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  • Tiny wasp SWAT teams to protect Indonesian crop

    BOGOR, Indonesia (AP) — They are the size of a pinhead and don't even pack a sting, but these tiny wasps are cold-blooded killers nonetheless. They work as nature's SWAT team, neutralizing a pest that threatens to destroy one of the developing world's most important staple foods: cassava. The...

  • Obama urges world to follow US lead on climate

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The only thing rising faster than heat-trapping gases Tuesday were the statements of urgency by world leaders, who told each other at a United Nations summit how seriously they take global warming. Binding commitments and action are to come. President Barack Obama pressed...

  • Rio Olympic official confident about golf plans

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A top Olympic official is confident a lawsuit against the city of Rio de Janeiro and a golf course developer will not prevent a test event from taking place before the 2016 games. "Our understanding today is that we will be ready for the first test event which will be...

  • Ex-Chinese planning official on trial for graft

    BEIJING (AP) — The former deputy chief of the Chinese agency in charge of steering the world's second-largest economy went on trial Wednesday accused of taking bribes worth almost $6 million, a court said, as a campaign against official corruption intensifies. Liu Tienan was an official of...

  • Anti-addiction groups call for new FDA chief

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Anti-addiction activists are calling for the Food and Drug Administration's top official to step down, saying the agency's policies have contributed to a national epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse. In a letter released Wednesday, more than a dozen groups ask the Obama...

  • World leaders meet with multiple crises on agenda

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Facing a world in turmoil from multiple crises ranging from wars in the Mideast and Africa to the deadly scourge of Ebola and growing Islamic radicalism, leaders from more than 140 countries open their annual meeting at the United Nations on Wednesday with few solutions....

  • India successfully puts spacecraft in Mars' orbit

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India triumphed in its first interplanetary mission, placing a satellite into orbit around Mars on Wednesday morning and catapulting the country into an elite club of deep-space explorers. Scientists broke into wild cheers as the orbiter's engines completed 24 minutes of burn...

  • Australian police shoot suspected terrorist dead

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A terror suspect shot dead after he stabbed two Australian counterterrorism police officers had his passport canceled recently on national security grounds, top police officials said Wednesday. Some experts suspect Tuesday's attack was inspired by the Islamic State...

  • Samsung to launch new phone in China before Apple

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. said Wednesday its latest Galaxy Note 4 smartphone will go on sale in China and South Korea later this month as its flagging mobile business tries to defend sales from Apple's new iPhones. Samsung said all three South Korean mobile operators...

  • Poor supports Brazil's president in re-election

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Life may still be tough for millions of poor Brazilians — but it's also never been better. And that's the key for President Dilma Rousseff's re-election bid. Although Rousseff and top rival Marina Silva are locked in a virtual tie among those in the middle class, the biggest...

  • Mars missions: Successes and failures

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Getting a spacecraft to orbit Mars is a complex mission that few countries have attempted, and even fewer have achieved. The former Soviet Union made the world's first attempt in 1960, but the satellite didn't get far from Earth. The United States had the first successful...

  • Asian stocks drift after Wall Street slide

    BANGKOK (AP) — Asian stock markets drifted Wednesday as the boost from stronger Chinese manufacturing was offset by grim economic news from Europe and airstrikes in Syria. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 stock average was down 0.2 percent at 16,174.69 while Seoul's Kospi rose 0.1 percent to...

  • Long sentences given in Miss Venezuela's slaying

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Three men who confessed to killing a former Miss Venezuela and her husband in a crime that shocked a nation increasingly accustomed to violence have each been sentenced to more than 20 years in jail. The sentences were handed down Tuesday by a court in Valencia, near...

  • Paul Oliver's family sues NFL over his suicide

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The wife and sons of former San Diego Chargers defensive back Paul Oliver sued the NFL for wrongful death, blaming sports-related concussions for his suicide last year. The suit was filed Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court against the league, the Chargers, the New...

  • Life term for China scholar chills ethnic dialogue

    BEIJING (AP) — A life sentence given to a moderate Chinese scholar on Tuesday shows the ruling Communist Party is cutting off dialogue on ethnic tensions and could end up radicalizing minority groups already resentful of central government rule, scholars and analysts said. A court found...



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