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December 1, 2015 - 10:42pm
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TOKYO (AP) — Hearings are due to begin in a legal battle between the Japanese government and the local government in Okinawa over plans to move a U.S. military air base on the southern island.

The hearing Wednesday is for a lawsuit filed by the central government seeking to overturn Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga's cancellation of an earlier local approval for land reclamation needed for the base's relocation.

The long-stalled plan would move the U.S....

December 1, 2015 - 10:23pm
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SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore businessman Dan Tan has been re-arrested just a week after being released following more than two years in detention on suspicion of coordinating a global soccer match-fixing syndicate.

Singapore police said Wednesday that Tan, also known as Tan Seet Eng, was arrested late Tuesday for "involvement in criminal activities." He was previously released from jail last Wednesday when the country's highest court ruled he was being held unlawfully....

December 1, 2015 - 9:26pm
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BANGKOK (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration has downgraded the safety rating of Thailand's aviation industry in a move that could hamper operations of Thai airlines worldwide.

The U.S. agency's announcement Tuesday comes after the International Civil Aviation Organization flagged significant concerns about Thailand's aviation safety in March.

The FAA says it lowered Thailand's rating to "category 2" which means its civil aviation authority is...

December 1, 2015 - 8:08pm
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SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A family court in Chile has ruled in favor of a mother who was restricted access to her newborn daughter for 12 days for smoking marijuana. It ordered the hospital to discharge the baby.

Sindy Ortiz smoked pot to alleviate pain in one of her arms. She was allowed to see her daughter Luciana a couple of hours a day and wasn't allowed to breast-feed her.

On Tuesday, the baby left the hospital in the arms of her father next to an...

December 1, 2015 - 5:26pm
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia's U.N. ambassador says he hopes to circulate a draft resolution to the Security Council very soon that will tighten the U.N. crackdown on the financing of terrorist groups including the Islamic State extremists.

Vitaly Churkin told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the resolution will be a follow-up to the Russian-sponsored resolution adopted unanimously on Feb. 12 which is aimed at halting illicit oil sales, trading in antiquities and...

December 1, 2015 - 5:20pm
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Parents of 43 students who disappeared in southern Mexico at the hands of police and a drug gang have lifted a protest camp in the capital.

They call it a show of faith in a new investigation after victims' relatives, international experts and human rights advocates cast doubt on a previous probe.

Lawyer Vidulfo Rosales said Tuesday the families hope it signals "a good start for a good stage of the investigation."...

December 1, 2015 - 5:05pm
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Consumer rights and health groups are calling on the Mexican government to pull a new Coca-Cola ad depicting young white people bringing Coca-Cola and Christmas joy to a beleaguered indigenous community in southern Oaxaca state.

The Alliance for Food Health says the add is "an attack" on the dignity of the indigenous and contributes to their deteriorating health. The ad, first posted last week, has been criticized for its depiction of light-skinned,...

December 1, 2015 - 4:51pm
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico weathered a record eastern Pacific hurricane season with almost no deaths and relatively few damages given the intensity of the storms.

Mexicans have wondered why the country escaped any major disaster in a year in which the number of "major" hurricanes broke records, and the Western Hemisphere's strongest hurricane hit land.

President Enrique Pena Nieto attributed the lack of damage to prayer circles and "the faith of the...

December 1, 2015 - 4:38pm
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HAVANA (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has enjoyed dinner and a private concert in Havana but hasn't made much traction so far in finding opportunities for Texas businesses on a three-day trip to Cuba.

Abbott is at least the third U.S. governor to travel to Cuba since the declaration of detente with the U.S. nearly a year ago. He appears to be trying to maintain a low profile, announcing the trip at the last minute and declining to speak with international media based in...

December 1, 2015 - 4:21pm
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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — An Argentine human rights group says DNA tests have determined the identity of another person taken as a baby from a victim of the country's dictatorship, bringing the number of such cases to 119. The man has been reunited with his mother after 38 years.

Mario Bravo called the opportunity to reunite with his birth mother "a miracle." He was presented Tuesday by the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo.

The rights group...

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