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  • In crowded skies, lost plane’s request for new path denied

    SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) — The plane sought permission to climb above threatening clouds. Air traffic control couldn’t say yes immediately — there was no room. Six other commercial airliners were crowding the surrounding airspace, forcing…

  • Image of Asia: Air search for missing AirAsia jet

    In this photo by Associated Press photographer Dita Alangkara, who flew in a C-130 with Indonesia’s air force Monday, crew members scan the horizon during a search operation for the missing AirAsia jet over the…

  • Thai theater pair plead guilty to insulting monarchy

    BANGKOK (AP) — Two activists charged with insulting Thailand’s monarchy because of a play they produced pleaded guilty Monday to the offense, which carries a punishment of three to 15 years in prison. The two,…

  • Pakistan court suspends detention of Mumbai planner

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani prosecutor says a court has suspended a detention order keeping the alleged planner of the Mumbai terror attacks in jail, possibly paving the way for his release. Jahanagir Jadoon said…

  • S. Korea officials face punishment over ‘nut rage’

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Four South Korean officials will be punished for improper conduct during an investigation into a former Korean Air Lines executive who forced a flight to return over a bag of…

  • Key developments in disappearance of AirAsia jet

    An AirAsia jet with 162 people on board disappeared Sunday morning while flying from western Indonesia to Singapore on a scheduled two-hour flight. Here’s a look at the key developments: ___ POSSIBLE SIGNS Searchers found…

  • Stocks mixed amid China growth hopes, Greece woes

    BEIJING (AP) — Global stocks were mixed on Monday after a report said China will change banking rules, apparently to boost lending and economic growth, while oil prices rebounded. European shares underperformed as Greece was…

  • Afghan official says 4 soldiers killed in south

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says four soldiers have been killed while repelling a Taliban attack on an army checkpoint in a volatile region of the southern Helmand province. The governor’s spokesman Omar…

  • Strong earthquake shakes southern Philippines

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Officials say a strong earthquake has shaken parts of the southern and central Philippines, frightening people but causing no serious damage or injuries. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-6.1 earthquake…

  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

    Vivid and terrifying memories were recalled at ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami that left nearly a quarter-million people dead in one of modern history’s worst natural disasters. Weeping survivors and…

  • Differences between MH370 and AirAsia incidents

    SINGAPORE (AP) — The disappearance of an AirAsia passenger jet soon after takeoff inevitably brings back memories of the mystery behind Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared nearly 10 months ago and is yet to…

  • Scaffold collapse at top Beijing school kills 10

    BEIJING (AP) — A scaffolding collapse at one of Beijing’s most prestigious high schools on Monday killed 10 construction workers and injured four others, officials said. The accident occurred at the start of the school…

  • Australian plane spots objects in sea in AirAsia search area

    SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian official says objects have been spotted in the sea by a search plane hunting for the missing AirAsia jet. Jakarta’s Air Force base commander Rear Marshal Dwi Putranto says…

  • Q&A on what might have happened to AirAsia flight

    NEW YORK (AP) — Rescue crews are searching Indonesian waters for AirAsia Indonesia Flight 8501, which disappeared Sunday with 162 passengers and crew onboard. The plane was flying from Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-largest city, and was…

  • Scaffold collapse at Beijing school kills 10

    BEIJING (AP) — A scaffolding collapse at a Beijing high school Monday morning killed 10 people and injured four, Chinese state media reported. The official Xinhua News Agency said the accident occurred at Tsinghua High…