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May 23, 2015 - 2:04am
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TOKYO (AP) — Japan is giving 55 billion yen ($450 million) in climate change and disaster aid to Pacific island nations, an effort to beef up its profile in the region.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made the pledge at a meeting with Pacific island nations in Iwaki in northern Japan on Saturday.

The assistance will be doled out over three years to help fight climate change and natural disasters. Japan will also help with expert exchanges and...

May 23, 2015 - 12:53am
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LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru's government said it was suspending civil liberties in a southern coastal valley after a fourth death in violent anti-mining protests against a Mexican-owned copper mining project.

Cabinet chief Pedro Cateriano said the 60-day emergency would take effect Saturday, with troops ordered into the streets to support more than 2,000 police in the rice-growing Tambo valley.

He said Friday night that suspended rights would include...

May 23, 2015 - 12:43am
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BEIJING (AP) — China is contributing 600 personnel, including 49 from the military, to multinational disaster relief exercises in Malaysia, the first time it has taken part in such an effort.

The Defense Ministry says China's contribution will include experts from the foreign and civil affairs ministry, along with local government bodies and troops from the army and paramilitary forces.

The five-day ASEAN Regional Forum Disaster Relief Exercise 2015...

May 23, 2015 - 12:38am
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PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Iconic women's rights activist Gloria Steinem may be in North Korea, but she is as outspoken as ever.

In an interview with The Associated Press, the 81-year-old feminism pioneer says she decided to join a group of women in a rare walk across the Demilitarized Zone dividing North and South Korea because she thinks efforts to force change by isolating the North have failed.

Still, she says she has no intention of letting...

May 23, 2015 - 12:14am
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BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities say two schoolchildren aboard an overloaded bus that plunged into a pond are among the dead in the latest round of flooding in the country's south.

At least 45 have died and 19 are missing in the floods that have ravaged mountain districts of six provinces and autonomous regions. They include 10 dead and six missing in the collapse of a building in the city of Guiyang following a landslide.

The Guangxi regional...

May 22, 2015 - 7:52pm
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BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A prominent Colombian paramilitary warlord wanted in the U.S. on drug charges has walked from a Colombian jail, becoming the first major paramilitary leader to earn their freedom as part of a decade-old peace deal.

Rodrigo Perez is better known by his alias Julian Bolivar. He and hundreds of right-wing fighters in the once-impenetrable war zone near the Magdalena River surrendered in 2006 in exchange for a government promise of reduced prison...

May 22, 2015 - 7:48pm
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BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Burundi state broadcaster says two people have died after grenades were thrown into a market in the capital.

An Associated Press reporter saw one person dead Friday and at least 10 wounded following the explosions in a market in Bujumbura.

Christine Kaneza, a fruit seller at the market who was wounded, says she heard two explosions.

Burundi has been experiencing weeks of unrest for weeks since the ruling...

May 22, 2015 - 6:58pm
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican health authorities say bacterial infections, and not contaminated vaccines, were responsible for the deaths of two infants and the sickening of 31 other babies earlier this month in the southern state of Chiapas.

The Mexican Institute for Social Security said Friday that investigators identified Staphylococcus hominis. It said early suspicions that the illnesses stemmed from a contaminated Hepatitis B vaccine were incorrect.

May 22, 2015 - 6:18pm
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States is rejecting a global document toward ridding the world of nuclear weapons, saying Egypt and other states "cynically manipulated" the process by trying to set a deadline for Israel and its neighbors to meet within months on a Middle East zone free of such weapons.

The final document of a landmark treaty review conference Friday would call on the U.N. secretary-general to convene the conference no later than March 2016, regardless...

May 22, 2015 - 4:51pm
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CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) — Authorities in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas have seized 39 surveillance cameras set up by a drug cartel in the city of Reynosa across the border from Texas.

State authorities said Friday in a statement that the cameras were powered by electric lines above the city streets and accessed the Internet through phone cables along the same poles. The revelation came one day after President Enrique Pena Nieto visited the city....

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