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  • Inquest: Sydney café hostage killed by police bullet

    SYDNEY (AP) — A hostage who died during a siege in a downtown Sydney cafe was killed when she was struck by fragments of a bullet fired from a police officer’s gun as authorities stormed…

  • Battle of the big phones: Samsung down in China, Apple gains

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung lost the battle of the big phones last quarter as Apple’s copycat large iPhone lured buyers in the crucial Chinese market. The South Korean company said Thursday its profit…

  • Philippines says peace pact collapse would aid terrorists

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president has warned that the collapse of a peace deal with the country’s largest Muslim rebel group would abet terrorism and fresh violence after criticism of the accord followed…

  • Islamic State releases new audio message by Japanese hostage

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group released a message late Wednesday purportedly extending the deadline for Jordan’s release of an Iraqi would-be hotel bomber linked to al-Qaida. The message, read by a voice claiming…

  • Philippine economic growth slows to 6.1 percent last year

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine economic growth slowed to 6.1 percent last year, hampered by natural disasters, but still outpaced most other countries in Asia. Socio-Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan said Thursday that the 2014…

  • North Korea may be restarting nuke plant: US institute

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea may be attempting to restart its main nuclear bomb fuel reactor after a five-month shutdown, a U.S. research institute said Thursday. If true, the finding, which is based…

  • Inquest begins into deadly Sydney cafe siege

    SYDNEY (AP) — An inquest into a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe is set to begin as a coroner works to determine exactly how a gunman and two of his hostages ended up dead…

  • Stocks fade late as oil dips, Fed gives investors pause

    Investors struggled to figure out a barrage of signals from the Federal Reserve, oil markets and Corporate America Wednesday, and stocks fell sharply for second straight day. The Federal Reserve issued its first policy statement…

  • Sri Lankan president reinstates impeached chief justice

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s new president has reinstated the country’s chief justice, who was impeached two years ago after she refused to back a law granting wider powers to the former president’s…

  • Afghanistan arrests militants linked to journalist killing

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan has arrested two alleged militants from a Taliban splinter group that claimed responsibility for killing a Swedish journalist in Kabul, an official said Wednesday. National Directorate of Security spokesman Hasib…

  • Image of Asia: Mass wedding and an army parade in Indonesia

    In this photo by Achmad Ibrahim, brides and grooms sit on top of an Indonesian army vehicle during a mass wedding organized in Jakarta for couples who could not afford the ceremony on their own.…

  • Indonesia prosecutor: Americans’ murder trial should proceed

    BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian prosecutors said Wednesday the trial of an American couple charged with murdering the woman’s mother should proceed, defending their indictment against defense arguments that it has inaccuracies and should be…

  • Thai ‘Red Shirt’ leader given jail term for insulting ex-PM

    BANGKOK (AP) — A top leader of Thailand’s “Red Shirt” political movement was sentenced Wednesday to two years in jail for insulting a former prime minister, the latest blow to the supporters of another ex-prime…

  • Thailand summons US diplomat over critical remarks

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s military government summoned the U.S. charge d’affairs for talks on Wednesday after a top U.S. diplomat roiled the junta during a visit by calling for an end to martial law and…

  • Malaysia to issue interim report on missing plane on March 7

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Civil aviation authorities in Malaysia will release a required report on the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 a day before the one-year anniversary, but it won’t have any conclusion…