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July 27, 2016 - 1:31am
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BERLIN (AP) — Daimler's mytaxi and British rival Hailo are merging to form Europe's biggest app-based cab ordering service.

Mytaxi operates in Germany, Austria, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Sweden. Hailo is active in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Spain.

The two companies said Tuesday that the merger will involve a share swap.

The new app, which will operate under the name mytaxi, will give users access to about 100,000...

July 27, 2016 - 12:46am
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NEW DELHI (AP) — A frail 44-year-old activist who has been on a hunger strike for nearly 16 years to protest alleged brutality by India's military says she'll end her fast and run in state elections.

Irom Sharmila told a court in the northeastern state of Manipur on Tuesday that she'll give up her fast on Aug. 9 and stand as an independent candidate in elections early next year.

Sharmila has not eaten voluntarily since November 2000, when she began...

July 27, 2016 - 12:44am
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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — LG Display Co., a supplier of Apple's iPhone screens, says it will invest 1.99 trillion won ($1.75 billion) to produce flexible displays for smartphones.

The South Korean company said Wednesday that mass production of flexible displays will start in late 2018, at a scale that will supply enough 5.7-inch sized flexible screens for 3 million handsets per month.

The flexible displays will be made of advanced displays called...

July 27, 2016 - 12:28am
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TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government and central bank appear to be readying a fresh dose of economic stimulus to help revive stalling growth.

Shares in Tokyo jumped Wednesday after the Fuji TV network reported Prime Minister Shinzo Abe planned to introduce a new economic stimulus package amounting to about 27 trillion yen ($254 billion).

Reports said Abe will propose improved wages for childcare and elder care workers, introduction of needs-based...

July 27, 2016 - 12:25am
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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has announced a new Cabinet line-up that returns a reformist to the Finance Ministry and puts a close ally in charge of maritime issues.

Jokowi said Wednesday that Sri Mulyani Indrawati, who was finance minister from 2005-2010, is returning to the role. She is currently a managing director at the World Bank.

The Coordinating Security Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan will become the...

July 26, 2016 - 11:23pm
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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea is accusing rival North Korea of floating propaganda leaflets via a river in the first such incident.

The Defense Ministry said Wednesday it recently discovered dozens of plastic bags, each carrying about 20 leaflets, near a Seoul river close to the tense Korean border. Seoul is only an hour's drive from the border.

It says the leaflets contained threats to launch missile attacks on South Korea and praises of the...

July 26, 2016 - 10:56pm
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BEIJING (AP) — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has criticized the United States, Japan and Australia for making a joint statement on the South China Sea he says was only "fanning the flames" of regional tension just as countries have agreed that the situation needs to cool down.

Wang said in a statement posted Wednesday on the Chinese foreign ministry's website that the move by the three countries came at an inappropriate time and wasn't constructive....

July 26, 2016 - 10:41pm
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HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai, the temporary administrator appointed to Guam by the Vatican in early June, is disavowing the church from statements made by his predecessor, who is facing sexual abuse allegations.

In a news conference in Guam on Wednesday, Hon said former Archbishop Anthony Apuron's prior statements were not consistent the way the church approaches allegations of abuse. He said he recants and retracts all of Apuron's statements....

July 26, 2016 - 8:42pm
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PANAMA CITY (AP) — Panama Canal authorities say a Chinese container ship's damaging scrape with the canal's new wider locks was caused by bad weather and the vessel not lining up correctly.

Canal administrator Jorge Quijano said Tuesday there was intense rain, poor visibility and winds between 30 and 40 knots when the ship carrying 9,000 containers was using the locks Thursday.

Quijano says it was the only such incident in the widened canal's first...

July 26, 2016 - 8:29pm
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Honduras' health minister says eight babies with severe birth defects linked to the Zika virus have been born in the Central American country.

Dr. Yolani Batres said Tuesday at a news conference that five of the babies with microcephaly were born this week.

Batres says there are 493 known cases of pregnant women who have been infected with the Zika virus in Honduras.

Zika is mostly spread by mosquitoes, but...

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