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  • Elephant rampages in east Indian town, smashing homes

    KOLKATA, India (AP) — A wild elephant rampaged through an east Indian town on Wednesday, smashing homes and sending panicked residents running. As the frightened elephant ran amok, trampling parked cars and motorbikes, crowds of…

  • S. Korea to shut down joint industrial park with N. Korea

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Wednesday that it will shut down a joint industrial park with North Korea in response to its recent rocket launch, accusing the North of using hard currency…

  • Developer detained, dog rescued in Taiwan apartment collapse

    TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) — Three Taiwanese construction company executives were detained on charges of professional negligence resulting in death following the collapse of an apartment building that killed dozens, prosecutors said Wednesday. While no more…

  • Indonesia air force plane crashes into home; 4 dead

    MALANG, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian air force plane crashed into a house on the main island of Java on Wednesday, killing both people on board and two people in the house, a senior official…

  • Japan announces new sanctions on North Korea

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan announced Wednesday that it will impose new sanctions on North Korea to protest a rocket launch seen as a test of missile technology. The sanctions will include expanded restrictions on travel…

  • Key developments following North Korea’s rocket launch

    North Korea’s launch of a long-range rocket has drawn sharp condemnations and threats of new sanctions. World leaders say Sunday’s launch violated a U.N. ban on Pyongyang’s use of ballistic missile technology. North Korea says…

  • Developers of toppled Taiwan building detained

    TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) — Three Taiwanese construction company executives have been detained on charges of professional negligence resulting in death following the collapse of an apartment building in an earthquake, killing dozens. The district prosecutor’s…

  • Hong Kong student held at airport after violent clashes

    HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong student activist was detained at the city’s airport on Wednesday morning, apparently on suspicion of involvement in a violent Lunar New Year clash between police and protesters, his…

  • South Korea says it will halt operations at joint industrial park with North Korea in response to rocket launch

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea says it will halt operations at joint industrial park with North Korea in response to rocket launch.

  • Myanmar military plane crash kills 4

    NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Four Myanmar military personnel were killed and one survived Wednesday when an air force utility aircraft crashed after taking off from the airport in the capital Naypyitaw, officials said. An Information…

  • Aussie lawmakers gifted designer watches, think they’re fake

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia’s former prime minister and two other politicians were gifted designer watches by a Chinese businessman — but initially kept them only because they thought the 40,000 Australian dollar ($28,000) timepieces were…

  • Australia drops charge against suspected Kurdish militant

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The government has dropped a charge against an Australian man accused of preparing to fight with Kurdish militants against the Islamic State movement. Jamie Williams, 28, was stopped by customs agents…

  • The Latest: European stocks close down amid world volatility

    LONDON (AP) — The latest on the turmoil afflicting global financial markets (all times local): 5:35 p.m. European stock indexes have closed lower, adding to recent losses amid heightened market volatility around the globe. After…

  • Hong Kong activists, police clash over holiday food stalls

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

  • US stocks open slightly lower; Japan’s market slumps

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are opening modestly lower in the U.S., led by declines in energy companies and banks. Several companies were moving on earnings news early Tuesday. Twenty-First Century Fox slumped 5 percent…