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July 23, 2014 - 9:23pm
1 day 17 hours ago

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's trade deficit surged to a record 7.6 trillion yen ($74.9 billion) in the first half of the year as exports failed to keep pace with surging imports, the Finance Ministry reported Thursday.

Japan's bulging import bill was partly due to a jump in demand as businesses and consumers stepped up purchases ahead of an April 1 increase in the sales tax to 8 percent from 5 percent.

Imports for the six months jumped 10 percent to 42.6...

July 23, 2014 - 7:39pm
1 day 17 hours ago

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Spanish-language television network started by the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as a vehicle for promoting in Latin America his leftist brand of political change will now reach audiences in English.

Under the motto "Don't resign yourself to having just one side of the story," Telesur on Wednesday unveiled a news website that will serve as a hub for hours of daily multimedia programming in English from correspondents and pundits...

July 23, 2014 - 7:11pm
1 day 18 hours ago

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's president said Wednesday that her country will not go into default because it has been paying debts to bondholders on time.

The government is in negotiations to resolve a dispute with creditors over $1.5 billion in unpaid debts that could lead Argentina to its second default in 13 years.

But President Cristina Fernandez said a new term for default will have to be created to call "a debtor who paid and...

July 23, 2014 - 6:42pm
1 day 20 hours ago

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Patients and staff at Peru's largest psychiatric hospital put on a patriotic parade at the facility Wednesday to celebrate the 193rd anniversary of the country's independence from Spain.

About 200 of them donned costumes to portray soldiers, noted Peruvians, Incas and the rebels who drove out Spanish forces in 1821.

It is the only annual event in which the issue of mental health in Peru receives significant media coverage. Critics...

July 23, 2014 - 6:13pm
1 day 17 hours ago

ABOARD THE SILVER SPLENDOR (AP) — For a lucky fellowship of fans, Comic-Con is beginning early on a private train car trekking to the pop-culture convention.

The fan-centric social networking site Wikia picked 30 users to board a private vintage carriage transformed into the Wikia Fan Express, a special expedition Wednesday from Los Angeles to San Diego that included an assortment of unique on-board entertainment, including special sneak peeks and Q&A sessions....

July 23, 2014 - 6:13pm
1 day 22 hours ago

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba is hoping to use a five-game baseball exhibition against a team of U.S. college players to bounce back from recent disappointing international results in a sport that's considered the island's national pastime.

The series that started Wednesday in Cuba is the third time Cuban and U.S. baseball squads have met since 2012, when games resumed after being discontinued in 1996.

Cuba long dominated amateur baseball, winning Olympic gold...

July 23, 2014 - 5:34pm
1 day 16 hours ago

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand on Thursday raised its benchmark interest rate to 3.5 percent but signaled a pause in its program of rate hikes.

The announcement prompted a sharp drop in the New Zealand dollar, which was trading down nearly 1 percent at $0.8625.

New Zealand has been going it alone among developed nations this year by raising interest rates. Thursday's decision was the central bank's fourth successive hike of a quarter...

July 23, 2014 - 5:23pm
2 days 15 min ago

VIENNA (AP) — A football match in Austria between Israeli team Maccabi Haifa and French side Lille OSC has been disrupted by pro-Palestinian protesters.

Salzburg police said the pre-season friendly in the town of Bischofshofen was interrupted shortly before the end when protesters waving Palestinian flags stormed the pitch.

Police said nobody was injured. The referee broke off the game after the incident.

July 23, 2014 - 5:02pm
2 days 55 min ago

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's health department is paying for laboratory tests that determine whether someone has the chikungunya virus amid an epidemic in the U.S. territory.

The announcement comes amid concerns that cases are being under reported because insurance does not cover the $250 test.

Health Department spokesman Rolando Roman said Wednesday that 241 cases had been confirmed as of July 1. Health experts believe the number is...

July 23, 2014 - 4:57pm
1 day 23 hours ago

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — More than three dozen Jamaicans have been arrested as suspected lottery scammers, police on the Caribbean island said Wednesday.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force said a two-day operation this week by police and soldiers netted 41 suspects in western Jamaica. Raids took place simultaneously in several communities on Monday and Tuesday.

The suspects' identities were not immediately released. Cars, laptops and high-end electronics...

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