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March 26, 2015 - 9:04pm
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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea says it has detained two South Korean men on charges of spying. The South Korean government says it is trying to confirm that the men are from South Korea.

The official Korean Central News Agency said last Thursday that the two were detained last year after collecting confidential information about the North's ruling Workers' Party of Korea, state organizations and the military. The KCNA also released photos of the two men attending...

March 26, 2015 - 8:54pm
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TOKYO (AP) — Japan has reported lackluster inflation and wages data for February that suggest its economic recovery remains in the doldrums.

The government said Friday that core inflation was 2.0 percent in February, down from 2.2 percent in January. Excluding the impact of an April 2014 sales tax hike, inflation was flat.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sought to spur growth through extreme monetary easing by the central bank that is meant to drive...

March 26, 2015 - 7:14pm
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PANAMA CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is sending a top emissary to a gathering between U.S. President Barack Obama and leaders of Latin America.

Panama on Thursday confirmed that Cardinal Pietro Parolin will attend next month's Summit of the Americas.

But Foreign Minister Isabel De Saint Malo dismissed speculation that the Vatican secretary of state would attempt to smooth over tensions between Venezuela and the U.S. that threaten to dominate the meeting...

March 26, 2015 - 7:11pm
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies have presented powerful members of the U.N. Security Council with suggested elements for a resolution that would impose an arms embargo on the Shiite rebels who have thrown Yemen into turmoil and caused its Western-backed president to flee.

Diplomats said Thursday after a meeting with ambassadors from the United States, Britain and France that members of the Gulf Coordination Council want the resolution to be...

March 26, 2015 - 7:05pm
1 day 5 hours ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The leader of small businesses in Mexico City's historic downtown district says owners have complained of a 60 percent drop in sales during the first week of filming of the new James Bond movie, "Spectre."

Officials have announced some street closures in the nearly 500-year-old colonial district between March 19 and April 1.

The head of the city's small business chamber says his group appreciates the publicity from the film. But...

March 26, 2015 - 6:20pm
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's state-owned petroleum company Pemex has signed an agreement giving two investment funds a 45 percent stake in a natural gas pipeline in exchange for $900 million.

The Los Ramones pipeline will transport natural gas from Texas to Mexico and is intended to facilitate imports of cheap U.S. gas and lower Mexico's high commercial electricity rates.

Mexico built the first part of the Los Ramones project, from the U.S. border to...

March 26, 2015 - 5:26pm
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BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A lawyer for a fugitive Colombian millionaire at the center of the South American nation's biggest financial scandal says his client has been arrested in Spain.

Attorney Ivan Cancino tells The Associated Press that former investment executive Victor Maldonado was captured Thursday in Madrid. Cancino gave no further details.

Maldonado was the largest shareholder of Interbolsa, which had been Colombia's biggest brokerage before...

March 26, 2015 - 5:23pm
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LONDON (AP) — It's not a debate, but live televised interviews of Prime Minister David Cameron and opposition leader Ed Miliband are being billed as a campaign kickoff less than two months before Britain's general election.

Conservative leader Cameron went first in the show Thursday night, facing 45 minutes of harsh questions from prominent TV journalist Jeremy Paxman. Cameron said Britain's economy is growing and the deficit cut.

Miliband, the...

March 26, 2015 - 4:45pm
1 day 7 hours ago

MONTABAUR, Germany (AP) — Investigators have been searching the apartment where Andreas Lubitz lived in the German city of Duesseldorf -- as well as the home of his parents.

They're trying to find out why he flew a plane carrying 150 people into the side of a mountain in the French Alps on Tuesday, killing everyone on board.

Prosecutors say it's clear from the cockpit voice recording that it was intentional. They say Lubitz locked the pilot out of...

March 26, 2015 - 4:32pm
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MALE, Maldives (AP) — A court in Maldives has sentenced a former defense minister to 11 years in prison for importing and possessing a firearm.

A criminal court in Male, the capital island of this Indian Ocean archipelago state, has passed the sentence against Mohamed Nazim Thursday night.

The same court earlier this month sentenced the country's former president to 13 years in prison after a disputed trial over the arrest of a senior judge while he...

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