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  • 12 workers freed from collapsed tunnel in Vietnam

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — An official says rescuers have recovered 12 workers who were trapped for more than three days in a collapsed tunnel at a hydropower plant under construction in central Vietnam. Local government official Pham Trieu in Lam Dong province said the 11 men and one woman needed medical attention but are in…

  • Thai seafood company to buy Bumble Bee tuna firm

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thai Union Frozen Products is acquiring Bumble Bee Seafoods, a major seller of canned tuna in the United States, for $1.5 billion. The Thai company says Friday that the purchase of Bumble Bee, which is owned by private equity firm Lion Capital, should be completed by the second half of 2015, Its…

  • Sri Lankan opposition pledges war crime inquiry

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s main opposition presidential candidate said Friday that the country cannot be charged with war crimes in the International Criminal Court, but he will launch a domestic inquiry if he wins a January election. Maithripala Sirisena said in a policy statement that Sri Lanka has not ratified the statute…

  • Image of Asia: Celebrating Hanukkah in Myanmar

    In this photo by Khin Maung Win, members of a tiny Jewish community in Myanmar’s largest city celebrate Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish holiday also known as the Festival of Lights. They were joined by visitors in Myanmar’s only synagogue, the 118-year-old Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue. The Jews in predominantly-Buddhist Myanmar, also known as Burma, are descendants…

  • 8 children killed, mother stabbed, in Australia

    SYDNEY (AP) — Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city on Friday, police said. Police believe the 34-year-old woman with chest wounds is the mother of seven of the children, and the eighth child is believed to be one of her relatives,…

  • Global markets rally for 2nd day after Fed pledge

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Global stocks rallied for a second day Friday after the Federal Reserve’s reassurance it was in no hurry to hike interest rates. But shares of Sony Corp. dropped as a hacking scandal rocked its American movies unit. KEEPING SCORE: Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 0.6 percent to 6,507.42 France’s CAC 40…

  • Victory for plaintiff in China gay conversion case

    BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese psychological clinic was ordered Friday to pay compensation to a gay man who sued it for administering electric shocks intended to make him heterosexual, in what is believed to be China’s first case involving so-called conversion therapy. Lawyer Li Duilong said the Haidian District People’s Court in Beijing ordered the…

  • HK court: Property tycoon guilty of corruption

    HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong jury found a billionaire property developer and a former top government official guilty of corruption Friday after a high profile trial that amplified anger at the city’s elite. The property magnate Thomas Kwok was convicted of conspiracy for making HK$8.5 million ($1.1 million) of payments to city official…

  • Pakistan: 67 militants killed after school massacre

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani jets and ground forces killed 67 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said Friday, days after Taliban fighters killed 148 people — most of them children — in a school massacre. Meanwhile, a Pakistani prosecutor said the government will try to cancel the bail granted to…

  • 2004 tsunami: Horror of ‘colorful mess’ revealed

    Some 230,000 people were killed in the Indian Ocean tsunami set off by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake on Dec. 26, 2004. A dozen countries were hit, from Indonesia to India to Africa’s east coast. Scores of Associated Press journalists covered the disaster, and as the 10th anniversary approached, the AP asked 10 of them to…

  • Ex-worker at China’s Forbidden City gets death

    BEIJING (AP) — A Beijing court on Friday sentenced a former employee of the Forbidden City to be executed for stabbing two of his supervisors to death on the museum’s grounds, state media reported. Zheng Zhibiao argued at his trial in early December that he had been concerned over a lack of protection of artifacts…

  • Pakistan military: 32 militants killed in ambush in NW following school massacre

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan military: 32 militants killed in ambush in NW following school massacre.

  • 8 children killed in home in northern Australia

    SYDNEY (AP) — Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city on Friday, police said. Queensland state police said they were called to the home in the Cairns suburb of Manoora on Friday morning after receiving a report of a woman with serious…

  • China pilot gets 3 years for crash that killed 44

    BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese court has sentenced an airplane captain to three years in prison over the deaths of 44 people killed when his plane crashed. The Yichun district court said Friday that captain Qi Quanjun violated regulations by trying to land his plane in low visibility. It said Qi was also found guilty…

  • Filipino family wants US Marine in local jail during trial

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A U.S. Marine charged with killing a transgender Filipino woman has been brought back to the city where the attack occurred two months ago, and lawyers of the victim say they will seek his detention in a local jail during his murder trial. Relatives of Jennifer Laude saw the suspect, Marine…