• Malaysia says only one body per grave found at trafficking camps

    By Andrew R.C. Marshall WANG KELIAN, Malaysia (Reuters) - The 139 graves uncovered near people-smuggling camps in northern Malaysia appear to hold only one body each, Malaysia's deputy home minister said on Thursday, after earlier suspicions that they could contain multiple corpses of trafficked…

  • China cybersecurity plan aims to protect state secrets: official paper

    China will prepare a five-year cybersecurity plan to protect state secrets and data, the official China Daily said on Thursday, citing a senior official of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. Such a plan could add to the challenges of foreign technology firms doing business in the…

  • Britain says EU must amend its treaties to help keep it in bloc

    Britain needs the European Union to agree to amend its founding treaties as part of its renegotiation drive, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Thursday, saying London had to get a substantive deal to persuade voters to stay in the bloc. "The advice we're getting is that we will need…

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  • Nebraska becomes first red state to repeal the death penalty since 1973

    Nebraska just became the first Republican-controlled state since 1973 to repeal the death penalty. On Wednesday, Nebraska lawmakers voted 30 to 19 to override Gov. Pete Ricketts’ veto of their bill to repeal the death penalty. “Today we are doing something that transcends me, that transcends this…

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  • The 3 presidential candidates throwing a wrench in Mitch McConnell's plans

    When Sen. Rand Paul (R) of Kentucky brought floor action on the Patriot Act to a standstill early last Saturday, he underscored the challenge that Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell has with his three ideological freshman senators seeking the presidency. The other two senators are Ted Cruz (R)…

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  • Texas floods: Does urban sprawl put more homes in path of flooding?

    The booming economy of Central Texas and the rampant development that comes with it may have played a role in exposing area communities to increased flood risk. The speed of new construction is an additional complication, since homes are going up faster than rivers and creeks can be mapped.

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  • 'It’s coming': Did stern Texas flood warnings go unheeded, or unheard?

    Emergency officials in Texas are struggling with the fact that they appeared to do everything by the book – and yet 21 people are still confirmed dead from torrential Memorial Day weekend flooding. On Wednesday, authorities performed hundreds of water rescues and searchers continued to look for 13…

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  • 10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

    Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

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  • Russian labor camp memorial group faces heavy pressure

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian organization that restored a Soviet-era forced-labor camp as a memorial for the victims of political repression said Friday it is facing legal action aimed at pressuring it to fold.

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  • Indian hospitals overwhelmed as heatwave deaths near 1,500

    Hospitals in India were struggling Thursday to cope with an influx of victims of a blistering heatwave that has claimed nearly 1,500 lives in just over a week.

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  • Pentagon chief urges end to island-building in South China Sea

    By David Alexander PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter called on Wednesday for an immediate end to island-building by China and other countries near the South China Sea, urging the participants to stop militarizing the dispute and find a peaceful solution. Carter…

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  • Premier: Serbia ready to reduce dependence on Russian gas

    TIRANA, Albania (AP) — In a major policy shift, the Serbian prime minister said his country will accept U.S. calls to reduce dependency on Russian gas by adding an American-backed pipeline that would bring gas to Europe from Azerbaijan.

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  • France says Britain EU referendum 'very risky'

    French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said a British referendum on whether to leave the EU was "very risky", ahead of a visit by Prime Minister David Cameron to Paris on Thursday. Cameron is carrying out a whistlestop tour of European capitals to push for reforms he says are necessary before the…

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  • With ruling party under pressure, Erdogan wades into Turkey polls

    Brushing off complaints he is brazenly violating the constitution, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is playing an increasingly active role in Turkey’s legislative election campaign as the ruling party faces its biggest ballot box challenge since it came to power. Latest opinion polls suggest…

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  • FIFA sponsors pile pressure on Blatter ahead of AGM vote

    Sponsors piled pressure on FIFA leader Sepp Blatter to clean up world football as two major corruption scandals overshadowed the start of a congress Thursday at which he will seek a new term. Blatter remains favourite to win an election on Friday however. Credit card giant Visa said it would…

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  • Top Asian News at 8:30 a.m. GMT

    BANGKOK (AP) — In the past month, more than 3,000 desperate, hungry people have landed on the shores of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, drawing international attention to a crisis in Southeast Asia. Arrivals of the overcrowded boats — crammed with Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar…

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  • Chinese leader calls for innovation as economic growth slows

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged new efforts to respond to slower economic growth during a propaganda-heavy provincial visit highlighting his burgeoning cult of personality.

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