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  • US, Philippines to raise territorial row in Malaysia meet

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Despite China’s objections, the United States and the Philippines will call for a stop to island-building work, military deployments and other aggressive actions that raise tensions in the disputed South China…

  • Kerry talks trade in Singapore before regional security meet

    SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Singapore to talk up an Asia trade agreement that has hit snags in final negotiations. Kerry arrived in the Southeast Asian city-state Tuesday and…

  • Former Afghan warlord says Taliban weaker amid infighting

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The confirmed death of the Taliban’s reclusive leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has weakened the movement, giving Kabul an opportunity to step up the battle against the insurgency, an Afghan governor and…

  • Death toll from Pakistan flash floods rises to 118

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — The death toll from flash floods triggered by seasonal monsoon rains in various parts of Pakistan has risen to 118 and floodwater has inundated vast areas, leaving tens of thousands homeless, authorities…

  • Indian government, key northeast rebel group sign peace deal

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s government signed a peace treaty on Monday with a key rebel group in the country’s insurgency-wracked northeast. The government’s main negotiator with the rebels, R.N. Ravi, signed the accord in…

  • Myanmar opposition leader Suu Kyi visits flood-hit area

    BAGO, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi visited one of the country’s many flood-afflicted areas Monday, raising her profile during a national disaster that has killed at least 46 people and…

  • Image of Asia: Drinkable water for flood-hit Indian villages

    In this photo by Bikas Das, relief workers carry plastic pouches of drinking water for distribution after flooding in Khudirabad village near Kolkata, in India’s West Bengal state. Cooked food was also delivered to residents…

  • Energy stocks lead a modest decline in early trading

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are opening slightly lower in the U.S. as energy companies slide along with the price of crude oil. Noble Energy slumped 2 percent in early trading Monday. The company reported…

  • Malaysian agency: Money in Najib’s accounts came from donors

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s anti-corruption agency said Monday that $700 million in Prime Minister Najib Razak’s personal bank accounts came from donations, not from a debt-ridden state investment fund. The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission…

  • China bureau probing controversial Shaolin Temple abbot

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities are investigating allegations of misbehavior made online against the controversial abbot of China’s famed Shaolin Temple. The religious affairs bureau under the Denfeng city government says it was asked by…

  • Indian Parliament speaker bars 25 lawmakers for ‘disorder’

    NEW DELHI (AP) — The speaker of India’s Parliament on Monday barred 25 opposition legislators from its sessions for the rest of the week for causing “grave disorder” after they created noisy scenes. Parliament has…

  • Son demotes dad in battle for control of S. Korean retailer

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A family battle for control of South Korea’s largest retailer has erupted in public after the group’s 92-year-old founder was demoted to a powerless role in the business by his…

  • AP WAS THERE: US drops atomic bombs on Japan in 1945

    EDITOR’S NOTE: On two days in August 1945, U.S. planes dropped two atomic bombs — one on Hiroshima, one on Nagasaki, the only times nuclear weapons have been used. Their unprecedented destructive power incinerated buildings…

  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

    Beijing was awarded the 2022 Winter Olympics, beating the Kazakh city of Almaty 44-40 in a surprisingly close vote to take the games back to the city that hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics. The Chinese…

  • HSBC profit rises 10 percent, bank selling Brazil unit

    HONG KONG (AP) — HSBC Holdings PLC, Europe’s biggest bank, said Monday that strong performance in Asia helped to boost first-half profit by 10 percent. The bank also announced the sale of its Brazil business…