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  • Horror in Japan as video purports to show hostage beheaded

    TOKYO (AP) — Appalled and saddened by news of journalist Kenji Goto’s purported beheading by Islamic State extremists, Japan ordered heightened security precautions Sunday and said it would persist with its non-military support for fighting…

  • Thousands of Hong Kongers march for democracy

    HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators marched through Hong Kong’s streets Sunday in the first major rally since mass protests last year. Chanting “No fake universal suffrage. I want genuine universal suffrage,” the…

  • Analysis: The world’s problems enter Japan’s psyche, again

    TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese, who inhabit one of the safest countries in the world, have been brutally reminded that the world is a dangerous place. In a shock to a country that can feel…

  • Japan mourns Kenji Goto as caring and courageous reporter

    TOKYO (AP) — Whether in tsunami-stricken northeastern Japan or conflict-ridden Sierra Leone, the stories of the vulnerable, the children and the poor drove the work of journalist Kenji Goto. The news of his purported killing…

  • Japanese shocked, saddened by purported slaying of hostage

    TOKYO (AP) — The news of the purported killing of journalist Kenji Goto by Islamic State militants rushed through Japan early Sunday morning, shocking and saddening people in a nation that has embraced pacifism and…

  • Shock and sadness as Japanese react to IS video

    TOKYO (AP) — The news of a video purportedly showing the killing of Kenji Goto, a journalist held hostage by Islamic State militants, rushed through Japan early Sunday. Here are some voices and thoughts of…

  • Japan ‘indignant’ over purported video of hostage beheading

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed outrage Sunday over a video purportedly from the Islamic State group that shows a militant beheading hostage Kenji Goto. “I feel indignation over this immoral and…

  • Fire at Bangladesh plastics factory kills at least 13

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A fire swept through a plastic packaging factory on Saturday night in Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, killing at least 13 people, a fire department official said. Fire department official Mohammed Farhaduzzaman said…

  • Anti-Charlie Hebdo protest in Kabul turns violent

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A protest in the Afghan capital, Kabul, Saturday against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, turned into a violent confrontation between riot police and demonstrators, police said. Farid Afzeli, chief of…

  • China offers up to $50K in cash for terror tips in Tibet

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities are offering up to 300,000 yuan ($50,000) for tips on terrorism activities in the Himalayan region of Tibet, the official Xinhua News Agency said Saturday. China’s recent efforts to fight…

  • Philippine air force plane crashes at sea, killing 2 pilots

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine air force said one of its Italian-made light planes crashed at sea on a training mission Saturday, killing the two pilots. The single-prop SF-260FH was flying in formation with…

  • Anger, mourning in Pakistan after mosque bombing kills 59

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Thousands of Shiites across Pakistan mourned and protested Saturday after a bombing at a Shiite mosque in the country killed at least 59 people. In Shikarpur, the site of the blast, mourners…

  • Is he dead? Philippines awaits answer of costly terror raid

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The cellphone message of the Filipino police commandos to their base was triumphant: “Mike 1 bingo,” a code meaning they have killed one of Southeast Asia’s most-wanted terror suspects, Malaysian Zulkifli…

  • Stocks sag at the close; January finishes on weak note

    The U.S. stock market capped a rough month Friday, delivering its third loss in five days and extending its declines for the year. All told, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 3 percent in…

  • Jordan awaits proof hostage is alive after swap deadline

    TOKYO (AP) — The fates of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot were unknown Friday, a day after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed with no further word from the…