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  • Poor construction, safety checks blamed for fatal China fire

    BEIJING (AP) — A preliminary investigation into a nursing home fire that killed 38 people in central China has blamed poor building construction and lax safety checks, Chinese authorities reported. The State Administration of Work…

  • China detains artist who posted humorous photo of president

    BEIJING (AP) — The wife of a Chinese artist says authorities have detained him after he posted a humorous portrait of President Xi Jinping online. Judy Zhu said Thursday that police are accusing artist Dai…

  • Boat people talks: Key issues and expectations

    BANGKOK (AP) — In the past month, more than 3,000 desperate, hungry people have landed on the shores of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, drawing international attention to a crisis in Southeast Asia. Arrivals of the…

  • Asia stocks down as Greece deadline looms, Shanghai sinks

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian stocks were mostly lower Thursday as a deadline for Greece to make a debt payment neared and Chinese shares dived after big gains in the past three months. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s…

  • Thai protest leaders get jail term for anti-government rally

    BANGKOK (AP) — Six prominent protest leaders in Thailand were sentenced to two years in prison Thursday for storming the prime minister’s office compound during massive anti-government rallies in 2008 in part of the political…

  • Indians crowd rivers, tree shade as heat toll passes 1,400

    HYDERABAD, India (AP) — Eating onions, lying in the shade and crowding into rivers, Indians are doing whatever they can to stay cool amid a brutal heat wave that has killed more than 1,400 in…

  • Philippine economic growth slows to 5.2 percent in 1Q

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Sluggish government spending slowed Philippine economic growth in the first quarter of this year, officials said Thursday. The country’s gross domestic product grew by 5.2 percent in the first quarter, down…

  • Ex-Chinese legislator on trial for organizing prostitution

    BEIJING (AP) — A former member of China’s national legislature who is accused of running a brothel with 100 prostitutes at a luxury hotel that he ran in southern China has gone on trial on…

  • Poor construction, safety checks blamed for fatal China fire

    BEIJING (AP) — A preliminary investigation into a nursing home fire that killed 38 people in central China has blamed poor building construction and lax safety checks, Chinese authorities reported. The State Administration of Work…

  • 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…