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  • 115 bodies pulled out from Taiwan quake rubble; 2 missing

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Rescuers have pulled out 115 dead a week since a powerful earthquake struck Taiwan’s oldest city of Tainan, leaving only two missing in the rubble of a collapsed 17-story residential complex,…

  • Bangladesh begins survey of undocumented Rohingya Muslims

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Authorities in Bangladesh began a survey to determine the number of Rohingya Muslims who have fled persecution in majority-Buddhist Myanmar. Around 33,000 Rohingya have been documented in two official camps in…

  • 113 bodies pulled out from Taiwan quake rubble; 4 missing

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Rescuers have pulled out 113 dead a week since a powerful earthquake struck Taiwan’s oldest city of Tainan, leaving only four missing in the rubble of a collapsed 17-story residential complex,…

  • North Korea halts probe into fate of kidnapped Japanese

    TOKYO (AP) — North Korea has reacted angrily to new sanctions announced by Japan over its recent rocket launch and said in response it will halt an investigation into the fate of Japanese citizens it…

  • US deploys more Patriot missiles in South Korea

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United States temporarily deployed an additional Patriot missile battery in South Korea in response to North Korea’s nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch, ahead of talks next week…

  • The Latest: European markets close higher after tough week

    LONDON (AP) — The latest on the turmoil in global financial markets (all times local): 5:20 p.m. European stock markets have closed higher after a hugely turbulent week. Germany’s DAX index ended the day up…

  • UK: Hong Kong bookseller ‘removed’ in breach of China treaty

    HONG KONG (AP) — Britain says a missing Hong Kong bookseller was likely abducted to mainland China, calling it a “serious breach” of the treaty under which Beijing took control of the city. Foreign Secretary…

  • US stocks open higher as oil rebounds, banks rise

    U.S. stocks opened higher, seeking their first gain this week, as beaten-down energy and financial companies rebounded. Banks rose Friday after Deutsche Bank offered to buy more than $5 billion in bonds. Its shares were…

  • Strong earthquake rocks east Indonesia; communications lost

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong earthquake rocked eastern Indonesia on Friday, apparently knocking out communications on islands near the epicenter. Information on damage and injuries was not available due to the communication problems. Rescuers…

  • Philippines, rebels fortify truce amid stalled peace pact

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government and Muslim rebels have extended the stay of international cease-fire monitors at their first meeting since their peace pact stalled amid fears of fresh fighting. Government negotiator Miriam…

  • How impoverished but nuclear-armed North Korea earns money

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The closure of a factory park in North Korea jointly run by both Koreas has cost the impoverished North a rare source of legitimate hard currency. Seoul says it shut…

  • Image of Asia: Commemorating Union Day in Myanmar

    In this photo by Aung Shine Oo, an ethnic Shan woman takes a selfie during a ceremony to mark the 69th anniversary of Union Day in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Union Day marks the anniversary of a…

  • Pakistani intelligence arrests nearly 100 militants

    KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan’s intelligence agencies arrested a collective of 97 “hardcore terrorists” from three banned groups involved in a string of major terrorist attacks and seized weapons, explosives and communications gear intended for…

  • Thai police say slain Spaniard’s DNA found in suspect’s home

    BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand said Friday they have found bloodstains and DNA from a Spanish victim in the apartment of the Spanish man who was arrested on suspicion of killing and dismembering him.…

  • N. Koreans outside closed factories lose steady water supply

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Among the losers in the retaliatory sparring between the rival Koreas are residents who had been depending on a rarity in impoverished North Korea: a steady supply of water from…