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  • Turnout slim as thousands in Hong Kong rally for democracy

    HONG KONG (AP) — Tens of thousands of Hong Kongers took to the streets Wednesday to renew their call for full democracy but the turnout was noticeably lower than in recent years, reflecting an impasse…

  • Father: American burned in Taiwan park fire fights for life

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The father of an American who was badly burned in a fire at a Taiwan water park said Wednesday that the family is anxious about how the young man will fare…

  • Myanmar fisherman goes home after 22 years as a slave

    TUAL, Indonesia (AP) — All he did was ask to go home. The last time the Burmese slave made the same request, he was beaten almost to death. But after being gone eight years and…

  • Indonesia plane crash death toll 141 as search effort ends

    MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s air force promised Wednesday to investigate whether the aging transport plane that crashed into a city neighborhood, killing 141 people, was violating rules by carrying non-military passengers who paid for…

  • Image of Asia: Pilgrimage to Amarnath cave shrine

    In this photo by Channi Anand, an Indian paramilitary soldier stands guard overlooking a highway as the first group of Hindu pilgrims leaves Jammu, India, to start the Amarnath Yatra, the annual pilgrimage to the…

  • Japan police seek motive for self-immolation on bullet train

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese police on Wednesday searched the apartment of the man who set himself on fire on a high-speed bullet train, killing himself and another passenger, as officials sought clues to his motive.…

  • Afghan official: 3 children killed by mortar while playing

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says three children were killed and four wounded after they found an unexploded mortar in a field while playing. Fazal Mohammad Ishaqzia, the governor of Panjwayi district in…

  • Brutal heat wave in Pakistan last month killed 1,250

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s government says the brutal heat wave that hit the port city of Karachi and the country’s southern province of Sind in June killed 1,250 people before subsiding. A government statement on…

  • Pakistan: 4 members of al-Qaida’s South Asian branch killed

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani official says four militants killed this week during a raid on a home near the eastern city of Lahore were members of al-Qaida’s South Asian branch who were planning an…

  • China says concerned over Turkish religious complaints

    BEIJING (AP) — China expressed its displeasure Wednesday with Turkey’s complaints about restrictions on worship and fasting by minority Chinese Uighur Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Wednesday…

  • New Chinese law reinforces government control of cyberspace

    BEIJING (AP) — China’s legislature passed sweeping legislation on Wednesday that reinforces government controls over cyberspace, as the nation’s leaders try to address what they see as growing threats to Chinese networks and national security.…

  • China scrambles to reassure jittery stock traders

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities are scrambling to reassure jittery investors after soaring stock markets plunged, threatening to set back economic reform plans. The market benchmark soared 150 percent from the start of the boom…

  • The Latest on Indonesia: Search for plane crash victims ends

    MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — The latest on the Indonesian military plane crash (all times local): ___ 5 p.m. North Sumatra Regional Military Commander Maj. Gen. Edi Rahmayadi told reporters at Medan’s Adam Malik hospital that…

  • Thailand arrests 2 alleged brokers who sent slaves to boats

    BANGKOK (AP) — Two Thai men described as key figures in a human trafficking ring that provides slave crews for fishing boats were arrested, officials said Wednesday, as new regulations aimed at cracking down on…

  • Toyota’s top female executive resigns after arrest in Japan

    TOKYO (AP) — Julie Hamp, Toyota’s most senior female executive, has resigned following her arrest in Japan on suspicion of drug law violations, the automaker said Wednesday. Hamp tendered her resignation through her attorneys on…