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October 13, 2015 - 10:45pm
1 hour 16 min ago

SINGAPORE (AP) — Preliminary data shows Singapore's economy expanded slightly in the third quarter, narrowly avoiding recession after shrinking 2.5 percent in the previous three months.

The Ministry of Trade and Industry said Wednesday that gross domestic product expanded 0.1 percent in the July-September quarter from the previous quarter.

A recession is defined as two or more consecutive quarters of decline in GDP on a quarter to quarter basis....

October 13, 2015 - 10:41pm
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HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam has slammed China over the construction of two lighthouses in the disputed South China Sea, saying the move violates Vietnam's sovereignty and escalates tensions.

Chinese state media reported last week that a completion ceremony was held for the lighthouses on Cuateron Reef and Johnson South Reef in the Spratly islands.

The Vietnam News Agency on Wednesday quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh as saying the...

October 13, 2015 - 9:35pm
1 hour 16 min ago

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's government has posted a budget surplus for the first time since 2008, fulfilling a financial target it set itself after borrowing billions of dollars to pay for the fallout from the global financial crisis and a devastating earthquake.

The slim surplus of 414 million New Zealand dollars ($275 million) in the year ending June represents just 0.2 percent of the nation's economy. Finance Minister Bill English says the plan is to...

October 13, 2015 - 9:28pm
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — The first Mass conducted in Mexico's most prominent indigenous language has been held in the country's most important church.

Roman Catholic Bishop Felipe Arizmendi said during his homily Tuesday at the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City that rather than accept and respect the culture of the country's original peoples, they have been scorned.

He pointed out that Nahuatl was the language of Juan Diego, the first indigenous saint,...

October 13, 2015 - 7:36pm
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CAIRO (AP) — Security officials say three homemade bombs have exploded along the railway of Egypt's Mediterranean city of Alexandria, wounding a couple and damaging a train.

Wednesday's pre-dawn blasts are the latest sign that the restive Sinai peninsula's Islamic insurgency has spread its reach to Egypt's mainland. The insurgency escalated after the 2013 military overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.

The officials said the bombs were spread...

October 13, 2015 - 5:36pm
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the United Nations women's agency is criticizing the low participation of women at peace tables 15 years after a landmark U.N. resolution.

That resolution called for women to be included in decision-making positions at every level of peacemaking and peace building.

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka told a high-level Security Council meeting Tuesday that many of the much-needed changes are in the hands of the 193 U.N.-member...

October 13, 2015 - 4:35pm
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OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Political party representatives say Burkina Faso's presidential and parliamentary elections will take place on Nov. 29 after a short-lived coup in September upset the original election timeline.

Representatives met with transitional President Michel Kafando on Tuesday before announcing the new election date.

The vote was originally scheduled for Oct. 11. Elections will end the transition government set up after former...

October 13, 2015 - 3:38pm
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OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A lawyer says a preliminary autopsy says a revolutionary leader killed in Burkina Faso nearly three decades ago was shot about ten times in the chest, legs and head.

Thomas Sankara, a Marxist revolutionary, was killed in 1987 during a coup staged by his once-best friend Blaise Compaore in this West African nation.

A lawyer for Sankara's family said Tuesday he had received ballistic and autopsy reports and that eight...

October 13, 2015 - 2:40pm
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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Thousands of pro-Catalan independence supporters have protested the start of a Spanish court investigation into the regional government's staging of a symbolic referendum on secession from Spain last year.

New Barcelona mayor Ada Colau headed the protest Tuesday and read a statement backing Catalonia's demand for the right to self-determination. The rally came after a regional official and a former regional deputy president appeared for...

October 13, 2015 - 2:00pm
1 hour 16 min ago

NOGALES, Sonora, Mexico (AP) — A California-based artist is leading an effort to paint the border fence that divides the U.S. and Mexico to make it blend in with the landscape.

Ana Teresa Fernández and a group of 30 artists and painters began their work on the border fence in Nogales, Sonora and Nogales, Arizona, on Tuesday.

Fernández wants to make a political statement about the border by painting it blue that it appears to be invisible....

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