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August 4, 2015 - 11:12pm
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he's hopeful that China and its smaller neighbors can come to an effective resolution to territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

Those clashes have ratcheted up tensions in some of the world's busiest commercial maritime lanes.

Speaking Wednesday at a Southeast Asian regional security forum, Kerry said the U.S. wants to preserve stability in the South China Sea and ensure the...

August 4, 2015 - 10:59pm
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is still nursing a broken leg but has graduated from crutches to a cane used by generations of the Kennedy family.

Kerry appeared Wednesday at meetings in Malaysia with a wooden, silver-handled cane that he said had belonged to Kennedy family patriarch Joseph Kennedy while he was U.S. ambassador to Great Britain. The cane was passed down to President John F. Kennedy, who used it to deal with back pain, and...

August 4, 2015 - 10:45pm
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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The 92-year-old widow of late South Korean President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kim Dae-jung has left for North Korea for a four-day visit.

There are hopes among some South Koreans that Lee Hee-ho's trip could help ease continuing tension between the rival Koreas.

Aides still say it is not clear if she will have a chance to meet top North Korean officials, such as leader Kim Jong Un, before returning to Seoul on Saturday...

August 4, 2015 - 9:34pm
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NEW DELHI (AP) — A railway official says at least 19 people were killed when two trains derailed in central India after monsoon rains flooded a track.

Bijendra Kumar, a railway official in Bhopal, the main city in Madhya Pradesh state where the accidents happened, said Wednesday that at least 19 bodies have been recovered so far. One other person was seriously injured.

He said few other details were immediately available.

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August 4, 2015 - 7:02pm
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ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Ivory Coast's military court has sentenced the former head of security for the country's ex-first lady to 20 years in prison for acts related to the postelection crisis in 2011.

More than 3,000 people were killed after former President Laurent Gbagbo refused to accept his defeat in 2010 elections to Alassane Ouattara, who is now president.

Anselme Seka Yapo, in charge of security for Simone Gbagbo, was convicted of...

August 4, 2015 - 5:56pm
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SAO PAULO (AP) — Joe Jackson, the father of the late Michael Jackson and patriarch of the musical family, has been discharged from the Brazilian hospital where he was treated after he had a stroke in late July while visiting Brazil.

The Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo said Tuesday that the 87-year-old Jackson was discharged Monday. The hospital gave no further details.

Paulo Andre Silva is a partner at Nexxing, the company that invited Jackson...

August 4, 2015 - 5:53pm
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TORONTO (AP) — Air Canada says it will no longer transport big-game hunting trophies after the killing of a well-known lion in Zimbabwe by an American dentist drew international attention.

Company spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick said Tuesday that such shipments have been extremely rare in the past because the company does not operate flights to South Africa, where big-game hunting is a booming industry.

He says the company already complies with existing...

August 4, 2015 - 5:28pm
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian environmental authorities say they have suspended a mining company's operations in Rio de Janeiro state after a retention dike broke, sending sand and clay into an unpolluted river that flows into Rio's Guanabara Bay where Olympic sailing events will be held next year.

Rio state's Environmental Protection Institute says in a statement that Jacunda Mining Co. has been shut down indefinitely and ordered to repair the dike....

August 4, 2015 - 5:25pm
30 min 44 sec ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico City's prosecutor says surveillance video shows three suspects leaving the apartment where five people were found tortured and shot. Among the victims was a photojournalist who felt under threat and left the Mexican state he covered to seek refuge in the capital.

Rodolfo Rios Garza says the video captures men leaving the building Friday afternoon with a roller suitcase and driving away in a red Ford Mustang thought to have been used by one of...

August 4, 2015 - 3:38pm
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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentine authorities have successfully guided a whale out of the marina of a glitzy area in Buenos Aires and hope that it will now return to sea.

Roxana Schteinbarg is the executive coordinator of the Whale Conservation Institute in Argentina. She tells The Associated Press that the whale had left the marina of the Puerto Madero neighborhood. Schteinbarg says the animal is now in the port area where the Rio de La Plata river feeds into the...

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