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  • China punishes hospital for operating room photos

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have put a hospital president on probation and fired three supervisors following public outrage over photos posted online of smiling medical staff posing with patients in the middle of surgery.…

  • India lawmakers demand Modi speak on conversion to Hinduism

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Opposition lawmakers, charging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has done little to stop hard-liners in his party from forcibly converting religious minorities to Hinduism, threw Parliament into an uproar Monday, with…

  • China sends 700 peacekeepers to South Sudan

    BEIJING (AP) — China will send 700 troops to South Sudan as part of the country’s first infantry battalion to participate in a United Nations peacekeeping mission, state media reported Monday. The official Xinhua News…

  • Asian markets gain as oil rebounds

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian markets were mostly higher Monday after the Fed’s pledge not to rush to raise interest rates prompted investors to add risky assets ahead of the year-end holiday. A rise…

  • Australia family found after 10 days in wilderness

    SYDNEY (AP) — A 5-year-old boy and his 7-year-old brother were recovering in an Australian hospital Monday after surviving with their father for 10 days in the wilderness with little food and in weather conditions…

  • N. Korea threatens strikes on US amid hacking claims

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Barack Obama is “recklessly” spreading rumors of a Pyongyang-orchestrated cyberattack of Sony Pictures, North Korea says, as it warns of strikes against the White House, Pentagon and “the whole…

  • Asian markets gain as oil rebounds

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian markets were mostly higher Monday after the Fed’s pledge not to rush to raise interest rates prompted investors to add risky assets ahead of the year-end holiday. A rise…

  • South Korea lowers outlook on weak private sector

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea lowered its growth forecast for next year, citing persistently weak sentiment among consumers and businesses. But the government predicted that overall economic conditions will improve from this year…

  • Australian woman charged with murder of 8 children

    CAIRNS, Australia (AP) — A judge on Monday rejected a plea by lawyers for an Australia woman charged with killing eight children to have the next hearing held in a mental health court. Mersane Warria,…

  • Pakistan makes arrests in Taliban school carnage

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Authorities made several arrests in the case of the Taliban school attack that killed 148 in the northwestern city of Peshawar, on Sunday, officials said. “Quite a few suspects who were facilitators…

  • 10 years on, where did all the tsunami debris go?

    BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — Cars. Fishing boats. Houses. Entire villages. The 2004 tsunami left Banda Aceh with mountains of debris up to 6 kilometers (4 miles) inland. Driving in the remade communities today, it’s…

  • Strong quake hits east Indonesia; no tsunami threat

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong earthquake struck off the coast of eastern Indonesia on Sunday evening, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, and authorities said there was no threat of…

  • Taliban kill 7 Afghan policemen at checkpoint

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban attacked a checkpoint in northern Afghanistan, killing at least seven policemen, an official said Sunday. In Kabul, a reporter wounded in an attack earlier this month on a French-run…

  • Bomb blast kills 3, hurts 5 in northeastern India

    GUWAHATI, India (AP) — An explosion in the parking lot of a bus station early Sunday killed three people and wounded five others in India’s remote northeastern state, where several separatist groups operate, police said.…

  • Numbers that tell story of 2004 tsunami disaster

    Facts and figures from the Dec. 26, 2004, Indian Ocean tsunami. Sources include the Tsunami Evaluation Coalition and UNESCO: ___ — 9.1: Magnitude of the earthquake that set off the tsunami. Centered off the west…