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  • Key events in the history of Malaysia Airlines

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Key dates in the history of Malaysia Airlines from its start as a one route airline until its almost unfathomable double passenger jet disasters in 2014. 1937 — Malayan Airways Ltd., the forerunner of Malaysia Airlines, is formed to provide flights between Penang...

  • Eying China, Japan seeks record defense budget

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Defense Ministry is requesting its biggest ever budget to bolster its military ability to defend remote southern islands amid China's growing activity in the area. The ministry on Friday requested a 5 trillion yen ($48 billion) budget for the year beginning April 2015, a...

  • Chinese e-commerce rivals challenge Alibaba

    BEIJING (AP) — China's biggest property developer, Wanda Group, and Internet giants Baidu and Tencent unveiled a new e-commerce venture Friday in a challenge to industry leader Alibaba Group ahead of its U.S. stock offering. The three companies said they will integrate online and offline...

  • UN: Pro-Russian rebels, Ukraine target civilians

    GENEVA (AP) — Around three dozen people a day are being killed in eastern Ukraine where both sides target civilians in violation of international law and the death toll has risen to at least 2,220, the U.N. human rights office said Friday. The latest findings from the Geneva office, based on...

  • India, Japan each seek deals during Modi's visit

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan and India both have much to gain from a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and more than a dozen Indian steel, energy and IT tycoons that begins Saturday in the ancient capital of Kyoto. The two countries have complementary economies, given Japan's wealth and technological...

  • Iran confirms US Coast Guard fired at fishing boat

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The chief of Iran's Revolutionary Guard navy confirmed in remarks published Friday that a U.S. Coast Guard vessel fired on an Iranian fishing boat in the Persian Gulf this week but insisted the incident was not a "clash." The U.S. Navy's Bahrain-based 5th Fleet said that...

  • With a splat, paintball fires into Afghanistan

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The hidden gunman, dressed in long green coveralls and a SWAT-team-style vest and helmet, looks ominous as he takes aim and fires off a short burst. But this isn't a Taliban attack in the heart of Afghanistan's capital — it's just a friendly game of paintball. The...

  • German economic fears growing but Merkel strong

    BERLIN (AP) — Ordinary Germans are spooked about the future. Businesses are starting to see black clouds on the horizon. And an economy that has been the envy of Europe is showing cracks, shrinking unexpectedly last quarter amid the conflict in Ukraine. It might seem like enough to put any...

  • Tesla, Chinese firm plan 400 charging stations

    BEIJING (AP) — Tesla Motors Co. and a state-owned Chinese phone carrier announced plans Friday to build 400 charging stations for electric cars in a new bid to promote popular adoption of the technology in China. Plans call for China Unicom Ltd. to provide space for construction and basic...

  • Russian fund with US advisers eludes sanctions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Barack Obama warns of stepped-up economic punishments against Russia for its military incursions inside Ukraine, U.S. sanctions have so far avoided one prominent financial institution: the $10 billion Russian Direct Investment Fund, which has partnered with...

  • Obama cautions against using force to solve crises

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with deepening crises in the Middle East and Ukraine, President Barack Obama is putting the brakes on the notion that American military power can solve either conflict. That stance is in keeping with Obama's long-standing aversion to military entanglements. But it comes...

  • Arson attack interrupts Berlin public transport

    BERLIN (AP) — Police say a leftist group is claiming responsibility for an arson attack on Berlin's subway system that is causing delays for thousands of commuters. Police spokesman Klaus Schubert said Friday an anonymous online message from the group claims it set fire to a power-cable shaft...

  • China military shows off newest helicopters, tanks

    BEIJING (AP) — China showed off the growing sophistication of its defense industries Friday by featuring its newest attack helicopters and main battle tanks at a multinational live-firing military exercise in the country's north. State media said the new hardware performed to expectations in...

  • Democracy battle: Beijing set to dismay Hong Kong

    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's simmering summer of discontent gets even hotter Sunday when Beijing is expected to recommend restricting the first direct elections for the Chinese-controlled financial hub's leader, stepping up chances of a showdown with democracy groups. The former British colony,...

  • USDA seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant snails

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders. The Agriculture Department is trying to stop them. Since June, department authorities have seized more than...



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