Pomp, protests greet India’s premier Modi on lavish UK visit
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Pomp, protests greet India’s premier Modi on lavish UK visit

  LONDON (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and British counterpart David Cameron vowed Thursday to use U.K. knowhow and investment to help modernize the world’s largest democracy, as Modi was greeted with official honors and noisy protests in London. Hailing billions in new business deals between the two countries, Cameron promised to “set … Continue reading

Australia tries to halt unrest at immigration detention camp
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Australia tries to halt unrest at immigration detention camp

SYDNEY (AP) — Australian officials were working Monday to contain unrest at a remote detention center for asylum seekers in the Indian Ocean, with protesters lighting a series of small fires and guards withdrawing from the compound. The immigration department confirmed there was a “major disturbance” at the detention center on the Australian territory of … Continue reading

Medal of Honor recipient tackled suicide bomber, saved lives
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Medal of Honor recipient tackled suicide bomber, saved lives

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — He tackled a suicide bomber while serving in Afghanistan, saving fellow soldiers’ lives while suffering a gruesome leg injury. During three years of recovery and more than 30 surgeries at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Army Capt. Florent Groberg was left with a lot of time to think. His thoughts … Continue reading

Liberty Medal presented to Dalai Lama’s representatives
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Liberty Medal presented to Dalai Lama’s representatives

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Liberty Medal has been presented to representatives of the Dalai Lama in recognition of his efforts to promote compassion and human rights around the world. The Tibetan spiritual leader was chosen in June to receive the award, which comes with a $100,000 cash prize, but canceled his appearance at the Philadelphia … Continue reading

Taliban overrun remote northern district in Afghanistan
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Taliban overrun remote northern district in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban have overrun a district in northern Afghanistan’s Takhar province, and intense battles were underway Wednesday as government forces fought to retake it, an official said. Six Afghan security forces were killed in the fighting over Darqad district, which borders Tajikistan, according to Sonatullah Taimor, the spokesman for the provincial … Continue reading

Bangladesh police arrest 4 in killing of Italian aid worker
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Bangladesh police arrest 4 in killing of Italian aid worker

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Police in Bangladesh have arrested four suspects in the killing of an Italian aid worker last month, and said Monday that the alleged gunmen had confessed to being hired to attack “a white man” in order to destabilize the impoverished South Asian nation. Cesare Tavella was gunned down by motorcycle-riding assailants … Continue reading

Afghan quake death toll rises further as survivors await aid
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Afghan quake death toll rises further as survivors await aid

SHANGLA, Pakistan (AP) — Afghanistan and Pakistan were scrambling Wednesday to rush aid to survivors of this week’s magnitude-7.5 earthquake as the region’s overall death toll from the temblor rose to 385. Pakistan’s disaster management authority said the nation’s dead now were at 267, with 220 people killed in the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and … Continue reading

Nepal elects Communist party leader new prime minister
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Nepal elects Communist party leader new prime minister

  KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal’s parliament elected Communist party leader Khadga Prasad Oli the new prime minister Sunday, thrusting him into the center of daunting challenges, from ethnic protests over the new constitution that has also upset vital neighbor India to rebuilding from April’s devastating earthquake. Oli received 338 votes from the 597-member chamber, … Continue reading

Filipinos begin race for presidency, 18,000 other offices
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Filipinos begin race for presidency, 18,000 other offices

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The race for the Philippine presidency next year began on Monday with the country’s vice president being the first major contender to register his candidacy to lead one of Asia’s most unwieldy democracies. Vice President Jejomar Binay filed his certificate of candidacy before Manila’s Commission on Elections with Sen. Gregorio Honasan … Continue reading

Advised to rest, Dalai Lama cancels October US visit
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Advised to rest, Dalai Lama cancels October US visit

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Dalai Lama canceled his U.S. appearances for the month of October after doctors at Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic advised him to rest, his office said Friday. The 80-year-old Tibetan Buddhist leader was at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester this week for what was described as a routine check-up. “The doctors have advised … Continue reading

Modi touts social media, tech development in Facebook visit
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Modi touts social media, tech development in Facebook visit

  MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi touted the power of social media and his own goals for developing India’s tech economy on Sunday, speaking to a global audience from a “town hall” meeting at the headquarters of the world’s largest social network. Modi also vowed to improve education for girls … Continue reading

Australia warns Chris Brown he may not be allowed Down Under
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Australia warns Chris Brown he may not be allowed Down Under

SYDNEY (AP) — Chris Brown’s plans to tour Down Under were in jeopardy on Sunday after the Australian government formally warned the troubled R&B singer that he is likely to be denied a visa because of his criminal conviction for assaulting pop star Rihanna. The immigration department issued Brown a “notice of intention to consider … Continue reading