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  • Myanmar military plane crash kills 4

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

  • 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…

  • Indonesia air force plane crashes into home; 2 aboard killed

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian air force plane crashed into a house Wednesday on the country’s main island of Java, killing both people on board and critically injuring a woman in the home, an…

  • 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 that killed dozens. The district prosecutor’s office in…

  • Australia drops charge against suspected Kurdish militant

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The government has dropped a charge against an Australian man accused of preparing to fight with Kurdish militants against the Islamic State movement. Jamie Williams, 28, was stopped by customs agents…

  • The Latest: European stocks close down amid world volatility

    LONDON (AP) — The latest on the turmoil afflicting global financial markets (all times local): 5:35 p.m. European stock indexes have closed lower, adding to recent losses amid heightened market volatility around the globe. After…

  • Hong Kong activists, police clash over holiday food stalls

    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s Lunar New Year celebration descended into chaos as protesters and police, who fired warning shots into the air, clashed over a street market selling fishballs and other local holiday…

  • US stocks open slightly lower; Japan’s market slumps

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are opening modestly lower in the U.S., led by declines in energy companies and banks. Several companies were moving on earnings news early Tuesday. Twenty-First Century Fox slumped 5 percent…

  • Pakistan army training aircraft crashes, 2 dead

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s army says a training aircraft has crashed near Gujranwala in the eastern Punjab province, killing the instructor and trainee who were on board. An army statement Tuesday said the Mushaq aircraft…

  • UN official asks Sri Lanka to locate people missing from war

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The top United Nations human rights official asked Sri Lanka’s government on Tuesday to quickly locate thousands of civilians reported missing during the country’s civil war. The government has said…

  • Sushil Koirala, Nepal’s former prime minister, dies at 78

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Sushil Koirala, a former Nepalese prime minister and leader of the nation’s largest political party, has died in Kathmandu. He was 78. His doctor, Karbir Nath Yogi, said Tuesday that Koirala…

  • Indian soldier buried by avalanche saved; 9 bodies recovered

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — An Indian soldier buried by an avalanche for six days in the Himalayan region of Kashmir has been found alive and was pulled from the snow, along with the bodies of…

  • S. Korea: North blew up rocket stage to confound analysts

    TOKYO (AP) — Minutes after North Korea launched its rocket, South Korea’s navy detected a rain of fragments falling into the sea and then a sooner-than-expected disappearance of the rocket from their radar, suggesting a…

  • Taiwan seeks detention of developers of toppled building

    TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) — Prosecutors have requested the detention of the developers of a high-rise apartment building in southern Taiwan that collapsed over the weekend following a strong earthquake, killing dozens of people, official media…

  • Belligerence as strategy: Pyongyang and its provocations

    In Japan, the prime minister said North Korea would be committing a “grave, provocative act” if it followed through on plans to launch a long-range rocket. South Korea warned of “searing consequences” if the launch…