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Maori head returns to New Zealand after 136 years

ROUEN, France (AP) -- A French museum has returned the mummified and tattooed head of a Maori to New Zealand officials after spending 136 years in a Normandy museum, a belated gesture to restore dignity to the first of 16 such human heads once displayed as exotic curiosities....

Quake shifted Japan; towns now flood at high tide

ISHINOMAKI, Japan (AP) -- When water begins to trickle down the streets of her coastal neighborhood, Yoshiko Takahashi knows it is time to hurry home....

China: Landslide buries 83 in Tibet gold mine area

BEIJING (AP) -- A massive landslide engulfed a gold mining area in mountainous Tibet, burying 83 workers believed to have been asleep early Friday morning, Chinese state media said....

Russia marks Victory Day with massive parade

MOSCOW (AP) -- Thousands of Russian troops are marching on Red Square in the annual Victory Day parade in a proud display of the nation's military might amid escalating tensions over Ukraine....

Indonesian cleric gets 15 years on terror charge

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- The Indonesian Muslim cleric known as spiritual leader of the militants who carried out the deadly 2002 Bali bombings was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison for his support of a terror training camp uncovered last year....

Israel honors war dead with somber Memorial Day

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israelis paused Monday to honor fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism with sirens and ceremonies on the country's annual Memorial Day....

China blocks outspoken author's Australia trip

SYDNEY (AP) -- China has banned an outspoken writer and government critic from leaving the country to attend a literary festival in Australia, and warned him not to publish any of his controversial works overseas, event organizers said Monday....

Floods shut down Philippine capital, 3 killed

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Torrential monsoon rains worsened by a tropical storm flooded large swathes of the Philippine capital and nearby provinces Friday, leaving at least three people dead and displacing tens of thousands just days after the region was drenched by a typhoon....

Fresh religious tensions brewing in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia's government sought to defuse new religious tensions Monday following allegations that church leaders were conspiring to make Christianity the official religion in this Muslim-majority country....

Samoa skips Friday in leap across int'l date line

APIA, Samoa (AP) -- The weekend came sooner than usual for the tiny South Pacific island nation of Samoa....

Gunter Sachs, ex-husband of Bardot, kills self

GENEVA (AP) -- German-born photographer Gunter Sachs, best known for his playboy lifestyle and brief marriage to French actress Brigitte Bardot, has committed suicide. He was 78....

Malaysia to take 800 Australia asylum seekers

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia will accept 800 asylum seekers who entered Australia illegally by sea in a groundbreaking deal between the two countries to tackle people smuggling....

Aircraft carriers gain clout in naval power

ABOARD THE CHARLES DE GAULLE (AP) -- Despite growing controversy about the cost and relevance of aircraft carriers, navies around the world are adding new ones to their inventories at a pace unseen since World War II....

Aircraft carriers gain clout in naval power

ABOARD THE CHARLES DE GAULLE (AP) -- Despite growing controversy about the cost and relevance of aircraft carriers, navies around the world are adding new ones to their inventories at a pace unseen since World War II....

Turkey hosts UN forum on world's poorest nations

ISTANBUL (AP) -- Speakers at a U.N. conference in Turkey that aims to help the world's poorest countries say rising food and fuel prices have put additional pressure on people living in poverty....

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