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  • US stocks rise as earnings from Priceline, others gain

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening higher, shaking off a three-day slump, as the latest round of company earnings news brought several positive surprises. Priceline Group jumped 6 percent Wednesday after the company…

  • Bangladesh High Court asks former PM Zia to appear in court

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh’s High Court has asked former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to appear in court in two months to face corruption charges involving the construction of two cargo terminals while she was…

  • Image of Asia: Protesting at India’s Parliament

    In this photo by Manish Swarup, former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh watches as Congress party president Sonia Gandhi and other lawmakers shout slogans against the government during a protest on the Parliament’s premises in…

  • Thailand to ban metal gas canisters in south over bomb fears

    HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) — Security officials in insurgency-wracked southern Thailand plan to ban the use of metal cooking gas tanks because they are often used to make homemade bombs. Police Capt. Kritapas Kruenet said…

  • At least 24 killed, 300 survive after trains derail in India

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Two passenger trains jumped off damaged tracks on a bridge near a rain-swollen river in central India, killing at least 24 people as two coaches hurled through mud and rested on…

  • UN reports rise in women, children casualties in Afghan war

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United Nations said Wednesday a growing number of women and children are getting hurt or killed in Afghanistan’s war against the Taliban and other insurgents. The total number of casualties…

  • Top Pakistan court allows military trials in terrorism cases

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday to allow military trials for terror suspects — the latest in the government’s intensified campaign against terrorism in the wake of last year’s Taliban attack on…

  • Afghan official: Drones kill IS fighters in 2 provinces

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says drone strikes have killed up to 60 insurgents, many of them allied to the Islamic State group, in recent days. Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, spokesman for the Nangarhar…

  • 7 killed, 2 missing in flash floods in southern Philippines

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Flash floods caused by heavy rain have killed at least seven people, including four children, in the southern Philippines, officials said Wednesday. Two others remain missing. The regional Office of Civil…

  • Protesters clash with police in Nepal, demanding Hindu state

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — About 500 protesters demanding Nepal be declared a Hindu state in the country’s new constitution clashed with police in the capital on Wednesday. The demonstrators chanted slogans as they tried to…

  • Pakistan official hopes Kabul-Taliban talks to resume soon

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — A close aide of Pakistan’s prime minster says he is optimistic the stalled peace talks between Kabul and the Taliban will resume soon in the interest of peace in Afghanistan. The talks…

  • Uighurs deported from Thailand to China remain in detention

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media say minority Muslim Uighurs deported from Thailand to China remain in detention while authorities investigate whether some planned to join the Islamic State or other groups in the Middle…

  • 2 soldiers, 1 rebel killed in ambush in Indian Kashmir

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Two paramilitary soldiers and one suspected rebel were killed in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Wednesday after a convoy of paramilitary troops was ambushed in the troubled region, police said. At least eight…

  • AP PHOTOS: Hiroshima after the atomic bomb _ and today

    HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Last month, with a handful of black-and-white archival photos in hand, I set out with my camera to document how Hiroshima had changed, 70 years after the atomic bomb. I grew…

  • Widow of ex-South Korean leader arrives in North Korea

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — The 92-year-old widow of late South Korean President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kim Dae-jung arrived in North Korea on Wednesday for a four-day visit. According to Lee’s official itinerary,…