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March 26, 2015 - 4:47am
3 days 17 hours ago

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar is increasing the salaries of its government employees — doubling some of them — as of next month.

The announcement by Finance Minister Win Shein was relayed Thursday on state-run television.

The increases were aimed at slightly raising the standard of living of approximately 1.5 million government servants, from post office employees and teachers to director generals.

The new pay scale takes effect...

March 26, 2015 - 4:22am
3 days 17 hours ago

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish police say a bomb explosion outside the office of a pro-Islamic magazine in Istanbul has killed one person and injured three others.

Police said Thursday that the device was placed outside the door of the monthly Adimlar magazine, on the third floor of a building, and exploded late Wednesday when the door was opened. Police identified the victim as 45-year-old Unsal Zor, who wrote for Adimlar, a magazine that is close to a Turkish militant Islamic...

March 26, 2015 - 4:18am
3 days 17 hours ago

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian parliament is to consider a prosecutors' request to proceed with legal actions against the lone lawmaker who voted against the annexation of Crimea and is suspected of embezzlement.

State Duma speaker Sergei Naryshkin said Thursday the parliament received a request from Russian prosecutors to strip Ilya Ponomarev of immunity, paving the way for legal proceedings. Naryshkin said Ponomarev is suspected of embezzlement related to his work for a...

March 26, 2015 - 3:54am
3 days 17 hours ago

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian officials have inaugurated a memorial at the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum to remember at least 12,000 people tortured and killed at the site when it was a Khmer Rouge prison.

Buddhist monks chanted prayers at Thursday's ceremony, attended by Cambodia's deputy prime minister and representatives from the United Nations and the Khmer Rouge tribunal.

The museum, formerly a high school in Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh...

March 26, 2015 - 3:20am
3 days 18 hours ago

PARIS (AP) — An official with knowledge of the audio recordings from the Germanwings flight that crashed in the Alps says one of the pilots apparently was locked out of the cockpit when the plane went down.

The official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the investigation, said Thursday the details emerged from recordings recovered from the black box found among the debris of the aircraft.

The New York Times earlier quoted an...

March 26, 2015 - 2:45am
3 days 18 hours ago

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Indonesian envoy says that Indonesian President Joko Widodo has been too busy during the past three weeks to accept a phone call from the Australian prime minister to plead for the lives of two death row prisoners.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott told reporters on March 5 that he had requested a telephone conversation with Widodo to discuss the impending executions of Australian heroin traffickers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran....

March 26, 2015 - 2:26am
3 days 10 hours ago

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Saudi state TV says Yemen's embattled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has arrived in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

Al-Ekhbariya TV reported Hadi arrived Thursday at a Riyadh airbase and was met by Saudi Defense Minister Prince Mohammed, the son of King Salman. A day earlier, Hadi fled the southern Yemeni city Aden in a boat as Shiite rebels and their allies moved on the city.

Hadi's arrival comes as Saudi Arabia and its allies...

March 26, 2015 - 12:23am
3 days 18 hours ago

BEIJING (AP) — Sri Lanka's new president has held talks with Chinese leader Xi Jinping amid efforts to recalibrate his predecessor's strongly pro-China policies.

Maithripala Sirisena met with Xi on Thursday in Beijing at the start of his first visit to the Asian giant since taking office in January.

Xi told Sirisena that China considers Sri Lanka a strategic partner and wants to further boost relations.

The two sides were...

March 25, 2015 - 10:09pm
3 days 18 hours ago

HAVANA (AP) — A delegation of U.S. telecommunication officials is in Havana to meet with their Cuban counterparts as part of talks to restore full diplomatic relations between the countries.

A Cuban government statement says Daniel Sepulveda, the U.S. coordinator for international communications and information policy, will leave Cuba on Thursday. He has been accompanied by officials from the U.S. State Department, the Federal Communications Commission and Commerce...

March 25, 2015 - 8:52pm
3 days 18 hours ago

SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France (AP) — A newspaper is reporting that the voice recorder indicates that one of the pilots was locked out of the cockpit before a Germanwings jetliner plummeted into a remote Alpine mountainside.

The New York Times is citing an investigator it doesn't identify as saying that the audio shows that after an ordinary start to the flight, one of the pilots left the cockpit and could not get back in.

The investigator told the...

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