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  • China reports say 20 killed after bus falls off cliff

    BEIJING (AP) — A bus carrying an opera troupe fell off a cliff in central China on Tuesday, killing 20 people and injuring 13, state media reported. The accident happened early Tuesday in Linzhou city…

  • Australia sending more troops to Iraq to train local forces

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia will send more troops to Iraq to help train local security forces in their battle against the Islamic State group, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Tuesday. The deployment of 300…

  • China state media seen stepping-up anti-Western rhetoric

    BEIJING (AP) — Western values are a “ticket to hell,” a newspaper published by China’s Communist Party said in a recent editorial that held up Ukraine and some Arab countries as examples of outside ideas…

  • Tourism thrives in Malaysia despite association with tragedy

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Two airplane catastrophes put Malaysia on the map in a bad way in 2014. But they didn’t hurt the country’s tourism, and the higher visibility may even have helped: visitor…

  • Seoul: North Korea test fires 2 short-range missiles

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Monday fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea and warned of “merciless strikes” against its enemies as allies Seoul and Washington launched annual military drills Pyongyang…

  • Pakistan police arrest parents refusing kids’ polio vaccine

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Hundreds of parents in northwest Pakistan were arrested and jailed on charges of endangering public security after refusing to give their children polio vaccinations, officials said Monday. Parents targeted by police…

  • Image of Asia: Student march thwarted outside Yangon

    In this photo by Gemunu Amarasinghe, a student protester lies on the floor of a monastery in Letpadan, Myanmar, after police stopped protesters from continuing their march toward Yangon, the country’s largest city. The students…

  • Journalist jailed for online post freed from Myanmar prison

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A journalist who was arrested for a Facebook post mocking Myanmar’s leaders was freed from jail Monday without charge. Aung Nay Myo expressed relief after walking out of Monywa prison, saying…

  • China lists 14 generals snared in anti-corruption campaign

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese military prosecutors on Monday released a list of 14 generals convicted of graft or placed under investigation in an accelerating nationwide anti-corruption drive. Those under investigation include Rear Adm. Guo Zhenggang,…

  • World market momentum over Chinese rate cut fades

    LONDON (AP) — World stock markets edged lower in European trading on Monday as investor optimism faded over a weekend interest rate cut by the Chinese central bank. KEEPING SCORE: Britain’s FTSE 100 shed 0.1…

  • Myanmar prevents students from marching against academic law

    LETPADAN, Myanmar (AP) — Truckloads of police on Monday prevented hundreds of students from continuing their march to Myanmar’s biggest city to protest a new law that they say curbs academic freedom. Tensions have been…

  • Chinese shoppers latest target of Hong Kong protest anger

    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police said Monday they arrested more than three dozen people involved in scuffles that broke out at a weekend protest against the growing influx of mainland Chinese shoppers. Police…

  • Roadside bombs kill 8 civilians in Afghanistan

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says two roadside bombings have killed at least eight civilians, including women and children, in the country’s east. Hazrat Hussain Mashreqiwal, spokesman for the police chief in Nangarhar…

  • Afghan army takes on Taliban in first solo offensive

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan army is waging its largest-ever solo offensive against the Taliban, hoping to strike a decisive blow ahead of the spring fighting season and prove it can rout the insurgents…

  • Bangladesh arrests suspect in killing of American blogger

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladeshi security officials arrested a suspect Monday in the killing of an American writer who was a prominent critic of extremist Islam and was hacked to death last week as he…