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Passenger sets self on fire on Japan’s bullet train

AP Photo TOKYO (AP) — A passenger on one of Japan’s high-speed bullet trains tried to set himself or herself on fire Tuesday, causing smoke to fill the carriage and forcing the train to stop, Japan’s transport ministry said. Two people were found unconscious, a...
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AP PHOTOS: In Peruvian valley, coca harvest means survival

AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd SAMUGARI, Peru (AP) — Just before sunrise, Raul Rua joins 15 others, including women, teens and children, for a half-hour walk to pick coca in the world’s No. 1 coca-producing valley. Blisters and calluses cover his hands from long days of...
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As Kurds gain in Syria, Turkish govt ponders military action

AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — As Kurdish rebels in northern Syria rack up wins against the Islamic State group, Turkish media is abuzz with talk of a long-debated military intervention to push the Islamic militants back from the Turkish border – a...

Turkmenistan honors president by opening park in his name

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — Turkmenistan has marked its leader’s 58th birthday by opening a park named after him, a move reflecting his blossoming personality cult. The park called Arkadag (Protector), the nickname of President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, has a...
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For world, limited options if Iran talks fall apart

AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi CAIRO (AP) — The Iranian nuclear talks are playing out in classic fashion: A self-imposed deadline appears to have been extended due to stubborn disputes, with the sides publicly sticking to positions and facing internal pressure from opponents...

French protest blocks Calais port, disrupts Channel traffic

CALAIS, France (AP) — French ferry workers angry over possible job losses are disrupting the port of Calais and traffic across the English Channel. The workers for MyFerryLink resumed their protest Monday angered by a court ruling about the future of the company. Their new...
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French minister: No new target date for Iran nuclear talks

AP Photo/Ronald Zak UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Negotiators trying to rein in Iran’s nuclear program have decided not to set a new target date to conclude talks, France’s foreign minister said Monday, and he warned that if an agreement isn’t “very...
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Putin urges all to fight Islamic State, backs Syria’s Assad

AP Photo/Alexei Nikolsky MOSCOW (AP) — In a surprise meeting with Syria’s foreign minister, Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged his support Monday for Syrian President Bashar Assad and called on all Middle East nations to join forces to fight Islamic State...

Putin, Berlusconi spend weekend in _ where else _ Siberia

MOSCOW (AP) — A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin says Putin and former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi spent the weekend together at a vacation home in Siberia. Berlusconi, known to be a close friend of Putin’s, has previously hosted...
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Scorching temperatures prompt Portugal to issue health alert

AP Photo/Manu Fernandez LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portuguese health authorities have issued a weather alert, advising the public to take extra care as temperatures are forecast to exceed 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) in some southern parts of the country. The General...