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August 4, 2015 - 12:17am
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BEIJING (AP) — A flash flood has struck a scenic area outside the city of Xi'an in central China, sweeping away nine Chinese tourists. Eight bodies have been recovered.

State media reports say the flood struck Xiaoyuhecun Valley on Monday afternoon amid the heaviest rains recorded in the area in 30 years.

The Xinhua News Agency says a team of about 200 police officers, firefighters and paramilitary troops searched the area overnight, recovering eight...

August 3, 2015 - 9:55pm
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MANILA, Philippines (AP) — U.S. and Philippine officials say they will call for a stop to island-building work, military deployments and other aggressive actions that raise tensions in the disputed South China Sea at annual diplomatic meetings in Malaysia this week.

China has opposed any mention of the territorial rifts in the meetings by the foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and their Asian and Western counterparts. But Washington has said...

August 3, 2015 - 8:44pm
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SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Singapore to talk up an Asia trade agreement that has hit snags in final negotiations.

Kerry arrived in the Southeast Asian city-state Tuesday and is to give a speech highlighting the benefits of the so-called "Trans-Pacific Partnership." He will then travel to Malaysia for a regional security forum at which China's growing assertiveness in the South China Sea will likely be a major focus.


August 3, 2015 - 4:36pm
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The government of Puerto Rico has confirmed that it failed to make a $58 million debt payment that was due Saturday, a significant escalation of the debt crisis facing the U.S. island territory.

Puerto Rican officials had warned on Friday that they would not make the payment because the island legislature failed to appropriate the funds, but they argued it should not be considered a default.

Moody's Investor Service said...

August 3, 2015 - 4:02pm
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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A whale has appeared in a port at one of Buenos Aires' most exclusive neighborhoods, periodically surfacing alongside luxury yachts while attracting hundreds of onlookers.

The whale surfaced Monday afternoon in Puerto Madero, an area of towering office buildings and high-end lofts. In the middle of the neighborhood is a body of water the size of a few square blocks where many residents keep their yachts.

News of the...

August 3, 2015 - 4:00pm
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro Governor Luiz Fernando Pezao has signed a deal with several Brazilian universities and research institutes to develop a plan for cleaning up the polluted waters of the city's sewage-strewn Guanabara Bay, where Olympic sailing events will be held.

Pezao on Monday hailed the deal as a "very important step" toward the long-promised cleanup, which has dragged on for more than 20 years with little progress.

As part of...

August 3, 2015 - 3:14pm
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UNDATED (AP) — Residents of a small town on Maryland's Eastern Shore are venting their frustrations and concerns about the ouster of Pocomoke City's first black police chief.

Two pastors who support ousted Chief Kevin Sewell are scheduled to address the City Council on Monday evening, followed by comments from other residents.

Officials deny Sewell's claim that he was dismissed for refusing demands that he fire two black officers who filed complaints...

August 3, 2015 - 3:12pm
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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A court in Ethiopia has handed jail terms ranging from seven to 22 years against 18 Muslims who were convicted on terror charges, including allegedly attempting to establish a religious government.

The sentencing on Monday attracted outcry from Muslim activists who opposed the trial.

Four of the suspects were sentenced to 22 years in prison, while the rest were given shorter jail terms.


August 3, 2015 - 2:50pm
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BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian authorities have charged Russian oil producer Lukoil with complicity in money laundering worth 1.77 billion euros ($1.95 billion).

Prosecutors at the Court of Appeal in Ploiesti, where Lukoil's refinery is based, on Monday charged Romanian and Russian company managers for allegedly misusing the company's credit and capital.

The statement said from 2011 to 2014 "the suspects knowingly used company goods and credit...

August 3, 2015 - 2:25pm
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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan election officials have rejected a high-profile opposition leader's attempt to register as a candidate for upcoming congressional elections.

Maria Corina Machado announced Monday that the National Elections Council had rejected her attempt to register to run in the Dec. 6 elections.

Machado is calling the rejection of her candidacy a grotesque violation of her rights.

She previously served in...

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