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June 30, 2015 - 10:47am
5 min 31 sec ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Online retail giant Amazon has opened its Mexico site for business, offering free delivery on orders of over 599 pesos ($38.25).

A statement posted on the site Tuesday said "we are launching in Mexico with more categories, more items and more functions than any other international Amazon website has featured at launch."

Among its Mexico offerings is an avocado container, designed to keep the fruit from getting bruised...

June 30, 2015 - 10:05am
5 min 31 sec ago

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates says the Gulf commercial hub of Dubai will soon add the world's first office building made using three-dimensional printer technology to its collection of eye-catching buildings.

Emirati Minister of Cabinet Affairs Mohammed al-Gergawi said on Tuesday that the project is part of a broader effort to embrace cutting-edge technology and make the Gulf state "a global hub for innovation and 3-D printing."...

June 30, 2015 - 9:53am
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PARIS (AP) — China says it will pledge to reduce the intensity of its carbon emissions as part of its climate target for an envisioned international agreement to fight global warming.

In a statement released Tuesday during Prime Minister Li Keqiang's visit to Paris, he said China will aim to reduce its emissions per unit of gross domestic product by 60-65 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels.

Li said Beijing's target, which was expected to be formally...

June 30, 2015 - 9:52am
5 min 31 sec ago

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say a series of attacks in Baghdad and in two towns near the capital has killed at least eight people.

Police officials say the deadliest among Tuesday's attacks was in the town of Mahmudiyah, about 30 kilometers (18 miles) south of Baghdad. They say a bombing there killed three civilians and wounded 10.

The officials say two bombs went off in Baghdad's northern Hurriyah and western Ghazaliyah neighborhoods, killing a...

June 30, 2015 - 9:43am
5 min 31 sec ago

BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say a Syrian government air raid has killed at least 17 people and wounded many others in a northwestern town.

The Local Coordination Committees says the attack on the town of Ihsim killed 17 people and wounded dozens.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 18 were killed, including four members of the same family.

Syrian airstrikes carried out by warplanes and helicopters have killed...

June 30, 2015 - 9:43am
5 min 31 sec ago

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's state TV says government forces have retaken a neighborhood from Islamic State fighters in a northeastern city, days after it was captured by the extremists.

The IS group attacked several government-held southern neighborhoods of the city of Hassakeh last week. The fighting has continued since then, leaving dozens dead, according to activists.

Until the IS push, the predominantly Kurdish Hassakeh was split between government...

June 30, 2015 - 9:42am
5 min 31 sec ago

BALI, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court has sentenced a New Zealand man to 15 years in prison for trying to smuggle methamphetamine into the resort island of Bali.

Antony de Malmanche was arrested in December at Bali's airport with 1.7 kilograms (3.9 pounds) of methamphetamine in his baggage.

The Denpasar District Court ruled Tuesday that 53-year-old Malmanche was guilty of violating the country's anti-drug laws.

The panel of...

June 30, 2015 - 9:38am
25 min 34 sec ago

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican isn't ruling out that Pope Francis might chew coca leaves — or at least sip tea made from them — to fend off altitude sickness when he arrives in Bolivia next week.

Francis embarks on a South American tour Sunday that will take him to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay. He is due to land Wednesday at La Paz airport, 4,000 meters above sea level.

Bolivian Culture Minister Marko Machicao told local media that Francis had...

June 30, 2015 - 9:38am
25 min 34 sec ago

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian protesters whitewashed a rainbow flag of gay rights, painted by a Palestinian artist on six slabs of the West Bank separation barrier.

Khaled Jarrar said Tuesday his art was meant as a reminder that Palestinians live under Israeli occupation, at a time when gay rights are in the news after the U.S. allowed same-sex weddings.

But protesters perceived it as support for homosexuality, a taboo subject in Palestinian...

June 30, 2015 - 9:35am
35 min 28 sec ago

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — A new robot that raises its tail like a scorpion is scheduled to look at melted nuclear fuel inside one of the three wrecked reactors in Japan.

Toshiba Corp. is co-developer of the "scorpion" crawler that was demonstrated Tuesday. The company says the robot will venture into Unit 2 reactor's primary containment vessel in August.

Officials hope the robot can get a glimpse of fuel in the pressure vessel in the middle. The fuel...

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