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  • UN says Syria refugees top 3 million mark

    GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations refugee agency says the civil war in Syria has forced a record 3 million people out of the country, an increase of 1 million from almost exactly a year ago. With about one of every eight Syrians fleeing across the border, and 6.5 million others displaced with...

  • Actor arrested with Jackie Chan's son released

    BEIJING (AP) — A Taiwanese actor arrested along with the son of Hong Kong film star Jackie Chan on drug charges has been released after two weeks in detention. Kai Ko emerged early Friday morning from a Beijing detention center into a scrum of reporters from mainland China, Hong Kong and...

  • Quake rattles southern Greece, capital city

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — An earthquake has rattled southern Greece and was widely felt in the capital, Athens. There were no immediate reports of damage or injury and no tsunami warnings. The U.S. Geological Survey gave a preliminary magnitude of 5.6, while the European Mediterranean Seismological...

  • Ecuador heralds 'digital currency' plans

    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador is planning to create the world's first government-issued digital currency, which some analysts believe could be a first step toward abandoning the country's existing currency, the U.S. dollar, which the government cannot control. The virtual currency, which...

  • Mexico operations thwart child, family migrants

    CHAHUITES, Mexico (AP) — The largest crackdown by Mexican authorities on illegal migration in decades has decreased the flow of Central American migrants trying to reach the United States, and has dramatically cut the number of child migrants and families, according to officials and eyewitness...

  • North Korea yanks cheerleaders for Asian Games

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Friday it won't send cheerleaders to the upcoming Asian Games in rival South Korea, blaming what it called Seoul's hostility for reversing a decision to dispatch the women dubbed by South Korean media as a "squad of beauties." Many South Koreans were...

  • Japan stocks lead Asian declines after weak data

    HONG KONG (AP) — Tokyo stocks led declines in most Asian markets on Friday after Japanese economic data showed that the region's second biggest economy is struggling to recover from a sales tax hike. KEEPING SCORE: The Nikkei 225, the benchmark for the Tokyo Stock Exchange, fell 0.7 percent to...

  • Rescuers seek survivors of China landslide

    BEIJING (AP) — Hundreds of rescuers hunted Friday for survivors of a massive landslide in southwestern China that killed at least 14 people. More than 600 members of specialized search and rescue teams were working in a pair of destroyed villages in Guizhou provinces, state media reported. They...

  • UN: Ebola disease caseload could reach 20,000

    GENEVA (AP) — The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is accelerating and could grow six times larger to infect as many as 20,000 people, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The U.N. health agency unveiled a new road map for containing the virus, and scientists are fast-tracking efforts to...

  • Ukraine accuses Russia of sending in tanks, armor

    NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine accused Russia on Thursday of entering its territory with tanks, artillery and troops, and Western powers said Moscow had "outright lied" about its role and dangerously escalated the conflict. Russia dismissed the allegations, describing the fighters there as...

  • Japan economy stalls as incomes, spending languish

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's vital signs remained weak in July as wages fell further and household spending dropped, signaling continued weakness in the world's third-largest economy. Data released Friday showed the inflation rate was unchanged from the previous month. The core price consumer index...

  • Fiji says 43 soldiers captured in Golan Heights

    SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Fiji's military has confirmed that 43 of its soldiers, working as U.N. peacekeepers, have been captured by a militant group on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights. Fijian Commander Brig. Gen. Mosese Tikoitoga said Friday the soldiers are alive and unharmed. He said talks...

  • Crested Butte OKs Bud Light 'Whatever' promotion

    DENVER (AP) — Leaders in the historic Colorado mining town of Crested Butte have unanimously approved a plan to turn it into the fictional "Whatever" town for a Bud Light ad campaign. Town councilors only gave their OK only after Bud Light maker Anheuser-Busch InBev doubled its payment to...

  • Philippine man sentenced to death in Vietnam

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — State media say a court in Hanoi has sentenced a Philippine man to death for cocaine trafficking. The Law and Society newspaper says that Emmanuel Sillo Camacho, 39, was convicted of trafficking 3.4 kilograms (7.5 pounds) of cocaine from Brazil to Vietnam at a one-day...

  • UN: Armed group detains 43 peacekeepers in Syria

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An armed group detained 43 U.N. peacekeepers during fighting in Syria early Thursday and another 81 peacekeepers are trapped, the United Nations said. The peacekeepers were detained on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights during a "period of increased fighting between...



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