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China, 20 other countries initiate new Asian bank

BEIJING (AP) -- Twenty-one Asian nations have signed on to a China-driven initiative to create a new development bank for Asia that's aimed at boosting infrastructure investment of all kinds. Beijing sees that as a way to raise its international standing, but Washington opposes the move as an unnecessary and potentially damaging rival to established institutions such as the World Bank....

Britain says EU is asking for bigger contribution

BRUSSELS (AP) -- Britain says its prime minister is protesting a European Union request for an additional 2.1 billion euro ($2.65 billion) contribution to the EU coffers at a time of increasing pressure at home for the country to leave the bloc....

US officials see signs of new life in Iraqi army

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AP) -- Iraq's fractured army has begun to regroup and stage modest, localized attacks on the Islamic State militants who routed them last spring and summer, but they are unlikely to be ready to launch a major counteroffensive for many months, senior U.S. military officials say....

Despite dry spell, N. Korea farms see good harvest

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- Providing enough food to feed the nation is always a struggle for North Korea. But it looks like the residents of Pyongyang won't be lacking for cabbage and vegetables come next month, when the crops will be harvested....

Marine murder case reveals US-Philippine sore spot

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- American forces are guarding Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, yet a ring of Filipino troops surrounds them. The seemingly redundant security effort around the suspect in a Philippine murder case reflects Manila's uneasy ties with Washington, its former colonial master....

Marine murder case reveals US-Philippine sore spot

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- American forces are guarding Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, yet a ring of Filipino troops surrounds them. The seemingly redundant security effort around the suspect in a Philippine murder case reflects Manila's uneasy ties with Washington, its former colonial master....

Cloning whistle-blower: little change in S. Korea

CHUNCHEON, South Korea (AP) -- The whistle-blower who exposed breakthrough cloning research as a devastating fake says South Korea is still dominated by the values that allowed science fraudster Hwang Woo-suk to become an almost untouchable national hero....

Cloning whistle-blower: little change in S. Korea

CHUNCHEON, South Korea (AP) -- The whistle-blower who exposed breakthrough cloning research as a devastating fake says South Korea is still dominated by the values that allowed science fraudster Hwang Woo-suk to become an almost untouchable national hero....

Cremation fears leave empty Ebola beds in Liberia

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Even as Liberians fall ill and die of Ebola, more than half the beds in treatment centers in the capital remain empty, an unintended consequence of the government's order that the bodies of all suspected Ebola victims in Monrovia be cremated....

Cremation fears leave empty Ebola beds in Liberia

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Even as Liberians fall ill and die of Ebola, more than half the beds in treatment centers in the capital remain empty, an unintended consequence of the government's order that the bodies of all suspected Ebola victims in Monrovia be cremated....

Cremation fears leave empty Ebola beds in Liberia

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Even as Liberians fall ill and die of Ebola, more than half the beds in treatment centers in the capital remain empty, an unintended consequence of the government's order that the bodies of all suspected Ebola victims in Monrovia be cremated....

Ex-Mountie hero of shooting at Canada's Parliament

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- The standing ovation began even before Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers entered the Parliament chamber in his black robe, carrying the golden ceremonial mace on his right shoulder....

Berlusconi: Let's legalize gay civil unions

ROME (AP) -- Silvio Berlusconi is pushing for the legalization of civil unions between gays in Italy, but not same-sex marriage....

Pope condemns extraordinary renditions in law talk

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis has condemned the practice of extraordinary renditions used by the CIA after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks....

Dancing priests become Internet sensation

ROME (AP) -- A video of a pair of dueling, dancing American priests studying in Rome has gone viral, following in the footsteps of a now-famous Italian nun whose Alicia Keys-esque voice won her a singing contest and a record contract....

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