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June 30, 2014 - 3:03am
1 week 4 days ago

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In the same narrow waterways where more than 300 people died this spring aboard the ferry Sewol, another ship owned by the same company crashed into an oil tanker 11 years earlier. The ferry's captain had chosen the difficult water path to cut a mere seven miles from its journey.

It was among five crashes, from 2003 to 2011, that government investigators blamed mostly on sailors of Chonghaejin Marine Co. ferries. Three of the incidents occurred...

June 30, 2014 - 3:00am
1 week 4 days ago

MOSCOW (AP) — A veteran cameraman working for Russia's Channel One was killed in eastern Ukraine when a bus carrying journalists and soldiers' mothers was hit by gunfire, the station said Monday.

Anatoly Klyan, 68, who had worked for the state channel for 40 years, was the fifth journalist to be killed since the fighting began in April between Ukrainian government troops and armed pro-Russia separatists.

Channel One said its crew was traveling late...

June 30, 2014 - 2:54am
1 week 4 days ago

BEIJING (AP) — A landslide killed at least one person and left 15 missing in a village in China's mountainous southwest on Monday, the local government reported.

Two people also were injured in the disaster in Fugong County in Yunnan province, the county government said on its website. Photos on the website showed rescue workers in front of a huge pile of rocks, dirt and sand.

A woman who answered the phone in the county government's propaganda...

June 30, 2014 - 2:51am
1 week 4 days ago

NEW DELHI (AP) — More than 100 rescuers carefully dug for survivors under a collapsed 11-story building in southern India on Monday, with hopes buoyed after six people were found alive two days after the tragedy.

The collapse Saturday killed at least 19 people and left an enormous pile of broken slabs, twisted iron girders and concrete dust where the apartment building, still under construction, had stood in a suburb of Chennai, the south-coast capital of Tamil Nadu...

June 30, 2014 - 2:43am
1 week 4 days ago

BEIJING (AP) — A book importer in China said Monday it scrapped plans to distribute Hillary Clinton's memoir "Hard Choices," which talks about Chinese censorship and a dissident who took refuge in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, due to sensitive content.

Shanghai Book Traders canceled after discovering the content, said an employee of the company, who would give only his surname, Hua. He refused to say which parts of the book the importer deemed sensitive....

June 30, 2014 - 2:41am
1 week 4 days ago

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea demanded Monday that rival South Korea cancel annual military drills with the U.S. this summer to promote reconciliation ahead of the Asian Games, which South Korea is hosting and North Korea has said it will enter.

The demand, among a set of proposals made by North Korea's powerful National Defense Commission, showed that the North intends to use its participation in the games as a negotiating card with South Korea, analysts say....

June 30, 2014 - 2:38am
1 week 4 days ago

ROME (AP) — The bodies of some 30 would-be migrants were found in the hold of a packed smugglers' boat heading to Italy, the latest deaths in a surge of immigration to Europe, the Italian navy said Monday.

The boat was carrying nearly 600 people, it said. The remaining 566 survivors were rescued by the navy frigate Grecale and were headed to Pozzallo on the southern tip of Sicily.

Overall last weekend, the navy said it rescued more than 5,000...

June 30, 2014 - 2:24am
1 week 4 days ago

HONG KONG (AP) — An annual protest march in Hong Kong is expected to draw three times as many people as usual, angered by Beijing's insistence on limiting residents' say in picking the southern Chinese financial hub's next leader.

Organizers expect at least 150,000 people to take to the streets Tuesday to show their support for democratic reform and oppose Beijing's desire to have the final word on candidates for the chief executive's job.

The rally...

June 30, 2014 - 12:41am
1 week 4 days ago

SYDNEY (AP) — A senior member of Australia's Catholic Church has stepped down from his post after being charged with sexually abusing a teenaged student decades ago, the church said Monday.

Bishop Max Davis, the head of the church's military diocese, is accused of abusing a student in 1969 when he was a teacher at St. Benedict's College in Western Australia, the Catholic Military Ordinariate of Australia said in a statement. The Ordinariate is the Catholic Diocese of the...

June 30, 2014 - 12:33am
1 week 2 days ago

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks were mostly higher Wednesday on improved U.S. and Chinese economic activity.

The regional heavyweight, Tokyo's Nikkei 225, gained 0.5 percent to 15,406.03 points. Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 1 percent to 23,409.33 and Taipei, Seoul and Sydney also gained. China's benchmark Shanghai Composite Index was down 0.2 percent at 2,046.25.

Traders were encouraged by surveys showing China's manufacturing activity improved in June...

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