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Prince William gets close look at tsunami disaster in Japan

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 01:51 AM

ISHINOMAKI, Japan (AP) — Britain's Prince William got a close look at the tsunami destruction in northeastern Japan four years ago.

On the last leg of his four-day visit to Japan, William on Sunday laid a bouquet near a shrine gate that overlooks the so-called "Bay of Destruction." Of the nearly 19,000 people who died in the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, nearly 3,300 were residents of the coastal town of Ishinomaki. About 22,000 lost their homes.

Slovenia's Kosir wins 2nd straight World Cup snowboard event

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 01:32 AM

ASAHIKAWA, Japan (AP) — Zan Kosir of Slovenia won his second straight World Cup parallel slalom snowboard event on Sunday to maintain first place in the overall standings.

Kosir, who also won Saturday's giant slalom, beat Justin Reiter of the United States by 7.60 seconds. Mirko Felicetti of Italy was third after beating Slovenia's Rok Flander in the small final.

Kosir now has 5,800 points on the overall parallel World Cup standings, 2,811 ahead of Roland Fischnaller of Italy.

Myanmar captures 9th rare white elephant

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 01:12 AM

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar says it has found a rare, white elephant in the jungles of the western Ayeyarwaddy region.

Forestry official Tun Tun Oo says the 7-year-old female was captured by his department on Friday, a month and a half after it was initially spotted in a forest reserve in Pathein township.

White elephants, actually albinos, have for centuries been revered in Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and other Asian nations.

China's manufacturing measure shows contraction for February

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 10:40 PM

BEIJING (AP) — An index that measures China's manufacturing activity went up slightly in February but still shows contraction amid China's economy slowdown.

China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing released the latest official data on Sunday, showing the monthly purchasing managers' index up to 49.9 from the previous month's 49.8.

The index uses a 100-point scale on which numbers below 50 show activity contracting. February's reading meant activity contracted from the previous month.

Better plane tracking trialed after Malaysia plane mystery

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 09:01 PM

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia will lead a new initiative to enhance the tracking of aircraft over remote oceans, allowing them to be more easily found should they vanish like Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Australia's Transport Minister Warren Truss made the announcement on Sunday, one week ahead of the anniversary of the disappearance of Flight 370. The plane vanished last year on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. No trace of the plane has been found.

Brazil arrests US sect leader wanted on sex charges

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 05:50 PM

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian authorities say they've captured an American sect leader wanted for sex crimes against girls in the United States and who is on the U.S. marshals' most wanted list.

A statement posted Saturday on the website of the Public Security Secretariat for the Rio Grande do Norte state government confirms the arrest of Victor Arden Barnard.

Barnard faces 59 counts of criminal sexual conduct related to two young women who said they were abused for nearly a decade at his secluded River Road Fellowship in Minnesota.

Venezuela to limit US diplomat number, require tourist visas

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 05:16 PM

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says he will limit the number of U.S. diplomats allowed to work in the socialist South American country and also will require U.S. citizens to apply for visas if they want to visit.

Maduro said Saturday that U.S. meddling in the internal affairs of his country has forced him to adopt the series of restrictive measures.

Chile's president meets with ailing teen who asked to die

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 05:05 PM

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile's president has visited in the hospital with a 14-year-old girl who shocked her country this week by posting a YouTube video pleading for the leader to allow doctors to euthanize her because she is tired of her struggle with cystic fibrosis. The government quickly said no.

A government statement says President Michelle Bachelet went to the Clinical Hospital of Catholic University and Saturday talked with Valentina Maureira and the girl's father for more than an hour. Officials have not released any information on what was said.

Blasts from women suicide bombers kill 4 in north Nigeria

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 04:19 PM

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — A witness and a security officer say four people died when two women blew themselves up at a bus stop in a village in northeast Nigeria, the latest in a series of suicide bombings carried out by females and blamed on the Boko Haram Islamic extremist group.

Greek police arrest 2 suspected members of anarchist group

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 03:32 PM

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek police say they have arrested two people allegedly belonging to armed anarchist group Conspiracy Nuclei of Fire.

The two men, aged 39 and 28, were arrested Saturday, according to police chief police Dimitrios Tsaknakis.

Tsaknakis says the older man's DNA was found in two letter bombs, and in remains of a bomb that went off a year ago outside a tax office.

None of the explosions had resulted in casualties.

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