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Russian President Putin meets with Chinese leaders

BEIJING — President Vladimir Putin has praised what he calls Russia's "all-embracing and strategic partnership" with China, at the start of a visit to Beijing that comes against the background of a drop in trade and lingering mistrust.

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Magnitude-5 quake jolts Davao Oriental

MANILA -- A magnitude-5 earthquake struck the province of Davao Oriental on Saturday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philvocs) said.

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West Virginia flooding kills 23

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Teams were rescuing people from second-story windows, the hoods of cars and the tops of trees as floodwaters drenched southeastern West Virginia and killed at least 23.

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Filipino charged with stealing from high-profile victims

NEWARK, N.J. -- A Filipino has been charged with stealing the identities of high-profile victims to pilfer money from them.

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Freed hostage: Bandits rejoiced as Canadians were beheaded

MANILA, Philippines -- Abu Sayyaf extremists rejoiced as they watched two Canadians being beheaded in the jungles of the southern Philippines, said a still-shocked Filipino hostage who was freed Friday.

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Indonesia tries to steer convicted bandits to new lives

SOLO, Indonesia -- In the heart of Solo city, not far from the Islamic boarding school founded by the radical cleric who inspired the 2002 Bali bombings, the staff of an unremarkable-looking restaurant prepare for another day serving the humble st

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2 die in California wildfire

LAKE ISABELLA, California -- a deadly wildfire that roared through dry brush and trees in the mountains of central California gave residents little time to flee as flames burned dozens of homes to the ground, propane tanks exploded, and smoke obsc

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Ayako Uehara shoots 62 to take NW Arkansas lead

ROGERS, Arkansas -- One of Ayako Uehara's best memories in her four full-time seasons on the LPGA Tour is a hole-in-one she made in her first appearance at the NW Arkansas Championship in 2013.

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