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U.S. lawmakers step up to oppose Japan's UNESCO bid

A group of lawmakers in the United States has expressed opposition to Japan's bid to get world heritage status for its industrial facilities linked to wartime Korean slave labor, calling on Tokyo to include their history if it wants the inscription, documents showed Friday.   A set of ea...

Updated : 2015.07.04 13:52

China says 6.5 quake in far west kills 3, collapses homes

   BEIJING (AP) _ A magnitude 6.5 earthquake that shook China's far-western region of Xinjiang killed three people, injured 71 and collapsed thousands of houses, officials said Saturday.    The quake hit Pishan county in the Hotan region of Xinjiang early Friday. Earlier reports on st...

Updated : 2015.07.04 13:09

Boko Haram kills nearly 200 in 48 hours of Nigeria slaughter

      KANO, Nigeria (AFP) - Boko Haram carried out a fresh wave of massacres in northeastern Nigeria on Friday, locals said, killing nearly 200 people in 48 hours of violence President Muhammadu Buhari blasted as "inhuman and barbaric".   The militants have staged multiple attacks a...

Updated : 2015.07.04 10:42

Speeding, driver error may be blamed for bus plunge in China

A bus crash in northeastern China that killed 10 South Koreans and the Chinese driver might have been caused by high speed and driver error, according to officials on Friday and CCTV footage of the scene.   The vehicle carrying 26 South Korean government employees, the Chinese driver and...

Updated : 2015.07.03 11:25

[Newsmaker] U.S., Cuba declare end of hostility

WASHINGTON ― After more than a half century of hostility, the United States and Cuba declared Wednesday they will reopen embassies in each other’s capitals this month, marking a historic full restor...

Updated : 2015.07.02 22:08

US employers add 223K jobs; jobless rate falls to 5.3 pct.

U.S. employers added a solid 223,000 jobs in June, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent, a seven-year low. The numbers reflect a job market moving close to full health and raise expectations that the Federal Reserve will start raising interest rates as early as September.    Th...

Updated : 2015.07.02 22:03

Greece becomes first developed country to default on IMF

Cash-strapped Greece missed a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund on Tuesday as last-ditch efforts to find a compromise with official EU lenders came to naught. ...

Updated : 2015.07.01 09:36

Liberia announces return of Ebola

MONROVIA (AFP) - Liberia announced the return of Ebola on Tuesday following the death of a 17-year-old boy, dealing a worrying blow to the country's recovery three months after its last known case.Deputy health minister Tolbert Nyensuah told AFP the teenager had tested positive and died in...

Updated : 2015.06.30 21:31

'113 people were on board crashed Indonesian military plane'

A total of 113 people were on board an Indonesian air force transport plane that crashed Tuesday into a major city on Sumatra island, the country's air force chief said. There were 12 crew and 101 passengers on the Hercules C-130 when it went down and burst into flames in Medan city, Agus...

Updated : 2015.06.30 19:54

Hundreds still in hospital after fire at Taiwan music party

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- More than 400 people, many of them seriously burned, remained in hospitals Sunday after a fire spread into a crowd of spectators at a music party at a Taiwan water park, authorities said. The fire late Saturday was sparked by an accidental explosion of a colored theatric...

Updated : 2015.06.28 22:10

ECB keeps emergency cash for Greek banks at current levels

BERLIN -- The European Central Bank said Sunday it would keep its emergency cash lifeline to debt-hit Greece at current levels, while closely monitoring financial markets and "the potential implications for the monetary policy stance".   "The Governing Council decided to maintain the cei...

Updated : 2015.06.28 22:07

Nuke talks near deadline; Iran's foreign minister heads home

VIENNA -- With the target date for a deal less than two days off, Iran's foreign minister prepared to head home for consultations Sunday before returning to join counterparts from other countries at the negotiating table to push for a breakthrough. Iranian media said Mohammed Zarif's trip...

Updated : 2015.06.28 22:03

Tunisia to ramp up security after beach attack

PORT EL KANTAOUI, Tunisia -- Tunisia weighed new security measures Sunday as it scrambled to secure its vital tourism sector after 38 people were killed at a seaside resort in the worst jihadist attack in its history.   The country's National Security Council was to meet later Sunday aft...

Updated : 2015.06.28 21:37

Nearly 500 injured as fire hits Taiwan water park party

A fire on a music stage spread into a crowd of spectators at a party Saturday night at a Taiwan water park, injuring nearly 500 people, including 141 in serious condition, authorities said.The fire was sparked by an accidental explosion of an unknown powder near the stage in front of about...

Updated : 2015.06.28 10:54

U.S. Supreme Court rules gay marriage is legal nationwide

Same-sex couples won the right to marry nationwide as a divided Supreme Court handed a crowning victory to the gay rights movement, setting off a jubilant cascade of long-delayed weddings in states wh...

Updated : 2015.06.28 10:45