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  • 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…

  • The Latest: Relief as European markets eke out gains

    LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the turmoil that’s afflicting global financial markets (all times local): 9:35 a.m. Stock markets in Europe have managed to eke out some gains despite an earlier slide in Japan’s…

  • World stocks down on growth jitters, Japan dives 5.4 percent

    Global markets sank Tuesday, led by a 5.4 percent slide in Tokyo, as renewed jitters about the global economy set off a wave of selling in banking stocks. Equity markets have been in a slump…

  • 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 pulled from the snow, along with the bodies of nine…

  • 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…

  • Japan’s parliament condemns North Korea rocket launch

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s parliament condemned North Korea’s long-range rocket launch Tuesday, calling it a serious provocation against international peace and demanding that the communist nation immediately stop such activity. In a resolution unanimously passed,…

  • Hong Kong activists, police clash over holiday food stalls

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

  • Hong Kong activists, police clash over holiday food stalls

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

  • Search for life continues at Taiwan complex toppled by quake

    TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) — Rescuers using cranes, dogs and electronic devices searched for survivors Tuesday in a high-rise apartment complex in southern Taiwan that was toppled three days earlier by a powerful earthquake. The death…

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

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

  • 2015 sets record for most shark attacks, with 98 worldwide

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Experts say 2015 saw a record-setting 98 unprovoked shark attacks worldwide, including 30 in Florida alone. The Florida Museum of Natural History released the numbers Monday. Scientists say the previous record…

  • Suspect in murder of dismembered Spaniard in Thai custody

    BANGKOK (AP) — A Spanish man who is the prime suspect in the gruesome murder of a fellow Spaniard was in Thai custody Monday after being arrested in Cambodia, where he fled after the victim’s…

  • Philippine autonomy delay stalls disarming of Muslim rebels

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine rebel leader said Monday that Congress’ failure to pass a Muslim autonomy bill as part of a new peace pact would delay a program to disarm thousands of guerrillas…

  • US stocks open lower; energy sector sinks along with oil

    Stocks are opening broadly lower on Wall Street, putting the market on track for its second sizable loss in a row. Energy stocks were among the biggest decliners in early trading Monday as the price…

  • Image of Asia: On patrol at holy confluence of Indian rivers

    In this photo by Rajesh Kumar Singh, police on horses patrol as thousands of Hindus perform rituals at the Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna, and the mythical Saraswati rivers, during the Magh Mela…