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  • Taiwan to join China-led regional bank, Japan says not now

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan is not planning to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, its government spokesman said Tuesday, while Taiwan announced it would apply for membership, joining dozens of countries in signing up…

  • Thai leader moves to lift martial law, impose absolute power

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s military-installed prime minister said Tuesday he plans to lift martial law 10 months after staging a coup, but will invoke a special security measure that critics say is more draconian. The…

  • Roadside bomb kills 7 Afghans in eastern province

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A deputy official says a roadside bombing in a remote province in eastern Afghanistan has killed seven people, all members of the same family. The deputy police chief in Ghazni province…

  • Indonesian prosecutors seek up to 18-year term for US couple

    BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian prosecutors on Tuesday sought jail sentences of 18 years for an American man and 15 years for his girlfriend if they are found guilty of murdering the woman’s mother while…

  • Global stocks meander at quarter’s end

    LONDON (AP) — European stock markets drifted Tuesday despite further evidence of a burgeoning economic recovery across the 19-country eurozone. Trading, as is often the case at the end of the quarter, was impacted by…

  • Wild rhino chased into forest after deadly rampage in Nepal

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Forest officers and tamed elephants have chased a wild rhino back to the forest after it killed a woman and injured seven people in a rampage through a city in southern…

  • Image of Asia: Drying chili peppers under the Cambodian sun

    In this photo by Heng Sinith, a woman dries chili pepper on the ground near the Mekong River in Cambodia, where the three-month harvest season started in February. The people in Russey Chroy village, north…

  • Malaysian fish seller to hang for killing 2 British students

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian court on Tuesday sentenced a fish seller to death for killing two British medical students last year on Borneo island. Prosecutor Muhamad Iskandar Ahmad said the high court…

  • Myanmar government, rebel groups sign draft cease-fire deal

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s government and 16 ethnic armed groups agreed Tuesday on the wording of a draft nationwide cease-fire agreement aimed at ending decades of civil unrest. Though it was lauded as a…

  • US admiral says China ‘creating a great wall of sand’ in sea

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — China is “creating a great wall of sand” through land reclamation in the South China Sea, causing serious concerns about its territorial intentions, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet said…

  • Tokyo ward 1st in Japan to recognize same sex marriage

    TOKYO (AP) — Fumino Sugiyama will finally be able to marry his girlfriend of four years. He couldn’t before, because same sex marriages weren’t recognized in Japan, and he is legally a woman. With a…

  • Death toll in Kashmir flood rises to 15

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Police say at least 15 people have died in flood waters that submerged several areas in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir just six months after the worst floods in half a…

  • Singapore charges teen for video attacking Lee, Christianity

    SINGAPORE (AP) — A court in Singapore on Tuesday charged a teenager over a video he posted online that was critical of the nation’s late founder and Christianity. In the eight-minute clip that was posted…

  • Japan extends sanctions against NKorea for 2 more years

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan plans to extend its sanctions against North Korea for two more years when they expire April 13 after failing to get promised updates on an investigation into kidnappings of Japanese citizens…

  • China evacuates 571 from Yemen, suspends anti-piracy patrols

    BEIJING (AP) — China said Tuesday that it had evacuated more than 500 of its citizens from Yemen amid the growing violence in the Middle Eastern country. The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that…