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China factory index rises to highest in 5 years

Sparks fly as a welder works in a subsidiary of China Offshore Oil Engineering Co. Ltd. in Qingdao in eastern China's Shandong province Friday, March 31, 2017. China's factory activity has ticked up again February, 2017, to its highest level in nearly five years, in a fresh sign the world's No. 2 economy is picking up steam. The official purchasing managers' index released Friday climbed to 51.8 in March from 51.6 in the previous month.(Chinatopix via AP)

HONG KONG (AP) — China’s factory activity ticked up again last month to its highest level in five years, according to an official survey released Friday, in a fresh sign that the world’s No. 2 economy is picking up steam. The index based on a survey of purchasing managers climbed ...

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FIFA proposes new 6-team playoff ahead of 2026 World Cup

Brazil's Renato Augusto celebrates his side's first goal against Paraguay during a 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match at the Arena Corinthians Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, March 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA wants to hold a new six-team playoff round in the 2026 World Cup host country to complete the expanded 48-team tournament lineup. The final two qualifying slots would be decided in the proposed mini-tournament played in the November before the World Cup as a test event, ...

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Mexico: Teacher wounded in January school shooting dies

PHOTO: Excelsior

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say a teacher who was wounded by a teenage student in a school shooting two months ago has died. The 27-year-old teacher was shot in the head in the northern city of Monterrey on Jan. 18 and had been hospitalized since. The Health Department ...

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Stylish dogs rule the catwalks of Shanghai’s streets

Poodles in pink dresses, Pekinese wearing shirts, a Pomeranian in sneakers and a raincoat -- the sidewalks of Shanghai can sometimes seem like catwalks gone to the dogs (AFP Photo/Johannes EISELE)

Shanghai (AFP) – Poodles in pink dresses, Pekinese wearing blouses, a Pomeranian in sneakers and a raincoat — Shanghai’s sidewalks can sometimes seem like fashion catwalks gone to the dogs. Chinese adore their pet canines, often dressing them up in eye-catching outfits, and nowhere are such furry fashionistas more conspicuous ...

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OAS discusses Venezuela crisis, Caracas protests

Venezuela's Foreign Minister Delcy Rodríguez addresses the Organization of American States (OAS) meeting in Washington, DC, on March 27, 2017 (AFP Photo/Mandel Ngan)

Washington (AFP) – The Organization of American States held a special meeting on the crisis in Venezuela on Tuesday, triggering a furious reaction from the Venezuelan government and its staunchest regional allies. The meeting is the international community’s latest effort to get to grips with an economic and political unraveling ...

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Mexico: Ex-gov. flees to Texas to evade graft allegations

PHOTO: Proceso

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The former governor of a northern Mexico state has fled to Texas to evade accusations of corruption, his successor said Tuesday. Chihuahua Gov. Javier Corral said during a news conference that ex-Gov. Cesar Duarte has gone to the border city of El Paso and is considered ...

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Canada to legalize recreational marijuana by mid-2018

A Canadian bill to legalize marijuana would set a minimum age for use at 18 or 19 (AFP Photo/Lars Hagberg)

Ottawa (AFP) – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party will introduce legislation in the coming weeks that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Canada by mid-2018, reports said Monday. Passage of the bill would make Canada the first G7 country to legalize the recreational use of pot nationwide. ...

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Paul McCartney making album with Adele producer

Beatles legend Paul McCartney, 74, says he's "beavering away" on his first album since 2013 (AFP Photo/KEVIN WINTER)

New York (AFP) – Paul McCartney has revealed that he is working on a new album with the producer best known for Adele’s blockbuster hit “Hello.” The Beatles legend said in a radio interview that he was “in the middle” of the new album, his first since 2013. McCartney said ...

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29 inmates tunnel out of northern Mexico prison

File photo of authorities standing on top of a penitentiary in Gomez Palacio in northern Mexico, Friday, Aug, 14, 2009. (AP Photo/El Sol de la Laguna)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A group of 29 inmates have tunneled their way out of a prison in the northern Mexico border state of Tamaulipas, authorities said Thursday. One of the inmates shot to death a passing motorist in an apparent carjacking as part of the mass escape in the ...

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Mexico finds 34 crocs ‘milked’ for their blood

PHOTO: AP

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities have rescued 14 crocodiles and found 20 others dead in a squatters’ settlement where people were apparently “milking” the crocs for their blood. The office for environmental protection said Thursday that some local residents in Chiapas wanted the blood because they believed it could ...

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