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  • Pakistan to appeal bail for Mumbai attacker

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani prosecutor says the government will try to cancel the bail granted to the main suspect in the Mumbai terror attacks. Special public prosecutor Abu Zar Peerzada said he would appeal to the High Court to cancel the bail given to Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi on Thursday by an anti-terrorism court. He said…

  • Ex-worker at China’s Forbidden City gets death

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media say a Beijing court has sentenced a former employee of the Forbidden City to be executed for stabbing two of his supervisors to death on the museum’s grounds. The state-run Beijing News says Zheng Zhibiao argued at his trial in early December that he had been concerned over a…

  • In Lebanon, Syrian newborns risk statelessness

    BEIRUT (AP) — Nearly 30,000 Syrian children born as refugees in Lebanon are in a legal limbo, not registered with any government, exposing them to the risk of a life of statelessness deprived of basic rights. It is a problem that is replicated, to varying degrees, in nations across the Middle East where more than…

  • 8 children killed in home in northern Australia

    SYDNEY (AP) — Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city on Friday, police said. Queensland state police said they were called to the home in the Cairns suburb of Manoora on Friday morning after receiving a report of a woman with serious…

  • Pakistan military: 32 militants killed in ambush in NW following school massacre

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan military: 32 militants killed in ambush in NW following school massacre.

  • Spy’s parents search for son after Cuba-US deal

    HAVANA (AP) — The parents of convicted spy Rolando Sarraff Trujillo feared the worst when their son failed to call home from prison and they were told he had been taken away at dawn. But officials assured the couple that their son was now better off. Sarraff was publicly identified by a former intelligence official…

  • Brazil graft cases: Beginning of impunity’s end?

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A federal investigation into a kickback scheme at Brazil’s state oil company has, so far, ensnared 30 executives. In Sao Paulo, prosecutors accuse 33 businessmen of running a “cartel” to profit from the city’s subway system. And in perhaps the most stunning turn of all, the oil and mining tycoon…

  • Asia equity rally continues after Fed rate pledge

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stocks rallied for a second day Friday after the Federal Reserve’s reassurance it was in no hurry to hike interest rates. But shares of Sony Corp. dropped as a hacking scandal rocked its American movies unit. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 rose 2.2 percent to 17,588.88 and South Korea’s…

  • 8 children killed in home in northern Australia

    SYDNEY (AP) — Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city on Friday, police said. Queensland state police said they were called to the home in the Cairns suburb of Manoora on Friday morning after receiving a report of a woman with serious…

  • China pilot gets 3 years for crash that killed 44

    BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese court has sentenced an airplane captain to three years in prison over the deaths of 44 people killed when his plane crashed. The Yichun district court said Friday that captain Qi Quanjun violated regulations by trying to land his plane in low visibility. It said Qi was also found guilty…

  • Filipino family wants US Marine in local jail during trial

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A U.S. Marine charged with killing a transgender Filipino woman has been brought back to the city where the attack occurred two months ago, and lawyers of the victim say they will seek his detention in a local jail during his murder trial. Relatives of Jennifer Laude saw the suspect, Marine…

  • Japan scientist quits as cell research discredited

    TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese researcher whose claim of a major breakthrough in stem cell research was discredited has resigned after the government lab where she worked failed to replicate her results. Haruko Obokata said in a statement Friday that she was leaving the Riken Center for Developmental Biology after the lab concluded the stem…

  • Spy’s parents search for son after Cuba-US deal

    HAVANA (AP) — When convicted spy Rolando Sarraff Trujillo failed to call home from prison, his parents went to the jail to see if their son had fallen ill. Officials told the elderly couple not to worry, saying only that he was better off. A former intelligence official in the United States on Thursday publicly…

  • Japan, US delay update to defense cooperation

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan and the United States formally postponed Friday an update to their defense cooperation guidelines. The two governments said in a joint statement that they would work toward completing it in the first half of next year. Both sides had hoped to finish by the end of this year, but they decided…

  • S Korea court orders dissolution of leftist party

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s constitutional court on Friday ordered the dissolution of a small leftist political party hounded by claims of pro-North Korea views, a move critics say exposes limits of freedom of expression in a country once ruled by military dictators. The Justice Ministry petitioned the court to disband the Unified…