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Bill English poised to become prime minister of New Zealand
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Bill English has moved closer to becoming New Zealand's next leader following the shock resignation this week of Prime Minister John Key....

Key developments in South Korean presidential crisis
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye faces the political fight of her life as lawmakers attempt to force her from office over prosecution claims that she helped a confidante extort money and favors from companies and manipulate state affairs....

Search widens for US Marine Corps pilot missing in Japan
TOKYO (AP) -- The search for a Marine Corps pilot who ejected from an F/A-18 jet in southern Japan was expanded to a wider area after daybreak Thursday, the U.S. military said....

A broad rally drives Dow, S&P 500 indexes to record highs
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 indexes soared to their biggest gains since the presidential election on Wednesday and set all-time highs. Investors bought stocks that do well in times of faster economic growth, like technology and industrial companies, but they also snapped up stocks that pay large dividends....

Pakistani plane crashes after takeoff with 48 people aboard
ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- A plane belonging to Pakistan's national carrier crashed and burst into flames on Wednesday with 48 people on board, killing all of them, police and an airline spokesman said....

Philippines' Duterte says Trump made him feel 'like a saint'
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday he felt "like a saint" after his phone conversation last week with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, who he said praised him for "doing great" in his deadly campaign against illegal drugs....

Duterte says OK to bomb fleeing militants and their hostages
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday he told his Indonesian and Malaysian counterparts that their forces can bomb fleeing Filipino militants and their kidnap victims at sea because the hostages "are not supposed to be there."...

AP WAS THERE: 75 years ago, the AP reported on Pearl Harbor
HONOLULU (AP) -- EDITOR'S NOTE - On Dec. 7, 1941, as Japanese bombs rained down on Pearl Harbor, The Associated Press' chief of bureau in Honolulu, Eugene Burns, was unable to get out the urgent news of the historic attack that would draw the U.S. into World War II. The military had already taken control of all communication lines, so Burns was left without a line to the outside world. In Washington, AP editor William Peacock and staff got word of the attack from President Franklin D. Roosevelt's press secretary. In the language and style used by journalists of his era, including the use of a disparaging word to describe the Japanese that was in common use, Peacock dictated the details of the announcement. Seventy-five years after their original publication, the AP is re-publishing these dispatches....

Duterte defends police accused of killing drug-linked mayor
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte staunchly defended on Wednesday more than two dozen policemen who were accused by the government's main investigation agency of killing a jailed mayor linked to illegal drugs....

Cambodian deputy opposition leader reconciles with premier
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- Cambodia's deputy opposition leader, recently pardoned from going to jail for ignoring a court summons, returned to parliament Wednesday saying he and Prime Minister Hun Sen have reached a deal to help reconcile their rival parties for the sake of the country....



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