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AP Top International News At 3:12 p.m. EST

Official says China to boost military budget by 10 percent
BEIJING (AP) -- China's official military budget will grow by about 10 percent in the coming year, a legislative spokeswoman said Wednesday, amid unease among Beijing's neighbors about its growing might and territorial ambitions....

Kerry pushes back on Israeli criticism of Iran nuke talks
MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) -- U.S. officials sought Wednesday to tamp down expectations of a substantial preliminary nuclear deal with Iran by the March deadline while working to move past the political dust kicked up by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's criticism of an emerging nuclear deal with Iran....

Death toll mounts in Ukraine coal mine blast; 17 dead
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- A methane explosion ripped through a coal mine before dawn Wednesday in war-torn eastern Ukraine, killing at least 17 workers, officials said....

UN: World eating too much sugar; cut to 5-10 percent of diet
LONDON (AP) -- Put down the doughnut. And while you're at it, skip the breakfast cereal, fruit juice, beer and ketchup....

Microsoft co-founder says he found sunken Japan WWII warship
TOKYO (AP) -- Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen and his research team have found the wreckage of a massive Japanese World War II battleship off the Philippines near where it sank more than 70 years ago, he said Wednesday....

How much sugar is in that? 7 foods with added sugar
NEW YORK (AP) -- Health officials say people should eat less sugar. But that's easier said than done....

Italy rescues more than 1,000 migrants at sea; 10 perish
ROME (AP) -- In dramatic sea rescues north of Libya, a flotilla of ships saved more than 1,000 migrants and refugees, while 10 migrants perished in the southern Mediterranean, Italian officials said Wednesday....

Russian court keeps hunger-striking Ukrainian pilot in jail
MOSCOW (AP) -- A Moscow court refused Wednesday to release a Ukrainian military officer who has been on hunger strike in a Russian prison since mid-December and has become a national hero in Ukraine....

Rights body scolds France, saying spanking kids is a no-no
PARIS (AP) -- Scolding France like a wayward child, Europe's top human rights body says French laws aren't clear enough that spanking is a big no-no....

AP Interview: Artist Vilks says Denmark attack changed all
MALMO, Sweden (AP) -- Lars Vilks was used to tight security even before, with round-the-clock police protection at his home in southern Sweden. But after the deadly Feb. 14 attack against a free-speech seminar in Copenhagen, he lives under security measures that seem almost absurd in peaceful Sweden, with heavily armed bodyguards moving him from one secret location to another....

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