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UK police spied on reporters for years, docs show
LONDON (AP) -- In January, freelance video journalist Jason Parkinson returned home from vacation to find a brown paper envelope in his mailbox. He opened it to find nine years of his life laid out in shocking detail....

Japan's lower house dissolved for snap election
TOKYO (AP) -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved the lower house of Japan's parliament Friday, forcing a snap election in an apparent bid to shore up support for his scandal-plagued government so that he can pursue his policy goals....

US, Turkey still not in sync on Syria
ISTANBUL (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden on Friday will become the latest in a parade of U.S. officials trying to push Turkey to step up its role in the international coalition's fight against Islamic State extremists....

Iran talks: Kerry to meet UK, French diplomats
VIENNA (AP) -- With Iran nuclear talks stalled four days before a deadline for agreement, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is to meet with his British and French counterparts to discuss the way forward....

Miss Honduras' slaying a shock for violent nation
SANTA BARBARA, Honduras (AP) -- Maria Jose Alvarado expected some difficult questions about her country at the Miss World pageant in London, so the 19-year-old beauty queen enlisted a teacher to help her prepare....

Angry Mexicans protest over 43 missing students
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A largely peaceful march by tens of thousands demanding the return of 43 missing students ended in violence, as a small group of masked protesters battled police in Mexico City's main square....

Chinese state media give profs a chilling warning
BEIJING (AP) -- Over two weeks, the Communist Party-run Liaoning Daily newspaper sent reporters to sit in on dozens of university lectures all over the country looking for what the paper said were professors "being scornful of China."...

Afghanistan's first fun park brings joy amid war
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Excitement builds in the queue forming behind the barbed-wire security fence outside Afghanistan's first amusement park as children in bright clothes clutch their parents' hands and hop from foot to foot in anticipation of the pleasures waiting behind the high concrete blast walls....

ECB head willing to step up stimulus
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says the eurozone's chief monetary authority is willing to "step up the pressure" and broaden its efforts to stimulate the struggling economy....

New Egypt comic artists push limits of expression
CAIRO (AP) -- A new feminist comic book, the Jewelry Box, has emerged in Egypt, the latest addition in a blossoming scene of alternative comics, as artists seek freer outlets of expression in a country where independent voices are finding it harder to speak....

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Angry Mexicans protest over 43 missing students

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Jordan arrests Islamist figure over op-ed piece