, 15...

August 28, 2014 - 8:48pm
19 min 44 sec ago

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's vital signs remained weak in July as wages fell further and household spending dropped, signaling continued weakness in the world's third-largest economy.

Data released Friday showed the inflation rate was unchanged from the previous month. The core price consumer index that excludes volatile fresh food prices rose 3.3 percent in July, the same as a month earlier. Much of the increase stems from a 2 percentage point increase in Japan's sales tax in...

August 28, 2014 - 8:39pm
1 hour 9 min ago

TORONTO (AP) — It began with Canada tweeting some not-so-friendly travel tips for the Russian military: a map showing Russia and labeling Ukraine as "not Russia."

That opening shot was enough to launch a Twitter war of words — and maps.

Canada's NATO Twitter account posted the map Wednesday with the explanation: "Geography can be tough. Here's a guide for Russian soldiers who keep getting lost and 'accidentally' enter Ukraine."

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August 28, 2014 - 8:34pm
1 hour 9 min ago

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's second largest airline, Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd., said on Friday it lost 356 million Australian dollars ($333 million) in its last fiscal year, a three-fold increase over the previous year.

The results for the year through June 2014 followed a AU$98 loss the previous year. The company blamed excess market capacity due to competition from its larger rival Qantas Airways Ltd., weak consumer sentiment and the AU$52 million cost of Australia's...

August 28, 2014 - 7:41pm
1 hour 29 min ago

SAO PAULO (AP) — Doubts surrounding the legality of the purchase of a small private plane used by the Brazilian Socialist Party have placed the campaign of presidential hopeful Marina Silva under scrutiny this week.

The Federal Police is investigating the ownership of a plane that crashed two weeks ago, killing Silva's predecessor Eduardo Campos. The alleged purchase of the Cessna 560 XL by a group of businessmen close to Campos was not reported to the National Civil...

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