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Iraq finally bans fake bomb detectors after July 3 blast

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, July 25, 2016 - 02:15 AM

BAGHDAD (AP) — For nearly a decade, anyone driving through one of Baghdad's many checkpoints was subjected to a search by a soldier pointing a security wand at their vehicle and watching the device intently to see if its antenna moved. If it pointed at the car, it had supposedly detected a possible bomb.


The Latest: Kerry talks with Brunei foreign minister on laws

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, July 25, 2016 - 12:49 AM

VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) — The Latest on the meeting in Laos of foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (all times local):

7 p.m.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has met with his counterpart from Brunei and urged his country to ensure that if it implements Islamic sharia law it should respect human rights.

Kerry and Brunei Foreign Minister Lim Jock Seng met Monday on the sidelines of a regional security meeting being hosted by Laos.


Japan sees trade surplus in June as imports drop 19 percent

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, July 25, 2016 - 12:19 AM

TOKYO (AP) — Japan reports it posted a better-than-expected trade surplus in June, as imports fell nearly 19 percent, outpacing a more modest decline in exports.

The customs data reported Monday showed a 692.8 billion yen ($6.5 billion) surplus, compared with a 60.9 billion yen deficit in June 2015.

Economists had forecasts larger declines for both imports and exports, which could suffer with the recent strengthening of the Japanese yen against the U.S. dollar.


Obama aide visits China after South China Sea ruling

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, July 25, 2016 - 12:10 AM

BEIJING (AP) — China and the U.S. should deal with their differences candidly, U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice told Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday, as ties were set to be tested after a tribunal invalidated Beijing's vast claims in the South China Sea.

Rice is the highest-level White House official to visit China since the July 12 ruling by an international tribunal delivered a victory to the Philippines, a U.S. ally, in its dispute with China.


Bavarian official: Ansbach attack suggests Islamist motive

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, July 25, 2016 - 12:03 AM

ANSBACH, Germany (AP) — Bavaria's top security official said Monday that he believes a failed asylum seeker who blew himself up and injured 12 people in the southern German town of Ansbach was driven by religious extremism.

"My personal view is that I unfortunately think it's very likely this really was an Islamist suicide attack," Bavarian interior minister Joachim Herrmann told German news agency dpa.


Farewell to VCRs: Japanese maker to shelve once-hit product

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 11:42 PM

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese electronics maker Funai Electric Co. says it's yanking the plug on the world's last video cassette recorder.

A spokesman, who requested anonymity citing company practice, said Monday production will end sometime this month, although it declined to give a date, because key component makers are pulling out, due to shrinking demand for VCRs.

He said the company had wanted to continue production to meet consumer requests, but can't.


China to shut political, social news sites run by websites

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 11:18 PM

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media say Beijing authorities have shut down several news programs run by major web portals in the latest round of efforts to restrict reporting of political and social news.

The state-run Beijing News said late Sunday that the municipal office in charge of cyberspace regulations had ordered news portals of Sina, Sohu, Netease and iFeng to end their news programs known for more freewheeling coverage.

The government office did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Associated Press.


The Latest: Meeting starts between ASEAN and China

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 09:15 PM

VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) — The Latest on the meeting of foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (all times local):

10:30 a.m.

A highly anticipated meeting between Southeast Asian foreign ministers and their Chinese counterpart Wang Yi has begun in what is expected to be tense discussions on China's territorial expansion in the South China Sea.


Police: Bavarian official says attacker was denied asylum

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 07:01 PM

ANSBACH, Germany (AP) — Bavaria's top security official says a man who blew himself up after being turned away from an open-air music festival in the southern German city of Ansbach was a 27-year-old Syrian who had been denied asylum.

"We don't know if this man planned on suicide or if he had the intention of killing others," Joachim Herrmann said.

He added that the man's request for asylum was rejected a year ago, but he was allowed to remain in Germany on account of the situation in Syria.


Greek village mourns 17-year-old Munich shooting victim

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 04:21 PM

ARATOS, Greece (AP) — The residents of Aratos, a village of 700 near the northeastern Greek city of Komotini, expected 17-year-old Hussein Daitzik and his family, migrants living in Germany, to visit next week as part of their annual vacation in their ancestral home.

Instead, they will attend Hussein's funeral next week.


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