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  • US stocks open modestly higher in quiet trading

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose modestly in early trading Wednesday, recovering some of the steep losses the market had the day before. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average rose 49 points, or…

  • Kazakhstan ‘gay propaganda’ measure deemed unconstitutional

    MOSCOW (AP) — A proposed law in Kazakhstan that would criminalize dissemination to minors of information supporting homosexual relationships has been struck down as unconstitutional. The measure had been passed by both houses of parliament,…

  • Image of Asia: Working at a brick kiln in the summer heat

    In this photo by Saurabh Das, a laborer sets off with a bucket to fetch drinking water at a brick kiln on a hot summer day in Ghasera, on the outskirts of New Delhi. India’s…

  • UN agency to hire mountain guides, porters for Nepal relief

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The U.N. food agency is hiring thousands of mountain and trekking guides, porters and other workers to carry food, medicine, tents and supplies to Nepal’s mostly inaccessible northern villages where two…

  • Japan nuclear plant obtains final permit needed to restart

    TOKYO (AP) — A nuclear plant in southern Japan on Wednesday obtained the final permit needed to restart its reactors, paving the way for it to become the first to go back online under new…

  • Pakistan judge orders CEO held for faked diploma allegations

    KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani judge ordered police Wednesday to hold and question the embattled CEO of a software company for a week on allegations he oversaw a global diploma mill, as broadcasters aired…

  • About 1,100 people dead as summer temperatures soar in India

    HYDERABAD, India (AP) — Soaring summer temperatures in India have left over 1,100 people dead over the past month, officials said Wednesday. Most of the deaths have been reported in the southeastern states of Andhra…

  • Australian boy in Syria creates quandary for government

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A 7-year-old Australian boy who horrified the world a year ago when he was photographed holding the severed head of a Syrian soldier by the hair has created a quandary for…

  • 4 Taliban militants die in attack in Afghan capital

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An all-night siege in an upscale neighborhood of the Afghan capital, Kabul, ended in the early hours of Wednesday morning with the deaths of four heavily armed Taliban attackers, though no…

  • Fleeing poverty, Bangladeshis caught in Asian boat crisis

    UKHIYA, Bangladesh (AP) — The traffickers spun stories that were unimaginable to their listeners, many who hailed from tiny Bangladeshi villages where almost no one earns more than a few dollars a day. First, there…

  • Thailand revokes passports of ousted premier Thaksin

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities said Wednesday they revoked two passports belonging to former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra following an interview he gave in South Korea they said could affect national security. Speaking to South…

  • Buddhists in Myanmar deny boat people are Rohingya

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Several hundred protesters in Myanmar’s main city denied Wednesday that boat people arriving on Southeast Asian shores are Rohingya Muslims, a religious minority the government and many others in the predominantly…

  • Reform training sought for Singapore teen over blog, video

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Prosecutors in Singapore say they are seeking reform training for a teenager who is refusing probation and who again made public the video and blog posts a court deemed offensive earlier this…

  • China fines chemical company $12M for polluting, jails staff

    BEIJING (AP) — A court in eastern China fined a manufacturer of weed killer 75 million yuan ($12 million) and imprisoned employees of the company and its contractors for discharging wastewater that severely polluted streams.…

  • India appoints 1st transgender as head of college

    KOLKATA, India (AP) — India has for the first time appointed a transgender as the principal of a college, a top education official said Wednesday. Manabi Banerjee, a transgender woman, will head the Krishnagar Women’s…