Southeast Asia summit to launch regional economic community

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Southeast Asian leaders gathered Friday for a weekend summit at which they will formally create a unified economic community in a diverse region far larger than the European Union or North America, with hopes of competing with China and India.

  • Written by EILEEN NG, Associated Press VIJAY JOSHI, Associated Press

Civil rights leaders, police differ over protest response

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Civil rights leaders appealed Thursday for Minneapolis police to exercise restraint but the head of the police union said officers should get tougher with protesters after a night of tense confrontations over the fatal shooting of a black man by an officer.

  • Written by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

Health authorities: 1 confirmed Ebola case in Liberia

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Health authorities are reporting one confirmed Ebola case, a 10-year boy who is currently being attended to at the treatment center on the outskirts of Monrovia, the capital.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Behind pomp of APEC summit, crushing poverty endures

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Just a few miles from the gleaming venue hosting President Barack Obama and other world leaders sits Manila's slum of slums on a mountain of trash, a potent reminder to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation bloc that the globalization agenda it promotes has left many behind.

  • Written by JIM GOMEZ, Associated Press

Things to know about Syrian refugees and the vetting process

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled that country to escape the ongoing civil war there. Migrants have trekked across Turkey, landing first in Greece, before making their way into Europe. European authorities have been overwhelmed by the mass migration. Meanwhile, the United States has announced plans to accept about 10,000 Syrian refugees trying to leave the region.

  • Written by ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press