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  • China’s central bank cuts rates again to boost economy

    BEIJING (AP) — China’s central bank cut interest rates for the second time in three months on Saturday, adding to signs that the country’s leaders are worried the economic slowdown is deepening too sharply. The…

  • Afghan avalanche death toll rises amid rescue effort

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The death toll from a massive avalanche in an Afghan valley rose yet again Saturday as rescue crews cleared roads to try to gain access to rural villages buried under deep…

  • Singapore founding father Lee’s condition improves slightly

    SINGAPORE (AP) — The condition of Singapore’s 91-year-old founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, has improved slightly as he remains on life support in intensive care, the government said Saturday. Lee, who is being treated for…

  • Prince William evokes Diana memories on Japan tsunami trip

    KORIYAMA, Japan (AP) — Britain’s Prince William is spending the latter half of his four-day stay in Japan, starting Saturday, in the country’s tsunami-ravaged northeast, a visit certain to draw global attention to the stories…

  • China’s famed Shaolin temple plans big project in Australia

    BEIJING (AP) — China’s Shaolin Temple, historically known for its martial arts traditions but which recently has gained a reputation for aggressive commercialization, is planning to build a $297 million complex in Australia that would…

  • Myanmar journalist arrested for satirical post

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Police in Myanmar on Saturday arrested a photojournalist who posted a satirical message on Facebook that mocked a historic battle and the country’s leader. Police confirmed they detained Aung Nay Myo,…

  • 70 years on, survivors keep memory of Battle of Manila alive

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Seventy years have not dulled the memories of survivors of the monthlong Battle of Manila. The mass killings by Japanese forces, the loved ones lost and the desperation are etched in…

  • China jails ex-vice governor 17 years on graft charges

    BEIJING (AP) — A former Chinese vice governor known for his appetite for jade and arts was sentenced to 17 years in prison on corruption charges on Saturday, a Chinese court said. Ni Fake, former…

  • 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…

  • 30 arrested after Maldives opposition protest

    MALE, Maldives (AP) — Police in the Maldives on Friday arrested 30 people as thousands of opposition supporters rallied in the capital calling on President Yameen Abdul Gayoom to resign and demanding the release of…

  • Desperate Afghan avalanche survivors await rescue on roofs

    PANJSHIR VALLEY, Afghanistan (AP) — In an endless sea of white, Afghan villagers waited on rooftops Friday, waving in desperation as helicopters swooped low over the avalanche-struck region. All around them, homes, people and livestock…

  • 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…

  • 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…