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  • Heavy rains in forecast set to worsen Myanmar flood crisis

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Heavy rains forecast for the next few days could worsen already dire flooding in large parts of Myanmar. State newspapers reported Friday that President Thein Sein has urged Cabinet ministers to…

  • Aquino chooses Roxas as Philippine presidential candidate

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said Friday he had picked Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II as the administration candidate to succeed him in elections next year. Aquino made the announcement…

  • Gunmen kill 1, wound 13 campaigning for Sri Lankan candidate

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Unidentified gunmen opened fire at campaign workers in Sri Lanka’s capital on Friday, killing one and wounding 13, police and hospital officials said, in the first major political violence before…

  • China drop, other global markets mostly up after US data

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — China’s stock market extended loss while other global stocks mostly gained Friday after data showed the U.S. economy posted solid growth during the second quarter. KEEPING SCORE: Europe opened moderately…

  • Searchers scour beaches in hopes of unlocking MH370 mystery

    SAINT-ANDRE, Reunion (AP) — After 16 agonizing months without answers, loved ones of those on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will likely have to wait at least another day for confirmation that it crashed into…

  • WikiLeaks says US spied on Japanese government, companies

    TOKYO (AP) — The WikiLeaks website published documents Friday that it says shows the U.S. government spied on Japanese officials and companies. The documents include what appear to be five U.S. National Security Agency reports,…

  • Afghan Taliban release statement praising new leader

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan Taliban on Friday praised their new leader, saying he was one of the most “trusted” associates of the late Mullah Mohammad Omar, a statement likely meant to rally followers…

  • Student protesters sit-in at Taiwan Education Ministry

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Dozens of students launched a sit-in Friday at Taiwan’s Education Ministry demanding that officials take responsibility for a student leader who killed himself in an apparent protest over curriculum changes that…

  • Honda records 20 pct profit rise on yen, despite recalls

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese automaker Honda reported Friday a 20 percent jump in fiscal first quarter profit on the back of a cheap yen that offset the damage from a massive air bag recall. Honda…

  • Surfer seriously injured in Australian shark attack

    SYDNEY (AP) — A surfer was seriously injured as he repeatedly punched a shark that mauled him off the Australian east coast on Friday, less than a week after a fatal attack, police and a…

  • Japanese girl’s WWII job: waving goodbye to kamikaze pilots

    CHIRAN, Japan (AP) — As young army pilots took off on suicide-attack missions in the closing days of World War II, the schoolgirls in this southwestern Japanese town waved handkerchiefs and branches of pink blossoms.…

  • Former top Chinese general suspected of corruption

    BEIJING (AP) — China has expelled a former top general from the ruling Communist Party over corruption accusations as President Xi Jinping’s campaign to root out graft in the government and military churns onward. Guo…

  • AP investigation prompts new round of slave rescues

    Authorities in Papua New Guinea have rescued eight fishermen held on board a Thai-owned refrigerated cargo ship, and dozens of other boats are still being sought in response to an Associated Press report that included…

  • Former top Chinese general suspected of corruption

    BEIJING (AP) — China has expelled a former top general from the ruling Communist Party over corruption accusations as President Xi Jinping’s campaign to root out graft in the government and military churns onward. Guo…

  • Q&A: A look at the new leader of Afghanistan’s Taliban

    Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansoor, who has been tapped to succeed Mullah Mohammad Omar as the Taliban’s leader, is said to have close ties with authorities in Pakistan. Mullah Mansoor’s closeness to Islamabad could be crucial…