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January 30, 2016 - 6:01am
1 week 5 days ago

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest from the Australian Open on Saturday (all times local):

1:15 a.m.

Andy Murray showed Jamie Murray a little brotherly love early Sunday morning, even if he had a singles final to play against Novak Djokovic about 18 hours later.

Andy Murray was the stands at Rod Laver Arena taking photos with his mobile phone well after midnight when his older brother Jamie and Bruno Soares won the men's...

January 30, 2016 - 5:56am
1 week 6 days ago

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Angelique Kerber has upset Serena Williams 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to win the Australian Open title, ending the six-time champion's unbeaten streak in finals at Melbourne Park.

Williams was an overwhelming favorite at the Australian Open, where she had won all six previous times she'd reached the final, and was trying to equal Steffi Graf's Open-era record of 22 Grand Slam singles titles.

For the second time in as many majors,...

January 30, 2016 - 5:34am
1 week 6 days ago

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says at least 33 people, including five children, have drowned in the Aegean Sea after their Greece-bound boat capsized off the Turkish coast.

Anadolu Agency says coast guards rescued 75 others from the sea Saturday near the resort of Ayvacik en route to the Greek island of Lesbos.

The agency has identified the survivors as natives of Afghanistan, Syria and Myanmar.

The...

January 30, 2016 - 2:57am
1 week 6 days ago

BEIJING (AP) — China's peak travel season is kicking into high gear this weekend as hundreds of millions of people return home for Spring Festival celebrations — or head for vacation destinations domestic and abroad.

According to the Ministry of transport, Chinese travelers are expected to make 2.9 billion trips during the 40-day period between Jan. 21 and March 3, with the majority of those trips falling in the weeks around the Feb. 8 Lunar New Year.

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January 30, 2016 - 2:22am
1 week 6 days ago

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — An indebted Malaysian state investment fund says it will cooperate with Swiss prosecutors whose investigation indicated that $4 billion may have been misappropriated from Malaysian state-owned companies.

The top Swiss prosecutor says he has sought Malaysia's help after the probe into 1MDB confirmed that a small amount of that money was transferred to accounts held in Switzerland including by a former Malaysian public official....

January 29, 2016 - 10:01pm
1 week 6 days ago

MCBRIDE, British Columbia (AP) — British Columbia's coroner's service says five people have died in an avalanche in the western Canadian province near the community of McBride.

Barb McLintock says there was a large avalanche Friday afternoon in an area where a group of people were snowmobiling. She says two coroners have been dispatched from Prince George, B.C., and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are investigating.

Avalanche Canada says the...

January 29, 2016 - 9:52pm
1 week 6 days ago

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Education ministers of South Korea, Japan and China have gathered for a three-way meeting in Seoul, the first of its kind between the countries that often spat over differing views of the wartime history described in school books.

Seoul's Education Ministry says history education wasn't part of the agendas of Saturday's meeting, where ministers will mainly talk about holding the trilateral meetings regularly and strengthening student exchange....

January 29, 2016 - 9:18pm
1 week 6 days ago

BANGKOK (AP) — Dolls in Thailand can be a serious business these days — a mixture of superstition, fashion and celebrity idolatry.

Adult owners of "child angel" dolls, the latest craze in the country, say they will bring you good luck, especially if you treat them like your own living progeny, taking them along on trips, treating them to meals and praying together at the temple.

While "luk thep" (pronounced LOOK' TEHP') dolls, as they are known in...

January 29, 2016 - 6:42pm
1 week 6 days ago

TORONTO (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he is confident Canada's contribution to the mission against the Islamic State group will be "significant" despite Canada's previously announced decision to remove its fighter jets.

Kerry, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion and Mexico's Claudia Ruiz Massieu held a meeting in Quebec City on Friday. New Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has vowed to remove the six jets but said Canada will ramp up its...

January 29, 2016 - 5:56pm
1 week 6 days ago

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina is ending subsidies on electricity bills, and officials say the move will save the government $4 billion this year.

Authorities are declining to estimate how much consumers' power costs will rise as a result, though some Argentina news media say bills could jump as much as 500 percent for some users.

The government says it spent a total of $51 billion over the past 13 years to keep consumers' power bills down...

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