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    Philippine Congress votes to extend martial law in south

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine legislators have voted to approve President Rodrigo Duterte’s request to extend martial law in the country’s south by a year due to what the military says are continuing terrorist threats despite the defeat of a disastrous pro-Islamic State group siege. An overwhelming majority of members of the Senate and House […]
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    China marks Nanking Massacre’s 80th anniversary

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese officials are calling for deeper ties with Japan on the 80th anniversary of the Nanking Massacre. Chinese President Xi Jinping led a citywide minute of silence Wednesday but did not speak as Yu Zhengsheng, head of China’s parliamentary advisory body, urged China and Japan to draw lessons from history and look […]
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    Men due to leave Gitmo under Obama seem stuck under Trump

    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — Abdellatif Nasser got what he thought was the best news possible in the summer of 2016: One of his lawyers called him at the Guantanamo Bay detention center and told him that the U.S. decided he no longer posed a threat and could go home to Morocco. The […]
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    Indonesia politician’s graft trial delayed by stomach woes

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A top Indonesian politician accused of involvement in one of the country’s biggest corruption scandals told a court on the first day of his trial he’s suffering a stomach complaint, forcing a postponement while his medical condition is checked. Lawyers for Setya Novanto, the former speaker of Indonesia’s parliament, argued Wednesday […]
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    Pedophile stopped at Sydney Airport by anti-sex tourism law

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A convicted child molester was prevented from flying overseas from Sydney Airport on Wednesday under new laws aimed at keeping Australian pedophiles from traveling to Southeast Asia for sex tourism. Laws that took effect on Wednesday prevent 20,000 convicted pedophiles listed on the Australian child sex offender register from leaving the […]
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    Venezuelan judge orders Utah man be tried on weapons charges

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A Venezuelan judge ruled Tuesday that a jailed American man must stand trial on weapons charges, dashing hopes of his family in Utah that he would be released and united with them for Christmas. The ruling, issued at a preliminary hearing to which the U.S. Embassy’s top diplomat was denied access, […]
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    AP Exclusive: Sold NKorean brides face hard choices in China

    WESTERN LIAONING PROVINCE, China (AP) — The North Korean woman drives a motorbike slowly down a narrow lane shaded by tall corn to the farmhouse where she lives with the disabled Chinese man who bought her. It’s been 11 years since she was lured across the border by the prospect of work and instead trafficked […]
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    Toshiba, Western Digital make peace on sale of chip unit

    TOKYO (AP) — Toshiba Corp. and its joint venture partner Western Digital have made peace over the embattled Japanese electronics giant’s plan to sell its flash memory unit to raise cash to stay afloat. The agreement allows Western Digital to participate in future investments in their joint venture, clearing the way for a consortium led […]
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    State Dept. concerned by Polish fine on US-owned broadcaster

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The United States says it is concerned by Poland’s decision to impose a heavy fine on a private American-owned television broadcaster. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement Tuesday that “this decision appears to undermine media freedom in Poland, a close ally and fellow democracy.” Poland’s media regulator fined […]
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    In rare visit, UN expert pleads with Venezuela

    GENEVA (AP) — An independent expert for the U.N.’s top human rights body said Tuesday that he pleaded with Venezuela’s government to release more than 20 people in custody and is optimistic other U.N. experts will be let in. Alfred de Zayas said he met with 16 government ministers, opposition groups, and “victims of repression” […]