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  • Elephant rampages in east Indian town, smashing homes

    KOLKATA, India (AP) — A wild elephant rampaged through an east Indian town on Wednesday, smashing cars and homes and sending panicked people running before the animal was tranquilized to be returned to the forest.…

  • Report charges Thai government ignores torture allegations

    BANGKOK (AP) — A group of human rights organizations in southern Thailand said in a report Wednesday that complaints of torture by security forces have not been addressed by authorities. The Cross Cultural Foundation, the…

  • Americans strongly warned to stay out of North Korea

    U.S. officials and North Korea experts are extremely concerned that Americans are ignoring a very dangerous situation when they choose to go there.

  • Car strikes gas tanker in Pakistan, killing 10

    LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani police official says a car slammed into a gas tanker, causing a fireball that killed 10 people, including six children. Mohammad Kashif says another 17 people were wounded in…

  • Image of Asia: Elephant’s wild visit to Indian town stopped

    In this photo, a wild elephant that strayed into an east Indian town stands after authorities shot it with a tranquilizer gun. The elephant had wandered from the Baikunthapur forest on Wednesday, crossing roads and…

  • S. Korea to shut down joint industrial park with N. Korea

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Wednesday that it will shut down a joint industrial park with North Korea in response to its recent rocket launch, accusing the North of using hard currency…

  • Developer detained, dog rescued in Taiwan apartment collapse

    TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) — Three Taiwanese construction company executives were detained on charges of professional negligence resulting in death following the collapse of an apartment building that killed dozens, prosecutors said Wednesday. While no more…

  • Indonesia air force plane crashes into home; 4 dead

    MALANG, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian air force plane crashed into a house on the main island of Java on Wednesday, killing both people on board and two people in the house, a senior official…

  • Japan announces new sanctions on North Korea

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan announced Wednesday that it will impose new sanctions on North Korea to protest a rocket launch seen as a test of missile technology. The sanctions will include expanded restrictions on travel…

  • Key developments following North Korea’s rocket launch

    North Korea’s launch of a long-range rocket has drawn sharp condemnations and threats of new sanctions. World leaders say Sunday’s launch violated a U.N. ban on Pyongyang’s use of ballistic missile technology. North Korea says…

  • Developers of toppled Taiwan building detained

    TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) — Three Taiwanese construction company executives have been detained on charges of professional negligence resulting in death following the collapse of an apartment building in an earthquake, killing dozens. The district prosecutor’s…

  • Hong Kong student held at airport after violent clashes

    HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong student activist was detained at the city’s airport on Wednesday morning, apparently on suspicion of involvement in a violent Lunar New Year clash between police and protesters, his…

  • South Korea says it will halt operations at joint industrial park with North Korea in response to rocket launch

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea says it will halt operations at joint industrial park with North Korea in response to rocket launch.

  • Myanmar military plane crash kills 4

    NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Four Myanmar military personnel were killed and one survived Wednesday when an air force utility aircraft crashed after taking off from the airport in the capital Naypyitaw, officials said. An Information…

  • Aussie lawmakers gifted designer watches, think they’re fake

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia’s former prime minister and two other politicians were gifted designer watches by a Chinese businessman — but initially kept them only because they thought the 40,000 Australian dollar ($28,000) timepieces were…