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April 23, 2015 - 2:42am
1 day 12 hours ago

PARIS (AP) — France's prime minister says investigators are searching for possible accomplices in the planned attack on a church uncovered when the suspect apparently shot himself by accident.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls told France Inter radio on Thursday that the would-be attacker could have had a network or people who provided logistical support.

The 24-year-old Algerian computer science student was arrested Sunday after he called for an ambulance...

April 23, 2015 - 2:16am
1 day 16 hours ago

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says that at least six civilians died when their rickshaw struck a roadside bomb in the country's southwest.

Ahmad Arab, the spokesman for the provincial governor in Nimroz province said on Thursday that the explosion happened the night before. The six killed included four children, a woman and a man who were all relatives.

Arab says another civilian was wounded in the bombing in Khashrod district. No...

April 23, 2015 - 1:26am
1 day 16 hours ago

TOKYO (AP) — Two Japanese Cabinet ministers have visited a Tokyo shrine that honors the country's war dead including convicted war criminals, a day after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held brief talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Previous visits by Japanese leaders to pray at Yasukuni Shrine have drawn sharp rebukes from neighboring China and South Korea and calls for Japan to atone for its wartime aggression. Abe sent religious offerings rather than visiting the...

April 23, 2015 - 12:48am
1 day 16 hours ago

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. is still at the top in global vehicle sales after the first quarter, selling 2.52 million vehicles around the world.

The Japanese automaker has been the world' top-selling automaker for the past three years. The numbers, released Thursday, top No. 2 Volkswagen Group of Germany at 2.49 million vehicles for the January-March period.

Volkswagen edged out U.S. automaker General Motors Co., which reported global sales of 2....

April 22, 2015 - 11:56pm
1 day 16 hours ago

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Authorities in Peru say police fired on farmers opposed to a Mexican-owned copper mine in the country's south, killing one person and wounding 12.

Local health director Walter Vera said a 61-year-old man died from a wound in the lower abdomen. He said six of those wounded Wednesday were hospitalized and six were treated and released.

Farmers and local leaders oppose the $1.3 billion Tia Maria mine in the Tambo valley of Arequipa...

April 22, 2015 - 10:18pm
1 day 16 hours ago

HONG KONG (AP) — An early report says China's manufacturing activity has deteriorated again in April to its lowest point in a year, in a fresh sign that growth is faltering in the world's second biggest economy.

HSBC's preliminary, or flash, purchasing managers' index released Thursday fell to 49.2 in April from 49.6 in March as new business dropped for the second month amid weak demand.

The index is based on a 100-point scale on which the 50-point...

April 22, 2015 - 8:24pm
1 day 16 hours ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say they have recovered hazardous radioactive material stolen last week from the Gulf Coast state of Tabasco.

The Interior Ministry says the material, Iridium 192, used for industrial radiography, was found sealed in its container on a pedestrian walkway in Cardenas, the same town where it was stolen. The ministry said in a statement Wednesday that the container was not "opened or manipulated" and posed no threat....

April 22, 2015 - 7:20pm
1 day 17 hours ago

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras says it lost $2.1 billion because of inflated contracts and other costs related to a long-running kickback scheme.

Company executives released long-delayed audited financial results Wednesday night — including the write-down in local currency of 6.2 billion reais because of the graft scheme that Petrobras says operated from 2004 to 2012.

Federal prosecutors have called the scheme the...

April 22, 2015 - 5:52pm
1 day 18 hours ago

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile's Calbuco volcano has erupted for the first time in more than 42 years, and Chilean authorities have ordered the evacuation of the few thousand people living in a town a few miles away.

The National Mining and Geology Service has issued a high alert, barring access to the mountainous area around the volcano in southern Chile. The area is sparsely populated, with only a few small communities. The town of Ensenada is being evacuated as a...

April 22, 2015 - 5:02pm
1 day 18 hours ago

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's Government Development Bank says it is very likely the U.S. territory's government could be forced to shut down in the next three months due to a lack of funds.

The bank issued the warning in a letter sent Tuesday to Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla and to the presidents of the island's Senate and House of Representatives.

Bank officials say they don't believe the government can access the capital market as...

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