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August 21, 2014 - 1:24am
1 day 23 hours ago

BANGKOK (AP) — Three months after overthrowing an elected government, Thailand's junta leader is stepping out of his army uniform to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will prolong his rule and bolster the military's grip on power.

Thailand's legislature voted overwhelmingly Thursday to name Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha to the new job. There was little doubt over the outcome since Prayuth was the only candidate and the assembly — hand-picked by the junta...

August 21, 2014 - 1:22am
2 days 9 hours ago

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Thursday used the killing of American journalist James Foley to bolster his government's case for contentious counterterrorism reforms that have been rejected by some Islamic leaders.

Abbott described the video recorded beheading of Foley by a masked Islamic State extremist with an apparent English accent as "despicable."

"The ISIL is as near to pure evil as we're ever likely to find...

August 21, 2014 - 1:07am
2 days 13 hours ago

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian police say at least six people have been killed when an overnight Israeli airstrike hit a densely populated neighborhood in the Gaza Strip.

Police say the strike early on Thursday destroyed a four-story structure in the southern town of Rafah and that rescue workers were still searching for people trapped in the rubble.

The strike was one of 20 the Israeli military says were carried out since midnight on...

August 21, 2014 - 12:59am
2 days 13 hours ago

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has used the killing of American journalist James Foley to bolster his government's case for contentious counterterrorism reforms that have been rejected by some Islamic leaders.

Abbott on Thursday described the beheading of Foley by a masked Islamic State extremist with an apparent English accent as "despicable."

He told reporters the killing is an example of why Australia needed news...

August 21, 2014 - 12:23am
2 days 13 hours ago

BEIJING (AP) — Three more Tibetan protesters shot and detained by Chinese authorities died in jail after being denied medical treatment, bringing the death toll from recent violence to five, according to overseas Tibetan rights groups and a U.S.-backed broadcaster.

Rights groups said Chinese security forces opened fire on unarmed protesters on Aug. 12, wounding at least 10 people, before they detained the protesters and rounded up more male villagers in the southwestern...

August 21, 2014 - 12:01am
2 days 13 hours ago

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Nivea dos Santos got her first job as a live-in maid at age 12, dusting, vacuuming, ironing and polishing the silver of a wealthy Rio de Janeiro family from dawn until she'd fall, exhausted, into bed. More than two decades later, Brazil has passed legislation aimed at preventing such abuses.

The landmark domestic workers law, passed as a constitutional amendment last year and strengthened this month, aims to extend some of Brazil's generous labor...

August 20, 2014 - 11:33pm
2 days 13 hours ago

BEIJING (AP) — Five people went on trial Thursday for allegedly beating a woman to death in a McDonald's outlet in eastern China after they unsuccessfully tried to recruit her into their cult, a court said.

The five are accused of murder and three of them also face cult-related charges at Yantai Intermediate People's Court in Shandong province. The court posted photos of what it said were the proceedings.

The five allegedly killed the woman on the...

August 20, 2014 - 10:59pm
2 days 13 hours ago

HONG KONG (AP) — Growth in China's vast manufacturing industry weakened in August, suggesting that the recovery in the world No. 2 economy is losing momentum and Beijing may need to spoon out more stimulus.

The preliminary version of HSBC's manufacturing index, released Thursday, fell to a three-month low of 50.3 from 51.7 in July, indicating that manufacturing businesses are barely growing.

The index, based on a survey of a factory purchasing...

August 20, 2014 - 10:00pm
2 days 13 hours ago

HAVANA (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro made a belated birthday visit to Fidel Castro, the former Cuban leader revealed in one of his regular columns.

Castro's "Reflections" column posted Wednesday night on the official website CubaDebate said Venezuela's socialist leader dropped by Tuesday, fulfilling a promise to make a visit that Maduro made Aug. 13 as Castro turned 88.

Castro revealed that Maduro had sent him fruit and tracksuit for his...

August 20, 2014 - 8:57pm
2 days 13 hours ago

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A power failure has knocked out the main subway line in Chile's capital, trapping thousands of riders and throwing Santiago's evening rush hour into chaos.

Passengers were stuck underground in train cars without lights, and it took subway workers about 40 minutes to begin began opening doors and leading people along the tracks to the nearest stations.

As the subway users streamed to the service, public buses became jammed...

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