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  • Unidentified attackers hack US blogger to death in Dhaka

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Police say unidentified attackers have hacked to death a prominent U.S. blogger, who was known for his writing against religious fundamentalism, in Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka. The attack on Avijit Roy, a…

  • South Korea renews license of 2nd-oldest nuclear plant

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean nuclear regulator said Friday it renewed the operating license of the country’s second-oldest nuclear power plant until 2022, overriding the objections of residents and anti-nuclear groups. The…

  • Gunman kills 3, found dead in South Korean city: police

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A gunman shot and killed three people Friday before he was found dead at a home in a city near the capital Seoul in the second such incident in three…

  • Japan’s inflation rate falls in Jan on lower energy costs

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s core inflation rate edged lower in January as lower crude oil prices reduced energy costs, while weak retail sales and employment data underscored the fragility of the recovery of the world’s…

  • China bans ivory imports for 1 year to protect elephants

    BEIJING (AP) — China imposed a one-year ban on ivory imports that took immediate effect Thursday amid criticism that its citizens’ huge appetite for ivory has fueled poaching that threatens the existence of African elephants.…

  • Detained Maldives’ ex-leader denies ordering judge’s arrest

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A former president of the Maldives detained by police denied in court Thursday that he ordered the arrest of a top judge three years ago, a lawyer said. The former…

  • Pakistan army warns India against any provocations

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s army chief has warned neighboring India that any provocations on its part would exact a “befitting response” from Islamabad. Gen. Raheel Sharif spoke Thursday to troops near the Indian border, a…

  • Stuck in limbo, Bangkok’s hidden urban refugees scrape by

    BANGKOK (AP) — They were a middle-class family in Pakistan, living in a comfortable three-bedroom apartment with a modern kitchen and a PlayStation for the three kids. Fluent in English, the father ran his own…

  • Bellboy testifies at American man’s trial in Indonesia

    BALI, Indonesia (AP) — A bellboy at an Indonesian hotel testified Thursday that an American man charged with murdering his girlfriend’s mother and stuffing the body into a suitcase refused any help in taking a…

  • Afghanistan avalanche toll rises to 165 amid rescue efforts

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The number of people killed in a massive avalanche in a mountain-bound valley in northeastern Afghanistan rose on Thursday to 165 as lack of equipment and the sheer depth of snow…

  • Hollande says no climate deal if there is no climate fund

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — French President Francois Hollande said Thursday that a landmark climate deal may not be reached in Paris in December if wealthy countries don’t commit adequate funds to help poor nations fight…

  • Prince William starts first Japan visit _ with green tea

    TOKYO (AP) — Britain’s Prince William had afternoon tea on his first visit to Japan on Thursday, but it was green and served by a master in the Japanese ceremonial art in a traditional tea…

  • Thai Airways plane hits turbulence, 11 on board injured

    BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai Airways plane hit severe turbulence over Thailand that injured 11 people Thursday, the airline said. The Airbus A340-600 landed safely at its destination, Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport, according to airline…

  • Thai constitution drafters say Senate to be unelected

    BANGKOK (AP) — A committee appointed by Thailand’s military rulers is laying the groundwork for a new method of choosing the country’s leaders and lawmakers — and it involves giving voters less power to choose.…

  • Global stocks higher on Chinese, German data

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Global stocks were mostly higher Thursday on upbeat corporate earnings and rising Chinese factory output after the chairwoman of the U.S. Federal Reserve said it will be patient about increasing…