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  • Acclaimed Indian cartoonist R.K. Laxman dies at 94

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Acclaimed Indian cartoonist R. K. Laxman, creator of the innocuous character the Common Man, who held up a mirror to the absurdity and silliness of Indian politicians, has died of multiple-organ…

  • VOICES: What Japanese think about the hostage crisis

    TOKYO (AP) — The Mideast is half a world away from Japan, and its troubles often seem so too. So Japan was shocked by a stark video from Islamic militants last week threatening to kill…

  • Philippine police commander fired after 44 commandos die

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine officials have removed the commander of a police special action force from his post after at least 44 anti-terror commandos were killed in a clash with Muslim rebels in the…

  • Philippines rejects US Marine’s appeal to drop murder case

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines on Tuesday rejected an appeal by a U.S. Marine that it drop a murder case against him in the death of a transgender Filipino woman last year. A Department…

  • Asia stocks rise, Europe drifts as initial Greek nerves ease

    TOKYO (AP) — European stocks drifted lower and Asian markets were mostly higher Tuesday as investors calmed from initial jitters over Greece’s election result. KEEPING SCORE: France’s CAC 40 slipped 0.4 percent to 4,656.71 and…

  • Japan turns to ‘I am Kenji’ Facebook page on hostage crisis

    TOKYO (AP) — The plight of freelance journalist Kenji Goto, taken captive by Islamic State group militants, has gripped Japan, and the people’s hopes for his safety are now on Facebook with a simple, unifying…

  • Japan special envoy hopeful about release of hostage, pilot

    TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese envoy in Jordan expressed hope that both Japanese hostage Kenji Goto and a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic militants will return home “with a smile on their faces,” as questions…

  • Obama promotes religious and gender equity in India speech

    NEW DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama gently nudged India Tuesday to fulfill its constitution’s pledge to uphold the “dignity of the individual,” drawing on his own experience as a minority in the United States…

  • Japan special envoy hopeful about release of hostage, pilot

    TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese envoy in Jordan expressed hope that both a Japanese hostage and a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic militants will return home “with a smile on their faces,” as criticisms mounted…

  • Asia stocks mostly higher as initial Greek jitters ease

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian stocks were mostly higher Tuesday as markets calmed from initial jitters over Greece’s election result, with Tokyo shares making a significant rebound, cheered by the cheap yen. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei…

  • China’s shadow looms large over Obama visit to India

    NEW DELHI (AP) — As President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met in New Delhi this week, the shadow of a third player hung over the talks: neighboring China, which has complicated…

  • Indonesian rescuers fail again to lift fuselage of AirAsia

    PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia (AP) — The second attempt to lift the fuselage of the crashed AirAsia jetliner failed Sunday as the wreckage sank back to the ocean floor when a rope linking the lifting balloons…

  • Toll of Filipino commandos killed in rebel clash rises to 43

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — At least 43 Philippine police commandos were killed in a fierce battle with Muslim guerrillas after launching an assault in which they may have killed one of Southeast Asia’s most-wanted terrorists,…

  • PM: Thai Airways won’t go bankrupt but faces rehabilitation

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s beleaguered national airline will be saved from bankruptcy under a rehabilitation plan being worked out between the airline and government, premier Prayuth Chan-ocha said Monday. Losses at state-owned Thai Airways swelled…

  • Australia’s knighting of Prince Philip prompts puzzlement

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia’s prime minister on Monday dismissed criticism of his decision to make the husband of Queen Elizabeth II an Australian knight, saying Prince Philip has a long history of service Down Under.…