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  • Strike at China sneaker factory snowballs

    BEIJING (AP) — A strike at the Chinese factories of the world's biggest athletic shoe maker snowballed Thursday to about 30,000 workers, a labor group said, making it one of the largest-ever work stoppages at a private business in China. Workers in the southern city of Dongguan want...

  • Journalists charged with defaming Thailand's navy

    PHUKET, Thailand (AP) — Thai authorities on Thursday charged two journalists with defaming Thailand's navy in an online news report about the trafficking of refugees from Myanmar, amid concerns about press freedom in the country. The English-language news website Phuketwan posted a story last...

  • China factories face new challenge as growth slows

    HONG KONG (AP) — As China's growth inexorably slows, manufacturers such as Linan Meite Cable are discovering that being an efficient low cost producer is no longer enough to prosper. Factories that had thrived by using cheap migrant labor to churn out inexpensive clothing, electronics and...

  • Jordanian fighter jet crashes; pilot killed

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A Jordanian military official says one of its fighter jets has crashed during a training flight, killing the pilot. The official says the crash took place on Thursday morning near the town of Safawi, in the northeastern desert region of Jordan toward the Iraqi border. He...

  • Rights groups ask Nepal to scrap amnesty provision

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — International rights groups said Thursday that parts of a bill proposed by Nepal's government should be rejected because they might allow people who committed serious human rights violations during the country's Maoist insurgency to escape punishment. Amnesty...

  • Putin says he hopes he won't have to send Russian troops into Ukraine

    MOSCOW (AP) — Putin says he hopes he won't have to send Russian troops into Ukraine .

  • UN report says Iran has neutralized half of its uranium stock closest to nuke-arms grade

    VIENNA (AP) — UN report says Iran has neutralized half of its uranium stock closest to nuke-arms grade .

  • World stocks subdued, Nikkei flat on profit taking

    HONG KONG (AP) — World stocks were subdued Thursday ahead of a long weekend for many markets, with Japan's Nikkei faltering as investors locked in profits after a strong rally. Profit taking set in following a sharp rise in Tokyo the day before and as comments from the country's central bank...

  • Curious about Palestine, Israeli visitors return

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — This bustling center of Palestinian life is just a 20-minute drive from Jerusalem, but for Israelis it might as well be on the other side of the world. Since a major round of Israeli-Palestinian fighting more than a decade ago, Israelis have been kept out of...

  • AP names Nigeria chief of bureau

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Associated Press has named Michelle Faul, who has covered the major stories of Africa over the past three decades, as its bureau chief in Nigeria. The appointment was announced Wednesday by Africa Editor Andrew Selsky. "Michelle Faul is a wonderful writer and a...

  • Chinese auto brands limp into Beijing show

    BEIJING (AP) — China's automakers are the underdogs heading into next week's Beijing auto show, where foreign and domestic brands will jostle for attention in a market that is increasingly difficult for homegrown models. Facing intense competition from General Motors, Volkswagen and other...

  • NY AG reaches agreement with GrubHub over tips

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has reached an agreement with the online food delivery company GrubHub Inc. to ensure that the tips it collects from customers will be given to the workers they were intended for. Schneiderman said Wednesday the investigation into...

  • Let's defend 'Obamacare,' some Democrats say

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Some Democrats say it's time to stop hiding from the president's health care overhaul — even in this year's toughest Senate elections — given that enrollments are higher than expected and costs are lower. Republicans practically dare Democrats to embrace "Obamacare,"...

  • Aetna Life to pay $500,000 to settle consumer case

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York financial regulators report an agreement with Aetna Life Insurance Co. to pay $500,000 for using group life insurance policy forms that didn't include required information notifying policyholders of certain rights and benefits. According to the Department of...

  • Defend 'Obamacare' unabashedly, some Democrats say

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With enrollments higher than expected, and costs lower, some Democrats say it's time to stop hiding from the president's health care overhaul, even in this year's toughest Senate elections. Republicans practically dare Democrats to embrace "Obamacare," the GOP's favorite...



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