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  • Top US commander says IS actively recruiting in Afghanistan

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The commander of international forces in Afghanistan said on Saturday that the Islamic State group is actively recruiting in Afghanistan but is not yet operational there. General John F. Campbell said…

  • Roadside bomb kills 2, including Afghan district chief

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — A roadside bomb killed two people, including a district administrative chief, in southern Afghanistan early Saturday, an official said. Dost Mohammad Nayab, spokesman for the provincial governor of Uruzgan province, said…

  • Year-old Thai coup imposes superficial calm but little else

    BANGKOK (AP) — Shortly after seizing power in a coup that followed months of debilitating street protests, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha vowed to end Thailand’s decade of political upheaval once and for all. In his words,…

  • Southeast India heat wave kills about 230 in past 5 weeks

    HYDERABAD, India (AP) — About 230 people have died since mid-April in a heat wave sweeping two southeast Indian states, officials said Saturday. More than 100 people have died from the brutal heat in Andhra…

  • UN chief says save migrants, deal with cause of flight

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday urged Southeast Asian nations to deal with the causes behind a growing humanitarian crisis that has forced thousands of people from Myanmar and Bangladesh to…

  • China-Taiwan talks seek to maintain momentum for closer ties

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Negotiators from Taiwan and China met Saturday for talks in an attempt to maintain momentum for the forging of closer ties in the face of a skeptical Taiwanese public. The talks…

  • Myanmar president signs off on controversial population law

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s president has signed off on a law requiring some mothers to space their children three years apart despite objections by a visiting senior U.S. diplomat and rights activists, who worry…

  • Japan pledges climate change aid to Pacific island nations

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan pledged Saturday 55 billion yen ($450 million) in aid to Pacific island nations that are battling rising sea levels and natural calamities as a result of global warming. Prime Minister Shinzo…

  • 57 dead in China floods, including 2 kids on overloaded bus

    BEIJING (AP) — The death toll in China’s latest round of flooding has risen to at least 57, including two schoolchildren aboard a bus carrying more than twice its authorized passenger load that plunged into…

  • Boat by boat, how 3,000 stranded migrants reached land

    More than 3,000 migrants abandoned by human traffickers have been rescued or washed ashore this month in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. Some are Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar, while others are Bangladeshis seeking better…

  • US: Myanmar should share responsibility for Rohingya crisis

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Navy ships were scouring Southeast Asian waters for boats believed to be carrying thousands of migrants with little food or water, and a top U.S. diplomat said Myanmar needs to shoulder…

  • AP Interview: Steinem says isolating N. Korea not working

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Iconic women’s rights activist Gloria Steinem may be in North Korea, but she is as outspoken as ever. In an interview with The Associated Press, the 81-year-old feminism pioneer said…

  • Man released from Guantanamo in December dies in Kazakhstan

    MIAMI (AP) — A Pentagon spokesman says a man released from the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in December and resettled in Kazakhstan has died in that Central Asian country. Army Lt. Col. Myles…

  • Tuk-tuk taxi maker aims to make inroads in US

    DENVER (AP) — They’re ubiquitous in Asia, swarming the bustling streets of Bangkok, New Delhi and Beijing. Now, a company that manufactures tuk-tuks — the three-wheeled motorized rickshaws that have moved the masses for more…

  • Toyota promises to help find cause of Takata airbag defects

    TOKYO (AP) — Toyota vowed to help pinpoint the cause of a defect in air bags used in more than 50 million vehicles worldwide, saying the auto industry risks losing the trust of car buyers…