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April 27, 2015 - 2:14am
22 min 6 sec ago

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials say five civilians were killed when a bomb detonated inside a house in the southern Zabul province, while in the north Taliban insurgents are clashing with police.

Atta Jan, head of the Zabul provincial council, said Monday that two children and a woman were among those killed in the explosion the night before in the Shinkay district.

In the northern Kunduz province, meanwhile, the Taliban battled police...

April 27, 2015 - 2:04am
22 min 6 sec ago

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's Parliament is debating constitutional amendments to clip the extensive powers given to the country's president, a promise President Maithripala Sirisena made in the run up to his January election win.

Sirisena made the opening speech Monday urging lawmakers to be part of his effort to introduce democratic reforms.

The bill will remove powers from the president to appoint judges, police and public officials, and...

April 27, 2015 - 1:22am
22 min 6 sec ago

BANGKOK (AP) — Customs officials in Thailand say they've seized 3 tons of ivory worth $6 million hidden in tea leaf sacks in what they're calling the second-biggest bust in the country's history.

Customs Department Director-General Somchai Sujjapongse says the 511 elephant tusks were bound for Laos but seized at a port in Chonburi province in eastern Thailand.

He said Monday that the ivory was shipped out of Kenya last month and arrived at the Thai...

April 27, 2015 - 12:51am
22 min 6 sec ago

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Some 400 soldiers have arrived near Chile's Calbuco (kal-BOO'-koh) volcano to help residents clear ash from towns and roads.

The volcano has been quieter since last week's two big eruptions, but it continues to release columns of ash.

Chile's National Geology and Mining Service says rainfall in the coming days could cause dangerous mudflows of debris, pyroclastic material and water that would flow down the volcano's slopes and...

April 27, 2015 - 12:45am
22 min 6 sec ago

ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) — Election officials in Kazakhstan say preliminary results of Sunday's nationwide polls show the long-ruling president confirming his incumbency with 97.7 percent of the vote.

The Central Elections Commission said Monday that turnout reached a record 95 percent.

A crushing victory for 74-year-old Nursultan Nazarbavev was widely expected from the moment the snap elections were announced. Nazarbayev faced only two nominal rivals...

April 26, 2015 - 11:51pm
22 min 6 sec ago

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — .

9.45 a.m. (0400 GMT)

Japan says it will provide emergency relief goods such as tents and blankets worth 25 million yen ($210,000) to Nepal, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency following the massive earthquake on Saturday.

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9.30 a.m. (0345 GMT)

In Kathmandu, those who came to help are frightened, too. Kathmandu district chief administrator Ek...

April 26, 2015 - 7:30pm
22 min 6 sec ago

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's foreign minister says Indonesia has given two Australians on death row 72 hours notice of their executions.

Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan are among 10 drug traffickers facing execution by an Indonesian firing squad.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio on Monday she is "profoundly dismayed" that over the 72 hours notice. She did not say when the minimum notice...

April 26, 2015 - 4:57pm
22 min 6 sec ago

LONDON (AP) — The family of Amy Winehouse has criticized a documentary about the late singer that is due to have its premiere at next month's Cannes Film Festival.

A statement issued Sunday by family spokesman Chris Goodman said director Asif Kapadia's "Amy" is "misleading and contains some basic untruths."

The statement said the film suggested family members did too little to help the singer, who died in July 2011, aged 27, after battling drug and...

April 26, 2015 - 3:47pm
22 min 6 sec ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military says it has launched an airstrike on its border with Syria after spotting militants carrying a bomb.

A military statement Sunday night said it launched the strike after troops saw "a group of armed terrorists" approach the border with an explosive that could target Israeli troops.

April 26, 2015 - 3:10pm
22 min 6 sec ago

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Officials in northwestern Pakistan say heavy rains have killed at least 37 people.

Provincial Information Minister Mushtaq Ghani says the storm Sunday also injured over 200 people. The storm included hailstorms and strong winds and saw buildings collapse as it uprooted trees and electric poles.

He says an emergency has been declared at all local hospitals in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, where Peshawar is the capital....

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