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July 1, 2014 - 1:13am
1 week 5 days ago

SAO PAULO (AP) — With "I believe that we will win!" American soccer fans finally have a World Cup chant that doesn't just involve shouting their country's name.

In terms of creativity, though, it's a notch below Argentina's elaborate sing-alongs or even the boisterous chants of the English.

All players can testify to the goose bump-inducing effect of thousands of fans joining together for a synchronized chant.

While most fans...

July 1, 2014 - 1:11am
1 week 5 days ago

TOKYO (AP) — Since Japan's defeat in World War II, its military has been shackled by restrictions imposed by a victorious U.S. and that, over time, a majority of Japanese adopted as their own. Now, the shackles are being loosened.

Japan's Cabinet on Tuesday approved a reinterpretation of the country's pacifist postwar constitution that will allow the military to help defend allies and others "in a close relationship" with Japan under what is known as "collective self-...

July 1, 2014 - 1:06am
1 week 5 days ago

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police have arrested more than 500 people holding a sit-in a day after tens of thousands in the former British colony joined a massive march to push for democracy.

Anger at mainland China has never been greater after Beijing warned recently it holds the ultimate authority over the freewheeling capitalist enclave.

That's despite a mini-constitution that gives the city a high degree of autonomy until 2047.

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July 1, 2014 - 1:02am
1 week 5 days ago

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's ruling party on Tuesday nominated Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to run in Turkey's first directly elected presidential race in August, announcing his candidacy to thousands of cheering supporters.

The move could keep Erdogan, who has dominated Turkish politics for more than a decade, at Turkey's helm for at least five more years.

Erdogan, 60, has been in power since 2003 but is barred by internal party rules from...

July 1, 2014 - 1:00am
1 week 5 days ago

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia said Tuesday it will take stern action against a junior military official if he is found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman in New Zealand where he was working at the country's diplomatic mission.

Foreign Minister Anifah Aman told reporters that a defense ministry panel will investigate Second Warrant Office Muhammad Rizalman bin Ismail, 38, who was charged in New Zealand's capital Wellington last month but evaded trial by using...

July 1, 2014 - 12:38am
1 week 6 days ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military found the bodies of three missing teenagers just over two weeks after they were abducted in the West Bank — a grim discovery that ended a frantic search that led to Israel's largest ground operation in the Palestinian territory in nearly a decade and drew Israeli threats of retaliation.

"Hamas is responsible and Hamas will pay," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed, referring to the Islamic militant group that Israel has accused...

July 1, 2014 - 12:32am
1 week 5 days ago

BEIJING (AP) — Japanese and North Korean envoys began talks Tuesday about the North's abduction of Japanese citizens after Tokyo expressed dismay at its firing of Scud missiles.

The meeting was aimed at clarifying the fate of missing Japanese, an issue that has kept relations in a deep freeze. The talks went ahead despite concern the North's launch of missiles on Sunday, which South Korea viewed as provocative, might prompt Tokyo to pull out.

The...

July 1, 2014 - 12:18am
1 week 6 days ago

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand officials on Tuesday identified a diplomat charged with sexual assault as Malaysian.

The man, Muhammad Rizalman Bin Ismail, evaded the charges in New Zealand by claiming diplomatic immunity and returning home last month.

He worked for the Malaysian High Commission in Wellington. He remained listed on the commission's website Tuesday as a staff assistant assigned to defense duties.

New...

July 1, 2014 - 12:17am
1 week 6 days ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has carried out an especially intense series of airstrikes in Gaza.

The military says on Tuesday it struck 34 targets across the Hamas-controlled territory.

The airstrikes are said to have been a response to a barrage of 18 rockets fired into Israel since late Sunday. There are no further details on the targets, but in recent weeks Israel has repeatedly targeted launch sites and weapons storage areas in similar attacks. There...

June 30, 2014 - 11:27pm
1 week 5 days ago

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An anti-graft court has sentenced Indonesia's former top judge to life imprisonment for corruption and money laundering.

Akil Mochtar was chief of the Constitutional Court when the Corruption Eradication Commission captured him red-handed last October for accepting bribes to fix the results of two local elections.

In a verdict handed down late Monday, a five-member panel at the anti-corruption court found him guilty of...

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