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Malaysian leader faces risk of criminal charge over funds

12 min 5 sec ago

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak is facing the risk of a criminal charge over allegations that millions of dollars were funneled from an indebted state fund to his personal bank accounts, the first time the country's leader has faced criminal allegations.


Chinese tourists boost Thai economy but stir outrage

28 min 23 sec ago

Accused of urinating in public, spitting on the street, or kicking a sacred temple bell -- free-spending Chinese tourists are receiving a mixed welcome as their soaring numbers help the kingdom's creaking economy. Last month it was a photo of a young girl peeing in the grounds of Bangkok's Grand Palace that triggered the latest round of enraged, and sometimes racist, comments as Thai social media users claimed she was Chinese. In March a Thai model's video of tourists from China jumping the queue at an airport was viewed more than two million times and saw a similarly angry rant against Thailand's largest group of foreign holidaymakers.


America celebrates Independence Day with fireworks, parades

56 min 42 sec ago

Americans celebrated 239 years as an independent nation on Saturday with extravagant fireworks displays, rock and classical concerts and parades both big and small. Here were some highlights of Independence Day festivities around the nation:


Greece votes on financial future, government - and maybe euro

59 min 30 sec ago

Across the country of 11 million people -- on far-flung Aegean islands, in the shadow of the 2,400-year-old Parthenon in Athens, to the northern border shared with fellow EU state Bulgaria -- voters began casting their ballots. The rest of Europe, and international investors, will be watching intently, unsure of the outcome that could greet them on Monday. "I'm voting 'No' because I think it's better for the country," said 80-year-old Michelis, first in through the doors of a school being used for the vote on Skoufa street in central Athens.


Greece votes on high-stakes bailout referendum

1 hour 8 min ago

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greeks started casting ballots early Sunday in the closely watched bailout referendum, with opinion polls showing people evenly split on whether to accept creditors' proposals for more austerity in exchange for rescue loans, or defiantly reject the deal.


Obama: Freedom is paid for by men and women of US military

1 hour 28 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says U.S. service members make it possible to enjoy the "incredible blessings" in the greatest country on earth.


On his native turf, Pope Frances touches on cherished issues

1 hour 34 min ago

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — History's first Latin American pope returns to Spanish-speaking South America for the first time on Sunday, bringing a message of solidarity with the region's poor, who are expected to turn out in droves to welcome their native son home.


Greece votes in referendum with future in euro in doubt

1 hour 46 min ago

Greece voted on Sunday on whether to accept more austerity in exchange for international aid, in a high-stakes referendum likely to determine whether it leaves the euro-currency area after seven years of economic pain. Staged against a backdrop of shuttered banks and threats of financial apocalypse, the vote is too close to call and may not produce the clear mandate for negotiations that Athens’ creditors seek. Greeks are split on whether to accept an offer by creditors that Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras calls a "humiliation" and is urging people to reject.


World Bank removes critical section from China report

1 hour 53 min ago

The World Bank has removed a critical portion from a recently released report on China's economy, saying the section had not been adequately reviewed. On Wednesday, the Washington-based institution released its China Economic Update report in Beijing, which included a section urging the country to accelerate reform of its state-dominated financial sector. In blunt language, the World Bank warned that failure to address the issue could end "three decades of stellar performance" for the world's second-largest economy.


The Latest on Greece: Polls open in bailout referendum

2 hours 7 min ago

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest from the referendum in Greece (all times local):


America celebrates July 4 with hot dogs and barbecues amid tightened security

2 hours 9 min ago

Americans marched in star-spangled parades, ran relay races, gathered for fireworks shows and crowned a new world hot dog eating champion as they celebrated Independence Day in traditional style on Saturday. Possible security threats, wildfires in the West and rainy weather on the East Coast apparently did little to dampen the spirits of celebrants decked out in red, white and blue from their headbands to their shoelaces. Crowds at Boston's Old State House erupted in applause and cannons shot out tri-color confetti after the annual July Fourth reading of the Declaration of Independence.


At least 14 hurt in deck collapse at North Carolina beach

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 22:58
EMERALD ISLE, N.C. (AP) — A deck collapsed at a North Carolina beach house as a family got set to take a group photo Saturday evening, leaving at least 14 people injured with two of those in critical condition, authorities said.

Bryant's grand slam, 2 homers lead Cubs over Marlins 7-2

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 22:57

CHICAGO (AP) — Kris Bryant wasn't looking to go deep when he came up in the second inning Saturday night.


Austin Dillon wins Xfinity Series race at Daytona

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 22:34

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Austin Dillon once stood in victory lane at Daytona International Speedway celebrating a Dale Earnhardt win with his grandfather and wondering if he would ever make it back to commemorate his own achievement.


China to create $19B fund to support plunging stock market

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 22:32

BEIJING (AP) — More than two dozen companies in China are postponing initial public offerings and security companies are pledging more than $19 billion for a fund to stabilize the country's free-falling stock market.


Fara Williams seals bronze for England at Women's World Cup

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 21:50

A 108th-minute penalty kick by Fara Williams gave England their first ever win over top ranked Germany and a third place finish at the Women's World Cup. "It feels a lot better to be sitting here after that than it did the other day," said England coach Mark Sampson. "We knew the challenge we faced today from a world class Germany team.


Billy Joel weds girlfriend during Fourth of July party

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 21:47

NEW YORK (AP) — Billy Joel married girlfriend Alexis Roderick in a surprise ceremony at the couple's annual Fourth of July party.


Japan joins US-Australia war games amid China tensions

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 21:25

The United States and Australia kicked off a massive joint biennial military exercise on Sunday, with Japan taking part for the first time as tensions with China over territorial rows loom over the drills. The two-week "Talisman Sabre" exercise in the Northern Territory and Queensland state involves 30,000 personnel from the US and Australia practising operations at sea, in the air and on land. Some 40 personnel from Japan's army -- the Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) -- will join the American contingent, while more than 500 troops from New Zealand are also involved in the exercise, which concludes on July 21.


Will history repeat itself? The US women hope not

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 21:24

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Abby Wambach remembers the date by heart: July 17, 2011.


Dalai Lama to celebrate 80th birthday in California

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 21:17

The Dalai Lama launches three days of celebrations Sunday in California for his 80th birthday at what is billed as a Global Compassion Summit but which is expected to draw protests. Thousands of followers and fans of the Tibetan spiritual leader are to attend events in Anaheim and at the University of Irvine, including on his actual birthday Monday. "This milestone occasion is a joyous opportunity for people to come together in celebration of His Holiness' life and achievements," said Venerable Lama Tenzin Dhonden, founder of the non-profit Friends of the Dalai Lama.