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  • Samsung reports fifth straight quarterly profit drop

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics reported Thursday a fifth straight quarterly profit drop as the Galaxy S6 series of smartphones failed to reverse its declining fortune in the smartphone industry. Samsung’s April-June net…

  • Taliban leader Mullah Omar, reclusive in life and death

    Mullah Mohammad Omar, the secretive head of the Taliban and an al-Qaida ally who led a bloody insurgency against U.S.-led forces, eluded capture for more than a decade in spite of being one of the…

  • Afghanistan says Taliban leader Mullah Omar died 2 years ago

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan asserted Wednesday that the Taliban’s reclusive leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, died more than two years ago in a Pakistani hospital — an announcement that injects new uncertainty into the country’s…

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    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan intelligence: Taliban leader Mullah Omar died more than 2 years ago.

  • Pakistani militant leader killed in police convoy attack

    MUZAFFARGARH, Pakistan (AP) — One of Pakistan’s most-feared Islamic militant leaders, believed to be behind the killing of scores of minority Shiites, was gunned down along with 13 other militants during an assault on a…

  • US stocks edge higher in early trading; Goodyear gains

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening slightly higher as Goodyear and other companies report strong results. Health care stocks were among the biggest winners Wednesday. Gilead Sciences climbed 5 percent after reporting a…

  • Report says crash site of missing Lao helicopter found

    BANGKOK (AP) — Search teams in Laos have located the crash site of a Soviet-made Mi-7 Lao military helicopter that went missing this week with 23 people on board, the Southeast Asian country’s state-run news…

  • Impending execution brings out mixed feelings in India

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Few countries sentence more people to death than India. Whether those punishments are actually carried out is another matter. Though well over a thousand people have been sent to death row…

  • Image of Asia: Welcoming Turkey’s president to Beijing

    In this photo by Ng Han Guan, a child plays with Chinese and Turkish national flags before a welcome ceremony for Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.…

  • Turkish President Erdogan in Beijing amid ethnic tensions

    BEIJING (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with top Chinese officials Wednesday amid tensions over China’s treatment of its Uighur minority and sensitive negotiations surrounding the possible purchase of a Chinese missile system.…

  • Q&A: Who is the Taliban’s reclusive leader Mullah Omar?

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Here are some questions and answers about Mullah Mohammed Omar: WHO IS MULLAH OMAR? Mullah Mohammad Omar led the Taliban as its supreme leader during its rule of Afghanistan from 1996…

  • Major events in the life of Taliban leader Mullah Omar

    Here is a list of major events in the life of reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar: 1962 — Omar is born in the southern Afghan province of Uruzgan. He spends much of his early…

  • China auto sales slump hits industry fortunes

    BEIJING (AP) — General Motors Co.’s $5 billion initiative to create cars for China and other emerging markets comes just as automakers face a collapse in the booming Chinese demand they were counting on to…

  • Students in Hong Kong warn of erosion in academic freedom

    HONG KONG (AP) — Students at Hong Kong’s most prestigious university say its academic freedom is under attack in what they maintain is the politically motivated stalling of the appointment of an administrator who supported…

  • Myanmar’s democracy leader runs in Nov. 8 polls to keep seat

    THANLYIN, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday registered for November elections to keep her seat in parliament and challenge the ruling military-backed party. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy…