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  • Pakistan detains owner of firm said to market fake degrees

    KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A senior Pakistani security official says investigators have detained the owner of a software company accused of running a global network in selling fake degrees. Shahid Hayat said on Wednesday that…

  • India appoints 1st transgender as head of college

    KOLKATA, India (AP) — India has for the first time appointed a transgender as the principal of a college, a top education official said Wednesday. Manabi Banerjee will head the Krishnagar Women’s College in the…

  • China touts success of crackdown in restive Muslim region

    BEIJING (AP) — China said Wednesday that it has foiled 181 terror plots since it started a crackdown a year ago on Islamic separatists in the northwestern region of Xinjiang that was prompted by a…

  • Asia stocks ruffled by Greece crunch, Fed rate hike views

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets were ruffled Wednesday by Greece’s impending cash crunch and expectations the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates this year for the first time in almost a decade.…

  • Envoys from S. Korea, US, Japan discuss N.Korean nuke threat

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The top nuclear envoys from South Korea, the United States and Japan agreed Wednesday on the need to increase pressure on North Korea and urged the country to engage in…

  • Pakistan vintage car collectors preserve a part of history

    RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (AP) — For an elite but passionate group of vintage car collectors in Pakistan, restoring antique rides is like travelling back in time — and money seems to be no obstacle when the…

  • AP Interview: Afghanistan’s first lady breaks taboos

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s first lady has broken numerous conventions in a society that traditionally sequesters women behind closed doors — speaking out on issues such as violence against women, the rule of law…

  • Singapore Airlines investigates engine problem during flight

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore Airlines said Wednesday that it is investigating how one of its jets suffered a loss of power in both of its engines over the weekend, falling 13,000 feet (3,962 meters) before…

  • 4 Taliban militants die in attack in Afghan capital

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An all-night siege in an upscale neighborhood of Afghanistan’s capital ended in the early hours of Wednesday morning with the deaths of four heavily armed Taliban attackers, though no civilians or…

  • 4 Taliban militants die in attack in Afghan capital

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An all-night siege in an upscale neighborhood of Afghanistan’s capital ended in the early hours of Wednesday morning with the deaths of four heavily armed Taliban attackers, though no civilians or…

  • Australia warns children of foreign fighters risk charges

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian boy who was photographed holding the severed head of a Syrian soldier could reportedly return to Australia with his mother and siblings, prompting the prime minister to warn Wednesday…

  • China coal production falls in first 4 months of year

    BEIJING (AP) — Coal production in China, the world’s biggest coal-consuming nation, fell by 6 percent in the first four months of this year as the economy slows and the government makes a concerted push…

  • 12 detained after fire kills 38 at seniors’ home in China

    BEIJING (AP) — At least 12 people connected to the privately run home for the elderly in central China where 38 people died in a fire earlier this week have been taken into custody by…

  • Malaysian forensics teams dig up graves at traffickers’ camp

    BUKIT WANG BURMA, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian forensics teams exhumed a body from a shallow grave Tuesday at an abandoned jungle camp used by human traffickers, the first of what police predicted would be more…

  • China’s army plays down South China Sea island-building

    BEIJING (AP) — China’s military on Tuesday compared its controversial island-building in the South China Sea to ordinary construction such as road-building going on elsewhere in the country, trying to deflect criticism over an issue…