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  • Body of missing S. Korean shipping tycoon found

    Updated: 57 min ago

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean police said Tuesday that a badly decomposed body found surrounded by liquor bottles in a field last month was that of a fugitive billionaire businessman blamed for April's ferry disaster that killed more than 300 people. The body was found in a field of apricot trees in the southern city of Suncheon on June 12, local police station chief Wu Hyung-ho told a news conference. He said DNA and fingerprint samples taken from the body matched those of the wanted man, Yoo Byung-eun. Wu said the body had decayed beyond recognition when it was found and a more thorough examination was needed to find how and when he died. An initial investigation showed there was no evidence that he was murdered,

  • Australia wants security job for wronged countries

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Tuesday countries that have been "so wronged" should take responsibility for securing the crime scene where the Malaysian jetliner was shot down in Ukraine. Abbott listed Malaysia, Netherlands as well as Australia among countries wronged when a Malaysia Airlines jet was shot down last week, with the loss of 298 lives. But he did not say whether Australia, which lost 37 citizens and residents in the tragedy, would be prepared to send troops or police to secure the site for independent investigators, saying the security arrangements were still under discussion among government leaders.

  • Suicide bomber kills 4 foreign guards in Kabul

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials say a suicide bomber on a motorcycle targeted a police compound in Kabul, killing four foreign security guards and wounding six. Deputy interior minister, Gen. Mohammad Ayoub Salangi, says the attacker targeted the compound that houses foreign advisers to the Afghan government as well as the office of the deputy minister for counter-narcotics. A police spokesman, Sayed Mahdi Kazimi, says the attacker managed to reach the entrance gate of the compound and detonated his motorbike packed with explosives on Tuesday morning. The nationality of the killed guards was not immediately disclosed. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack in a stat

  • Israeli aircraft hit more than 70 targets in Gaza

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel bombed five mosques, a sports stadium and the home of the late Hamas military chief across the Gaza Strip early on Tuesday, a Gaza police official said, as the U.N. chief and the U.S. secretary of state launched a high-level effort to end two weeks of deadly fighting. Air strikes set off huge explosions that turned the night sky over Gaza City orange. The sound of the blasts mixed with the thud of shelling, often just seconds apart, and the pre-dawn call to prayer from mosque loudspeakers. The intense Israeli strikes came as U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon and U.S.

  • US wants international push for Mideast cease-fire

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    CAIRO (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is hoping to get international support as he pushes for a Mideast cease-fire, but he acknowledges the differences between Israel and Hamas run very deep and must be addressed in any long-term solution. "We will work to see if there is some way to not only arrive at a cease-fire of some kind but to get to a discussion about the underlying issues," Kerry said at the start of a Monday meeting with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. "Nothing will be resolved by any cease-fire, temporary or long, without really getting to those issues at some point, and that's what we need to do." The U.S.

  • Cambodian political rivals hold fresh talks

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Leaders of Cambodia's ruling and opposition parties met Tuesday for talks aimed at ending a yearlong political deadlock since last year's contentious election. Eight representatives from the two camps, including Prime Minister Hun Sen and opposition leader Sam Rainsy, met in a closed-door meeting at the Senate office in Cambodia's capital amid tightened security, as more than 100 local and foreign journalists waited outside. Both parties said in a joint statement released to the media Monday that Hun Sen and Sam Rainsy will hold talks for the third time in the past year to "defuse political tension.

  • Asia shares rise as Ukraine plane tensions ease

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares rose Tuesday as tensions over the downing of a passenger jet in Ukraine eased after pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the aircraft's black boxes. Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 1.2 percent to 23,667.46 as investors snapped up China property shares on expectations regional governments will move to shore up the troubled real estate sector. "There's not much sparkling news," said Linus Yip, a strategist at First Shanghai Securities in Hong Kong. "But Chinese property plays are doing well as some provinces are due to introduce control policies." China's Shanghai Composite Index rose 1 percent to 2,074.30.

  • Body of missing S.Korean shipping tycoon found

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean police said Tuesday that they have found a body of a fugitive billionaire businessman sought over April's ferry disaster that left more than 300 people dead or missing. The body was found in an agricultural field in the southern South Korean city of Suncheon on June 12, local police station chief Wu Hyung-ho told a news conference. He said DNA and fingerprint samples taken from the body matched those of Yoo Byung-eun. Wu said the body had decayed beyond recognition when it was found and a more thorough examination was needed to find how and when he died. An initial investigation showed there was no evidence that he was murdered, Wu said.

  • Israeli aircraft hit more than 70 targets in Gaza

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A police spokesman says Israeli aircraft have hit more than 70 targets in the Gaza Strip, including the home of the late leader of Hamas' military wing, five mosques and a football stadium. Ayman Batniji says tank shells damaged several houses along the eastern border of the territory early Tuesday and that at least 19 fishing boats were burned by navy shells fired from the Mediterranean. The Israeli military says two soldiers were killed, bringing the number of troops killed in two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting to 27. A Palestinian official says more than 570 Palestinians have been killed since then. U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met in Cairo in a new atte

  • Plans to rebuild Haiti capital displace families

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    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The broad avenues in the Haitian government's promotional material are clean and unbroken, dotted with palm trees, parks and manicured expanses of grass. The new ministry buildings are sleek and modern but retain some of the neo-classical architecture of the former structures lost to natural disaster. This is the grand, dreamlike vision of central Port-au-Prince that President Michel Martelly says will replace what was toppled when a 7.0-magnitude earthquake left much of Haiti's capital in ruins on Jan. 12, 2010. Sketched plans look more like a wealthy Miami suburb than the gritty downtown of old that housed both state institutions and shabby tenements.

  • TV news reporter found shot to death in Honduras

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — The body of a television reporter was found in Honduras on Monday a day after he went missing. He had been shot twice. National Police chief Ramon Sabillon said the body of TV reporter Herlyn Espinal was left half naked on the side of a highway. Sabillon said Espinal's family had identified the body. Police reported one suspect had been detained. Espinal, 32, worked for a news program on Channel 3 television in San Pedro Sula, long considered the most violent city in Honduras, which in turn is the country with the highest homicide rate in the world: 90.4 per 100,000 inhabitants. The governmental human rights commission says 37 media workers have been slain in the Central American cou

  • China orders nationwide probe of meat supplier

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    BEIJING (AP) — China's food safety agency on Tuesday announced a nationwide inspection of processing factories and meat suppliers used by a company accused of selling expired beef and chicken to McDonald's and KFC. The weekend report by a Shanghai TV station that Husi Food Co. repackaged old meat added to a string of food safety scares in China that have left the public wary of dairies, restaurants and other suppliers. McDonald's, KFC and a third restaurant chain, Taiwanese-owned Dicos, said they immediately stopped using meat supplied by Husi. In addition to Husi's facility in Shanghai, inspectors will look at processing sites and meat sources in five other provinces in central, eastern and southern China, the China Food a

  • Rebels release train with bodies from downed jet

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) — Bowing to international pressure, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern Ukraine. With body parts decaying in sweltering heat and signs that evidence at the crash site was mishandled, anger in Western capitals has mounted at the rebels and their allies in Moscow. Their reluctant cooperation will soothe mourning families and help investigators, but may do little to reconcile the East-West powers struggling over Ukraine's future. Russia's Defense Ministry said Monday it saw no evidence a missile was fired and denied involvement in the downing of Flight 17 — a

  • Migration spotlights Mexican 'coyote' smugglers

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    TECUN UMAN, Guatemala (AP) — The man-in-the-know nursed a late-morning beer at a bar near the Suchiate River that separates Guatemala from Mexico, and answered a question about his human smuggling business with a question: "Do you think a coyote is going to say he's a coyote?" Dressed as a migrant in shorts and sandals but speaking like an entrepreneur, he then described shipments of tens of thousands of dollars in human cargo from the slums of Honduras and highlands of Guatemala to cities across the United States. "It's business," he said, agreeing to speak to a reporter only if guaranteed anonymity. "Sometimes, business is very good.

  • Flight 17 tragic end for family of 6 coming home

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Mohammad Afif and his family were about to start a new chapter in their lives. Afif was getting set to begin his university studies in architecture, and his father was preparing to move back to Malaysia with his wife and three of their children after working overseas for several years. But what was supposed to be a joyous return home turned into a tragedy when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down over Ukraine last week en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, killing all 298 people onboard, including 19-year-old Afif and his entire family. Afif had left Kuala Lumpur in late June to meet with his parents and three siblings, who had been living in Kazakhstan for the past three years.

  • Gaza death toll rises as truce effort intensifies

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A high-level attempt by the U.N. chief and the U.S. secretary of state to end deadly Israel-Hamas fighting was off to a rough start Monday: Gaza's Hamas rulers signaled they won't agree to an unconditional cease-fire, Israel's prime minister said he'll do whatever is necessary to keep Israelis safe from Hamas attacks and the overall Palestinian death toll surpassed 560. Across Gaza, Israeli fighter planes hit homes and a high-rise tower, burying families in the rubble. The strike on the Gaza City tower brought down most of the building, killing 11 people — including six members of the same family — and wounding 40, said Palestinian health official Ashraf al-Kidra.

  • Typhoon kills 11 in Vietnam; China deaths up to 33

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A typhoon that barreled into northern Vietnam killed at least 11 people and left several missing, state media said, while in China the death toll from the strongest storm to strike the country's south in four decades rose to 33. Typhoon Rammasun made landfall in Vietnam over the weekend, triggering heavy floods, destroying homes and crops, and blocking roads with landslides, said the Vietnam News, an English-language daily published by the official Vietnam News Agency. The paper's website carried photos that showed streets and local markets in the city of Lang Son and elsewhere submerged in water, with residents floating on rubber tires or rafts or huddling under makeshift tents.

  • Mexico declares group home owner mentally unfit

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The owner of a group home raided last week is mentally unfit to face allegations that she frequently hit children living in the shelter, Mexico's top federal prosecutor said Monday. Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said the woman who founded the shelter where about 600 people were rescued shows "symptoms characteristic of senility." Authorities said over the weekend that 79-year-old Rosa Verduzco, known as "Mama Rosa," had been released from a hospital where she received diabetes treatment under custody. Local media said she was moved to another hospital for treatment of heart problems. Murillo Karam said many residents of the Gran Familia group home allege that Verduzco hit them.

  • Obama urges immediate access to Ukraine crash site

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sternly called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to compel Kremlin-backed separatists to stop hampering the probe at the Ukraine site of a downed passenger jet and allow international investigators unfettered access. "What exactly are they trying to hide?" Obama said Monday from the South Lawn of the White House. Obama also warned Putin that he could face additional economic costs if he fails to take steps to resolve the crisis in Ukraine, but officials said new American sanctions were not imminent. Instead, much of the White House's focus was on gaining access to the crash site and shoring up European Union sanctions, which have lagged behind U.S. penalties.

  • Philippine army says 18 killed in rebel clashes

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine military official says 17 Muslim rebels from a breakaway faction and a soldier have died in renewed clashes in the south of the country. Regional military spokesman Col. Dickson Hermoso said Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement fighters attacked army troops in two adjacent towns in Maguindanao province, igniting clashes that left 17 militants and 1 soldier dead Monday. Three other soldiers were wounded. The rebels broke off from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the main rebel group which signed a new Muslim autonomy deal with the government in March. The breakaway rebels opposed the peace talks, preferring to take up arms for an independent Muslim homeland in the south of the predomi