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  • North Korea may be restarting nuke plant: US institute

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea may be attempting to restart its main nuclear bomb fuel reactor after a five-month shutdown, a U.S. research institute said Thursday. If true, the finding, which is based…

  • Stocks fade late as oil dips, Fed gives investors pause

    The Federal Reserve’s latest take on the U.S. economy got investors in a selling mood Wednesday, as stocks fell sharply for the second straight day. The stock market also took a hit when benchmark U.S.…

  • Jordan offers swap to Islamic State group to save pilot

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan offered a precedent-setting prisoner swap to the Islamic State group Wednesday in a desperate attempt to save a Jordanian air force pilot the militants purportedly threatened to kill, along with…

  • Sri Lankan president reinstates impeached chief justice

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s new president has reinstated the country’s chief justice, who was impeached two years ago after she refused to back a law granting wider powers to the former president’s…

  • Philippines says peace pact collapse would aid terrorists

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president warned on Wednesday that the collapse of a peace deal with the country’s largest Muslim rebel group would abet terrorism and fresh violence after criticism of the accord…

  • Afghanistan arrests militants linked to journalist killing

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan has arrested two alleged militants from a Taliban splinter group that claimed responsibility for killing a Swedish journalist in Kabul, an official said Wednesday. National Directorate of Security spokesman Hasib…

  • Image of Asia: Mass wedding and an army parade in Indonesia

    In this photo by Achmad Ibrahim, brides and grooms sit on top of an Indonesian army vehicle during a mass wedding organized in Jakarta for couples who could not afford the ceremony on their own.…

  • Indonesia prosecutor: Americans’ murder trial should proceed

    BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian prosecutors said Wednesday the trial of an American couple charged with murdering the woman’s mother should proceed, defending their indictment against defense arguments that it has inaccuracies and should be…

  • Thai ‘Red Shirt’ leader given jail term for insulting ex-PM

    BANGKOK (AP) — A top leader of Thailand’s “Red Shirt” political movement was sentenced Wednesday to two years in jail for insulting a former prime minister, the latest blow to the supporters of another ex-prime…

  • Thailand summons US diplomat over critical remarks

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s military government summoned the U.S. charge d’affairs for talks on Wednesday after a top U.S. diplomat roiled the junta during a visit by calling for an end to martial law and…

  • Malaysia to issue interim report on missing plane on March 7

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Civil aviation authorities in Malaysia will release a required report on the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 a day before the one-year anniversary, but it won’t have any conclusion…

  • Court: Man admits setting fire on bus in China, injuring 33

    BEIJING (AP) — A man admitted on Wednesday that he set a fire that spread through a bus in eastern China and injured 33, entering his plea from a hospital bed wheeled into a courtroom…

  • Snails slither into spa scene in Thailand and around world

    CHIANG MAI, Thailand (AP) — The last time I encountered escargots they were served up by a French waiter, sizzling in garlic and herb butter. Now, one is slithering up the bridge of my nose…

  • Communist officials in Tibet punished for helping Dalai Lama

    BEIJING (AP) — Investigators have found that 15 Communist Party officials in Tibet joined underground Tibetan independence organizations, provided intelligence to the Dalai Lama and his supporters or participated in activities deemed harmful to China’s…

  • Vietnam War-era helicopter crashes, killing 4 soldiers

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — An American-built helicopter once used in the Vietnam War crashed Wednesday during a training mission in the Southeast Asian nation, killing all four soldiers aboard, the military said. Lt. Gen. Vo…