China says 6.5 quake hits far western region of Xinjiang

BEIJING (AP) — A magnitude 6.5 earthquake shook buildings in China’s far western region of Xinjiang on Friday, sending people out onto the streets, but there were no immediate reports of casualties from the sparsely populated area surrounding the epicenter. The quake...

Cash-strapped UN food agency reduces help to Syrian refugees

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The United Nations’ food agency is cutting back on assistance to thousands of Syrian refugees after an appeal for a ceasefire to enable Syrians feed themselves went unheeded, World Food Program Executive Director Ertharin Cousin said on...
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Bill Clinton visits Vietnam to mark 20th anniversary of ties

AP Photo/TRAN VAN MINH HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — For Bill Clinton, President Barack Obama’s announcement this week of plans to resume diplomatic relations with Cuba must have stirred memories. It was 20 years ago this month that Clinton pulled off a similar diplomatic and...

’80s file shows plan for Hong Kong ‘plantation’ in NIreland

LONDON (AP) — A bizarre plan to relocate the entire population of Hong Kong to Northern Ireland was considered an option in the uncertain years before Britain handed back the former British colony to Chinese rule, formerly classified government files showed. Britain’s...
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Kuwait promotes unity in wake of bombing designed to divide

AP Photo/ KUWAIT CITY (AP) — An Islamic State sympathizer’s deadly bombing in a packed Kuwaiti mosque last week was designed to fit an all-too-familiar pattern: extremists attack Shiites to stoke sectarian hatred and then proclaim themselves the defenders of Sunnis...

Leopard mauls guide’s arm in attack in South African park

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A leopard mauled a guide in an attack on an open tourist safari vehicle in South Africa’s flagship wildlife park Thursday, authorities said. The attack happened in Kruger National Park as a guide and his passengers watched a leopard about 6.5 feet...
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Indonesian suburb hit by plane disasters twice in 10 years

AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — A decade ago, when an Indonesian passenger jet crashed into a quaint neighborhood in Indonesia’s third-biggest city, Medan, Waktu Tarigan thought he’d never witness anything like that again. He was wrong. On...
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Winton’s rescue of Jewish children revealed after 50 years

AP Photo/Petr David Josek LONDON (AP) — “Is there anyone in our audience tonight who owes their life to Nicholas Winton?” asked the presenter of the popular BBC magazine program “That’s Life”. Around the elderly man, sitting with his wife in...
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Pope brings ‘church for the poor’ to South America’s poorest

AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is taking his “church for the poor” to three of South America’s poorest and most peripheral countries, making a grueling, week-long trip that will showcase the pope at his unpredictable best:...

The Latest on Philippines: Winds, low clouds hamper rescue

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The latest on the ferry sinking in the Philippines (all times local): — 5 p.m. Low visibility, clouds, a choppy sea and strong winds are hampering the rescue operation at the site where the ferry capsized. Richard Gordon, chairman of the...