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New Zealand botulism scare likely a false alarm

08/28/2013 12:27am
A botulism scare that damaged New Zealand's international reputation for providing top quality and safe dairy products was likely a false alarm.

Afghan army seen improving, but public fears mount

08/28/2013 2:53am
Hamida Gulistani was getting ready to leave home for her office when she heard the crack of gunfire. What she saw as she peered through the steel gates of her house deepened her fears about the future of her country.

EU lawmakers criticize Laos on missing activist

08/28/2013 4:35am
A team of European lawmakers on Wednesday criticized the Lao government's failure to accept international help in solving the mysterious disappearance of a prominent social activist eight months ago.

Fonterra resumes operations in Sri Lanka

08/28/2013 4:52am
New Zealand diary giant Fonterra said Wednesday that it has resumed operations in Sri Lanka after temporarily closing its plant out of concern for the safety of its staff.

Philippine troops to avoid fighting amid sea row

08/28/2013 5:21am
The Philippine military won't change its no-confrontation policy even as it acquires more weapons and seeks a larger U.S. military presence as territorial disputes intensify in the South China Sea, the armed forces chief said Wednesday.

Australian slain in Oklahoma buried in hometown

08/28/2013 5:43am
The 22-year-old Australian baseball player slain in a drive-by shooting in Oklahoma was buried in his hometown of Melbourne on Wednesday after a funeral attended by more than 500 mourners. His tearful American girlfriend draped the Oklahoma state flag over his coffin in memory of happy times the couple had shared in her home state in the final chapter of his life.

Tiger, 2 lions die from poison at Indonesian zoo

08/28/2013 7:27am
An investigation is under way after authorities determined that an endangered Sumatran tiger and two African lions found dead at an Indonesia zoo died from poison, officials said Wednesday.

NY Times site inaccessible, Twitter problems also

08/28/2013 11:33am
Readers who tried to click on the New York Times' website got nothing but error messages for several hours during the site's second major disruption this month, and people also had trouble accessing Twitter. A hacker group calling itself the "Syrian Electronic Army" claimed responsibility.

US envoy says no guarantee NKorea will free Bae

08/28/2013 1:05pm
A senior U.S. envoy who will travel to North Korea later this week said Wednesday that he plans to strongly appeal for the release of an American sentenced to 15 years of hard labor by the authoritarian state but added that Washington has received no guarantees from Pyongyang the ailing man will be freed.

China celebrity's son pleads not guilty to rape

08/28/2013 11:02pm
The teenage son of a well-known Chinese military singer has pleaded not guilty to alleged gang rape, in a case that has focused attention on what the public often sees as spoiled behavior among the children of China's elite.