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  • Governments sign pact to create Chinese-led Asian bank

    BEIJING (AP) — Envoys of governments that plan to join a Chinese-led Asian bank endorsed a structure Monday that gives Beijing the biggest voting stake at the start but no veto power. Each member of…

  • Turkmenistan honors president by opening park in his name

    ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — Turkmenistan has marked its leader’s 58th birthday by opening a park named after him, a move reflecting his blossoming personality cult. The park called Arkadag (Protector), the nickname of President Gurbanguly…

  • US stocks fall in early trade as Greece debt woes escalate

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are falling in early trading in the U.S., but not as much as in Europe as Greece’s debt woes deepen. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 138 points, or 0.8…

  • Thai ice cream company apologizes for Facebook gay slur

    BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai ice cream company owned by Unilever has apologized for using a derogatory term for gay men in a Facebook posting marking the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage, a…

  • Afghanistan’s president orders probe into NATO-led operation

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan has ordered an investigation into an operation Monday involving U.S. forces that destroyed a weapons cache in a volatile region close to the capital, sparking demonstrations that briefly closed a…

  • Image of Asia: Walking in an Indian rainstorm

    In this photo by Channi Anand, a man walks with his cycle through a water-logged street as it rains in Jammu, India. The heavy rains lashing the city brought much-needed relief from a scorching heat…

  • Police investigate mob killing of school director in India

    PATNA, India (AP) — Police are investigating the mob killing of a school director in northern India after two of the school’s students were discovered dead, officials said Monday. The mob attacked the boarding school’s…

  • Pakistan cops bust armed militants planning attack, 4 killed

    LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani police officer says authorities have killed four militants, arrested two and seized a large cache of weapons that were meant to be used in an upcoming attack. Senior police…

  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

    Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung belched more volcanic ash and lava, part of its almost daily eruptions this month. The activity has forced thousands of villagers to evacuate to safer areas. It is one of about 130…

  • Solar Impulse plane en route to Hawaii from Japan

    TOKYO (AP) — A solar-powered plane took off from Japan early Monday to attempt a five-day flight over open water to Hawaii, the eighth leg of its bid to fly around the world without fuel.…

  • Afghan official: IS group present in at least 3 provinces

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says the Islamic State group now has a presence in three provinces but that the government is determined to drive it out. Zafar Hashimi, the Afghan president’s deputy…

  • Hundreds still in hospital after fire at Taiwan music party

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — More than 400 people, many of them seriously burned, remained in hospitals Sunday after a fire spread into a crowd of spectators at a music party at a Taiwan water park,…

  • More than 500 injured as fire hits Taiwan water park party

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A fire on a music stage spread into a crowd of spectators at a Saturday night party at a Taiwan water park, injuring more than 500 people, including eight in critical…

  • Gay activists in Asia upbeat about impact of US court ruling

    Gay rights activists in Asia, where no country allows same-sex couples to legally marry, are upbeat about prospects for a change following the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing such marriages in every state of…

  • Weeklong heat wave in southern Pakistan kills 1,233 people

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — A devastating weeklong heat wave in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi killed 1,233 people, an official said. Nazar Mohammad Bozdar, operations director at the Provincial Disaster Management Authority, said about 65,000…