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Amid heavy clashes in Fallujah, fears rise for civilians
CAMP TARIQ, Iraq (AP) -- As Iraqi forces pressed an offensive Tuesday to dislodge Islamic State militants from Fallujah, conditions are worsening for tens of thousands of civilians trapped in the city, and a leading aid group raised alarm over an unfolding "human catastrophe."...

Mediterranean Sea disasters leave more than 1,000 dead
GENEVA (AP) -- The treacherous Mediterranean Sea crossing from Libya to Italy claimed the lives of at least 1,083 migrants over the past week - mostly because barely seaworthy smuggling boats foundered and sank despite calm seas and sunny skies, a migration agency said Tuesday, citing new accounts from survivors....

Wanted Taiwanese fugitive dies in car accident in California
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A former tycoon who was one of Taiwan's most wanted fugitives was in the middle of a decade-long fight to stay in the United States when he was killed in a California car accident, federal court records show....

Next Philippine VP helped beat dictator and son years apart
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Leni Robredo was a college student three decades ago when she rose with multitudes of Filipinos in a largely peaceful revolt that ousted Ferdinand Marcos as the world watched in awe....

Thai authorities remove more tigers from Buddhist temple
BANGKOK (AP) -- Wildlife officials have removed more of the 137 tigers kept in a Buddhist temple that operated as an admission-charging zoo and is suspected of illegally trafficking in the animals, Thai authorities said Tuesday....

Amnesty says 1.2 million Afghans internally displaced by war
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Amnesty International said Tuesday that more than 1.2 million Afghans have been forced to flee their homes due to violence in the past three years and urged the Kabul government and the international community to tackle the country's growing crisis of refugees internally displaced by war....

Wal-Mart's Sam's Club: A bright spot in China
SHENZHEN, China (AP) -- Wal-Mart's Sam's Club took a gamble in China almost two years ago. It changed the way it sells meat and fish, putting them in packages instead of letting Chinese shoppers physically inspect cuts of meat or live fish in tanks the way they're used to....

Italy court upholds Concordia captain guilty verdict
FLORENCE, Italy (AP) -- An Italian appeals court has upheld the conviction and 16-year prison sentence for the Italian captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship that capsized off Tuscany in 2012, killing 32 people....

OAS chief calls for emergency meeting to evaluate Venezuela
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- The head of the Organization of American States called Tuesday for an emergency meeting of regional governments to evaluate Venezuela's respect for democracy, a move that could lead to the country's suspension from the hemispheric body. President Maduro responded by saying he would take action against his country's opposition-controlled Congress....

Western Sahara independence movement leader Abdelaziz dies
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- Mohamed Abdelaziz, the head and co-founder of the Polisario Front independence movement in the Western Sahara, died Tuesday after a long illness, the group said. He was in his late 60s....

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Ivory Coast opens war crimes trial against ex-leader's wife

Chinese manufacturing surveys show lingering weakness

Mediterranean Sea disasters leave more than 1,000 dead

Latin America/Caribbean
Thousands march in Peru to oppose Fujimori before election

Middle East
Western Sahara independence movement leader Abdelaziz dies