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  • Tuk-tuk taxi maker aims to make inroads in US

    DENVER (AP) — They’re ubiquitous in Asia, swarming the bustling streets of Bangkok, New Delhi and Beijing. Now, a company that manufactures tuk-tuks — the three-wheeled motorized rickshaws that have moved the masses for more…

  • Toyota promises to help find cause of Takata airbag defects

    TOKYO (AP) — Toyota vowed to help pinpoint the cause of a defect in air bags used in more than 50 million vehicles worldwide, saying the auto industry risks losing the trust of car buyers…

  • Nepal assesses if quake-hit villages are at risk before rain

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Geologists were sent to earthquake-damaged mountain villages in Nepal this week to assess landslide risks before the rainy season begins next month, an official said Friday. Many of them walking to…

  • Aspiring Asia leader China takes no role in Rohingya crisis

    BEIJING (AP) — Malaysia has begun searching for thousands of boat people believed stranded in the Andaman Sea. From a hemisphere away in Washington, the U.S. said it will send navy planes. Even the small…

  • US: Myanmar should share responsibility for Rohingya crisis

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Navy ships from two countries scoured Southeast Asian waters Friday for boats believed to be carrying thousands of migrants with little food or water, and a top U.S. diplomat said Myanmar…

  • The Latest on Rohingya: US envoy says address root causes

    5 p.m. (1030 GMT) A senior U.S. diplomat says the root causes of the exodus of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims need to be addressed as a way to solve the humanitarian crisis facing Southeast Asia. U.S.…

  • South Korean court frees Korean Air ‘nut rage’ executive

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court on Friday suspended the prison term of a former Korean Air executive whose onboard “nut rage” tantrum delayed a flight last year, immediately ending her incarceration.…

  • China stocks hit 7-year high, Europe muted ahead of Fed

    HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese stocks hit a seven-year high as investors pinned their hopes on further economic stimulus while most other world markets were subdued Friday ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve chair…

  • Image of Asia: Hands raised in prayer at Hazratbal shrine

    In this photo by Dar Yasin, Muslims at Kashmir’s Hazratbal shrine raise their hands in prayer as head priest Mohammad Ishaq Banday displays a relic of the Prophet Muhammad on the Friday following Mehraj-u-Alam, the…

  • China says work on charter for Asian bank completed

    BEIJING (AP) — Negotiators from 57 governments completed work Friday on a charter for a Chinese-led Asian regional bank that is to be signed in late June, the Chinese finance ministry said. Beijing’s proposal for…

  • Female peace activists say Korean DMZ walk is still on

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — A group of female activists, including Gloria Steinem and two Nobel Peace Prize laureates, said Friday they will go ahead with their plan to walk across the Demilitarized Zone separating…

  • UN chief calls for peaceful solution to sea disputes

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for a peaceful solution to territorial disputes in the South China Sea, where China’s assertiveness has alarmed its smaller neighbors. Ban told reporters in Hanoi…

  • Q&A on origins of Rohingya conflict and why it persists

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Many of the thousands of migrants abandoned at sea in Southeast Asia this month are Rohingya Muslims who fled their home country of Myanmar. Here are facts about the history and…

  • Japan’s first lady visits controversial shrine to war dead

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s first lady visited the Yasukuni Shrine honoring the country’s war dead, including convicted war criminals, this week in a move that risks outraging neighboring countries that suffered under Japan’s World War…

  • China’s mega-tours draw attention abroad, critique at home

    BEIJING (AP) — All-expenses-paid trips to reward top salespeople aren’t unusual, but direct marketing companies that are the Chinese versions of Amway, Avon and Herbalife are taking it to an extreme by sending thousands abroad…