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August 24, 2015 - 2:35am
1 week 2 days ago

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea says it has turned off loudspeakers broadcasting cross-border anti-Pyongyang propaganda as part of an accord with rival North Korea meant to avert possible military confrontation.

Seoul's Defense Ministry said Tuesday that the broadcasts were stopped at noon local time. The ministry says the North is expected to now tell its soldiers to stand down from full war readiness.

Seoul had restarted the broadcasts...

August 24, 2015 - 1:42am
1 week 3 days ago

TOKYO (AP) — A top government spokesman says Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will not attend a military parade in China next week to commemorate the end of World War II.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters Monday that the decision was made after considering his parliamentary activities and political schedule.

Although Suga cited Abe's schedule, an anti-Japanese theme of the parade could also be a reason. Abe has said he had hoped...

August 24, 2015 - 1:23am
1 week 3 days ago

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — President Otto Perez Molina says he won't resign from office despite investigators saying he may have been involved in a customs fraud scandal that has thrown the country into political crisis.

Perez denies receiving any money from the fraud ring and says his conscious is clear.

He also apologized late Sunday to Guatemalans for the corruption that has wracked his administration. Ex-Vice President Roxana Baldetti was detained...

August 23, 2015 - 10:49pm
1 week 3 days ago

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan security forces have rounded up hundreds of Colombians for deportation as part of a security offensive along the countries' shared border.

Gov. Jose Gregorio Vielma Mora of Tachira state said Sunday that 791 Colombians living in Venezuela illegally had been handed over to Colombia's consulate general as a result of the crackdown against smugglers and criminal gangs operating along the 1,400 mile (2,200 kilometer) border....

August 23, 2015 - 10:36pm
1 week 3 days ago

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — South Korea's president says anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts will continue unless North Korea apologizes for planting land mines that Seoul says maimed two South Korean soldiers.

The comments by Park Geun-hye came as marathon negotiations by senior officials from the Koreas stretched into a third day on Monday.

South Korea's military, meanwhile, said North Korea continued to prepare for a fight, moving unusual...

August 23, 2015 - 10:08pm
1 week 3 days ago

TOKYO (AP) — Shares fell in early trading in Asia as investors shaken by the sell-off Friday on Wall Street unloaded shares in many sectors.

The Shanghai composite index tumbled 6.2 percent Monday morning to 3,289.53 in early trading; Hong Kong's Hang Seng index fell 4.2 percent to 21,475.15 and Japan's Nikkei 225 stock index dropped 2.5 percent to 18,956.67. Australia slid 2.5 percent to 5,084.30, while South Korea's Kospi lost 0.5 percent.

Friday's...

August 23, 2015 - 8:35pm
1 week 3 days ago

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Marathon negotiations by senior officials from the Koreas are stretching into a third day as the rivals try to pull back from the brink.

Officials are refusing to discuss the talks. They started Saturday evening. The second session began Sunday evening and is still going Monday morning.

The diplomacy, for the time being, has pushed aside previous heated warnings of imminent war.

South Korea's...

August 23, 2015 - 7:25pm
1 week 3 days ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Call it the curse of El Chapo.

After Mexico's most famous prisoner, drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, tunneled his way out of a maximum security facility last month, its second-most famous prisoner has been denied home detention by a Mexican federal court.

Former teachers' union head Elba Esther Gordillo, once a feared political operator who has been in jail since 2013 on charges of embezzlement and organized crime, had...

August 23, 2015 - 4:27pm
1 week 3 days ago

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Greek government says it's still aiming for a Sept. 20 election date after the prime minister resigned because of a rebellion in his party over the terms of the country's new bailout deal.

Government spokeswoman Olga Gerovassili told Greek state TV ERT on Sunday that "as things stand now, Sept. 20 is a feasible election date."

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras resigned Thursday. Opposition leader Evangelos Meimarakis, who was...

August 23, 2015 - 4:01pm
1 week 3 days ago

TOKYO (AP) — An explosion at a U.S. Army depot outside of Tokyo has set off a large blaze that lit up the night sky, but there were no reports of injuries.

The U.S. Defense Department says the explosion happened after midnight in Japan on Monday at the Sagami Depot in Sagamihara, a city about 25 miles (40 kilometers) southwest of Tokyo.

A statement issued by the Army in Japan adds that the cause is unknown, and there are no indications of injuries....

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