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Bus carrying Chinese opera troupe falls off cliff, 20 killed

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, March 2, 2015 - 10:14 PM

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media says a bus carrying an opera troupe has fallen off a cliff in central China, killing 20 people.

The official Xinhua News Agency says another 13 people were injured in Tuesday morning's accident in Linzhou city in Henan province.

Linzhou police confirmed the accident in an online statement, but didn't give details on how many people had been hurt or killed. It said there were 33 people onboard and that the vehicle had been hired by the troupe.

Mexico condemns run of Mexican citizens killed by US police

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, March 2, 2015 - 09:04 PM

MEXICO CITY (AP) — For the third time in less than a month, the Mexican government has condemned the killing of one of its citizens by police in the United States.

The Mexican government on Monday said in a statement that it had called on the U.S. Justice Department to look at the cases for suspected excessive force.

The statement said that on Friday, police in Santa Ana, California fatally shot Ernesto Javier Canepa Diaz. Police, however, have not released the man's identity or incident details.

Prince William focuses on football and film on China trip

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, March 2, 2015 - 08:30 PM

BEIJING (AP) — Britain's Prince William is turning his attention to football and film during his China trip, with an agenda that includes a movie premiere and an appointment to watch Premier League-trained coaches kicking balls around with students.

The second-in-line to the throne is on a three-day trip to China on behalf of the U.K. government to open a festival celebrating British creativity and innovation, the first major event in a year of cultural exchange between the countries.

North Korea lifts Ebola travel restrictions

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, March 2, 2015 - 08:21 PM

TOKYO (AP) — North Korea is lifting severe restrictions on foreign travel it imposed last year to keep the Ebola virus from crossing its borders.

The already isolated country virtually closed its borders to foreigners last October, halting all non-essential visas and requiring those few foreigners allowed in to undergo three weeks of quarantine. The rules applied to diplomats, NGO workers and even senior North Korean officials returning from overseas trips.

Former presidential security chief shot to death in Haiti

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, March 2, 2015 - 07:47 PM

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The chief of presidential security under ousted former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide has been shot to death in the capital.

A police official says Oriel Jean was killed Monday in the Delmas district of Port-au-Prince while he was in an SUV. Municipal Police Commissioner Jean Maurist said no suspects are in custody.

Salonga says she is in talks on taking role in "Allegiance"

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, March 2, 2015 - 07:45 PM

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Tony award winner Lea Salonga says talks have not yet been finalized on her joining George Takei's musical "Allegiance" on Broadway, but added it is a show she wants to be part of.

The Broadway veteran played the female lead in the musical at its sold-out premiere in 2012 in San Diego, California.

"Star Trek" actor Takei's personal and heartfelt show about Japanese-Americans imprisoned during World War II goes to Broadway this fall with him in a starring role.

Australia expected to announce more troops bound for Iraq

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, March 2, 2015 - 05:40 PM

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia is expected to confirm an increase in troop numbers to be sent to Iraq to help train Iraqi security forces to fight the Islamic State group.

Media reports that Cabinet had on Monday night approved the deployment as part of a joint Australia-New Zealand training mission foreshadowed by the New Zealand government last week.

The joint mission will reportedly number around 400 troops, including 143 New Zealand personnel already announced by New Zealand Prime Minister John Key.

Watchdog: 2 Syrian chemical weapons facilities destroyed

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, March 2, 2015 - 05:20 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The global chemical weapons watchdog says it has destroyed two Syrian chemical weapons facilities and expects the destruction of all 12 facilities to be completed this summer.

Ahmet Uzumcu, head of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, said in his monthly report to the U.N. Security Council obtained Monday by The Associated Press that a special remote monitoring system used by the U.N. nuclear agency will be installed in the five underground facilities.

Volkswagen CEO stands by cautious outlook

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, March 2, 2015 - 04:50 PM

GENEVA (AP) — The CEO of Volkswagen AG is staying with his cautious outlook for this year, saying it's a "balanced assessment" of growth in the U.S. and China versus trouble spots such as Russia and Brazil.

Martin Winterkorn told The Associated Press that "I think it's quite a good assessment, as usual we at Volkswagen do not want to lose touch with reality despite all the successes."

Volkswagen last week cautioned that 2015 could be a turbulent year, though it projects increased sales.

Syria's opposition, rebels reject UN envoy's plan for Aleppo

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, March 2, 2015 - 03:13 PM

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's main opposition and rebel factions in the northern city of Aleppo have rejected a proposal by the U.N. envoy to freeze fighting in parts of the city.

Despite the rejection, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Monday the U.N. will continue to pursue a peaceful solution for Syria, where a four-year conflict has killed more than 220,000 people.

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