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  • Battle of the big phones: Samsung down in China, Apple gains

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung lost the battle of the big phones last quarter as Apple’s copycat large iPhone lured buyers in the crucial Chinese market. The South Korean company said Thursday its October-December…

  • Serena Williams to maintain No 1 ranking after Melbourne

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will remain No. 1 and No. 2 in the WTA rankings, regardless of who wins when they meet in the Australian Open final on Saturday. Sharapova…

  • Chinese officials call attention to baby, gender imbalances

    BEIJING (AP) — For decades, most urban Chinese families could have only one child. Now, officials in China’s biggest city are telling young couples: Please have more children. Fan Hua of Shanghai’s family planning commission…

  • Myanmar tallies 1,114 bird species, 20 previously unrecorded

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar bird enthusiasts have counted 1,114 bird species including 20 undocumented species between 2010 and 2014 in Myanmar, seven of which are endemic to the country. One of the surveyors, Thet…

  • Meet Coco: China’s next Li Na

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — China has begun its search for the next Li Na, and one of the juniors with the talent to replace the country’s two-time Grand Slam champion may speak better English than…

  • Australian Open Results

    Thursday At Melbourne Park Melbourne, Australia Purse: $32.9 million (Grand Slam) Surface: Hard-Outdoor Singles Women Semifinals Maria Sharapova (2), Russia, def. Ekaterina Makarova (10), Russia, 6-3, 6-2. Serena Williams (1), United States, def. Madison Keys,…

  • As Iraqi Kurds gain ground from IS, local Sunnis are wary

    ESKI MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — An unarmed Sunni Arab man walked along a road in a patch of northern Iraq newly liberated from Islamic State extremists, holding a white surrender flag — a signal to…

  • Sri Lanka says to return private lands in civil war areas

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan minister says the country’s new government plans to give back military-held private land in the country’s war-ravaged north and release detainees in apparent moves at post-civil war…

  • Lleyton Hewitt says next Australian Open likely his last

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Lleyton Hewitt says next year’s Australian Open will likely be his last and, after he retires, he’ll likely take over the country’s Davis Cup captaincy. Hewitt, who turns 34 next month,…

  • Israeli center-left alliance looks to unseat Netanyahu

    JERUSALEM (AP) — When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dissolved his unwieldy coalition and called new elections last month, he appeared almost certain to be returned once more to office. But a new center-left alliance has…

  • Japan studying latest message in Mideast hostage crisis

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan was studying the latest message purportedly from the Islamic State group, which extends the deadline for Jordan’s release of an Iraqi prisoner, while officials worked feverishly Thursday to try to free…

  • Williams, Sharapova to meet in Australian Open final

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams weathered a barrage of big serves and heavy groundstrokes early and needed nine match points before beating Madison Keys 7-6 (5), 6-2 to set up an Australian Open final…

  • Taliban bomb kills 4, attack kills 11 in Afghanistan

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials say a roadside bombing in the country’s east killed four people, including a policeman, while a Taliban attack on a checkpoint the previous night left 11 dead. Spokesman Sarhadi…

  • N. Korea demanded $10 billion for summit: ex-Seoul leader

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A former South Korean president says that late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il repeatedly pushed for summit talks with him. But he says the plans failed because Pyongyang demanded…

  • India fires top foreign office official

    NEW DELHI (AP) — The Indian government has fired its top foreign ministry official, replacing her with its current ambassador to the United States. S. Jaishankar took over as India’s new foreign secretary on Thursday,…