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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Officials say two women passers-by are among at least three people killed when a Taliban suicide bomber detonated an explosives-packed car near the international airport in Afghanistan's capital. Authorities say the attack that appears to have targeted vehicles of the European Union police training mission also wounded 18 people, including eight women, three children and three foreigners.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A deepening crisis involving thousands of refugees stranded at sea off Southeast Asia's shores is the subject of high-level talks today between Malaysia and its neighbors. Malaysia's foreign minister met with his counterpart from Bangladesh ahead of meetings with the Indonesian and Thai foreign ministers in the coming week. The 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations, has been criticized for long ignoring the plight of Rohingya (ROH'-hin-GAH') Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar.

BEIJING (AP) — China and the United States remain dug in over Beijing's assertive development in disputed parts of the South China Sea. Chinese officials politely but pointedly dismissed Washington's push for U.S.-proposed ways to ease tensions during a Beijing visit by Secretary of State John Kerry that wrapped up today.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A system that officials say could have automatically slowed a speeding Amtrak train that derailed on a curve in Philadelphia will now be installed on the northbound rails. The Federal Railroad Administration has ordered Amtrak to expand use of the system which is already in place on tracks heading south. The derailment killed eight people. The train hit the curve at more than twice the speed limit for the area.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Strong storms with rain and hail are expected to continue today in the nation's midsection, though forecasters say the threat of tornadoes is diminished. Authorities in Oklahoma say there were reports of damage to homes and businesses and significant damage to power lines from storms yesterday. Rain and winds also moved across parts of Texas, Kansas, Nebraska and Minnesota and there were some reports of isolated tornadoes. There are no reports of injuries.

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