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  • US man gets 18-year jail for murdering girlfriend’s mother

    BALI, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court has convicted an American man of murdering his girlfriend’s mother and sentenced him to 18 years in jail. The Denpasar District Court ruled Tuesday that Tommy Schaefer, 21,…

  • Japan’s leader sends offerings to controversial war shrine

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent religious offerings Tuesday to a Tokyo shrine that honors convicted World War II leaders among its war dead, a likely signal that he won’t pray there…

  • US business group in China urges more transparency, access

    BEIJING (AP) — The American Chamber of Commerce in China is calling for more government transparency and fairness as the confidence of U.S. companies in the country’s investment climate deteriorates. The chamber said in its…

  • Defiant Hong Kongers resist embrace of mainland China

    HONG KONG (AP) — All around Chow Tak-yee’s neighborhood in the working-class edges of Hong Kong, the 26-year-old can feel the spreading influence of nearby mainland China on the prosperous, open-minded city she’s always called…

  • 7 dead, 13 trapped in flooded northern China coal mine

    BEIJING (AP) — At least seven coal miners were killed and 13 left trapped after a shaft flooded at a mine in northern China, state media reported Tuesday. More than 600 rescue workers were pumping…

  • Sri Lankan lawmakers protest bribery summons for ex-leader

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A protest staged by lawmakers backing former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa ran into a second day Tuesday after the country’s bribery commission summoned the ex-leader and his brothers to…

  • Chinese president applauds Pakistan’s anti-terror efforts

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday applauded Pakistan’s anti-terrorism efforts in a speech to parliament, vowing his nation would continue to stand by its neighbor. Lawmakers gave Xi a standing ovation after…

  • US, Japan say no deal on farm, auto trade but end in sight

    TOKYO (AP) — U.S. and Japanese trade officials failed to resolve differences on autos and farm exports that are hindering progress toward a Pacific Rim trade deal but say they believe agreement is within reach.…

  • Officials say explosion in southern Afghanistan kills 3

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials say an explosion near a southern police station has killed three people and wounded 17. Samim Khpalwak, spokesman for the provincial governor, said the explosion Tuesday morning struck the…

  • Hong Kong rebound leads Asian stocks higher

    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong led Asian stocks higher Tuesday as investors shook off initial pessimism over new measures by China’s market regulator. KEEPING SCORE: Hong Kong’s Hang Seng jumped 2.1 percent to 27,666.06…

  • South Korea’s prime minister offers to resign amid scandal

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s prime minister has offered to resign amid a bribery scandal just two months after he took up the country’s No. 2 post, officials said Tuesday, in the latest…

  • Fierce storm lashes southeast Australia; 3 feared dead

    SYDNEY (AP) — A fierce storm lashing Australia’s southeast destroyed homes, left dozens stranded in swirling floodwaters and may have led to the deaths of three people, officials said Tuesday. The storm, which has been…

  • Afghan official: At least 2 dead in car bomb explosion

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official say at least two people have been killed in a car bomb explosion near a police station in the capital of southern Kandahar province. Samim Khpalwak, spokesman for…

  • Iwo Jima vet, Okinawa survivor wrestle with WWII legacy

    ITOMAN, Japan (AP) — In Norman Baker’s mind, the Japanese were fanatical, brutal animals with no respect for life. To Yoshiko Shimabukuro, Americans were long-nosed demons who rained hellfire from the skies before raping and…

  • Iwo Jima vet, Okinawa survivor wrestle with WWII legacy

    ITOMAN, Japan (AP) — In Norman Baker’s mind, the Japanese were fanatical, brutal animals with no respect for life. To Yoshiko Shimabukuro, Americans were long-nosed demons who rained hellfire from the skies before raping and…