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  • Pakistan police arrest parents refusing kids’ polio vaccine

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani officials say hundreds of parents have been arrested in recent days because they refused to allow vaccinators to give their children the polio vaccine. Feroz Shah, a spokesman for the…

  • China state media seen stepping-up anti-Western rhetoric

    BEIJING (AP) — Western values are a “ticket to hell,” a newspaper published by China’s Communist Party said in a recent editorial that held up Ukraine and some Arab countries as examples of outside ideas…

  • Image of Asia: Student march thwarted outside Yangon

    In this photo by Gemunu Amarasinghe, a student protester lies on the floor of a monastery in Letpadan, Myanmar, after police stopped protesters from continuing their march toward Yangon, the country’s largest city. The students…

  • Journalist jailed for online post freed from Myanmar prison

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A journalist who was arrested for a Facebook post mocking Myanmar’s leaders was freed from jail Monday without charge. Aung Nay Myo expressed relief after walking out of Monywa prison, saying…

  • China lists 14 generals snared in anti-corruption campaign

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese military prosecutors on Monday released a list of 14 generals convicted of graft or placed under investigation in an accelerating nationwide anti-corruption drive. Those under investigation include Rear Adm. Guo Zhenggang,…

  • World market momentum over Chinese rate cut fades

    LONDON (AP) — World stock markets edged lower in European trading on Monday as investor optimism faded over a weekend interest rate cut by the Chinese central bank. KEEPING SCORE: Britain’s FTSE 100 shed 0.1…

  • Myanmar prevents students from marching against academic law

    LETPADAN, Myanmar (AP) — Truckloads of police on Monday prevented hundreds of students from continuing their march to Myanmar’s biggest city to protest a new law that they say curbs academic freedom. Tensions have been…

  • Chinese shoppers latest target of Hong Kong protest anger

    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police said Monday they arrested more than three dozen people involved in scuffles that broke out at a weekend protest against the growing influx of mainland Chinese shoppers. Police…

  • Roadside bombs kill 8 civilians in Afghanistan

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says two roadside bombings have killed at least eight civilians, including women and children, in the country’s east. Hazrat Hussain Mashreqiwal, spokesman for the police chief in Nangarhar…

  • Afghan army takes on Taliban in first solo offensive

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan army is waging its largest-ever solo offensive against the Taliban, hoping to strike a decisive blow ahead of the spring fighting season and prove it can rout the insurgents…

  • Bangladesh arrests suspect in killing of American blogger

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladeshi security officials arrested a suspect Monday in the killing of an American writer who was a prominent critic of extremist Islam and was hacked to death last week as he…

  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

    In glimpses of daily life around Asia last week, a woman gazed out a broken train window at one of New Delhi’s busy railway stations, and Sri Lankan fishermen hauled in their catch. Japan got…

  • Australia bans travel to Iraqi city of Mosul under new law

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Iraqi city of Mosul, which is held by Islamic State movement fighters, on Monday became the second terrorist hot-spot to be declared off-limits to Australians under new counterterrorism laws aimed…

  • Tourism thrives in Malaysia despite association with tragedy

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Two airplane catastrophes put Malaysia on the map in a bad way in 2014. But they didn’t hurt the country’s tourism, and the higher visibility may even have helped: visitor…

  • Seoul: North Korea test fires 2 short-range missiles

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Monday fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea and warned of “merciless strikes” against its enemies as allies Seoul and Washington launched annual military drills Pyongyang…