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January 29, 2016 - 1:02am
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BEIJING (AP) — Human rights monitoring groups say a Chinese court has sentenced three pro-democracy activists to as many as five years in prison on charges of inciting the overthrow of the communist government.

The groups say the Guangzhou Intermediate People's Court in the southern city of Guangzhou on Friday gave the heaviest sentence to lawyer Tang Jingling following a closed-door trial.

Activists Wang Qingying and Yuan Xinting were sentenced to...

January 29, 2016 - 1:01am
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CAVINTI, Philippines (AP) — With a mournful bow, Emperor Akihito has paid his respects at a hilltop war memorial near Manila to the largest number of Japanese invasion troops who died outside their homeland in World War II.

Clad in black and accompanied by Empress Michiko, he and Michiko each laid a bouquet of white flowers and silently prayed at a marble cenotaph in the Japanese memorial garden along Lake Caliraya in Laguna province southeast of the Philippine capital...

January 28, 2016 - 11:29pm
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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An official says a Chinese ship equipped with advanced sonar equipment will join the search for the Malaysian airliner that disappeared in the southern Indian Ocean almost two years ago.

Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said in a statement Friday the ship will leave Singapore on Sunday and join the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 by late February.

The ship has state-of-the-art Synthetic Aperture Sonar....

January 28, 2016 - 10:53pm
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TOKYO (AP) — The Bank of Japan has introduced a negative interest policy in a move to boost a stumbling recovery in the world's third-largest economy.

The central bank says Friday it is imposing a 0.1 percent fee on deposits left with the central bank, effectively a negative interest rate.

It hopes that will encourage commercial banks to lend more and stimulate investment and growth.

January 28, 2016 - 7:30pm
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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister has given a personal assurance that his government will legalize gay marriage if a majority of Australians choose marriage equality in a popular vote.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told Melbourne Radio 3AW on Friday that his center-right government will keep its promise to hold a plebiscite on the gay marriage question if the government is re-elected at elections due this year.

A number of the...

January 28, 2016 - 7:17pm
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TOKYO (AP) — Japan's core inflation rate slipped to 0.5 percent in 2015, as low oil prices hindered efforts by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to spur growth by pushing prices higher.

Data released Friday also showed that consumer spending fell 4.4 percent in December from a year earlier, suggesting that households are choosing to save rather than splurge on any gains from the low oil prices that are slowing inflation.

Average incomes fell 2.9 percent in...

January 28, 2016 - 7:05pm
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BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos is hoping the U.S. will suspend drug warrants against guerrilla commanders and remove the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia from a list of terrorist groups to help cinch a peace deal with Latin America's oldest leftist insurgency.

Santos' remarks in an interview Thursday with The Associated Press come days before he meets with President Barack Obama at the White House.

Santos said if...

January 28, 2016 - 5:45pm
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's Health Department has adopted a regulation that will allow for the cultivation, manufacturing and distribution of medical marijuana in the U.S. territory.

Officials say the substance can be used in forms including pills, creams, patches and oral drops. Authorities stress that smoking marijuana and cultivating it for personal use remains illegal.

The Health Department said Thursday that it will implement a...

January 28, 2016 - 5:15pm
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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Supporters of Haiti's government have held a peaceful march in the crowded capital calling for elections to be held.

Thursday's march attracted several thousand people to the streets of Haiti's largest city with a carnival-like atmosphere.

Many people wore new T-shirts emblazoned with the photo of Jovenel Moise, the outgoing president's chosen successor.

Haiti had been scheduled to hold a runoff...

January 28, 2016 - 4:22pm
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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela authorities have broken their silence on the outbreak of Zika in the South American country and are pledging to mount a public health campaign to slow the virus' spread.

Health Minister Luisana Melo said Thursday on state television that 4,700 suspected cases of Zika have been recorded in Venezuela.

She says the country will begin fumigation operations and step up training of medical workers to protect against the...

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