More meals dropped...Kerry continues Asia tour...Nagasaki remembers

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Updated: Sat, 09 Aug 2014 01:15:20 EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — About 28,000 meals and more than 1,500 gallons of water was part of the payload of U.S. planes have dropped in northern Iraq on Saturday for members of a religious minority. They've taken refuge on a mountaintop to avoid being slaughtered by the extremist group Islamic State. U.S. planes and drones struck isolated targets on Friday.

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is in Myanmar seeking to calm tensions in the South China Sea between China and its smaller neighbors. U.S. officials say Kerry will be urging the Chinese and other claimants to take voluntary steps to ease the mounting discord, while they continue to work on a binding code of conduct for activity around disputed areas.

TOKYO (AP) — The mayor of Nagasaki, Japan, has raised concerns over Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push toward Japan's more assertive defense policy. Nagasaki is marking the 69th anniversary of the atomic bombing that killed 70,000 people. The blast followed one in Hiroshima (heer-oh-SHEE'-muh) that left more than 140,000 people dead.

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization is calling on the international community to dig deep and send cash and resources to stop the spread of Ebola. The WHO declared the outbreak in West Africa to be an international public health emergency. The latest Ebola outbreak is the largest and longest ever recorded for the disease, which has a death rate of about 50 percent and has so far killed at least 961 people,

HONOLULU (AP) — Storm recovery continues on Hawaii's Big Island from what's left of Tropical Storm Iselle. There are no reports of injuries. Forecasters say Hurricane Julio should pass by the Big Island on Sunday morning. Surfers have taken advantage of massive waves known locally as "suicides."

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