New Zealand-Dotcom Appeal
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New Zealand-Dotcom Appeal

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom will be allowed to livestream his legal bid to halt his extradition to the United States, a New Zealand judge ruled Tuesday, August 30, 2016. Dotcom and three of his colleagues are appealing a December lower-court decision which allows them to be extradited to the U.S. … Continue reading

Australian senator caught napping still fan of press freedom
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Australian senator caught napping still fan of press freedom

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian senator has fallen victim to the press freedom he champions when he was photographed snoozing on his first day in Parliament. Former veteran journalist Derryn Hinch was caught napping as a senator beside him nudged his arm during Governor-General Peter Cosgrove’s 40-minute speech on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, afternoon … Continue reading

Militants free 10 Indonesian hostages in south Philippines
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Militants free 10 Indonesian hostages in south Philippines

MANILA, Philippines(AP) — Abu Sayyaf militants have freed 10 Indonesian crewmen who were seized at sea in March in the first of three attacks on tugboats that have sparked a regional maritime security alarm, officials said Sunday, May 1st. The Indonesians appeared to be in good health when they were dropped off Sunday afternoon in … Continue reading

Mystery solved? Australian says he’s Bitcoin founder
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Mystery solved? Australian says he’s Bitcoin founder

LONDON (AP) — An Australian man long rumored to be associated with the digital currency Bitcoin has publicly identified himself as its creator, a claim that would end one of the biggest mysteries in the tech world. BBC News said Monday, May 2nd, that Craig Wright told the media outlet he is the man previously … Continue reading

Journalist close to opposition detained in Bangladesh
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Journalist close to opposition detained in Bangladesh

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Police in Bangladesh questioned a prominent journalist and close aide of opposition leader and ex-Prime Minister Khaleda Zia over the weekend for his alleged role in a conspiracy to kidnap the only son of the current prime minister. Shafik Rehman, head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Zia’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party, … Continue reading

Australian minister: Depp dog apology video no award winner
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Australian minister: Depp dog apology video no award winner

SYDNEY (AP) — Was the filmed apology over an international dog smuggling scandal supposed to look like a hostage video? Was the weirdly wooden delivery a deliberate protest by the unhappy actors? And does the Australian politician at the heart of the world’s most bizarre biosecurity case think he could have directed it better himself? … Continue reading

US to beef up military presence in Eastern Europe
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US to beef up military presence in Eastern Europe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon plans to deploy an armored brigade combat team to Eastern Europe next February as part of the ongoing effort to rotate troops in and out of the region to reassure allies worried about threats from an increasingly aggressive Russia. The decision will put three fully equipped Army brigades in Europe … Continue reading

Mozambique hotelier discusses possible Malaysian plane part
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Mozambique hotelier discusses possible Malaysian plane part

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Mozambican sandbank where a possible piece of a missing Malaysian airliner was found is in waters with treacherous currents and is not normally visited by tourists, a hotel owner said Friday. Tony Manna, who owns a beachfront hotel in the Mozambican town of Vilankulo, said American adventurer Blaine Gibson was a … Continue reading

Rob Thomas apologizes for making offensive joke in Australia
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Rob Thomas apologizes for making offensive joke in Australia

SYDNEY (AP) — Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas has apologized after being accused of making a racist joke during a solo concert in Australia. Thomas apologized on Facebook following the Saturday, Feb. 20, night show in Melbourne, where he made a joke about dealing with jetlag by drinking. “And then I drink until I think I’m … Continue reading

Leaders of warming Earth meet in Paris to cut emissions
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Leaders of warming Earth meet in Paris to cut emissions

LE BOURGET, France (AP) — The largest group of world leaders ever to stand together kicked off two weeks of high-stakes climate talks outside Paris on Monday, saying that striking an ambitious deal to curb global warming can show terrorists what countries can achieve when they are united. “What greater rejection of those who would … Continue reading

Seoul: North Korean leader Kim demotes top official
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Seoul: North Korean leader Kim demotes top official

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is believed to have demoted one of his top officials and sent him to a rural collective farm for reeducation, South Korea’s spy agency told lawmakers Tuesday. If confirmed, the banishment of Choe Ryong Hae would be the latest in a series of executions, purges and … Continue reading

4 Brits, 2 Aussies among 7 dead in New Zealand chopper crash
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4 Brits, 2 Aussies among 7 dead in New Zealand chopper crash

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Four tourists from Britain and two from Australia were among seven people killed Saturday when a helicopter crashed on a scenic New Zealand glacier, police said. An image released by police showed the wreckage wedged between walls of ice in a crevasse on the Fox Glacier. Police said in a … Continue reading

Blast at Japan’s controversial war shrine injures no one
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Blast at Japan’s controversial war shrine injures no one

TOKYO (AP) — An explosion Monday damaged a public restroom at a controversial shrine in Tokyo that honors Japanese war dead, with police suspecting foul play. No one was injured. The Yasukuni shrine, which honors 2.5 million Japanese war dead, including executed war criminals, has been the target of criticism from China and South Korea, … Continue reading

Obama to meet with leaders of China, India at climate summit
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Obama to meet with leaders of China, India at climate summit

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is hoping to generate early momentum for international climate talks in Paris next week by holding one-on-one meetings there with the leaders of China and India. While in Paris, the president also will meet with the leaders of island nations at risk from the effects of global warming, the … Continue reading

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Markets roiled by downing of Russian jet by Turkey

LONDON (AP) — European stock markets slid Tuesday as jitters about instability in the Middle East intensified following the downing of a Russian jet by Turkey over Syria. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, France’s CAC 40 was down 1.8 percent at 4,801 while the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares fell 1 percent to 6,240. … 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

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

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United States, 11 Pacific Rim countries reach trade deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries have agreed to an ambitious trade pact that cuts trade barriers, sets labor and environmental standards and protects multinational corporations’ intellectual property. The agreement on the Trans Pacific Partnership was reached Monday after marathon negotiating sessions in Atlanta through the weekend. “We think … Continue reading

3 share Nobel medicine prize for tropical disease drugs
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3 share Nobel medicine prize for tropical disease drugs

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Chinese scientist who turned to ancient texts to discover a powerful malaria drug shared the Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday with American and Japanese researchers whose discoveries have raised hopes of eliminating other tropical diseases. Tu Youyou — the first-ever Chinese medicine laureate — will share the 8 million Swedish … Continue reading

‘Modern-day pirate’ Kim Dotcom’s words now used against him
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‘Modern-day pirate’ Kim Dotcom’s words now used against him

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Prosecutors say Kim Dotcom and his colleagues sometimes reveled in their role as “modern-day pirates,” discussed how to thwart the justice system, and joked that a judge would one day realize how “evil” they were. The much-delayed extradition hearing for Dotcom and three others who owned or helped run the website … Continue reading