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  • Afghan troops push Taliban from key southern district

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan forces on Friday routed the Taliban from a large swath of a key southern province that has long been an important insurgent stronghold, in their first major solo operation since…

  • Attackers in Bangladesh hack to death American blogger

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism was hacked to death as he walked through Bangladesh’s capital with his wife, police said Friday. The attack Thursday night…

  • Powerful undersea earthquake shakes southern Indonesia

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A powerful undersea earthquake shook parts of southern Indonesia on Friday, but no major damage or tsunami were expected because of its depth. The U.S. Geological Service said the quake had…

  • Prince William strikes a friendly contrast to Japan’s prince

    TOKYO (AP) — Britain’s Prince William, on his second day of a four-day trip to Japan, had tea Friday with Crown Prince Naruhito. Both princes may be equally charming, but it is no contest which…

  • Image of Asia: Onions for sale in Sri Lanka

    In this photo by Eranga Jayawardena, a boy looks out from the window of his house as an onion vendor arranges his cart in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Prices of vegetables and other commodities were high…

  • Global stocks lackluster ahead of revised US growth figures

    BEIJING (AP) — Global stocks were lackluster Friday after Japan reported mixed economic data and investors waited for revised U.S. growth figures. KEEPING SCORE: In midday trading, France’s CAC-40 was up 0.3 percent at 4,924.35…

  • 2 inmates accused in killing of 10 tourists flee from jail

    MANSEHRA, Pakistan (AP) — Two prisoners believed to be involved in the 2013 slaying of 10 foreign climbers at the base of one of the world’s tallest mountains escaped from jail in northern Pakistan before…

  • Indian court acquits 6 in riot deaths of British men in 2002

    AHMADABAD, India (AP) — A court in western India on Friday acquitted six men accused of killing three British tourists during religious riots in 2002. The court in Gujarat state said that it found no…

  • 5 Philippine soldiers killed in communist rebel ambush

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Communist rebels have killed five Philippine army soldiers and wounded six others in an ambush in a northern province, the military said Friday. The soldiers were traveling in a convoy with…

  • Foreign tourists posing nude at temples infuriate Cambodians

    SIEM REAP, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia’s most popular tourist attraction — the complex of ancient temples that includes Angkor Wat — is suffering from a form of overexposure: At least five foreign visitors have been…

  • India sees growth over 8 percent, set for ‘big bang’ reforms

    NEW DELHI (AP) — A government report says India’s economy will grow more than 8 percent in the upcoming financial year and appears to have shaken off its persistent problems of high inflation, rising budget…

  • China defends its South China Sea activities as restrained

    BEIJING (AP) — China defended its activities in the South China Sea as restrained and responsible Friday after the U.S. intelligence chief called its expansion of outposts in the region an “aggressive” effort to assert…

  • South Korea to tighten gun rules after man kills 3, himself

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A man fatally shot three people Friday and was found dead with a suicide note in the second deadly shooting in three days, prompting South Korean police to announce plans…

  • Afghan avalanches, flooding taking toll across the country

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The death toll from severe weather that caused avalanches and flooding across much of Afghanistan has jumped to more than 200 people, and the number is expected to climb with cold…

  • Japan data signal slow recovery despite lower energy costs

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese factories churned out more machinery and electronic devices in January as export shipments rose, but lower energy costs due to cheaper crude oil failed to provide a boost to consumer spending.…