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  • Afghan government holds direct talks with Taliban

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials are holding talks with Taliban representatives in the Pakistani capital in their first official face-to-face discussions, which the Afghan president said Tuesday were aimed at starting full-fledged negotiations. The…

  • US stocks edge lower in early trade as Greece talks proceed

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are edging lower in early trading as investors wait to see what happens at a summit meeting of European leaders to discuss Greece’s strained finances. The Dow Jones industrial…

  • Reactor in Japan being loaded with nuke fuel before restart

    TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese utility on Tuesday began loading fuel into a nuclear reactor where operations are scheduled to resume next month in the country’s first restart under safety requirements set following the Fukushima…

  • Image of Asia: Commemorating 1962 Myanmar student uprising

    In this photo by Gemunu Amarasinghe, students participate in a ceremony to commemorate the 53rd anniversary of a student uprising in Yangon, Myanmar. The military government led by dictator Gen. Ne Win brutally suppressed the…

  • Taliban attacks in Kabul target intel compound, NATO convoy

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban staged two separate suicide bombings on Tuesday in Kabul, killing at least one person and wounded three, including a NATO soldier, Afghan officials said. In one attack, a suicide…

  • Thai military court to release 14 students ahead of trial

    BANGKOK (AP) — A military court in Thailand said Tuesday it will release 14 student activists from detention but they will still face sedition charges — and the prospect of years in prison — for…

  • Young Indians embrace dating apps despite social taboos

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Aditi Mendiratta’s biggest worry as she’s swiping left and right is hiding the smartphone notifications that read “Congratulations! You have a new match” from her parents. “They wouldn’t be cool with…

  • China opens exhibition to mark the war victory over Japan

    BEIJING (AP) — China opened Tuesday an exhibition of guns and photos of massacres to commemorate the World War II victory over Japan, part of a propaganda push to stir up nationalism by observing the…

  • Malaysia freezes 6 bank accounts in probe linked to premier

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian authorities have frozen six bank accounts as part of an investigation into allegations that hundreds of millions of dollars were transferred from a state investment fund to the personal…

  • World’s oldest man dies in Japan at the age of 112

    TOKYO (AP) — The world’s oldest man, a retired educator from Japan, has died at the age of 112, an official said Tuesday. Sakari Momoi died from kidney failure Sunday at a nursing home in…

  • Chinese families of Yale students grow a garden, tradition

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A once-vacant city block at the northern edge of Yale University now teems with exotic herbs and vegetables, tended carefully by a community of graying people from China who are…

  • Samsung forecasts profit fall as S6 sales disappoint

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. forecast a fall in second quarter profit in a sign that sales of its much anticipated Galaxy S6 smartphones failed to meet expectations. Samsung on Tuesday estimated…

  • AP Interview: Iran ambassador: Nuke deal could benefit Kabul

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — As Iran and global powers move toward a nuclear agreement, Tehran’s ambassador to Afghanistan said a deal easing crippling economic sanctions would also benefit security and development in his country’s war-torn…

  • US stocks open lower after Greek ‘no’ vote on bailout

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening lower after Greeks voted overwhelmingly to reject the terms of the country’s latest bailout. U.S. government bond prices rose early Monday as investors sought safe places to…

  • China to snub arbitration hearing on feud with Philippines

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — China is standing pat on its decision to reject arbitration by an international tribunal that will begin formal hearings this week to resolve a long-seething feud between Beijing and Manila over…