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July 28, 2015 - 1:23am
22 min 42 sec ago

TOKYO (AP) — Volkswagen overtook Toyota in global vehicle sales for January-June, the first time the German automaker has come out at the top in the intensely competitive tallies.

Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday it sold 5.02 million vehicles in the first six months of this year.

Volkswagen said earlier it sold 5.04 million vehicles during the same period. Sales were robust in Europe and North America but fell in China, a strong...

July 28, 2015 - 12:06am
22 min 42 sec ago

BEIJING (AP) — The North Korean ambassador to China says that his country has no interest in an Iran-style nuclear disarmament deal because North Korea is a "nuclear weapons state."

Ji Jae Ryong told a news conference Tuesday that the Iranian nuclear deal reached earlier this month was an achievement made through protracted efforts, but that North Korea was different to Iran because it is "a nuclear weapons state both in name and in reality."

He said...

July 27, 2015 - 11:35pm
22 min 42 sec ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's Caribbean resort of Cancun is struggling to remove tons of sargassum seaweed that has been washing ashore in recent weeks.

The state government of Quintana Roo said Monday it is stepping up removal efforts, and says there have been no reports of tourists cancelling visits because of the problem.

Photos issued by the Cancun city government showed piles of brown seaweed on some normally pristine white beaches. By last week,...

July 27, 2015 - 10:18pm
22 min 42 sec ago

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn says the country is now virtually free of the deadly MERS virus that killed 36 people and sickened nearly 200 since an outbreak was declared in May.

Hwang in a meeting with policymakers on Tuesday urged people to return to normal as the country hasn't seen a new MERS case in more than three weeks and there is no longer anyone isolated at hospitals and homes for treatment.

Middle East...

July 27, 2015 - 10:04pm
22 min 42 sec ago

SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian man has appeared in court on terror charges after police say he tried to join Kurdish-aligned forces in their fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq.

Police say Jamie Williams was stopped by customs agents at Melbourne airport in December en route to Qatar after military-style equipment and clothing were found in his luggage. He was charged with making preparations for incursions into a foreign country for the purpose of engaging in...

July 27, 2015 - 9:18pm
22 min 42 sec ago

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru's government has ordered telecommunications companies to grant police warrantless access to cellphone users' locations and other call data in real time.

Civil libertarians say Monday's decree is an unconstitutional invasion of privacy.

The government published the decree on a national holiday, a day before Peru's independence day celebrations when most businesses are closed.

Enacted under special powers...

July 27, 2015 - 8:05pm
22 min 41 sec ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Customs and law enforcement personnel in Mexico say they found an undetermined amount of cocaine dissolved in fruit pulp imported from Colombia.

The drug was detected among 24 metric tons of red berries packed into 120 fifty-five-gallon drums of frozen fruit pulp. The berries were thawed, and tests revealed that 16 of the drums contained cocaine mixed into the fruit.

Mexico's customs and tax authority said Monday that it was a "...

July 27, 2015 - 7:57pm
22 min 41 sec ago

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Some buses in the capital of El Salvador have stopped running after two drivers were killed and rumors circulated that the Central American country's "Mara" street gangs planned to burn buses.

Authorities in San Salvador added supplementary service using government-owned buses Monday after some lines stopped running. Transport Vice Minister Nelson Garcia said only a small percentage of the nation's bus service was affected....

July 27, 2015 - 7:34pm
22 min 41 sec ago

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong earthquake has rocked Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua, but there are no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-7.0 underground quake struck at 6:41 a.m. Tuesday (2141 GMT) and was centered 247 kilometers (153 miles) west of Jayapura, the provincial capital of Papua.

Its depth was measured at 52.9 kilometers (32.8 miles) beneath the remote mountainous region...

July 27, 2015 - 4:51pm
22 min 41 sec ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The coach of Mexico's national soccer team is known for his histrionic displays of emotion during games.

Now Miguel Herrera's off-field composure is being questioned after a television sports anchor claimed the coach punched him at the Philadelphia airport following Mexico's 3-1 victory over Jamaica to take the Gold Cup.

Television Azteca sports anchor Christian Martinoli described the incident Monday on a Television Azteca program...

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