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  • Afghan official: 19 police, 7 soldiers dead in ongoing siege

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban gunmen have surrounded a police compound in the volatile southern province of Helmand after killing 19 policemen and seven soldiers in an ongoing siege, a senior police officer said on…

  • Bangladesh bans Islamist group accused of killing bloggers

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh on Monday banned a radical Islamist group accused of attacking and killing atheist bloggers and writers. The Ministry of Home Affairs said the Ansarullah Bangla Team was formally banned in…

  • China cuts import tax on clothes, other goods

    BEIJING (AP) — China announced Monday it will cut import taxes on clothing, cosmetics and some other goods by half in a new tactic to spur consumer spending and economic growth. Beijing is in the…

  • Candlelight vigil marks 1 month since deadly Nepal quake

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Hundreds of people held a candlelight vigil in Nepal’s capital Monday evening to mark one month since the earthquake that killed thousands of people and affected millions. About 200 people gathered…

  • Rohingya seek better life in Malaysia, but reality is stark

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia has been a sort of promised land for Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar. The tens of thousands who endured perilous journeys to get here find more work opportunities…

  • Image of Asia: Damage and loss a month later in Nepal

    In this photo by Niranjan Shrestha, a man who lost his family members in the deadly earthquake one month ago walks into his damaged house in Kathmandu, Nepal. Two powerful earthquakes on April 25 and…

  • Indonesian police kill 2 suspected terrorists in shootout

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s anti-terrorism squad killed two suspects and arrested seven others in raids on a jihadist organization with possible links to the Islamic State group, police said Monday. National Police spokesman Brig.…

  • Malaysia: Human traffickers’ camps had 139 suspected graves

    WANG KELIAN, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian authorities said Monday a cluster of abandoned jungle camps used by human traffickers contained 139 suspected graves as well as barbed-wire pens likely used to cage migrants, shedding more…

  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

    A call to parents. A crowded boat. A quiet place to sleep after being at sea for weeks. Images from Asia this week captured the plight of more than 3,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar and…

  • Aquino: Philippines to fly usual routes over disputed reefs

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine aircraft will continue to fly their usual routes over disputed reefs in the South China Sea, the country’s president said Monday, defying China’s challenges to its planes and those of…

  • Turkmenistan unveils massive gold-leaf statue of president

    ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — Turkmenistan has unveiled a grandiose gold-leafed statue of the president carrying a dove and riding atop a horse — a move aimed at burnishing the leader’s burgeoning personality cult. The 21-meter…

  • Earthquake shakes buildings in Tokyo but causes no damage

    TOKYO (AP) — A magnitude-5.5 earthquake rattled Tokyo and its suburbs Monday, shaking buildings and temporarily stopping trains but causing no apparent damage or injuries. Office high-rises in the capital swayed, and trains that stopped…

  • Son of Pakistan’s president escapes bomb attack killing 3

    QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Police say the son of Pakistan’s president has escaped a roadside bomb attack unharmed after the blast killed three people and wounded 15. The attack happened late Sunday in Pakistan’s restive…

  • Sydney siege inquest: Gunman secretive, defiant narcissist

    SYDNEY (AP) — The man who took 18 people hostage at a Sydney cafe last year was educated and erratic, secretive about his own life and public about his many grievances, and a self-obsessed fabulist…

  • Artsy coffee chain Blue Bottle brews long queues in Tokyo

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan, famous for green tea, is welcoming artisanal American coffee roaster Blue Bottle with long lines that have at times meant a four-hour wait for a cup. The company, which began in…