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  • Detained Maldives’ ex-leader denies ordering judge’s arrest

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A former president of the Maldives detained by police denied in court Thursday that he ordered the arrest of a top judge three years ago, a lawyer said. The former…

  • Pakistan army warns India against any provocations

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s army chief has warned neighboring India that any provocations on its part would exact a “befitting response” from Islamabad. Gen. Raheel Sharif spoke Thursday to troops near the Indian border, a…

  • China bans ivory imports for 1 year to protect elephants

    BEIJING (AP) — China imposed a one-year ban on ivory imports that took immediate effect Thursday amid criticism that its citizens’ huge appetite for ivory has fueled poaching that threatens the existence of African elephants.…

  • Stuck in limbo, Bangkok’s hidden urban refugees scrape by

    BANGKOK (AP) — They were a middle-class family in Pakistan, living in a comfortable three-bedroom apartment with a modern kitchen and a PlayStation for the three kids. Fluent in English, the father ran his own…

  • Bellboy testifies at American man’s trial in Indonesia

    BALI, Indonesia (AP) — A bellboy at an Indonesian hotel testified Thursday that an American man charged with murdering his girlfriend’s mother and stuffing the body into a suitcase refused any help in taking a…

  • Afghanistan avalanche toll rises to 165 amid rescue efforts

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The number of people killed in a massive avalanche in a mountain-bound valley in northeastern Afghanistan rose on Thursday to 165 as lack of equipment and the sheer depth of snow…

  • Hollande says no climate deal if there is no climate fund

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — French President Francois Hollande said Thursday that a landmark climate deal may not be reached in Paris in December if wealthy countries don’t commit adequate funds to help poor nations fight…

  • Prince William starts first Japan visit _ with green tea

    TOKYO (AP) — Britain’s Prince William had afternoon tea on his first visit to Japan on Thursday, but it was green and served by a master in the Japanese ceremonial art in a traditional tea…

  • Thai Airways plane hits turbulence, 11 on board injured

    BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai Airways plane hit severe turbulence over Thailand that injured 11 people Thursday, the airline said. The Airbus A340-600 landed safely at its destination, Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport, according to airline…

  • Thai constitution drafters say Senate to be unelected

    BANGKOK (AP) — A committee appointed by Thailand’s military rulers is laying the groundwork for a new method of choosing the country’s leaders and lawmakers — and it involves giving voters less power to choose.…

  • Global stocks higher on Chinese, German data

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Global stocks were mostly higher Thursday on upbeat corporate earnings and rising Chinese factory output after the chairwoman of the U.S. Federal Reserve said it will be patient about increasing…

  • Former UN climate panel chief barred from leaving India

    NEW DELHI (AP) — A court on Thursday barred the former chairman of the U.N. climate panel from leaving India, where he faces charges of sexually harassing a woman at his New Delhi energy institute.…

  • Mongolia pardons American, 2 Filipinos in tax case

    ULAN BATOR, Mongolia (AP) — Mongolia’s president on Thursday pardoned an American mining executive and two Filipinos sentenced to prison for tax evasion, in a case that raised questions about the Asian nation’s reputation as…

  • Singapore’s founder sedated, on life support

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s 91-year-old founding father, remains on life support in intensive care being treated for severe pneumonia, the government said Thursday. A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said Lee…

  • Turkish soldier killed in attack on embassy vehicle in Kabul

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber driving a car packed with explosives targeted a Turkish Embassy vehicle in the Afghan capital during the Thursday morning rush hour, killing one Turkish soldier and wounding another.…