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5 things to know about China's twice-a-decade party congress
BEIJING (AP) -- The crucial parts will be held behind closed doors, but journalists, academics and more than a billion Chinese citizens will be closely watching for any public hints signaling change at this week's twice-a-decade congress of China's ruling Communist Party....

Qatar ruler urges end to trade embargo, calls for talks
BOGOR, Indonesia (AP) -- Qatar's emir has urged neighboring states to lift an "unfair" 4-month-old trade embargo and said he's ready to open talks to end the diplomatic crisis....

The Latest: Allies stress diplomacy over North Korean nukes
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The Latest on diplomatic meetings between the United States, South Korea and Japan over the threat posed by North Korea's nuclear program (all times local):...

Rights groups deplore worsening repression in Cambodia
BANGKOK (AP) -- Rights groups say foreign governments should refuse to recognize Cambodia's next elections and consider sanctions on its leaders if the main opposition party is dissolved....

Car bomb kills 5 police, 2 civilians in southwest Pakistan
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) -- A car bomb attack struck a Pakistani police truck in the southwestern city of Quetta on Wednesday, killing at least five policemen and two civilians. In a separate attack in Quetta, a police officer was gunned down by assailants riding on a motorcycle, authorities said....

Xi urges stronger Chinese stand against "grim" challenges
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday urged a reinvigorated Communist Party to take on a more forceful role in society and economic development to better address "grim" challenges facing the country as he opened a twice-a-decade national congress....

Diplomats from Washington, Seoul, Tokyo talk N. Korea threat
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Diplomats from the United States, South Korea and Japan met in Seoul on Wednesday to discuss policy responses to North Korea's accelerating efforts to expand its nuclear weapons program....

Australian casino denies lawmaker's criminal allegations
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- A lawmaker on Wednesday accused a major Australian casino company of rigging slot machines and concealing potential money laundering at its largest casino with the state regulator covering up criminal behavior....

Philippines says militant's widow recruited foreign fighters
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine authorities said Wednesday they have arrested a militant leader's widow who recruited foreign fighters and spread extremist propaganda related to the siege of a southern city by fighters linked to the Islamic State group....

Amnesty: Myanmar army killed at least hundreds of Rohingya
BANGKOK (AP) -- Myanmar security forces killed hundreds of men, women and children during a systematic campaign to expel Rohingya Muslims, Amnesty International said in a new report Wednesday that calls for an arms embargo on the country and criminal prosecution of the perpetrators....