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February 2, 2016 - 12:13am
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HONG KONG (AP) — A U.S. meat supplier is disputing a Chinese court's verdict that its local subsidiary sold expired chicken and beef to McDonald's and KFC restaurants in China.

OSI Group of Aurora, Illinois also said Monday that it's considering appealing a Shanghai court's decision to fine its Chinese branch and sentence 10 employees to prison in the case.

The scandal was exposed in 2014 by a Shanghai TV station, which reported that OSI subsidiary...

February 1, 2016 - 10:58pm
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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An official says Australia's prime minister has told government colleagues that an early general election within weeks is "a live option."

Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull alone decides the timing of the next election. He has maintained that he plans for his government to run a full three-year term which would make the election due around September.

But a government minister said Turnbull told his colleagues Tuesday at their...

February 1, 2016 - 8:07pm
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest has been largely protected from logging in a landmark agreement between aboriginals, forest companies, environmental groups and the government.

The land-sharing deal, 20 years in the making, will protect 85 percent of the world's largest intact temperate rainforest, located about 435 miles (700 kilometers) northwest of Vancouver.

The Great Bear Rainforest, stretching from the...

February 1, 2016 - 5:22pm
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations says the Syrian government has approved a request for new aid deliveries to the besieged villages of Madaya, Foua and Kfarya.

Civilians in the three villages have reportedly starved to death because aid deliveries were blocked until about three weeks ago.

The government's approval was announced Monday as talks aimed at ending the Syrian conflict started in Geneva between the government and opposition....

February 1, 2016 - 5:10pm
1 week 4 days ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government is letting the parents of two more sick girls import a cannabis-derived medicine for their treatment.

The Federal Health Commission says in a statement that it has authorized the parents' requests to bring hemp oil into the country.

In a landmark decision last year, a judge ordered the government to allow the parents of another girl suffering from a severe form of epilepsy to import a similar product....

February 1, 2016 - 4:46pm
1 week 4 days ago

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Amnesty International has called on Republic of Congo authorities to unconditionally release an opposition leader detained for more than two months.

The organization said Monday that Paulin Makaya was detained and charged for exercising his right to freedom of expression by participating in an October protest against amendments to the constitution in Brazzaville.

Amnesty International says Makaya and others arrested are...

February 1, 2016 - 3:36pm
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GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A retired military officer and a former paramilitary have gone on trial in Guatemala for alleged abuses against women during the Central American nation's long and bloody civil war.

Former 2nd Lt. Esteelmer Francisco Reyes Giron and Heriberto Valdez Asij are accused of crimes against humanity for the presumed rape, sexual enslavement, killing and disappearance of at least 15 women.

Prosecutor Hilda Pineda said Reyes Giron...

February 1, 2016 - 3:18pm
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PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic's Foreign Ministry says the five Czechs who went missing in July in eastern Lebanon have been found alive and are in "satisfactory health condition."

The ministry said the five were discovered Monday evening and that they were in the care of Lebanese security forces.

It said the authorities were taking steps to transport them home and planning to send a special plane to Lebanon for them.

No...

February 1, 2016 - 3:13pm
1 week 4 days ago

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' president has warned U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that time is needed to negotiate a deal reunifying the ethnically-split island without "deficiencies, gaps and ambiguities" that may lead Greek and Turkish Cypriots to reject it in referendums.

Nicos Anastasiades said progress has been made on "an important number" of issues including power sharing. But he said differences remain in "all chapters" and raising expectations that a deal...

February 1, 2016 - 2:38pm
1 week 4 days ago

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has sharply criticized the country's constitutional watchdog for barring moderate candidates from running in elections for a top clerical body — including Hassan Khomeini, a grandson of the Islamic Republic's founder.

The Guardian Council barred Khomeini from running in the Feb. 26 election for the Assembly of Experts. The council screens candidates before allowing them to run. It has disqualified...

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