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April 1, 2015 - 12:14am
26 min 13 sec ago

TOKYO (AP) — The world's oldest person has died nearly a month after celebrating her 117th birthday.

Her nursing home says Misao Okawa died of heart failure early Wednesday.

Okawa, born in Osaka on March 5, 1898, was recognized as the world's oldest person by Guinness World Records in 2013.

Her Osaka nursing home says she lost her appetite about 10 days ago. She stopped breathing as her grandson and nursing home officials...

April 1, 2015 - 12:10am
26 min 13 sec ago

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A Nepalese mountaineering official says climbers are returning to Mount Everest as the climbing industry recovers from last year's disaster on the world's highest peak.

Mountaineering Department official Gyanendra Shrestha said Wednesday that four team permits have been issued, and another 11 written applications are pending and more applications are expected in the next few days.

It was feared that the deaths of 16 local...

March 31, 2015 - 11:48pm
26 min 13 sec ago

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A former Colombian presidential candidate who became an icon of the country*s democratic left while presiding over its progressive constitutional court has died.

Carlos Gaviria died Tuesday night at age 77, two weeks after checking into a Bogota hospital with a respiratory infection.

President Juan Manuel Santos confirmed Gaviria*s death on Twitter, saying the jurist's passing represents "an enormous loss for the country."...

March 31, 2015 - 11:32pm
26 min 13 sec ago

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Thousands of Vietnamese workers at a major footwear factory are on strike for the sixth straight day to protest a social insurance law.

Vietnam is hit by several hundred labor strikes a year mostly over poor working condition and low pay, but protesting a government policy is rare.

Several thousand workers began the stoppage last Thursday at the compound of the Taiwanese-owned Pou Yuen factory in southern Ho Chi Minh City. There...

March 31, 2015 - 10:39pm
26 min 13 sec ago

BEIJING (AP) — Two surveys show China's manufacturing activity was anemic in February and industry faced more downward pressure on prices, adding to signs of economic weakness.

HSBC Corp. said Wednesday that its monthly purchasing managers' index fell to 49.6 on a 100-point scale on which numbers below 50 show activity contracting. A separate index by an industry group, the Chinese Federation of Logistics and Purchasing, and the National Bureau of Statistics edged up 0.2...

March 31, 2015 - 8:36pm
26 min 13 sec ago

TOKYO (AP) — A survey by the Japanese central bank finds Japanese businesses remain wary over the outlook for the world's No. 3 economy and generally plan to reduce capital investment.

The Bank of Japan's quarterly "tankan" survey will likely reinforce the conviction among many that more stimulus is needed to sustain growth.

The leading measure of business sentiment showed more than two-thirds of all companies anticipate further deterioration in...

March 31, 2015 - 8:03pm
26 min 13 sec ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Amnesty International says Egypt and Nigeria accounted for well over 1,000 of the death sentences announced last year, more than a third of the world's total.

The human rights group's latest annual report says 2,466 people in 55 countries were sentenced to death in 2014.

It also says at least 607 people were executed in 22 countries last year.

The group says China likely executed more people than all other...

March 31, 2015 - 6:16pm
26 min 13 sec ago

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger says its troops fended off an attack on its territory by Boko Haram and destroyed a base used by the Islamic extremists inside neighboring Nigeria.

Niger's Defense Ministry said in a statement Tuesday that the militants tried to attack Bosso, on the border with Nigeria, on Monday. But troops from Niger and Chad — who are helping Nigeria root out the insurgents — intervened, killing 47 militants and destroying several of their vehicles and...

March 31, 2015 - 4:58pm
1 hour 56 min ago

BERLIN (AP) — Soren Kam, a former SS officer wanted for war crimes in his native Denmark, has died in Germany. He was 93.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center counted Kam among its top targets for the killing of an anti-Nazi newspaper editor in Copenhagen in 1943.

The center's top Nazi hunter, Efraim Zuroff, told The Associated Press Tuesday that Kam had been "totally unrepentant" for his actions.

Zuroff said Kam benefited from a Nazi-era...

March 31, 2015 - 3:58pm
6 hours 26 min ago

HAVANA (AP) — A Cuban delegate to talks with the United States says the two sides have held "a respectful, professional, civilized conversation" on human rights in Washington.

Nevertheless, Anaysansi Rodriguez Camejo told Cuban state television that Tuesday's talks "ratified that there are differences."

She's Cuba's ambassador to the U.N. in Geneva and a member of the delegation holding a series of talks with the U.S. on restoring diplomatic...

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