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  • Gloomy China, Japan data add to pressure for stimulus

    BEIJING (AP) — China and Japan reported gloomy industrial data Wednesday, adding to pressure on leaders of the world’s second- and third-largest economies to launch new stimulus. Two surveys showed Chinese manufacturing was weak in…

  • European shares reverse early losses on strong factory data

    TOKYO (AP) — European shares rebounded from early losses on Wednesday as a monthly survey showed factory output at a 10-month high in March, helped by strong growth in new business. Asian markets were lackluster…

  • The world’s oldest person, a Japanese woman, dies at 117

    TOKYO (AP) — The world’s oldest person, a Japanese woman, died Wednesday, a few weeks after celebrating her 117th birthday. Misao Okawa died of heart failure and stopped breathing as relatives and nursing home workers…

  • South Korean man charged in knife attack on US envoy

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors on Wednesday indicted a man who slashed the U.S. ambassador in Seoul last month on charges of attempted murder. Kim Ki-jong, 55, was also indicted Wednesday on…

  • Thousands strike at Nike, Adidas shoe factory in Vietnam

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Thousands of Vietnamese workers at a major footwear factory were on strike for a sixth day Wednesday over a social insurance law in a rare challenge to government policy. Several thousand…

  • World’s oldest person dies

    WASHINGTON — The world’s oldest person died on Wednesday, less than a month after her 117th birthday. Misao Okawa’s nursing home in Osaka says she lost her appetite about 10 days ago, the Associated Press…

  • Nepal says climbers returning to climb Mount Everest

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A Nepalese mountaineering official says climbers are returning to Mount Everest as the climbing industry recovers from last year’s disaster on the world’s highest peak. Mountaineering Department official Gyanendra Shrestha said…

  • Surveys show China manufacturing weak in February

    BEIJING (AP) — China’s manufacturing was lackluster in February and industrial employers shed more jobs, two surveys showed Wednesday, adding to pressure on Beijing to shore up weakening growth in the world’s second-largest economy. HSBC’s…

  • Japan tankan survey: businesses wary, spending plans flat

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese businesses remain wary over the outlook for the world’s No. 3 economy and generally plan to reduce capital investment, according to a central bank survey released Wednesday. The Bank of Japan’s…

  • Taiwan to join China-led regional bank, Japan says not now

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan is not planning to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, its government spokesman said Tuesday, while Taiwan announced it would apply for membership, joining dozens of countries in signing up…

  • Thai leader moves to lift martial law, impose absolute power

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s military-installed prime minister said Tuesday he plans to lift martial law 10 months after staging a coup, but will invoke a special security measure that critics say is more draconian. The…

  • Roadside bomb kills 7 Afghans in eastern province

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A deputy official says a roadside bombing in a remote province in eastern Afghanistan has killed seven people, all members of the same family. The deputy police chief in Ghazni province…

  • Indonesian prosecutors seek up to 18-year term for US couple

    BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian prosecutors on Tuesday sought jail sentences of 18 years for an American man and 15 years for his girlfriend if they are found guilty of murdering the woman’s mother while…

  • Global stocks meander at quarter’s end

    LONDON (AP) — European stock markets drifted Tuesday despite further evidence of a burgeoning economic recovery across the 19-country eurozone. Trading, as is often the case at the end of the quarter, was impacted by…

  • Wild rhino chased into forest after deadly rampage in Nepal

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Forest officers and tamed elephants have chased a wild rhino back to the forest after it killed a woman and injured seven people in a rampage through a city in southern…