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May 1, 2015 - 7:13am
2 days 8 hours ago

ISTANBUL (AP) — Police and May Day demonstrators have clashed in Istanbul as crowds determined to defy a government ban tried to march to the city's iconic Taksim Square.

Security forces pushed back demonstrators with water cannon and tear gas. Protesters retaliated by throwing stones and hurling firecrackers at police.

Authorities have blocked the square that is symbolic as the center of protests in which 34 people were killed in 1977....

May 1, 2015 - 7:03am
2 days 8 hours ago

SYDNEY (AP) — There are no reports of damage or injuries after a 6.8-magnitude quake rattled the South Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea today.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake struck about 66 miles southwest of the town of Kokopo in northeastern Papua New Guinea.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said hazardous tsunami waves were possible within 186 miles of the epicenter, but the risk passed shortly thereafter and the advisory was...

May 1, 2015 - 6:55am
2 days 8 hours ago

ISTANBUL (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to Turkey is fighting back with humor after Ankara's mayor called a U.S. state department spokeswoman a "stupid blonde."

John Bass posted a picture on his Instagram account with his normally dark hair digitally altered to a reddish blond. The caption said: "American Diplomats: We Are All Blonde."

Ankara Mayor Melih Gokcek had taken to social media to go after State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf for criticizing...

May 1, 2015 - 6:54am
2 days 8 hours ago

BEIJING (AP) — Police in southern China have raided the office of U.S. car-hailing app Uber after the Chinese government in January banned drivers of private cars from offering such services through apps.

A statement by the Guangzhou Municipal Transport Commission said police suspected Uber was operating an illegal taxi service without a proper business registration. It said police seized thousands of iPhones and other equipment used to run the business in the Thursday...

May 1, 2015 - 6:34am
2 days 8 hours ago

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Pilots at Portugal's state-owned national airline have begun a 10-day strike, forcing flight cancellations as they press their demand to be given up to a 20 percent stake in the company when it is privatized later this year.

TAP Air Portugal said it expected up to 3,000 flights and 300,000 passengers to be affected by the walkout that started Friday, causing losses of at least 30 million euros ($33.7 million).

An arbitration...

May 1, 2015 - 6:29am
2 days 8 hours ago

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore prime minister Lee Hsien Loong says he is free of prostate cancer after treatment.

The 63-year-old political leader is a two-time cancer survivor. He was treated for lymphoma more than two decades ago while serving as Singapore's deputy prime minister and trade and industry minister.

Lee's cancerous prostate gland was removed in February.

In a speech broadcast online Friday for the May Day holiday, Lee...

May 1, 2015 - 6:10am
2 days 8 hours ago

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Thousands of South Koreans are marching in Seoul for a third weekend to protest government labor policies and the handling of a ferry disaster that killed more than 300 people a year ago.

Demonstrators occupied several downtown streets on Friday and sporadically clashed with police officers, who created tight perimeters with their buses to block the marchers. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Marches on May 1 are...

May 1, 2015 - 5:54am
2 days 8 hours ago

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has praised the country's armed forces for defeating militants in the North Waziristan tribal area, which was once considered the main base for the Pakistani Taliban.

In his televised speech during a rare Friday visit, Sharif encouraged people to return to their homes.

Sharif made his remarks as a group of residents gathered in Mir Ali, a main town in North Waziristan, in preparation for the...

May 1, 2015 - 5:54am
2 days 8 hours ago

BEIJING (AP) — Manufacturing in China barely grew in April, continuing sluggish recent performance in the world's second biggest economy.

Data compiled by the country's National Bureau of Statistics and the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing showed Friday that the manufacturing purchasing managers' index came in at 50.1 in April, the same level as in March. A reading above 50 indicates growth.

The index showed more activity from larger...

May 1, 2015 - 4:42am
2 days 8 hours ago

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Saudi Defense Ministry says three Saudi soldiers and "dozens" of Yemeni Shiite rebels were killed overnight Friday after the rebels and their supporters launched a cross-border attack on the kingdom.

A ministry statement says the Yemeni rebels attacked late Friday night, targeting "border posts and control points" in southern Najran province. Saudi ground forces, backed by air strikes, repelled the attack, the ministry said....

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