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  • Afghan police lead insurgent fight at high cost

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — When brothers Amir and Mosha Jan joined Afghanistan’s police two years ago they believed that their patriotic duty was more important than obeying their father, who did not want his only…

  • AirAsia plane with 162 on board missing in Indonesia

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An AirAsia plane with 162 people on board lost contact with ground control on Sunday while flying over the Java Sea after taking off from a provincial city in Indonesia for…

  • Japan’s Abe unleashes stimulus plan to spur growth

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Cabinet approved 3.5 trillion yen ($29 billion) in fresh stimulus Saturday for the ailing economy, pledging to get growth back on track and restore the country’s precarious public finances. Prime Minister…

  • China jails 4 for 2013 fatal fire at poultry plant

    BEIJING (AP) — Two fire chiefs and two poultry farm bosses have been convicted and sentenced to prison terms of up to nine years in relation to a fire at a plant in northeastern China…

  • Pakistani army says airstrikes, troops kill 39 militants

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani warplanes and ground forces killed 39 militants as part of an ongoing operation in a volatile tribal region near the Afghan border, the Pakistani military said. The airstrikes were carried out…

  • Agonizing, lonely search for missing kids in China

    BEIJING (AP) — In the grainy video, Zhang Xiuhong can see her daughter ride her bike down a country road on her way to school one spring afternoon six years ago. In the next shot,…

  • US stocks close higher, extending gains for the week

    Wall Street’s “Santa Claus” rally kept delivering gifts a day after Christmas. The Dow Jones industrial average, Standard & Poor’s 500 index and the Russell 2000 index of small-company stocks closed at all-time highs on…

  • 10th anniversary of tsunami is marked with tears

    PERELIYA, Sri Lanka (AP) — A packed train in Sri Lanka that was swept off the tracks by waves as big as elephants. A boat patrolling off Thailand’s shore hurled more than a mile inland.…

  • Asia marks 10 years since tsunami

  • China offers to help electricity-starved Nepal

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — China said Friday that it would help Nepal develop its power industry to alleviate severe electricity outages that can last up to 12 hours a day in the Himalayan nation, where…

  • Chinese leaders reiterate support for HK leader

    BEIJING (AP) — China’s leaders underscored their support for Hong Kong’s unpopular leader as he visited Beijing on Friday in the wake of pro-democracy protests in the southern Chinese city. Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying met…

  • Sri Lanka mudslides kill 9

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — At least nine people have been killed in mudslides triggered by heavy rains in the central hills of Sri Lanka. Disaster-response officials say more than 60,000 people have been evacuated…

  • 3 SKorea workers die at nuke plant construction site

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Three South Korean workers have died after apparently inhaling toxic gas at a construction site for a new nuclear plant. Choi Hee-ye of Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co. says…

  • S. Korean official arrested over nut rage incident

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors on Friday arrested a government official who allegedly leaked information about an investigation into former Korean Air Lines executive Cho Hyun-ah, who forced a flight to return…

  • Japan stimulus mulled as inflation, output weaken

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning about 3.5 trillion yen ($29 billion) in fresh stimulus, including subsidies and job-creating programs, to help pull the world’s third-largest economy out of recession. Officials…