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  • North Korean ship pursued for seizure in case story has photos
    Updated: Aug-04-15 10:35 am

    UNITED NATIONS - Winning a lawsuit against North Korea is rare. Collecting millions of dollars in damages from the isolated country? Pretty much impossible. But an Israel-based civil rights group thinks it has found a way, starting with a North Korean ship that's been held, against Pyongyang's wishes, in a Mexican port for the past year.

  • Swiss customs seize 578 pounds of ivory en route to China story has photos
    Updated: Aug-04-15 9:41 am

    BERLIN - Customs officials at Zurich airport have seized 262 kilograms (578 pounds) of ivory that three Chinese men had dispatched from Tanzania, contraband that may have come from up to 50 elephants, Swiss authorities said Tuesday.

  • Los Alamos vigils eye 70th anniversary of atomic bombings 
    Updated: Aug-04-15 9:28 am

    LOS ALAMOS, New Mexico - Peace advocates are planning peace vigils in Los Alamos to mark the 70th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

  • Remembering, and saving, A-bomb's legacy at Hiroshima dome story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Aug-04-15 9:11 am

    HIROSHIMA, Japan - The crumbling brick and concrete walls of the Atomic Bomb Dome, as it is known today, rise above the Motoyasu River. The bomb so devastated Hiroshima that there are few other reminders of the city that was here seven decades ago.

  • Paratroopers compete in military games in Russia 
    Updated: Aug-04-15 9:08 am

    RYAZAN, Russia - Paratroopers from Russia, China and several other nations have shown their skills at military competitions in western Russia.

  • China group to salvage South Korea's sunken ferry 
    Updated: Aug-04-15 8:52 am

    SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea agreed to an 85.1 billion won ($73 million) deal with a Chinese-led consortium to salvage a ferry that sunk last year, killing more than 300 people. The formal contract could be signed as early as Wednesday.

  • ASEAN wants China to stop work in disputed sea: official story has photos
    Updated: Aug-04-15 7:38 am

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Southeast Asian nations want China to stop land reclamation in the disputed South China Sea, a regional official said Tuesday, but China insisted it has a right to continue the activity.

  • Chinese police save infant girl from pipe in public toilet 
    Updated: Aug-04-15 6:16 am

    BEIJING - A Beijing policeman rescued a newborn baby who was stuck face-down in a public toilet, reaching his arm down into the pipe to gently pull out the infant, police and reports said Tuesday.

  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 a.m. EDT 
    Updated: Aug-04-15 6:05 am

    Debate stage drama: Republican presidential candidates await top 10 announcement

  • Toyota's quarterly profit up 10 pct on cheap yen, cost cuts 
    Updated: Aug-04-15 6:01 am

    TOKYO - Toyota's profit for April-June rose 10 percent on perks from a cheap yen and cost reduction efforts that offset lower vehicle sales.

  • BMW earnings slip on China, costs for new models story has photos
    Updated: Aug-04-15 5:52 am

    FRANKFURT, Germany - German luxury automaker BMW saw net profit slip 1 percent in the second quarter amid higher costs to bring out new vehicles and a tougher market in China, a major pillar of its profits.

  • World high jump champion Shkolina out with injury 
    Updated: Aug-04-15 5:44 am

    MOSCOW - World high jump champion Svetlana Shkolina of Russia will be unable to defend her title in Beijing due to an Achilles tendon tear.

  • South Korea to replace health minister after MERS outbreak 
    Updated: Aug-04-15 3:35 am

    SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea's president has decided to replace her health minister, officials said Tuesday, in the wake of criticism over the government's handling of the MERS virus outbreak that killed 36 people and infected nearly 200 others.

  • Kerry pushes Asia trade pact in Singapore story has photos
    Updated: Aug-04-15 2:37 am

    SINGAPORE - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Tuesday for countries negotiating a major Pacific Rim trade deal to overcome differences that have stalled its conclusion.

  • China volleyball chief in corruption probe 
    Updated: Aug-04-15 2:08 am

    BEIJING - China's sweeping drive against corruption has again turned to the country's sports programs, with the head of the national volleyball program the latest to be targeted.

  • 9 swept away by flash flood in China; 8 bodies recovered 
    Updated: Aug-04-15 1:13 am

    BEIJING - A flash flood has struck a scenic area outside the city of Xi'an in central China, sweeping away nine Chinese tourists, state media reported Tuesday. Eight bodies have been recovered.

  • Jackie Chan wants to work with son Jaycee on album, movie story has photos
    Updated: Aug-03-15 10:08 pm

    BEIJING - Action star Jackie Chan says he wants to work with his son Jaycee on a movie and an album as they mend their relationship after Jaycee was imprisoned on a drug charge.

  • Japan's Nishikori says left calf is 'feeling pretty well' 
    Updated: Aug-03-15 7:27 pm

    WASHINGTON - Kei Nishikori says his injured left calf is healed after taking time off following Wimbledon.

  • Court: $41M award might discourage school trips abroad 
    Updated: Aug-03-15 5:32 pm

    NEW YORK - A New York federal appeals court asked the Connecticut Supreme Court on Monday to help it decide the validity of a $41.5 million jury award to the family of a student injured on a trip to China, saying such a stiff penalty might discourage educational trips.

  • Pennsylvania resident guilty in Chinese test-taking plot 
    Updated: Aug-03-15 5:23 pm

    PITTSBURGH - A Chinese citizen who lives in western Pennsylvania has pleaded guilty to charges she used phony passports to take English-language fluency tests used for college entrance purposes for two other Chinese women, including one now enrolled at Virginia Tech.

  • UN states set goal to end poverty, hunger in next 15 years 
    Updated: Aug-03-15 5:10 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - The 193 member states of the United Nations have reached agreement on a new development agenda for the next 15 years that calls for eradicating poverty and hunger, achieving gender equality, improving living standards and taking urgent action to combat climate change.

  • US-China nuclear agreement passes congressional review 
    Updated: Aug-03-15 4:33 pm

    WASHINGTON - An agreement allowing American involvement in China's civilian atomic industry is set to be renewed for 30 years despite some stiff criticism from lawmakers over the Asian nation's record on nuclear proliferation.

  • China bureau probing controversial Shaolin Temple abbot 
    Updated: Aug-03-15 9:13 am

    BEIJING - Chinese authorities are investigating allegations of misbehavior made online against the controversial abbot of China's famed Shaolin Temple.

  • Son demotes dad in battle for control of S. Korean retailer 
    Updated: Aug-03-15 6:49 am

    SEOUL, South Korea - A family battle for control of South Korea's largest retailer has erupted in public after the group's 92-year-old founder was demoted to a powerless role in the business by his youngest son.

  • IOC ready to act if Olympic medals affected by doping story has photos
    Updated: Aug-03-15 3:11 am

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - The IOC will take action against any Olympic athletes if they are found guilty of the latest doping allegations rocking the sport of track and field, IOC President Thomas Bach said Monday.