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  • US stocks slide on weak company earnings, US economic data

    U.S. stocks slid in early trading Tuesday after several big-name companies reported disappointing earnings or weaker outlooks. A surprise drop Discouraging government reports on orders of long-lasting manufactured goods and home prices also weighed on…

  • Indonesian military halts recovery efforts for AirAsia plane

    PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s military has halted its recovery efforts for the crashed AirAsia plane, including attempts to locate more bodies and raise the fuselage from the Java Sea, an official said Tuesday.…

  • Purported IS message threatens Japan, Jordan hostages

    CAIRO (AP) — An online message purportedly from the Islamic State group warned Tuesday that a Japanese hostage and Jordanian pilot the extremists hold have less than “24 hours left to live.” The message, posted…

  • Philippines rejects US Marine’s appeal to drop murder case

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines on Tuesday rejected an appeal by a U.S. Marine that it drop a murder case against him in the death of a transgender Filipino woman last year. A Department…

  • Japan envoy hopeful about hostage release

    TOKYO (AP) — Delicate negotiations were underway Tuesday to secure the release of a Japanese hostage and a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic State militants, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faced questions over his government’s…

  • India nuke deals still thorny for US despite ‘breakthrough’

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India and America’s declaration of a breakthrough in contentious nuclear energy cooperation has been met with a lukewarm response from industry and analysts. Few expect the potentially lucrative Indian market to…

  • Japan turns to ‘I am Kenji’ Facebook page on hostage crisis

    TOKYO (AP) — The plight of freelance journalist Kenji Goto, taken captive by Islamic State group militants, has gripped Japan, and the people’s hopes for his safety are now on Facebook with a simple, unifying…

  • Image of Asia: After a day’s work in Cambodian rice fields

    In this photo by Heng Sinith, a farmer is silhouetted as he drives his water buffalo cart loaded with rice hay after his day’s work at a paddy field in Samroang Kandal village on the…

  • VOICES: What Japanese think about the hostage crisis

    TOKYO (AP) — The Mideast is half a world away from Japan, and its troubles often seem so too. So Japan was shocked by a stark video from Islamic militants last week threatening to kill…

  • Acclaimed Indian cartoonist R.K. Laxman dies at 94

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Acclaimed Indian cartoonist R. K. Laxman, creator of the innocuous character the Common Man, who held up a mirror to the absurdity and silliness of Indian politicians, has died of multiple-organ…

  • Philippine police commander fired after 44 commandos die

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine officials have removed the commander of a police special action force from his post after at least 44 anti-terror commandos were killed in a clash with Muslim rebels in the…

  • Obama promotes religious and gender equity in India speech

    NEW DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama gently nudged India Tuesday to fulfill its constitution’s pledge to uphold the “dignity of the individual,” drawing on his own experience as a minority in the United States…

  • Asia stocks mostly higher as initial Greek jitters ease

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian stocks were mostly higher Tuesday as markets calmed from initial jitters over Greece’s election result, with Tokyo shares making a significant rebound, cheered by the cheap yen. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei…

  • China’s shadow looms large over Obama visit to India

    NEW DELHI (AP) — As President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met in New Delhi this week, the shadow of a third player hung over the talks: neighboring China, which has complicated…

  • Indonesian rescuers fail again to lift fuselage of AirAsia

    PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia (AP) — The second attempt to lift the fuselage of the crashed AirAsia jetliner failed Sunday as the wreckage sank back to the ocean floor when a rope linking the lifting balloons…