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  • North Korea halts probe into fate of kidnapped Japanese

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea reacted angrily Friday to new sanctions announced by Japan over its recent rocket launch and said in response it will halt an investigation into the fate of Japanese…

  • UK: Hong Kong bookseller ‘removed’ in breach of China treaty

    HONG KONG (AP) — Britain says a missing Hong Kong bookseller was likely abducted to mainland China, calling it a “serious breach” of the treaty under which Beijing took control of the city. Foreign Secretary…

  • The Latest: European markets poised to close higher

    LONDON (AP) — The latest on the turmoil in global financial markets (all times local): 3:20 p.m. Friday looks set to be an up-day in European stock markets, providing a welcome respite for many traders…

  • US stocks open higher as oil rebounds, banks rise

    U.S. stocks opened higher, seeking their first gain this week, as beaten-down energy and financial companies rebounded. Banks rose Friday after Deutsche Bank offered to buy more than $5 billion in bonds. Its shares were…

  • Strong earthquake rocks east Indonesia; communications lost

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong earthquake rocked eastern Indonesia on Friday, apparently knocking out communications on islands near the epicenter. Information on damage and injuries was not available due to the communication problems. Rescuers…

  • Philippines, rebels fortify truce amid stalled peace pact

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government and Muslim rebels have extended the stay of international cease-fire monitors at their first meeting since their peace pact stalled amid fears of fresh fighting. Government negotiator Miriam…

  • How impoverished but nuclear-armed North Korea earns money

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The closure of a factory park in North Korea jointly run by both Koreas has cost the impoverished North a rare source of legitimate hard currency. Seoul says it shut…

  • Image of Asia: Commemorating Union Day in Myanmar

    In this photo by Aung Shine Oo, an ethnic Shan woman takes a selfie during a ceremony to mark the 69th anniversary of Union Day in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Union Day marks the anniversary of a…

  • Seoul, US to open talks on missile defense aimed at N. Korea

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Looking to take a harder line after North Korea’s recent nuclear test and rocket launch, Seoul and Washington will begin talks as early as next week on deploying a sophisticated…

  • Pakistani intelligence arrests nearly 100 militants

    KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan’s intelligence agencies arrested a collective of 97 “hardcore terrorists” from three banned groups involved in a string of major terrorist attacks and seized weapons, explosives and communications gear intended for…

  • Thai police say slain Spaniard’s DNA found in suspect’s home

    BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand said Friday they have found bloodstains and DNA from a Spanish victim in the apartment of the Spanish man who was arrested on suspicion of killing and dismembering him.…

  • N. Koreans outside closed factories lose steady water supply

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Among the losers in the retaliatory sparring between the rival Koreas are residents who had been depending on a rarity in impoverished North Korea: a steady supply of water from…

  • Seoul cuts off power supplies to factory park in North Korea

    PAJU, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has cut off power and water supplies to a factory park in North Korea, officials said Friday, a day after the North deported all South Korean workers there…

  • Indonesia warns messaging apps to drop same-sex emoticons

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Human Rights Watch on Friday urged Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to protect gay and lesbian rights, a day after his government told instant messaging apps to remove stickers featuring same-sex…

  • Australian minister resigns for breaching code of conduct

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An embattled Australian government minister resigned on Friday for breaching ministerial standards through a business trip to China, clearing the way for the prime minister to announce a final Cabinet reshuffle…