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November 12, 2015 - 1:00am
1 week 5 days ago

SYDNEY (AP) — Apple is facing accusations of racism in Australia after a group of black teenagers was asked to leave one of its stores in Melbourne when a staffer expressed concern they would shoplift.

The backlash against Apple began after one of the teens posted a video of Tuesday's incident on his Facebook page and captioned it: "Simply Racism."

In the video, a staffer is heard telling the teens: "These guys are just a bit worried about your...

November 12, 2015 - 12:34am
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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's top court has upheld a lifetime sentence for the captain of the ferry that sank last year, killing more than 300 people, most of them teenagers on a school trip.

An official from the Supreme Court said Thursday that it had upheld a lower court ruling that sentenced Lee Joon-seok, 70, to life imprisonment for charges that included homicide. The court ruled Lee committed homicide by "willful negligence" because he fled his ship...

November 12, 2015 - 12:01am
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LONDON (AP) — Britain is rolling out the red carpet for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is due to address Parliament and have lunch with Queen Elizabeth II during a two-day official visit.

Modi is being treated to full British pomp on a trip that comes amid rising troubles for him at home, where economic growth is slowing and political criticism is growing.

He will be welcomed with military ceremony, hold talks with Prime Minister David...

November 11, 2015 - 11:28pm
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SINJAR, Iraq (AP) — The Kurdish Regional Security Council says its fighters have captured a strategic road near the town of Sinjar, cutting off one of the most important supply routes for the Islamic State group.

The council said Thursday that peshmerga fighters have reached Highway 47, which indirectly links the militant group's two biggest strongholds — Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq. The statement said the Kurds reached the highway in two different areas....

November 11, 2015 - 11:03pm
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TOKYO (AP) — In 1944, the two men were in Burma as foes, fighting one of harshest battles of World War II between Japan and Britain. More than 70 years later, they shook hands and sipped tea in Tokyo.

Roy Welland, 94, a former British sergeant, and Taiji Urayama, 93, a former Imperial Army lieutenant, survived the Battle of Kohima and met for the first time at a British Embassy reception in Tokyo. Another Japanese veteran joined the friendly gathering....

November 11, 2015 - 10:24pm
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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A government official says seven men blamed for a riot that caused 10 million Australian dollars ($7 million) damage to a remote Australian immigration detention camp have been flown to a mainland prison.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton told Sydney Radio 2GB on Thursday that five New Zealanders, a Tongan and an Afghan were flown overnight in a chartered jet 2,600 kilometers (1,600 miles) from Christmas Island to a maximum security prison in...

November 11, 2015 - 10:08pm
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council has scheduled a vote Thursday on a resolution strongly condemning increasing killings, torture and other human rights violations in Burundi and threatening possible sanctions against those contributing to the violence.

Top U.N. officials and human rights groups have urged action against what witnesses call a deadly government crackdown on opposition members. Statements last week by government officials echoing language used...

November 11, 2015 - 9:44pm
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is urging the world to condemn rising anti-Semitism and bigotry and unite in the struggle against violent extremism and "terrorist bigots," speaking at a commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the adoption of a U.N. resolution equating Zionism with racism.

Kerry called the 1975 resolution ominous because it gave "a global license to hate" the state of Israel, and he called on diplomats and governments to do...

November 11, 2015 - 8:01pm
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SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A groundbreaking ceremony has been held in Chile for the Giant Magellan Telescope.

Scientists and officials gathered Wednesday on a mountaintop high in the Chilean Andes cordillera for the ceremony marking the launch of construction on what is expected to be the largest telescope ever built when it is completed in 2021.

The GMT, as it's known for short, will be in the Atacama Desert. Experts say it will produce images 10 times...

November 11, 2015 - 5:05pm
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LIMA, Peru (AP) — Former U.S. President Bill Clinton is in Peru's capital visiting a project that gives rural Andean women sales training and provides them with products such as nutritious foods, pharmaceuticals and solar-powered lamps.

The Chakipi Acceso program targets remote Quechua-speaking villages. A statement from the Clinton Foundation says the women sell the products to people in the communities, providing essential goods that otherwise would be hard or...

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