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June 15, 2016 - 12:57am
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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's government has agreed to pay a record amount to a man who spent more than 20 years in prison for a rape and murder he did not commit.

The government announced Wednesday that it would pay Teina Pora 2.5 million New Zealand dollars ($1.8 million) and also issued him a formal apology. The compensation is the highest ever paid by the South Pacific nation for a wrongful conviction.

Pora was convicted in 1994 of...

June 15, 2016 - 12:54am
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BEIJING (AP) — China has banned exports to North Korea of technology and materials that might be used in weapons production in a new response to the North's development of nuclear weapons and missiles.

The Commerce Ministry said Wednesday the list of banned goods includes metal alloys, cutting and laser-welding equipment and chemicals that could be used in production of chemical weapons.

Beijing has long supported the North Korean government but in a...

June 15, 2016 - 12:04am
1 week 5 days ago

BEIJING (AP) — The Association of Southeast Asian nations issued, then swiftly retracted a tough statement on tensions in the South China Sea that may have offended meeting host China.

The statement from the 10-nation regional bloc expressed "serious concerns over recent and ongoing developments" in the strategic waterway, saying those had "eroded trust and confidence."

While it made no direct accusations against China, it referred to sensitivity...

June 15, 2016 - 12:02am
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TOKYO (AP) — A Chinese naval intelligence ship briefly entered Japan's territorial waters on Wednesday morning, a top official said.

Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroshige Seko said a Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force plane spotted the Chinese naval ship in Japanese territorial waters west of Kuchinoerabu Island in southern Japan before dawn. Seko said the ship sailed out of the territorial waters about 90 minutes later.

Seko said an official...

June 14, 2016 - 10:47pm
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SHANGHAI (AP) — Disney Corp.'s chief executive says China represents "incredible potential" and this week's opening of Shanghai Disneyland offers the entertainment giant a chance to boost its brand in the world's most populous film market.

Bob Iger said Wednesday that the company's first theme park in mainland China is designed to be "authentically Disney" but also "distinctly Chinese."

Shanghai Disneyland will hold its official opening on Thursday....

June 14, 2016 - 10:43pm
1 week 5 days ago

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese media reports say the governor of Tokyo has submitted his resignation over a political funds scandal.

The reports say Governor Yoichi Masuzoe (yoh-ee-chee mah-soo-zoh-eh) submitted the resignation Wednesday morning. Earlier reports said it would take effect June 21.

Masuzoe has come under intense questioning in the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly for allegedly spending political funds on private vacations and hobbies....

June 14, 2016 - 8:28pm
1 week 5 days ago

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Relatives of a Canadian man beheaded by Islamic militants in the Philippines say they agree with Canada's policy of not paying ransom for hostages.

Robert Hall had been held hostage by the militant Abu Sayyaf group since September 2015 and was beheaded this week after a deadline for a ransom payment passed.

Hall's family said Tuesday in a statement that every option to free him was considered and efforts to that end were "vast...

June 14, 2016 - 7:47pm
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations says 80,000 people have fled a conflict that began in January in Darfur's Jebel Marra region, a stronghold of a Sudan Liberation Army faction which is one of the main rebel groups fighting Sudanese security forces.

U.N. peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday that the U.N. humanitarian office has received reports of as many as 127,000 more people who have been displaced by fighting, particularly...

June 14, 2016 - 6:33pm
1 week 5 days ago

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff says she would favor new elections to help Latin America's largest nation emerge from political crisis.

In an interview Tuesday night with foreign news agencies, Rousseff said she would first have to survive an upcoming trial in which senators will decide whether to permanently remove her from office.

Rousseff says the country is experiencing a political "weariness" that has to be...

June 14, 2016 - 5:41pm
1 week 5 days ago

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — An ethics committee in Brazil's Chamber of Deputies has voted in favor of a motion to strip the former speaker of the lower house of Congress of his mandate over allegations he lied when he denied possessing foreign bank accounts.

Eduardo Cunha was once among the most powerful men in Brazil's Congress, and with the Rio de Janeiro representative still wielding considerable influence Tuesday's 11-9 vote was a nail-biter.

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