Xi calls for China-EU bridges of peace

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Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium…

Australian court recognizes third category of gender

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New South Wales High Court ruled that the registration of a sex in Australia could be other than male or female…

Japan increases sales tax

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Japan increased its sales tax from 5 percent to 8 percent on Tuesday, first time in 17 years…

SF: Elderly woman killed in Visitacion Valley fire

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An 85-year-old woman was killed in a fire in San Francisco’s Visitacion Valley neighborhood Tuesday evening…

Guangzhou hotel’s elevator malfunctions, two killed

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An elevator in Guangzhou, China suddenly fell down and crashed on top of four workers, two of them died….

PG&E criminally charged in fatal pipeline blast

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PG&E Co. was indicted by a federal grand jury on 12 criminal charges of violating a U.S. pipeline safety law…

Magnitude-8.2 quake strikes northern Chile

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A powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck in off Chile’s northern coast Tuesday night…

California’s $425M Powerball winner comes forward

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California Lottery officials say the sole winner of February’s $425 million Powerball jackpot has come forward to claim the prize…

Pleasant Hill police seek home invasion robbery suspect

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Police have released a sketch of a man suspected of robbing two women in a Pleasant Hill home Sunday night…

World’s busiest airports

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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta international airport was the busiest airport in the world in 2013…

Cupertino man pleads guilty in visa fraud scheme

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A Cupertino man pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in San Jose to 19 counts of visa fraud in a scheme to obtain work visas…

Chinese military inspectors find irregularities

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Inspectors have uncovered widespread irregularities and suspected corruption among military units based around Beijing…

Chinese residents protest over chemical plant

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The protests centered on a proposal to build a plant in Maoming city in Guangdong province to manufacture paraxylene…

Lightning strikes plane headed into Oakland airport

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A flight arriving in Oakland Monday afternoon was struck by lightning in its approach to the Bay Area…

Oakland: Suspect wanted for sexual assault on girl

Police are investigating an alleged sexual assault on a 6-year-old girl near an Oakland elementary school on Friday…

Teens arrested for murder at clothing store

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Police have arrested two teenagers in a deadly shooting at an indianapolis clothing store…

President Xi meets top EU leaders, free-Tibet demonstration

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China’s president met with the top officials of the European Union on Monday to discuss the two sides’ close business ties…

SF hospital asks patients to get tested

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A San Francisco hospital has asked nearly 200 patients to get tested for HIV, hepatitis and other blood-borne diseases….

Asiana Airlines: Plane’s system partly to blame in crash

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Asiana Airlines says a Boeing 777 that crashed at SFO had inadequate warning systems to alert the crew to problems with air speed…

Dozens of Chinese females scammed by con artist

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Twenty females in China were scammed by a con artist who said he was a movie director and looking for an actress for his new movie…

Japan whaling future in doubt after court ruling

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The International Court of Justice ruled Monday that Japan’s annual hunt in the Antarctic was not really for scientific purposes…

South San Francisco attempted armed robbery

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South San Francisco police are investigating an attempted armed robbery Sunday night at the Westborough Park baseball field…

Objects seen in jet search are fishing equipment

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A cluster of orange objects spotted by a search plane was just fishing equipment and not related to the missing Malaysia Airlines jet…

Leland Yee’s lawyer questions FBI investigation

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Sen. Leland Yee’s attorney asked why it took until Wednesday for the FBI to file charges when the investigation began in 2011…

China brings graft charges against general

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Chinese prosecutors brought corruption charges Monday against Lt. Gen. Gu Junshan…

Chinese mining tycoon on trial for running criminal gang

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A mining tycoon, his brother and 34 associates stood trial in China on Monday on allegations of running a vast criminal gang in Sichuan province…

Storm hits Bay Area

More rain is on its way to the Bay Area as early as Monday, and weather forecasters said to expect cold temperatures…

Oakland shooting leaves one dead, one injured

Two Oakland shooting victims showed up at a hospital early Monday morning where one of them died…

Predicting the next big earthquake in California

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The latest earthquakes to strike California have stirred up fears that monster quake could be coming…

California Senate suspends Leland Yee, two others

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The Democratically controlled California Senate has voted to suspend three Democrats who face criminal charges…