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  • Strong quake rocks Papua New Guinea, local tsunami possible

    SYDNEY (AP) — A powerful earthquake has rattled the South Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea, and a local tsunami is possible. The U.S. Geological Survey says the 7.2-magnitude quake struck Thursday about 150 kilometers…

  • South China Sea watch: New islands rising, ASEAN worried

    The dispute over the strategic waterways of the South China Sea has intensified, pitting a rising China against its smaller and militarily weaker neighbors who all lay claim to a string of isles, coral reefs…

  • Singapore teen pleads not guilty over online video

    SINGAPORE (AP) — A Singaporean teenager pleaded not guilty Thursday to two charges over an online video he posted that was critical of Christianity and the nation’s late founding prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew. Sixteen-year-old…

  • Asian shares sink after Wall Street drop, US economy fears

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian markets drooped Thursday after comments from the U.S. Federal Reserve chief fanned fears about the American economy and sent Wall Street lower. ___ KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 slipped 1.3…

  • Beijing tries to tap brakes on stock market boom

    BEIJING (AP) — China’s leaders are trying to tap the brakes on a stock market boom that could run out of control and disrupt economic reform plans. After months of cheerleading for rising prices, the…

  • Prince Harry ends monthlong embedment with Australian army

    SYDNEY (AP) — Hundreds of cheering Australians crowded around Sydney’s Opera House on Thursday to bid adieu to Britain’s Prince Harry as he wrapped up a month-long embedment with the Australian army. The prince, whose…

  • New Zealander, 25, stands trial in China on drug charges

    GUANGZHOU, China (AP) — A 25-year-old New Zealander standing trial on charges of trying to smuggle methamphetamine testified Thursday that he came to China to buy a muscle-building supplement and didn’t check the package he…

  • Philippine volcano ejects ash, but no violent eruption

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine volcano has spewed ash for the second time in less than a week but there were no signs of any imminent violent eruption, the country’s chief volcano expert said…

  • IMF says Asia to lead growth in 2015 despite China slowdown

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian economies will lead world growth in 2015, expanding at a 5.6 percent pace that is level with last year, as recoveries in India and Japan help to offset the slowdown in…

  • 4 Afghan men sentenced to death over horrifying mob killing

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Four Afghan men were sentenced Wednesday to death by hanging over the filmed mob killing in downtown Kabul of a young woman falsely accused of burning the Quran, a case that…

  • Weak US jobs data keeps stock markets in check

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Weak U.S. economic reports kept stocks in check on Wednesday, though European markets continued to trade higher and Wall Street was expected to rise on the open. Asian markets closed…

  • Police in China fatally shoot man seeking aid for family

    BEIJING (AP) — Police fatally shot a man in northern China who was on his way to Beijing to ask the central government to help house and take care of his children and elderly mother,…

  • Engineers inspect quake-damaged homes in Nepal’s capital

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — More than a thousand engineers were checking damaged houses in Nepal’s capital Wednesday and advising people about whether they are safe. About 13,000 families have requested inspections of their homes since…

  • Philippines says notorious bomb-maker killed by rebels

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Filipino bomb-maker who was one of the country’s top terror suspects was killed by Muslim rebels who earlier signed a peace deal with the government, the Philippine military said Wednesday.…

  • Australian leader brushes off snub to diplomat’s gay partner

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister on Wednesday brushed off controversy over his office’s treatment of the gay partner of the Australian ambassador to France. Ambassador Stephen Brady offered to resign after a disagreement…