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  • For North Korea, Iran-style nuclear deal not an option

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — If any hopes have been raised that the progress between the United States and Iran to halt Tehran’s development of nuclear weapons could bring change in Pyongyang, North Korea has…

  • Myanmar pardons China loggers among nearly 7,000 prisoners

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — More than 150 Chinese workers sentenced to life in prison for illegal logging were freed in Myanmar on Thursday under a massive presidential pardon that included nearly 7,000 prisoners. Others who…

  • US official: Plane debris in Indian Ocean same type as MH370

    SYDNEY (AP) — A sea-crusted wing part washed up on an island in the western Indian Ocean may be the first trace of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 since it vanished nearly a year and a…

  • China accuses US of ‘militarizing’ South China Sea

    BEIJING (AP) — China’s Defense Ministry is accusing the U.S. of militarizing the South China Sea amid increasingly bold moves by Beijing to assert its claim to virtually the entire region. The remarks from spokesman…

  • Landslides bury Nepal villages, killing at least 20 people

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Landslides in a mountain area of Nepal buried three villages Thursday, killing at least 20 people, authorities said. Nepal’s National Emergency Operation Center said the landslide was triggered by heavy rainfall…

  • Afghan official: Drone strike kills 20 members of IS group

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says two separate drone strikes in an eastern province bordering Pakistan have killed 20 militants affiliated with the Islamic State group. Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, spokesman for the governor…

  • China falls again but other Asian stocks, Europe higher

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese stocks fell again Thursday while other major global markets rose after the U.S. Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged at a record low. KEEPING SCORE: In early trading, Germany’s DAX gained…

  • Afghan Taliban indicate pullout of peace talks in Pakistan

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan Taliban, who have been fighting to topple the Kabul government for almost 14 years, said on Thursday they are “not aware” of a new round of peace talks due…

  • Relatives torn over possible 1st debris from missing MH370

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Jacquita Gomes is torn about whether to believe that plane debris found more than 16 months after the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is the first concrete evidence…

  • India hangs only man sentenced to die for 1993 Mumbai blasts

    NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian accountant and the only person sentenced to death for his role in the 1993 Mumbai bombings that killed 257 people — the country’s worst terrorist attack — was hanged…

  • Pakistan buries Islamic militant leader killed in attack

    MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Hundreds of followers and relatives of Pakistan’s most feared Islamic militant leader attended his burial on Thursday, a day after he was gunned down in an assault on a police convoy.…

  • Former President Kalam buried in southern India

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Tens of thousands of people have gathered in the southern Indian town of Rameswaram for the burial of former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, known as the father of the country’s military…

  • Yakub Memon, convicted in 1993 Mumbai blasts has been hanged

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Yakub Abdul Razak Memon, the only death row convict in India’s deadliest terror attack, the 1993 Mumbai bombings that killed 257 people, was hanged early Thursday on his birthday after the…

  • Galaxy S6 fails to reverse profit decline at Samsung

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics suffered a fifth straight drop in quarterly earnings as the Galaxy S6 failed to reverse its declining fortunes in global smartphone sales. The company’s overall earnings drop during…

  • Myanmar pardons almost 7,000 prisoners

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Nearly 7,000 prisoners in Myanmar, including some former military intelligence officials who had been purged by their army colleagues, have been given presidential pardons. An Information Ministry statement posted on its…