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July 8, 2015 - 2:38am
12 min 55 sec ago

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota's highest ranking woman executive until her arrest in Japan on suspicion of drug law violations has been released from custody.

Japanese media reports say Julie Hamp will not face charges. The American was released Wednesday.

Hamp resigned last week from Toyota Motor Corp.

She was arrested June 18 on suspicion of bringing oxycodone, a narcotic pain killer, into Japan. The drug is tightly controlled in Japan....

July 8, 2015 - 12:23am
12 min 55 sec ago

BEIJING (AP) — China's central bank has promised more credit to finance stock trading in the latest move aimed at stopping a plunge in stock prices that has prompted hundreds of companies to suspend trading in their shares.

The central bank said Wednesday it would provide "ample liquidity to support stock market stability" through a government-owned company that lends to brokerages to finance share purchases.

The move adds to a flurry of increasingly...

July 7, 2015 - 10:58pm
12 min 55 sec ago

BRUSSELS (AP) — Greece is scrambling to develop a detailed proposal to move away from the brink of financial collapse.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (TSEE'-prahs) attended a meeting in Brussels on Tuesday with eurozone finance leaders and was told his country has to develop a proposal by Thursday. Creditors will then assess the plan to prepare for another meeting of eurogroup finance ministers and ultimately Sunday's summit of the full EU.

Officials...

July 7, 2015 - 7:33pm
12 min 55 sec ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government's human rights agency is urging the army not to use ambiguous terms in orders, after activists revealed the army had essentially issued a directive to troops to kill suspected criminals.

The National Human Rights Commission said Tuesday it made a formal request to the Defense Department asking that it review and correct the language it uses to avoid "imprecise or ambiguous" language.

Last week, activists for...

July 7, 2015 - 7:27pm
12 min 55 sec ago

BRUSSELS (AP) — Greece's prime minister says his country will present a detailed proposal on how the country will respond to a financial crisis that has it teetering.

There was anger and frustration at an emergency meeting Tuesday in Brussels because participants said Alexis Tsipras (TSEE'-prahs) showed up empty handed.

After a later meeting he told reporters he had presented proposals. But's it's not clear if those proposals were formal or detailed...

July 7, 2015 - 5:51pm
8 hours 22 min ago

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A five-day movie festival has begun in Jamaica with the goal of strengthening the island's small filmmaking community.

Producers, actors and writers will share their craft with audiences at the inaugural Jamaica Film Festival. The event with screenings, workshops and networking is hosted by the Caribbean country's promotions corporation.

There will be roughly 40 films shown in five venues across the capital of Kingston,...

July 7, 2015 - 3:44pm
9 hours 32 min ago

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Government-backed experts say former Guatemalan dictator Jose Efrain Rios Montt is mentally incompetent, potentially derailing a trial on human rights charges.

The July 1 opinion by the National Institute of Forensic Sciences determined the 89-year-old is incapable of understanding the charges against him and of participating in his own defense. It's up to a three-judge panel to decide if a trial set for July 23 goes forward.

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July 7, 2015 - 2:54pm
11 hours 2 min ago

MADRID (AP) — The director of the board of trustees of Spain's Alhambra palace has resigned amid an investigation for alleged embezzlement of public funds at the nation's top tourist site.

Alhambra director Maria del Mar Villafranca told reporters Tuesday she is innocent but felt she needed to step down two weeks after being detained and questioned by authorities.

Spain's Interior Ministry has said Villafranca and four other Alhambra board officials...

July 7, 2015 - 2:47pm
11 hours 2 min ago

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Provisional results from Burundi's parliamentary elections, that were boycotted by most of the opposition groups, show the ruling party has won a majority of the seats.

Electoral Commission chairman Claver Ndayicariye said Tuesday the ruling party CNDD-FDD has won 77 of 100 seats that were being contested.

Burundi has been rocked by protests ahead of the elections this year because of President Pierre Nkurunziza's push for a...

July 7, 2015 - 2:44pm
11 hours 2 min ago

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's president has presented the U.S. ambassador with a prestigious honor for his service to the country.

President Bronislaw Komorowski on Tuesday bestowed the award on Stephen Mull, an unusually popular ambassador thanks to his close engagement with Poles and his fluent Polish.

Mull, who leaves his post later this year, also served in Poland in the 1980s, when the country was still under communist rule, and in the 1990s,...

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