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July 29, 2015 - 1:04am
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BEIJING (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has arrived in Beijing amid tensions over China's treatment of its Uighur minority and sensitive negotiations surrounding the possible purchase of a Chinese missile system.

While the sides enjoy outwardly friendly relations, Turkish public sentiment has been inflamed by reports that members of the Uighur minority located in China's northwest have been restricted in practicing their Islamic religion, especially during...

July 29, 2015 - 12:45am
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ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistan government official says police have killed the former head of an outlawed Sunni group along with 13 of his associates in a shootout.

Shuja Khanzada, the provincial home minister in the eastern Punjab province, said Malik Ishaq was killed before dawn Wednesday in the district of Muzaffargarh.

He said police arrested Ishaq about a week ago and that officers were taking him to a place for questioning when a group of armed...

July 29, 2015 - 12:30am
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia on Wednesday is expected to veto a U.N. Security Council resolution to set up an international criminal court to prosecute those responsible for shooting down a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine a year ago.

The foreign ministers of the Netherlands, Australia and Ukraine will address what is likely to be an emotional meeting over the downing that killed all 298 people on board Flight MH17. The countries are among the five nations...

July 29, 2015 - 12:05am
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DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh's Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence for an influential opposition leader and an aide to a former prime minister for his role in mass killings during the country's independence war against Pakistan in 1971.

Chief Justice S.K. Sinha delivered the verdict Wednesday against Bangladesh Nationalist Party leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, a former aide to ex-Prime Minister Khaleda Zia.

The ruling clears the way...

July 28, 2015 - 11:19pm
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican prosecutors say they have won "historic" convictions and sentences of 697 years in prison against five men for killing 11 women near the border city of Ciudad Juarez.

The state prosecutor's office in Chihuahua state says the men lured women with the promise of jobs, but instead subjected them to human trafficking and forced prostitution before killing them.

The women's skeletal remains were found dumped in 2012 in the Rio...

July 28, 2015 - 9:02pm
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say they are working to clean sargassum seaweed from 112 miles (180 kilometers) of the country's Caribbean coast and will try to prevent more from coming ashore.

The Environment Department said Tuesday that the government is setting up air and sea monitoring of sargassum mats "to prevent them from reaching the coast."

The department said the "unusual" seaweed accumulation could be due to high levels of nutrients...

July 28, 2015 - 8:41pm
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BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A strong earthquake has shaken the sparsely populated region along the border between Colombia and Panama. There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The U.S. Geological Service says the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 5.9. It says the epicenter was about 17 miles (29 kilometers) south of the Colombian town of Acandi. It occurred about 6 miles (10 kilometers) below the surface.

The tremor hit at 7:10 p.m. EDT (...

July 28, 2015 - 7:55pm
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations humanitarian chief says the latest attempt at a humanitarian pause in Yemen "has not been respected by any party to the conflict."

Stephen O'Brien says a plan to reach 3 million people with aid is ready to go if only the fighting would stop.

O'Brien briefed the Security Council on Tuesday and repeated the call for an "unconditional freeze" in the months-long fighting between a Saudi-led coalition and Houthi...

July 28, 2015 - 5:58pm
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew says creating a path as soon as possible to allow Puerto Rico's government to file for bankruptcy would help the U.S. territory recover from its economic crisis.

Lew made the comments in a two-page letter to Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah. It was released Tuesday and comes amid heightened concern that Puerto Rico will default on several upcoming payments as it struggles with $72 billion of public debt...

July 28, 2015 - 5:16pm
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican officials have filed a criminal complaint after villagers in the central state of Tlaxcala bulldozed a chapel from the 1700s.

The small Chapel of Holy Christ was originally built during colonial times by the Franciscan order and added on to in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The head of the historical monuments department said Tuesday that he doesn't know why residents in San Pablo del Monte tore down the chapel late Saturday...

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