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  • 8 children killed in home in northern Australia

    SYDNEY (AP) — Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city on Friday, police said. Queensland state police said they were called to the home in the Cairns suburb of Manoora on Friday morning after receiving a report of a woman with serious…

  • China pilot gets 3 years for crash that killed 44

    BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese court has sentenced an airplane captain to three years in prison over the deaths of 44 people killed when his plane crashed. The Yichun district court said Friday that captain Qi Quanjun violated regulations by trying to land his plane in low visibility. It said Qi was also found guilty…

  • Filipino family wants US Marine in local jail during trial

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A U.S. Marine charged with killing a transgender Filipino woman has been brought back to the city where the attack occurred two months ago, and lawyers of the victim say they will seek his detention in a local jail during his murder trial. Relatives of Jennifer Laude saw the suspect, Marine…

  • Japan, US delay update to defense cooperation

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan and the United States formally postponed Friday an update to their defense cooperation guidelines. The two governments said in a joint statement that they would work toward completing it in the first half of next year. Both sides had hoped to finish by the end of this year, but they decided…

  • S Korea court orders dissolution of leftist party

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s constitutional court on Friday ordered the dissolution of a small leftist political party hounded by claims of pro-North Korea views, a move critics say exposes limits of freedom of expression in a country once ruled by military dictators. The Justice Ministry petitioned the court to disband the Unified…

  • Police say 8 children have been killed in a northern Australian city

    SYDNEY (AP) — Police say 8 children have been killed in a northern Australian city.

  • China pledges to speed entry of US pharmaceuticals

    CHICAGO (AP) — China promised Thursday to speed up imports of pharmaceuticals and medical devices from the United States and enforce its anti-monopoly laws equally among Chinese and foreign companies. Those commitments were announced at an annual trade meeting between the two countries that took place in Chicago. An assistant minister of commerce, Zhang Xiangchen,…

  • Report: Australian lawmaker’s adviser arrested

    SYDNEY (AP) — The media adviser to eccentric Australian lawmaker Clive Palmer has been arrested in relation to an alleged kidnapping, local media reported Friday. Andrew Crook, spokesman for the multimillionaire mining magnate turned politician, was arrested as part of an investigation into the alleged kidnapping of a National Australia Bank executive in Indonesia, the…

  • Sony film took aim at North Korea’s biggest taboo

    TOKYO (AP) — If the U.S. government’s claim is correct that North Korea was involved in the unprecedented hack attack on Sony Pictures that scuttled Seth Rogen’s latest comedy, no one can say they weren’t warned. The movie, “The Interview,” pushed all of North Korea’s buttons. No country would welcome a movie portraying the glib…

  • Dow industrials have their best day in three years

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average had its biggest surge in three years Thursday, its second straight triple-digit gain following the Federal Reserve’s reassurance that it was in no hurry to raise interest rates. Bullish earnings from technology giant Oracle also drove the rally, which has helped stocks erase an early-December slump.…

  • Analysis: New focus on how Pakistan will address militancy

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Many wonder if the attack that killed 148 people at a Pakistani school will be a watershed in the country’s long, conflicted history with Islamic militancy. But Pakistan has had many potential turning points in the war on terror that at the time were called game changers. “If you look back I…

  • Cambodian villagers angry over HIV outbreak

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia’s prime minister appealed Thursday to villagers in northwestern Cambodia not to lynch an unlicensed medical practitioner who they suspect caused more than 100 people to become infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Teng Kunthy, head of the Health Ministry’s HIV/AIDS center, said 106 people out of more…

  • Rights group decries judges’ sacking in Maldives

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — An international rights group on Thursday criticized the dismissal of two top judges in the Maldives, including the chief justice, calling it an assault on judicial independence. Parliament in the Indian Ocean nation voted last Sunday to remove Chief Justice Ahmed Faiz Hussain and Supreme Court Justice Muthasim Adnan to…

  • Pakistan grants bail to main Mumbai attack suspect

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani anti-terrorism court on Thursday granted bail to the chief suspect in the Mumbai attack trial, a defense lawyer said, a decision immediately criticized by India. The lawyer, Rizwan Abbasi, said the judge, Kausar Abbas, during a hearing in the garrison city of Rawalpindi found that there was not enough evidence…

  • Afghanistan: Suicide bomber kills policeman

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan police officer was killed and three were wounded Thursday when a suspected suicide bomber they were pursuing detonated his explosives-laden vehicle, an official said. The Taliban issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attack. The bomber “was trying to enter Kabul with the intention of detonating explosives in a…