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U.S., China stress positives ahead of Xi trip

BEIJING - China and the United States stressed the positives in their complex relationship on Friday during meetings between U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice and Chinese officials ahead of a U.S. visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping next month.

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Greece's Syriza to win election but face setback, poll shows

ATHENS - Former Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' leftist Syriza will emerge as the biggest party after next month's election but without the sizeable margin it was hoping for, the first major opinion poll since he resigned last week showed.

World, Greece 4:43am EDT

China jitters, globalization bode ill for Fed's inflation goal

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. - Wild swings in world financial markets this week have shown how events in China can potentially disrupt the Federal Reserve's carefully scripted policy plans. The turmoil, triggered by a rout in Chinese markets, also flagged a broader risk that the U.S. central bank may struggle to meet its inflation target until the rest of the world plays along.

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Higher prices dent Putin's sky-high popularity: paper

MOSCOW - Russians' concern about rising prices has eroded President Vladimir Putin's approval ratings but these remain extremely high, the daily Vedomosti reported on Friday.

World, Russia 4:20am EDT

Ending standoff with North Korea boosts South's President Park

SEOUL - Beset by crisis, scandal and a sluggish economy in the first half of her single five-year term, South Korean President Park Geun-hye's approval rating soared in a poll released on Friday after a pact with North Korea brought back the rivals from the brink of conflict.

World, South Korea 5:14am EDT

Japan protests against Chinese media call for emperor's apology

TOKYO - Japan has lodged a protest with China over a call by China's Xinhua state news agency for Japan's Emperor Akihito to apologize for its past military aggression, a Japanese government spokesman said on Friday.

World, China, Japan 3:52am EDT
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Thousands march in Guatemala to pressure president to resign

GUATEMALA CITY - Tens of thousands of Guatemalans took to the streets on Thursday to demand the resignation of President Otto Perez, who has refused to quit in the face of accusations by his attorney general that he was involved in a lucrative customs racket.