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July 7, 2015 - 12:05am
20 min 6 sec ago

BEIJING (AP) — China has opened an exhibition commemorating the World War II victory over Japan as part of a propaganda push to mark the observance of the 70th anniversary of the war's end in Asia.

Soldiers and children stood in silence Tuesday outside the museum in suburban Beijing at the opening of the "Great Victory and Historical Contribution" exhibition. It's the 78th anniversary of the Marco Polo Bridge Incident, considered by many to be the start of China's war...

July 6, 2015 - 11:23pm
40 min 20 sec ago

BANGKOK (AP) — Fourteen detained student activists have been brought before a military court in a case that has attracted international calls for their release and criticism of the military junta's strict controls on freedom of speech and assembly.

The university students were arrested June 26 on charges of sedition and violating the junta's ban on political gatherings for holding a peaceful anti-coup rally in Bangkok.

Each student faces a maximum of...

July 6, 2015 - 9:00pm
40 min 20 sec ago

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela is recalling its ambassador in Guyana for consultation amid mounting tensions between the neighboring South American countries over their disputed border.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced Monday night that in addition to recalling the ambassador, he is initiating a comprehensive review of relations with the much smaller Guyana and is reducing the size of Venezuela's embassy there.

During an address to...

July 6, 2015 - 8:26pm
40 min 20 sec ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Radical teachers opposing Mexico's program for evaluating and testing teachers blocked exam sites and cut off the hair of some who showed up.

The Education Departments says Sunday's attacks were the work of "violent and intolerant groups." It pledged on Monday to push ahead with testing, which has been interrupted in the states of Chiapas, Oaxaca and Michoacan.

One woman who was to take an exam for hiring first-time teachers said...

July 6, 2015 - 7:43pm
1 hour 30 sec ago

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. forecasts its second-quarter profit has dropped 4 percent from a year earlier.

The maker of Galaxy smartphones said in its earnings preview Tuesday that its April-June operating profit was 6.9 trillion won ($6.1 billion). The consensus among analysts was 7.23 trillion won, according to financial data provider FactSet.

Samsung said sales fell 8 percent over a year earlier to 48 trillion won. The...

July 6, 2015 - 6:30pm
2 hours 20 min ago

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica's police commissioner says there has been a "troubling" increase in killings, with 602 homicides so far this year.

Carl Williams told reporters Monday there have been significant declines in every other major crime category in 2015. But he says killings are on the rise. Police statistics say half of the slayings are rooted in gang conflicts and 80 percent are done with guns.

Last year, Jamaica saw double-digit...

July 6, 2015 - 6:08pm
4 hours 40 min ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says a 15-year effort to implement eight goals adopted by world leaders at the start of the new millennium has helped lift more than one billion people out of extreme poverty, enabled more girls to go to school than ever before, and brought unprecedented results in fighting diseases such as HIV/AIDS.

In the final report on the Millennium Development Goals released Monday, the U.N. chief said the global mobilization to...

July 6, 2015 - 5:54pm
4 hours 40 min ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say two Central American migrants have died and a dozen more were injured when a truck carrying 41 people overturned in southern Mexico.

The National Institute for Migration says the accident occurred near San Francisco Ixhuatan in Oaxaca state Sunday night. Four of the injured were listed in critical condition, while the others were treated and released.

The migrants from Guatemala and Honduras were packed into...

July 6, 2015 - 4:11pm
5 hours 50 min ago

FORT ERIE, Ontario (AP) — Authorities say one person has died and two others have been hospitalized after an ammonia leak at a food company in Fort Erie, Ontario.

The Fort Erie Fire Department said Monday that it was called to Rich Products around noon to investigate reports of an ammonia odor.

They say homes in the area have been evacuated as a precaution. The leak was contained around 1 p.m.

Niagara Regional police say the two...

July 6, 2015 - 4:05pm
5 hours 50 min ago

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec (AP) — A church bell rang 47 times in Lac-Megantic to honor the 47 victims of the runaway oil train disaster two years ago that forever changed the small Quebec town.

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard said Monday that his government will continue to help the town of 6,000. He added that his thoughts were with those remembering loved ones.

Much of downtown Lac-Megantic was destroyed on July 6, 2013, by a raging fire caused when an...

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