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  • Indonesian prosecutors seek up to 18-year term for US couple

    BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian prosecutors on Tuesday sought jail sentences of 18 years for an American man and 15 years for his girlfriend if they are found guilty of murdering the woman’s mother while…

  • Thai leader moves to lift martial law, impose absolute power

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s military-installed prime minister said Tuesday he plans to lift martial law 10 months after staging a coup, but will invoke a special security measure that critics say is more draconian. The…

  • Malaysian fish seller to hang for killing 2 British students

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian court on Tuesday sentenced a fish seller to death for killing two British medical students last year on Borneo island. Prosecutor Muhamad Iskandar Ahmad said the high court…

  • Myanmar government, rebel groups sign draft cease-fire deal

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s government and 16 ethnic armed groups agreed Tuesday on the wording of a draft nationwide cease-fire agreement aimed at ending decades of civil unrest. Though it was lauded as a…

  • US admiral says China ‘creating a great wall of sand’ in sea

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — China is “creating a great wall of sand” through land reclamation in the South China Sea, causing serious concerns about its territorial intentions, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet said…

  • Tokyo ward 1st in Japan to recognize same sex marriage

    TOKYO (AP) — Fumino Sugiyama will finally be able to marry his girlfriend of four years. He couldn’t before, because same sex marriages weren’t recognized in Japan, and he is legally a woman. With a…

  • Global stocks mostly gain on economic data, China hopes

    TOKYO (AP) — Global stock markets mostly climbed Tuesday, boosted by positive data from major economies and hopes for stimulus in China. KEEPING SCORE: France’s CAC 40 added 0.2 percent to 5,092.19 in early trading…

  • Death toll in Kashmir flood rises to 15

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Police say at least 15 people have died in flood waters that submerged several areas in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir just six months after the worst floods in half a…

  • Taiwan to join China-led regional bank, Japan says not now

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan has no plan as of now to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, its government spokesman said Tuesday, while Taiwan announced it would apply for membership, joining dozens of countries…

  • Singapore charges teen for video attacking Lee, Christianity

    SINGAPORE (AP) — A court in Singapore on Tuesday charged a teenager over a video he posted online that was critical of the nation’s late founder and Christianity. In the eight-minute clip that was posted…

  • Roadside bomb kills 7 Afghans in eastern province

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A deputy official says a roadside bombing in a remote province in eastern Afghanistan has killed seven people, all members of the same family. The deputy police chief in Ghazni province…

  • Japan extends sanctions against NKorea for 2 more years

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan plans to extend its sanctions against North Korea for two more years when they expire April 13 after failing to get promised updates on an investigation into kidnappings of Japanese citizens…

  • China evacuates 571 from Yemen, suspends anti-piracy patrols

    BEIJING (AP) — China said Tuesday that it had evacuated more than 500 of its citizens from Yemen amid the growing violence in the Middle Eastern country. The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that…

  • New Maldives law strips ex-president of party membership

    MALE, Maldives (AP) — The Maldives’ Parliament passed a law Monday that strips people serving prison sentences of their political party memberships, a rule critics say is designed to oust jailed former President Mohamed Nasheed…

  • Thai junta chief may force safety reforms in aviation sector

    BANGKOK (AP) — The head of Thailand’s ruling junta may use extraordinary constitutional powers to expedite safety improvements in the aviation sector, which is facing international sanctions, the country’s transport minister said Monday. The International…