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  • Afghanistan: Taliban offensive forces thousands from homes

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Fierce fighting between government forces and Taliban insurgents in northern Afghanistan has forced thousands of people to flee their homes, officials said Sunday. Around 2,000 families have been displaced since the…

  • The Latest on Nepal: 3 pulled from rubble days after quake

    4:20 p.m. (1035 GMT) Rescuers have found three survivors in a mountainous village in Nepal, several days since the earthquake. Two men and a woman had been pulled from the rubble near Syauli village earlier…

  • 3 Nepal earthquake survivors found in mountainous village CORRECTS day of rescue

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — 3 Nepal earthquake survivors found in mountainous village CORRECTS day of rescue.

  • Nepal shuts airport to big jets; more bodies found

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Runway damage forced Nepalese authorities to close the main airport Sunday to large aircraft delivering aid to millions of people following the massive earthquake, but U.N. officials said the overall logistics…

  • Quake hobbles Nepal, so villagers fend for selves

    POKHARIDANDA, Nepal (AP) — Knock-kneed children drag scavenged sleeping mats into tarpaulin tents. Grandmothers clear rocks from demolition sites once called homes. And prodigal sons who rushed home to comfort their mothers are building new…

  • S. Korea confirms college student held in N. Korea

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea confirmed on Sunday that North Korea detained a South Korean student of New York University, but said it was still unclear whether the 21-year-old New Jersey resident attempted…

  • China teaches top cadres Western ideas despite backlash

    SHANGHAI (AP) — In the still, early hours, cadres make their way down tree-lined paths. They walk through a polished lobby, down dim hallways and settle themselves in rows in plain, wood-paneled classrooms. Here, they…

  • ‘Nepali’ or ‘Nepalese’? A linguist chimes in

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — What is the difference between the words “Nepali” and “Nepalese”? Very little, it seems — even if the question has come up repeatedly in newsrooms since the April 25 earthquake. The…

  • An elderly Nepali villager, and memories of the 1934 quake

    POKHARIDANDA, Nepal (AP) — He was 9 years old when he felt the earth tremble for the first time. He’d been out in a field, grazing his goats on wild grass below Nepal’s snow-covered peaks.…

  • Chairman of Taiwan’s ruling party visits mainland

    SHANGHAI (AP) — The chairman of Taiwan’s ruling Nationalist party said Sunday that further cooperation between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan was of utmost importance ahead of expected talks with President Xi Jinping as the…

  • ‘We need help': Aid scarce in quake-hit Nepal villages

    PAUWATHOK, Nepal (AP) — At the entrance of this destroyed mountain village stands a wooden sign cobbled together from the debris of homes flattened by Nepal’s devastating earthquake. Its message: “WE NEED HELP. PLEASE HELP.”…

  • The Latest on Nepal: Diarrhea fears in worst-hit quake areas

    10:10 a.m. (0425 GMT) Nepal’s health secretary says there have been reports of people being hit by diarrhea in several districts in remote mountain villages worst-hit by the April 25 earthquake. However, he says there…

  • Damaged by deadly quake, fate of Nepal heritage unsure

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Perched on a hilltop, the blue-rimmed eyes of Kathmandu’s gold-spired Swayambhunath stupa have long stared silently across this sprawling city nestled in the Himalayan foothills. But since Nepal was shattered by…

  • N. Korea arrests S. Korean studying in US for illegal entry

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea said it has arrested a South Korean student of New York University for illegally entering the country from China last month. Won Moon Joo, who North Korea says…

  • Japan prime minister ends US visit

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has ended his weeklong visit to the U.S. with a tour of the University of Southern California, where he was a student in the 1970s. The…