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  • China detains artist who posted humorous photo of president

    BEIJING (AP) — Authorities have detained an obscure Chinese artist after he posted a humorous portrait of President Xi Jinping online, his wife said Thursday. Judy Zhu said police detained her husband, Dai Jianyong, near…

  • Indians scramble for heat relief, but many still must work

    HYDERABAD, India (AP) — Eating onions, lying in the shade and splashing into rivers, Indians were doing whatever they could Thursday to stay cool during a brutal heat wave that has killed more than 1,400…

  • Thai protest leaders get jail term for anti-government rally

    BANGKOK (AP) — Six prominent protest leaders in Thailand were sentenced to two years in prison Thursday for storming the prime minister’s office compound during massive anti-government rallies in 2008 in part of the political…

  • Image of Asia: Standing watch on Malaysian navy ship at sea

    In this photo by Vincent Thian, a Malaysian navy sailor stands guard on the bow of a corvette ship patrolling the seas off the island of Langkawi while watching for abandoned migrant boats. Thousands of…

  • Dump truck carrying children crashes in Indonesia, 17 killed

    MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — Police say a dump truck carrying children of plantation workers to school plunged into a ditch in western Indonesia, killing 17 of them. Local traffic police Capt. M. Syafei said five…

  • Global stocks down as Shanghai sinks, Greece deadline looms

    TOKYO (AP) — Chinese shares dived Thursday after big gains in the past three months and other global stock markets were mostly lower as a deadline neared for cash-starved Greece to make a debt payment.…

  • Dalai Lama urges Aung San Suu Kyi to help Rohingya Muslims

    NEW DELHI (AP) — The Dalai Lama has urged Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s pro-democracy icon and a fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureate, to speak out to protect her country’s persecuted Rohingya Muslims amid a…

  • Myanmar restricts journalists after photos show sleeping MPs

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Journalists were negotiating with Myanmar officials Thursday to restore their access to the Parliament chamber after being pushed out because pictures of snoozing lawmakers were published online. Reporters in the capital,…

  • China defends South China Sea island development

    BEIJING (AP) — Responding to sharply-worded comments from the U.S. defense secretary, China on Thursday defended its building of artificial islands in the South China Sea and accused Washington of stirring up trouble in the…

  • China’s Hanergy under investigation by Hong Kong regulator

    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong regulators said Thursday they’re investigating a leading Chinese solar panel maker owned by billionaire Li Hejun after its shares took a sudden and unexplained plunge. The Securities and Futures…

  • Chinese leader calls for innovation as economic growth slows

    BEIJING (AP) — Rapturous crowds. Beaming workers. Pep talks for the troops. The TV coverage Thursday of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent visit to an eastern province was a tour de force of Communist propaganda,…

  • After complaints, Chinese hotelier gets his government’s ear

    BEIJING (AP) — In the wee hours of a March morning, a Chinese hotelier wrote a 5,000-word open letter to his country’s premier and posted it on social media. The delicate topic: how local regulators…

  • Poor construction, safety checks blamed for fatal China fire

    BEIJING (AP) — A preliminary investigation into a nursing home fire that killed 38 people in central China has blamed poor building construction and lax safety checks, Chinese authorities reported. The State Administration of Work…

  • Boat people talks: Key issues and expectations

    BANGKOK (AP) — In the past month, more than 3,000 desperate, hungry people have landed on the shores of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, drawing international attention to a crisis in Southeast Asia. Arrivals of the…

  • Philippine economic growth slows to 5.2 percent in 1Q

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Sluggish government spending slowed Philippine economic growth in the first quarter of this year, officials said Thursday. The country’s gross domestic product grew by 5.2 percent in the first quarter, down…