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US man jumps to death in Manila after drug arrest

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A U.S. Navy officer jumped to his death at Manila's airport after he was arrested with what was thought to be cocaine, Philippine officials said Tuesday, but tests later showed the white powder wasn't an illegal drug....

Road rage in India growing along with economy

NEW DELHI (AP) -- On a recent chilly evening, Gaurav Kumar eased his small truck onto a congested road in the Indian capital and accidentally scraped another vehicle in the honking mass of cars, scooters and motorbikes....

WikiLeaks: UAE considered keeping Hamas hit quiet

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Diplomatic cables recently released by WikiLeaks indicate authorities in the United Arab Emirates debated whether to keep quiet about the high-profile killing of a Hamas operative in Dubai in January....

Sierra Leone leader to press Ivory Coast's Gbagbo

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Sierra Leone's president is flying to Abidjan, Ivory Coast, where he and other regional leaders will insist that Laurent Gbagbo relinquish his grip on the presidency....

Iran's Rouhani: Occupation of Palestine is 'wound'

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's president-elect called Israel's control of Jerusalem and Palestinian lands a "wound" for the Islamic world in relatively moderate remarks Friday that contrasted with the harsh rhetoric of his predecessor and other Iranian leaders....

Top China blogger shuts down magazine

BEIJING (AP) -- One of China's most popular bloggers announced Tuesday he was forced to shut down his freewheeling print magazine after just one issue because government officials appear to have blocked the printing of any new editions....

Cyclone roars toward Australia's flooded north

SYDNEY (AP) -- Authorities scrambled to airlift hospital patients from the path of a cyclone roaring toward waterlogged northeastern Australia and urged low-lying communities to evacuate because of potentially deadly flash floods....

Publisher confirms Julian Assange book deal

LONDON (AP) -- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he's being forced into penning an autobiography to keep his organization from going under....

Lula's legacy, leaving behind a transformed Brazil

SAO PAULO (AP) -- Plopping her swollen ankles upon a purple couch, 72-year-old Dilma de Lima exults in the new government-built apartment she now calls home after a lifetime of misery in Brazil's slums....

Iran corruption claims stoke political infighting

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Corruption charges against one of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's most trusted political advisers provided the latest evidence of deep rifts within the Iranian president's own conservative political camp....

Militias stem Pakistani Taliban, but at what cost?

MATANI, Pakistan (AP) -- Tribal militias allied with the government helped block a Taliban advance in this corner of northwest Pakistan close to the Afghan border, but their success has come at a price: the empowerment of untrained, unaccountable private armies that could yet emerge as a threat of their own....

German foreign minister met with Ahmadinejad

BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's foreign minister held a rare meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran in what appeared to have been a complicated deal to obtain the release of two journalists detained for four months, officials said Sunday....

Baltic state of Estonia adopts the euro

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) -- The Baltic state of Estonia early Saturday became the 17th European Union member to adopt the joint European currency, the euro....

Estonia's euro joy dampened by EU debt crisis

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) -- Despite a hellish year for the euro, the tiny Baltic nation of Estonia will be joining the single currency club as the champagne corks pop at midnight on New Year's Eve....

For Japan, 2010 was a year to forget

TOKYO (AP) -- Japan has been overtaken by China as the world's No. 2 economy. Its flagship company, Toyota, recalled more than 10 million vehicles in an embarrassing safety crisis. Its fourth prime minister resigned in three years, and the government remains unable to jolt an economy entering its third decade of stagnation....

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