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Red Bull heir enjoys jet-set life 4 years after hit-and-run
BANGKOK (AP) -- The Ferrari driver who allegedly slammed into a motorcycle cop, dragged him along the road and then sped away from the mangled body took just hours to find, as investigators followed a drip, drip, drip trail of brake fluid up a street, down an alley, and into the gated estate of one of Thailand's richest families....

Powerful cyclone slams into Australia's tropical northeast
TOWNSVILLE, Australia (AP) -- A powerful cyclone slammed into Australia's tropical northeast coast on Tuesday, tearing down fences, snapping trees and knocking out power to tens of thousands of houses, officials said....

South Korea holds memorial for 9 missing ferry victims
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea on Tuesday held a memorial ceremony for the nine passengers still missing from the 2014 ferry disaster that killed 304 passengers near the ship's wreckage that was raised last week....

Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny gets 15 days in jail
MOSCOW (AP) -- The wave of nationwide demonstrations that shook Russia's long dormant political scene over the weekend showed a new face of protest: mostly teenage demonstrators driven by accusations of high-level official corruption, glaring amid the nation's painful two-year recession....

Official: Canada expected to legalize marijuana by July 2018
TORONTO (AP) -- Canadians should be able to smoke marijuana legally by July 1, 2018, a senior government official said Monday....

AP Exclusive: Colombia 'panic buttons' expose activists
It is supposed to help protect human-rights activists, labor organizers and journalists working in risky environments, but a GPS-enabled "panic button" that Colombia's government has issued to about 400 people could be exposing them to more peril....

South African anti-apartheid leader Ahmed Kathrada dies, 87
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada, who spent 26 years in jail - many of them alongside Nelson Mandela - for acts of sabotage against South Africa's previous white minority government, died in Johannesburg on Tuesday morning. He was 87 years old....

Montenegro's bid to join NATO clears US Senate hurdle
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Montenegro is on the verge of becoming NATO's newest member after ratification of the tiny Balkan nation's admission into the alliance cleared a procedural hurdle in the U.S. Senate....

Navalny: a savvy and determined Kremlin foe
MOSCOW (AP) -- The 15-day jail sentence imposed Monday on Alexei Navalny is nothing new for the Kremlin's most visible domestic foe, and is unlikely to be more than a brief interruption of his campaign against what he calls "the party of crooks and thieves." He's repeatedly been jailed, endured a year of house arrest and three convictions that could have brought him significant prison time....

Turks in Germany sharply divided over Turkey's referendum
BERLIN (AP) -- As polling stations opened Monday in Germany, acrimony has been rising among the Turks here whose votes are crucial in the tight race over whether to expand the powers of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan....

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Africa
South African anti-apartheid leader Ahmed Kathrada dies, 87

Asia
Asian markets mostly higher after Wall Street sinks

Europe
Global Jewish group celebrates new Central Europe office

Latin America/Caribbean
Guatemala officials say 3 suspected thieves burned alive

Middle East
Saudi, Jordan sign deal on $3 billion in Jordan investments




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