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  • S.Korean ferry victims’ relatives reject compensation plan

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Dozens of relatives of victims of a South Korean ferry sinking that killed more than 300 a year ago have shaved their heads in protest of government plans to provide…

  • Super typhoon weakens after entering Philippines

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A super typhoon blamed for the deaths of at least four people on islands in the western Pacific Ocean has weakened after reaching Philippine waters and is expected to further lose…

  • Asia stocks gain as weak global data raises stimulus hopes

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets bounded higher Thursday after weak data from major economies boosted hopes for stimulus and a slow pace for U.S. interest rate hikes. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225…

  • US hopes Japan navy will be more active in Pacific

    YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Even as Japan remains divided over proposed changes in the role it should play in regional security issues, senior U.S. and Japanese military officers say they hope the Japanese navy may…

  • Thailand junta replaces martial law with absolute power

    BANGKOK (AP) — The big topic of conversation in Thailand is martial law. Technically it’s gone, but in reality it’s still there. On Wednesday, Thailand’s junta lifted martial law, which was imposed in the run-up…

  • Vietnam meets demands to end strike in Nike, Adidas factory

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Workers at a major Vietnamese footwear factory for Nike and Adidas ended a weeklong strike Thursday after the government agreed to their demands on retirement payouts. The stoppage by thousands of…

  • British banker’s Hong Kong murder case adjourned to May

    HONG KONG (AP) — A British banker accused of the murders of two Indonesian women appeared briefly Thursday in a Hong Kong court, where pretrial proceedings were adjourned for five more weeks as prosecutors requested…

  • British Prince Harry reports for duty in Australia next week

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Prince Harry arrives in Australia’s national capital next week to begin four weeks of training with the Australian army before the British royal ends his decade-long military career. The fourth in…

  • Nepal says climbers returning to climb Mount Everest

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Mountaineers are returning to Mount Everest as the climbing industry recovers from last year’s deadly disaster on the world’s highest peak, a Nepalese official said Wednesday. Climbers from four teams have…

  • Military-imposed martial law lifted in Thailand after country’s king approves junta request

    BANGKOK (AP) — Military-imposed martial law lifted in Thailand after country’s king approves junta request.

  • Gloomy China, Japan data add to pressure for stimulus

    BEIJING (AP) — China and Japan reported gloomy industrial data Wednesday, adding to pressure on leaders of the world’s second- and third-largest economies to launch new stimulus. Two surveys showed Chinese manufacturing was weak in…

  • South Korean man charged in knife attack on US envoy

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors on Wednesday indicted a man who slashed the U.S. ambassador in Seoul last month on charges of attempted murder. Kim Ki-jong, 55, was also indicted Wednesday on…

  • Upbeat European data prompts stock market turnaround

    LONDON (AP) — European shares rebounded from early losses on Wednesday as a monthly survey showed factory output at a 10-month high in March. U.S. markets were poised for modest losses at the open after…

  • The world’s oldest person, a Japanese woman, dies at 117

    TOKYO (AP) — The world’s oldest person, a Japanese woman, died Wednesday, a few weeks after celebrating her 117th birthday. Misao Okawa died of heart failure and stopped breathing as relatives and nursing home workers…

  • World’s oldest person dies

    WASHINGTON — The world’s oldest person died on Wednesday, less than a month after her 117th birthday. Misao Okawa’s nursing home in Osaka says she lost her appetite about 10 days ago, the Associated Press…