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  • US stocks tumble on weak business forecasts, economic data

    U.S. stocks tumbled in midday trading Tuesday, weighed down by disappointing business forecasts from big-name companies and an unexpected drop in orders of long-lasting goods. The slide sent the Dow Jones industrial average down nearly…

  • Pakistan military says its airstrikes kill 76 militants

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani military jets struck suspected militant hideouts Tuesday near the Afghan border, killing 76 militants, the army said. Two rounds of airstrikes targeted the suspected militants in the Datta Khel area of…

  • Purported IS message threatens Japanese, Jordanian hostages

    BEIRUT (AP) — An online message purportedly from the Islamic State group warned Tuesday that a Japanese hostage and Jordanian pilot the extremists hold have less than “24 hours left to live.” The message again…

  • Rebel killings of 44 commandos test Philippine peace deal

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine officials asked lawmakers Tuesday not to withdraw their support from a new government peace deal with the country’s largest Muslim rebel group after some insurgents were involved in a clash…

  • Indonesian military halts recovery efforts for AirAsia plane

    PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s military has halted its recovery efforts for the crashed AirAsia plane, including attempts to locate more bodies and raise the fuselage from the Java Sea, an official said Tuesday.…

  • Philippines rejects US Marine’s appeal to drop murder case

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines on Tuesday rejected an appeal by a U.S. Marine that it drop a murder case against him in the death of a transgender Filipino woman last year. A Department…

  • Japan envoy hopeful about hostage release

    TOKYO (AP) — Delicate negotiations were underway Tuesday to secure the release of a Japanese hostage and a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic State militants, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faced questions over his government’s…

  • India nuke deals still thorny for US despite ‘breakthrough’

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India and America’s declaration of a breakthrough in contentious nuclear energy cooperation has been met with a lukewarm response from industry and analysts. Few expect the potentially lucrative Indian market to…

  • Japan turns to ‘I am Kenji’ Facebook page on hostage crisis

    TOKYO (AP) — The plight of freelance journalist Kenji Goto, taken captive by Islamic State group militants, has gripped Japan, and the people’s hopes for his safety are now on Facebook with a simple, unifying…

  • Image of Asia: After a day’s work in Cambodian rice fields

    In this photo by Heng Sinith, a farmer is silhouetted as he drives his water buffalo cart loaded with rice hay after his day’s work at a paddy field in Samroang Kandal village on the…

  • VOICES: What Japanese think about the hostage crisis

    TOKYO (AP) — The Mideast is half a world away from Japan, and its troubles often seem so too. So Japan was shocked by a stark video from Islamic militants last week threatening to kill…

  • Acclaimed Indian cartoonist R.K. Laxman dies at 94

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Acclaimed Indian cartoonist R. K. Laxman, creator of the innocuous character the Common Man, who held up a mirror to the absurdity and silliness of Indian politicians, has died of multiple-organ…

  • Obama promotes religious and gender equity in India speech

    NEW DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama gently nudged India Tuesday to fulfill its constitution’s pledge to uphold the “dignity of the individual,” drawing on his own experience as a minority in the United States…

  • Asia stocks mostly higher as initial Greek jitters ease

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian stocks were mostly higher Tuesday as markets calmed from initial jitters over Greece’s election result, with Tokyo shares making a significant rebound, cheered by the cheap yen. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei…

  • China’s shadow looms large over Obama visit to India

    NEW DELHI (AP) — As President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met in New Delhi this week, the shadow of a third player hung over the talks: neighboring China, which has complicated…