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  • Kerry trip to Djibouti highlights importance of small nation

    DJIBOUTI (AP) — A sleepy coastal nation in the Horn of Africa, Djibouti was the last French colony to achieve independence. Today, nearly four decades later, the mainly Sunni nation has become a critical part…

  • US due to stop managing Afghan airspace by end of June

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United States is to stop managing Afghan airspace by the end of June after its air-traffic control contract with the government in Kabul expires, a development that could see international…

  • BMW profits rise on SUVs, strong sales in UK, US

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Stronger sales in the US and Britain helped push earnings higher at German luxury carmaker BMW AG in the first quarter. Net profit rose 4 percent compared with the same period…

  • Internet company launched by Kim Dotcom fails to list in NZ

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Internet file-storage company Mega Ltd., launched in 2013 by indicted entrepreneur Kim Dotcom, failed Wednesday in a bid to list on New Zealand’s stock market. Mega last year announced plans…

  • Nepal’s earthquake reflects village exodus of Nepali young

    KHADKA TOLE, Nepal (AP) — Gone, the girl says as she squints into the sun, the air around her shimmering with wind-blown wheat chaff. She points to one house after another nestled in the green…

  • Princess Cruises raises China bet with plan to add 2nd ship

    HONG KONG (AP) — U.S.-based Princess Cruises is planning to base its next new cruise liner in Shanghai year round after the ship is completed in 2017, adding to its foothold in China’s fast-growing leisure…

  • Venezuelan president’s bout with thrown mango inspires game

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Two Venezuelans who emigrated to escape the country’s economic woes are drawing laughs with a mobile game mocking President Nicolas Maduro for his decision to give a new home to a…

  • Brewers owner backs GM’s decision to fire Roenicke

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brewers owner Mark Attanasio said on Tuesday that he supported general manager Doug Melvin’s decision to fire manager Ron Roenicke. Roenicke was fired Sunday with Milwaukee off to a 7-18 start. He…

  • China stocks rebound, other Asian markets fall after US drop

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets were uneven Wednesday as investor sentiment was dented by losses on Wall Street and doubts about Greece’s ability to repay debts due to the IMF this month.…

  • California regulators approve unprecedented water cutbacks

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California water regulators adopted sweeping, unprecedented restrictions Tuesday on how people, governments and businesses can use water amid the state’s ongoing drought, hoping to push reluctant residents to deeper conservation. The…

  • Uber says it is leaving Kansas after new regulations set

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Ride-hailing company Uber said Tuesday that it is pulling out of Kansas after the Republican-dominated Legislature overruled GOP Gov. Sam Brownback and imposed new regulations on such services. It was the…

  • US gives farmers approval to spray crops from drones

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A drone large enough to carry tanks of fertilizers and pesticides has won rare approval from federal authorities to spray crops in the United States, officials said Tuesday. The drone, called…

  • Tech executive mourned by Silicon Valley luminaries

    PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Tech industry luminaries and friends gathered Tuesday for a memorial service honoring David Goldberg, a popular business leader whose marriage to Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg made them one of Silicon…

  • AP News in Brief at 9:58 p.m. EDT

    Video shows chaotic moments as migrants scramble to leave stricken dinghy, 5 crushed to death CATANIA, Sicily (AP) — Young men piled over each other, some shimmying up ropes dangling from the towering rescue ship…

  • Michigan voters defeat tax increases for road work

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan voters on Tuesday resoundingly defeated tax increases that would have pumped $1.2 billion more a year into roads, a setback for Gov. Rick Snyder and others who warn that the…