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World Court opinion sought on UK-Mauritius islands dispute

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 21:55:04 GMT2017-06-22T21:55:04Z

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- In a setback for the United Kingdom, the General Assembly voted Tuesday to seek an opinion from the top U.N. court on Mauritius' claim that Britain illegally maintains sovereignty over the Chagos Islands, including Diego Garcia, where the United States has a major military base in the Indian Ocean....



Father of missing Chinese scholar: 'Give my daughter back'

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:53:07 GMT2017-06-22T20:53:07Z

URBANA, Ill. (AP) -- The father of a visiting Chinese scholar missing from the University of Illinois made an emotional appeal on Thursday for his 26-year-old child's safe return, saying in an interview: "Give my daughter back."...



Indian convicted of spying seeks pardon from Pakistan

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:49:34 GMT2017-06-22T15:49:34Z

ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's military says an Indian naval officer who was sentenced to death by a military court on charges of espionage and sabotage has submitted a petition for mercy to the country's army chief, seeking a pardon....



Indian troops kills 3 rebels, protester in disputed Kashmir

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:40:23 GMT2017-06-22T14:40:23Z

SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- Government forces killed three suspected Kashmiri rebels in fighting in the disputed region Thursday and fatally shot a rock-throwing protester during an ensuing rally demanding an end to Indian rule, officials said....



Thai gov't passes bill giving army say over future policies

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:21:51 GMT2017-06-22T14:21:51Z

BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's military-installed parliament on Thursday passed a bill that allows the ruling junta to continue to impose its policies after it holds elections and officially relinquishes power....



Afghanistan sets July 7, 2018 for parliamentary elections

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:15:10 GMT2017-06-22T14:15:10Z

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Despite relentless insurgent attacks, Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission is announcing that parliamentary polls will be held in the war-torn country on July 7, 2018, almost three years late....



Investigators obtain data recorder in US warship collision

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:48:12 GMT2017-06-22T13:48:12Z

TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese authorities said Thursday they have obtained a data recording device from a container ship to help determine why it collided with a U.S. destroyer, killing seven American sailors....



The Latest: Taliban claims deadly Helmand explosion

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:31:43 GMT2017-06-22T13:31:43Z

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Latest on developments in Afghanistan following the suicide car bombing in Helmand province (all times local):...



Philippines, neighbors to jointly fight militants amid siege

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:04:59 GMT2017-06-22T12:04:59Z

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia agreed Thursday to closely cooperate to halt the flow of militants, weapons, funds and extremist propaganda across their borders, as they expressed alarm over recent attacks in the region including a monthlong siege of a southern Philippine city....



AP Newsbreak: US, EU urge China to limit food import control

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:21:24 GMT2017-06-22T10:21:24Z

BEIJING (AP) -- Food exporters including the United States and European Union are stepping up pressure on China to scale back plans for intensive inspections of imports that they say would hamper access to its fast-growing market....