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  • New Maldives law strips ex-president of party membership

    MALE, Maldives (AP) — The Maldives’ Parliament passed a law Monday that strips people serving prison sentences of their political party memberships, a rule critics say is designed to oust jailed former President Mohamed Nasheed…

  • Thai junta chief may force safety reforms in aviation sector

    BANGKOK (AP) — The head of Thailand’s ruling junta may use extraordinary constitutional powers to expedite safety improvements in the aviation sector, which is facing international sanctions, the country’s transport minister said Monday. The International…

  • Blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh’s capital

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A blogger was hacked to death by three men in Bangladesh’s capital on Monday, and two of the attackers were caught near the scene, police said. The killing took place a…

  • Flood alerts issued in Kashmir as rivers cross danger mark

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Hundreds of Kashmiris in both India and Pakistan moved to higher ground Monday as rain-swollen rivers swamped parts of the disputed Himalayan region placed under an emergency flood alert just six…

  • 11 people killed when bus falls into gorge in eastern India

    PATNA, India (AP) — A bus driver lost control of his vehicle on a sharp curve on a mountain road in eastern India and plunged into a gorge, killing at least 11 people, police said…

  • AP president: Killing of journalists should be a war crime

    HONG KONG (AP) — The president and CEO of The Associated Press called on Monday for changes to international laws that would make it a war crime to kill journalists or take them hostage. Gary…

  • Rhino rampages in Nepal city, killing 1 and injuring several

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A wild rhino charged into a city in southern Nepal on Monday, killing a woman, injuring several others and chasing panicked people through the main market and a hospital, an official…

  • Uzbekistan’s leader scores landslide re-election win

    MOSCOW (AP) — Incumbent leader Islam Karimov has won a Sunday’s presidential election in Uzbekistan in a landslide, as expected, according to preliminary results released Monday. The Central Election Commission said in a statement published…

  • Philippine troops end offensive they say killed 139 rebels

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A monthlong Philippine offensive against hard-line Muslim rebels ended Monday after 139 insurgents were killed, 12 others were captured and bomb-making strongholds were seized by troops, the military chief said. Ten…

  • Malaysia proposes anti-terror laws to curb Islamic militants

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s government Monday proposed two new laws that would reintroduce indefinite detention without trial and allow the seizure of passports of anyone suspected of supporting terror acts in an attempt…

  • Global stocks get European economy and Yellen boost

    LONDON (AP) — Global stock markets started the week strongly Monday following strong European economic figures and as investors cheered an indication from U.S. Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen that U.S. interest rates would rise…

  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

    Singaporeans mourned the death of their deeply admired longtime leader, Lee Kuan Yew, with people forming long lines last week to pay their respects and write condolence messages. In other scenes from around Asia last…

  • Strong quakes hit off South Pacific nations of Tonga, Samoa

    SYDNEY (AP) — A pair of strong earthquakes struck off the South Pacific nations of Tonga and Samoa on Monday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage and no tsunami warning was…

  • China evacuating from Yemen, suspending anti-piracy patrols

    BEIJING (AP) — China is evacuating its citizens from Yemen and suspending anti-piracy patrols in the area amid the growing violence in the Middle Eastern country. Three Chinese navy ships were diverted to the port…

  • South Korean firm named sole bidder for big fighter jet deal

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea chose a state-run aircraft maker on Monday as the sole preferred bidder for a contract to develop a midlevel fighter jet with the help of Lockheed Martin Corp.…