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  • Afghan parliament approves 16 more Cabinet nominees

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s parliament has approved 16 Cabinet nominees after months of delays. Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, speaker of the parliament’s lower house, said Saturday that the decision now means the 25-member Cabinet of…

  • Bangladesh guardedly welcomes Benetton factory victim pledge

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A Bangladeshi garment industry leader on Saturday guardedly welcomed Italian retailer Benetton’s pledge of more than $1 million to victims of a factory collapse that killed over 1,100 people two years…

  • Afghan president: Islamic State group claims suicide blast

    FAIZABAD, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s president says that the Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed at least 33 people. Officials say the attack in Jalalabad on Saturday also wounded…

  • Nepal marks anniversary of deadliest Everest avalanche

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Hundreds of people have gathered in Nepal’s capital to mark the anniversary of the deadliest avalanche to hit Mount Everest. After 16 Nepalese Sherpa guides died in the April 18, 2014,…

  • Australia arrests 5 for alleged IS-inspired terror plot

    SYDNEY (AP) — Five Australian teenagers were arrested Saturday on suspicion of plotting an Islamic State group-inspired terrorist attack at a Veterans’ Day ceremony that included targeting police officers, officials said. The suspects included two…

  • Indian troops fire at Kashmir protesters; teenager killed

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Government forces fired on anti-India protesters Saturday and killed a teenage student on the second day of violent clashes in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, police said. Relatives disputed the…

  • Australia arrests 5 on charges of plotting ANZAC Day attack

    SYDNEY (AP) — Five Australian teenagers were arrested Saturday on suspicion of plotting a terrorist attack at a Veterans’ Day ceremony that included targeting police officers, officials said. The suspects included two 18-year-olds who are…

  • Report says China building airstrip on reclaimed island

    BEIJING (AP) — China is building an airstrip on an artificially created island in a disputed section of the South China Sea, according to independent analysts, a move the U.S. has warned could raise tensions…

  • Veteran Chinese journalist Gao Yu sentenced to 7 years

    BEIJING (AP) — A Beijing court sentenced a veteran Chinese journalist to seven years in prison Friday on charges of leaking a document detailing the Communist Party leadership’s resolve to aggressively target civil society and…

  • LGBT-rights group urges Guam governor to allow gay marriage

    HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — The nation’s largest gay rights organization and Guam’s biggest newspaper are blasting the territory’s governor for not allowing marriage licenses to be issued to same-sex couples. Guam’s attorney general on Wednesday…

  • Summons of Japanese media raises complaints of interference

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s ruling party summoned executives from two leading television networks Friday, the latest in a series of actions that opponents say endanger press freedom and intimidate the media. The Liberal Democratic Party’s…

  • Nepal’s 5-time prime minister cremated with state honors

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Former five-time Nepalese Prime Minister Surya Bahadur Thapa was cremated with state honors Friday near a revered Hindu temple after his death earlier this week. Thousands of people paid their last…

  • Clashes between Indian forces, Kashmiri protesters injure 25

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse hundreds of demonstrators in Indian-controlled Kashmir who hurled rocks and chanted anti-Indian and pro-Pakistan slogans Friday, and officials said at least 20…

  • Cambodian police arrest fugitive ex-general on murder charge

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A wealthy military general charged with murdering a fellow tycoon over a business dispute was taken into police custody Friday. Thong Sarath was sent to police headquarters in Phnom Penh…

  • Trade talks in Tokyo get push from ‘fast-track’ deal in US

    TOKYO (AP) — Top Japan and U.S. trade officials plan to meet this weekend, seeking to close gaps over autos and farm trade before Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits Washington later this month. Economy minister…