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  • Vietnam grounds decades-old Huey choppers after fatal crash

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam’s military has temporarily grounded Vietnam War-era U.S.-built helicopters after a crash killed four personnel. The UH-1 “Huey” chopper crashed in farmland on Wednesday soon after taking off from Ho Chi…

  • Philippines mourns 44 commandos; terror suspect hunted

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president said Friday he has ordered the hunt for a Filipino terror suspect who escaped an anti-terrorist operation that resulted in the killings of 44 police commandos, the biggest…

  • Chinese MH370 relatives reject word that passengers are dead

    BEIJING (AP) — Many Chinese families of passengers on the missing Malaysian airliner demanded Friday that Malaysian officials retract their statement that all aboard died, saying that without hard evidence they don’t want to start…

  • Pakistanis fleeing offensive find new dangers in Afghanistan

    KHOST, Afghanistan (AP) — Tens of thousands of Pakistanis have sought shelter at a sprawling refugee camp in a volatile region of Afghanistan after crossing the mountainous border to escape a military onslaught against insurgents.…

  • China education minister demands rejection of Western values

    BEIJING (AP) — China’s education minister has issued a stern warning against threats to communist ideological purity in higher education, saying Western values must never be permitted to infiltrate the classroom. Yuan Guiren reiterated the…

  • Islamic State group silent as deadline passes with no swap

    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…

  • Taliban claim Kabul attack that killed 3 Americans, 1 Afghan

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban have claimed responsibility for an attack at the Kabul airport in which a gunman shot and killed three American contractors and one Afghan man. Friday’s claim came in a…

  • Asia stocks mostly higher after Japan data shows improvement

    HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly higher Friday after economic data suggested Japan is pulling out of recession while Chinese shares fell ahead of a manufacturing report. KEEPING SCORE: The benchmark Nikkei…

  • China education minister demands rejection of Western values

    BEIJING (AP) — China’s education minister has issued a stern warning against threats to communist ideological purity in higher education, saying Western values must never be permitted to infiltrate the classroom. Yuan Guiren reiterated the…

  • Families plead for lives of IS hostages as swap hopes fade

    TOKYO (AP) — A deadline of sunset Thursday for a possible prisoner swap purportedly set by the Islamic State group holding a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian military pilot passed with no sign of whether…

  • Factory data shows Japan economy turning corner on recession

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s industrial output edged higher in December, suggesting the world’s third-largest economy may be turning the corner on a recession brought on by a hefty sales tax hike. Data released Friday showed…

  • Battle of the big phones: Samsung down in China, Apple gains

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung lost the battle of the big phones last quarter as Apple’s copycat large iPhone lured buyers in the crucial Chinese market. The South Korean company said Thursday its October-December…

  • Wife of Japanese hostage appeals for his release

    TOKYO (AP) — The wife of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto has made her first public appeal for her husband’s life. Rinko Jogo also revealed that she has exchanged several emails with his captors, and in…

  • Indonesian investigators: Crashed AirAsia flown by co-pilot

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian investigators announced Thursday the co-pilot of the crashed AirAsia jet was in control when he struggled to recover the aircraft as stall warnings sounded. The Airbus A320-200 crashed into the…

  • Thai junta blocks discussion of media censorship

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s junta has forced a German foundation to cancel a prominent forum on media restrictions imposed since the military toppled an elected government last May. The move is the latest sign of…