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Japan's jobless rate at 20-year low; consumer spending drops

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 08:40 PM

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's jobless rate fell to a 20-year low in October, but consumer spending and incomes also edged lower as the tight labor market failed to spur significant increases in wages.

The government reported Friday that unemployment in the world's No. 3 economy dipped to 3.1 percent in October, compared with a rate of 3.4 percent in September.

Consumer spending, meanwhile, fell 2.4 percent from the same month a year earlier, while average incomes fell 0.9 percent.

Japan ready to submit proposal for Australia submarine deal

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 08:37 PM

TOKYO (AP) — Japan says it is preparing to make a bid Monday on joint development and production of an Australian submarine, Tokyo's first major military transfer since the World War II.

Japanese defense officials said the National Security Council approved the transfer of sensitive submarine technology to Australia and the proposal will be submitted to the Australian government by Monday's deadline.

Australia is due to pick from three bidders including Germany and France by the end of 2016.

Bolivian women arrested for alleged Facebook baby sale

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 07:07 PM

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivian officials say they have arrested two women on human trafficking charges: one for selling her baby for $250, the other for buying it after placing a "want ad" on Facebook.

The top child-protection official in the eastern city of Santa Cruz tells The Associated Press that the buyer was an 18-year-old who presented the 6-week-old girl to a young man who had jilted her, telling him the child was theirs.

The official, Rosy Valencia, says the man called police.

Ecuador to require Cubans to get entry visas

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 06:56 PM

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador will begin requiring Cubans to get visas to enter beginning Tuesday, saying it wants to discourage a flow of migrants.

Deputy Foreign Minister Xavier Lasso said Thursday that Ecuador wants to curb the movement of migrants who have used Ecuador as a transit country to reach other nations without permission.

He said such migration is risky and "puts at risk men, women and children."

El Salvador breaks of corruption ring of judges, lawyers

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 06:01 PM

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Prosecutors in El Salvador say they have broken up a ring of a dozen lawyers, judges and a prosecutor who fixed court rulings in exchange for bribes.

National police arrested seven of the suspects and five others are at large.

The ring allegedly operated since 2011. In one case, former anti-money laundering prosecutor Luis Arturo Magana allegedly negotiated the return of money confiscated from foreigners at a border crossing.

Canada to give UN $750,000 for Syrian refugee relief

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 04:52 PM

TORONTO (AP) — Canada's Liberal government has announced a US$750, 000 (CA$100 million) contribution to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to help fleeing Syrians, fulfilling a campaign promise from its recent federal election.

The contribution includes US$7.5 million (CA$10 million) for the U.N. refugee agency as part of the program to resettle thousands of Syrian refugees in Canada over the next few months.

El Salvadoran church suspends bishop in sex abuse case

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 04:26 PM

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador's Roman Catholic Church has suspended one of its bishops, saying he acknowledged sexually abusing a young girl.

Bishop Jesus Delgado was the vicar general of the Archdiocese of San Salvador and was considered a close associate of assassinated Archbishop Oscar Romero

The 77-year old-Delgado is known affectionately as "Father Chus," the familiar form of the name Jesus. He has written two books about Romero, who was gunned down by a right-wing death squad on March 24, 1980.

Dominican officials say at least 11 dead in bus collision

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 03:28 PM

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Dominican authorities say at least 11 people have died and over 70 have been injured when two buses collided between two eastern resort towns.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says the buses were carrying employees of the Paradisus Punta Cana Resort and the Coco Bongo nightclub.

Authority spokesman Diegeo Pesqueira says the collision occurred at dawn Thursday. He said the number of fatalities could increase "because we still have many injured in various hospitals and some are serious."

Brazil banker's arrest sends shares tumbling

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 03:17 PM

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The arrest of one of Brazil's richest men has sent shares in his bank tumbling.

Andre Esteves was completing his first day in jail on Thursday after being accused of obstructing a probe into corruption at the state oil company, Petrobras.

Esteves denies all the accusations.

Former Iranian president will run in February election

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 02:34 PM

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's former influential president says he will run in elections for a clerical body that is in charge of choosing the country's supreme leader.

The pro-reform Shargh daily on Thursday quoted Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani as saying, "God willing , I will come," to run in elections for the Assembly of Experts.

The 81-year-old Rafsanjani has close ties with moderate President Hassan Rouhani. His nomination will be a challenge to hardliners.

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