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  • Higher food prices, typhoon worsen poverty in Philippines

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Officials say poverty worsened in the Philippines in the first half of 2014 due to a rapid rise in food prices and the lingering effects of a killer typhoon Socio-economic Planning…

  • Security questioned in probe of attack on US envoy to Seoul

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Police on Friday investigated the motives of the anti-U.S. activist they say slashed the U.S. ambassador to South Korea as questions turned to whether security was neglected. The attack Thursday…

  • Myanmar police crack down on protesters for third day

    LETPADAN, Myanmar (AP) — Police cracked down on student protesters opposing Myanmar’s new education law Friday, roughly grabbing demonstrators and loading them onto trucks in the third such clampdown in as many days. An Associated…

  • Knife attack at China train station leaves 9 injured

    BEIJING (AP) — At least two assailants armed with knives attacked people at a train station in southern China on Friday, injuring nine, and police fatally shot one of the suspects, officials said. The second…

  • Ex-crew recognizes photos of sunken Japanese battleship

    TOKYO (AP) — A former crewmember on a Japanese battleship that sank during World War II said Thursday he recognized photos of wreckage discovered this week off the Philippines by a team led by Microsoft…

  • Thai court sentences ‘Red Shirts’ to jail for 2009 rioting

    BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai court has sentenced 15 members of the “Red Shirt” political movement to four years in prison for inciting rioting that disrupted an important regional conference in 2009, a lawyer said.…

  • Knifed US envoy to Seoul in pain as officials investigate

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to South Korea struggled with pain as he recovered Friday from a knife attack, while police searched the offices of the anti-U.S. activist who they say slashed…

  • Art, fine wine: Thai auction puts police corruption on view

    BANGKOK (AP) — At a military base outside Bangkok, soldiers stand guard over Buddha statues, showcases of Rolex watches and some very expensive French wine — a $4,000 bottle of Petrus and choice vintages of…

  • European stocks firm as ECB’s Draghi sounds fairly rosy tone

    LONDON (AP) — European stock markets rose strongly Thursday as European Central Bank President Mario Draghi sounded a fairly positive tone about the 19-country eurozone. Once his press briefing is over, the focus in the…

  • Image of Asia: Well-wishes for the US ambassador in Seoul

    In this photo by Lee Jin-man, South Koreans hold candles in downtown Seoul in support of U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert, who was slashed on his face and wrist by an anti-U.S. protester screaming demands for…

  • Blocked runway at Nepal airport strands thousands of people

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal’s only international airport remained closed for a second day Thursday, forcing the cancellation of all flights to and from foreign destinations and stranding thousands of passengers. The only runway at…

  • Myanmar police drag away protesting factory workers

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Police say they have detained more than a dozen factory workers, who were demanding higher wages and better working conditions, in a protest that follows a crackdown on students outside Myanmar’s…

  • Indonesia rejects Australia offer of swap to stop executions

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Indonesian officials said Thursday they will reject an Australian offer to swap prisoners as part of a last-ditch attempt to save the lives of two Australian drug smugglers expected to face…

  • Singapore sentences 2 Germans to caning for vandalism

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore on Thursday sentenced two German men to three strokes of a rattan cane and nine months in prison after they were found guilty of vandalizing a public train carriage, according to…

  • China lowers growth target, promises to open industries

    BEIJING (AP) — China set a lower economic growth target for this year and promised to open more industries to foreign investors as it tries to make its slowing, state-dominated economy more productive. The growth…