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July 31, 2015 - 11:45pm
46 min 18 sec ago

BEIJING (AP) — Official data show China's manufacturing recorded no growth in July, in a sign of weakness in the world's second-largest economy.

The Chinese Federation for Logistics and Purchasing reported Saturday that the country's purchasing managers' index dipped to 50 from June's 50.2 on a 100-point scale, on which numbers above 50 show activity expanding.

The Chinese government has cut interest rates four times since November and launched mini-...

July 31, 2015 - 10:10pm
46 min 18 sec ago

TOKYO (AP) — The original recording of Japan's Emperor Hirohito's war-ending speech has come back to life in digital form.

Hirohito's four-and-half-minute "jewel voice" was broadcast on Aug. 15, 1945, announcing Japan's surrender.

The voice on the radio 70 years ago was muffled and nearly inaudible due to poor sound quality. This version may be clearer, but Japanese today would still have trouble understanding the arcane language used by the emperor...

July 31, 2015 - 9:40pm
46 min 18 sec ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's largest pet store chain has agreed to stop selling 47 species of birds and other animals native to Mexico, 18 of which are considered at risk or in danger of extinction.

The Maskota store chain also has agreed with the government to stop selling 154 non-native species, 138 of which are considered invasive if released into the environment.

The environmental protection office of the federal Attorney General's Office said...

July 31, 2015 - 8:34pm
46 min 18 sec ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Samantha Power has made the first visit by an American ambassador to the United Nations to Cuba's U.N. Mission in over a half-century.

U.S. Mission spokeswoman Hagar Chemali said Power discussed the normalization of relations between the two countries during her first-ever meeting with Cuba's U.N. Ambassador Rodolfo Reyes Rodriguez on Friday.

Cuba and the United States broke off diplomatic relations in 1961 during tense Cold War...

July 31, 2015 - 7:46pm
46 min 17 sec ago

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's government says it cannot make an upcoming $58 million bond payment and is warning that the general fund will run out of liquidity by November if no action is taken.

Gubernatorial Chief of Staff Victor Suarez said Friday that the Public Finance Corporation does not have the money for a debt payment due Saturday.

The government contends that failure to make the payment will not constitute a default because it...

July 31, 2015 - 6:58pm
46 min 17 sec ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The government of the southern Mexico state of Oaxaca says residents of a heavily Indian area have approved the installation of a huge wind power project in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.

The proposed construction of 132 giant wind turbines is meant to generate 396 megawatts of power, but the project has raised concerns over vibrations, bird deaths and invasion of Indian lands.

The company behind the project and the Oaxaca government...

July 31, 2015 - 6:17pm
46 min 17 sec ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Advocates for migrants in Mexico say they have filed 15 complaints accusing Mexican government officials of extorting Cubans passing through the country en route to the United States.

Activists charge that migration officials hold Cuban migrants and call their relatives in the United States to demand payments while threatening harm to their loved ones.

Alberto Donis is a lawyer and head of a migrant shelter in southern Mexico. He...

July 31, 2015 - 6:12pm
46 min 17 sec ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A federal judge in Mexico has ordered that four soldiers be held for trial on charges including forced disappearance and murder related to the deaths of seven people.

The federal judiciary council said Friday in a statement that a judge in the central state of Zacatecas called for the four soldiers of the 97th Infantry Battalion to stand trial.

Seven civilians disappeared in the Zacatecas town of Calera on July 7. The following...

July 31, 2015 - 5:54pm
46 min 17 sec ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The trouble isn't over for fired Mexico national soccer team coach Miguel Herrera, who is now under investigation for possible violations of electoral laws for politically oriented tweets sent the day of June 7 midterm elections.

The notoriously exuberant Herrera was dismissed as coach on Tuesday following a television reporter's claim that Herrera punched him at a U.S. airport.

The federal prosecutors' office for electoral crimes...

July 31, 2015 - 5:44pm
46 min 17 sec ago

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A Colombian military transport plane has crashed in the country's north, killing all 11 personnel aboard.

An air force statement said the twin-engine CASA-235 reported a motor problem before it disappeared. The wreckage was found in the Caribbean province of Cesar.

It was not clear what led to the motor failure, but local media said the aircraft was struck by a lightning bolt while flying through bad weather....

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