- Asian shares sink after Wall Street drop, US economy fears
TOKYO (AP) — Asian markets drooped Thursday after comments from the U.S. Federal Reserve chief fanned fears about the American economy and sent Wall Street lower.
- Canada's Conservatives worried after Alberta election
TORONTO (AP) — A meeting of Canada's federal Conservative party was described as being like a "morgue" on Wednesday, a day after Alberta, Canada's most conservative province, elected a left-of-center provincial government, ending a 44-year-old conservative party dynasty.
- IMF says Asia to lead growth in 2015 despite China slowdown
TOKYO (AP) — The International Monetary Fund says Asian economies will grow at a 5.6 percent pace in 2015 as recoveries in India and Japan help to offset the slowdown in China.
- Chile's Bachelet asks ministers to resign
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said on Wednesday that she has asked all her Cabinet ministers to submit their resignations and she will decide who stays and who leaves in the next 72 hours.
- 100 kidnapped migrants rescued outside Mexican capital
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say 100 kidnapped migrants were rescued from a home in Mexico State, near the capital.
- New Zealander, 25, stands trial in China on drug charges
GUANGZHOU, China (AP) — A 25-year-old New Zealander is standing trial in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou on drug smuggling charges.
- Mexico blames drug gangs for string of killings near border
HERMOSILLO, Mexico (AP) — Authorities in the northern Mexican state of Sonora say drug cartel groups are behind a string of murders in a disputed corridor along the U.S. border.
- Argentine medical teams debate death of late prosecutor
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Two medical teams are meeting in Argentina's capital in an extraordinary session aimed at concluding whether the head prosecutor investigating the country's worst terrorist attack killed himself or was slain by another person.
- A glance at challenges facing new Israel's government
JERUSALEM (AP) — After weeks of haggling with potential political partners, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cobbled a governing coalition together Wednesday night. His narrow coalition, dominated by nationalists and religious parties, sets Netanyahu's government on a collision course on many fronts.
- Venezuelan military officers sentenced for plotting coup
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A group of Venezuelan military officers the government accused of plotting to blow up the presidential palace have been sent to prison, officials said Wednesday.
- Israel's Netanyahu completes formation of government
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu completed the formation of a new coalition late Wednesday, putting him at the helm of a hard-line government that appears to be set on a collision course with the U.S. and other key allies.
- Yemen Shiite rebels take neighborhood in Aden, occupy palace
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's Shiite rebels and their allies consolidated their hold in another part of the southern port city of Aden on Wednesday after heavy fighting with militiamen loyal to the exiled government and capturing the area's presidential palace, officials said.
- Germanwings co-pilot practiced descents hours before crash
PARIS (AP) — The co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 appears to have practiced sending the jetliner into a deadly descent on another flight, just two hours before he intentionally crashed it into the French Alps, investigators said Wednesday.
- Kerry seeks pause in Yemen war as he arrives in Saudi Arabia
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sought to secure a pause in Yemen's war as he arrived in Saudi Arabia Wednesday to meet with the king and other top officials, citing increased shortages of food, fuel and medicine that are adding to a crisis that already has neighboring countries bracing for a mass exodus of refugees. He was to hold further talks Thursday.
- Migrants rescued after 12 days at sea; EU eyes seizing boats
CATANIA, Sicily (AP) — Nearly 100 migrants who reported being at sea for 12 days arrived in Sicily on Wednesday as diplomats mulled a draft U.N. resolution authorizing an EU mission to seize the smugglers' boats that are fueling the Mediterranean migrant crisis.