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  • Hong Kong activists, police clash over holiday food stalls

    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s Lunar New Year celebration descended into chaotic scenes as protesters and police, who fired warning shots into the air, clashed over a street market selling fish balls and other…

  • 2015 sets record for most shark attacks, with 98 worldwide

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Experts say 2015 saw a record-setting 98 unprovoked shark attacks worldwide, including 30 in Florida alone. The Florida Museum of Natural History released the numbers Monday. Scientists say the previous record…

  • Suspect in murder of dismembered Spaniard in Thai custody

    BANGKOK (AP) — A Spanish man who is the prime suspect in the gruesome murder of a fellow Spaniard was in Thai custody Monday after being arrested in Cambodia, where he fled after the victim’s…

  • Philippine autonomy delay stalls disarming of Muslim rebels

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine rebel leader said Monday that Congress’ failure to pass a Muslim autonomy bill as part of a new peace pact would delay a program to disarm thousands of guerrillas…

  • US stocks open lower; energy sector sinks along with oil

    Stocks are opening broadly lower on Wall Street, putting the market on track for its second sizable loss in a row. Energy stocks were among the biggest decliners in early trading Monday as the price…

  • Survivors pulled out from building 2 days after Taiwan quake

    TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) — At least four people, including an 8-year-old girl, were rescued Monday from a high-rise Taiwanese apartment building toppled by a powerful quake two days earlier, as frustration grew among families waiting…

  • Image of Asia: On patrol at holy confluence of Indian rivers

    In this photo by Rajesh Kumar Singh, police on horses patrol as thousands of Hindus perform rituals at the Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna, and the mythical Saraswati rivers, during the Magh Mela…

  • Leopard wanders south Indian school, injures 3 before caught

    BANGALORE, India (AP) — A leopard wandered into a school in southern India and injured three people as it tried to escape, officials said. Onlookers including TV news crews watched the chase, which lasted several…

  • Suicide bomber strikes Afghan market, killing 5

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber struck in a crowded market in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, killing five civilians and wounding nine others, a local official said. Aminullah Shariq, governor of the Paktika province,…

  • North Korea’s new satellite flew over Super Bowl site

    TOKYO (AP) — Here’s a bit of Super Bowl trivia: North Korea’s newest satellite passed almost right over the stadium just an hour after it ended. Whatever motives Pyongyang may have about using its rocket…

  • Ethnic protesters in Nepal withdraw border blockade, strike

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The main ethnic group that’s been protesting for months over Nepal’s new constitution is ending its border blockade and general strike, bringing relief to the Himalayan nation severely short of fuel,…

  • American says he visited Mumbai 7 times before 2008 attack

    NEW DELHI (AP) — A Pakistani-American who helped plan a 2008 attack on India’s financial hub told a court Monday that he traveled to India seven times to scout potential targets for a Pakistan-based militant…

  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

    In images from Asia last week, a baby boy was rescued from an apartment building in Taiwan toppled by an earthquake, while people in Seoul watched news of North Korea’s rocket launch. Japanese newspapers handed…

  • Controversial minister to become Australia’s rights envoy

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The former Australian immigration minister who began the widely condemned policy of sending asylum seekers to Pacific island detention camps will become Australia’s first special envoy for human rights, the government…

  • Name of Myanmar’s next president to be known March 17

    NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — The names of Myanmar’s next president and two vice presidents will be revealed on March 17, an official said Monday, setting a clear timeline for the transition of power from a…