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  • Japan’s Abe unleashes stimulus plan to spur growth

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Cabinet approved 3.5 trillion yen ($29 billion) in fresh stimulus Saturday for the ailing economy, pledging to get growth back on track and restore the country’s precarious public finances. Prime Minister…

  • China jails 4 for 2013 fatal fire at poultry plant

    BEIJING (AP) — Two fire chiefs and two poultry farm bosses have been convicted and sentenced to prison terms of up to nine years in relation to a fire at a plant in northeastern China…

  • Pakistani army says airstrikes, troops kill 39 militants

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani warplanes and ground forces killed 39 militants as part of an ongoing operation in a volatile tribal region near the Afghan border, the Pakistani military said. The airstrikes were carried out…

  • Agonizing, lonely search for missing kids in China

    BEIJING (AP) — In the grainy video, Zhang Xiuhong can see her daughter ride her bike down a country road on her way to school one spring afternoon six years ago. In the next shot,…

  • US stocks close higher, extending gains for the week

    Wall Street’s “Santa Claus” rally kept delivering gifts a day after Christmas. The Dow Jones industrial average, Standard & Poor’s 500 index and the Russell 2000 index of small-company stocks closed at all-time highs on…

  • 10th anniversary of tsunami is marked with tears

    PERELIYA, Sri Lanka (AP) — A packed train in Sri Lanka that was swept off the tracks by waves as big as elephants. A boat patrolling off Thailand’s shore hurled more than a mile inland.…

  • Asia marks 10 years since tsunami

  • China offers to help electricity-starved Nepal

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — China said Friday that it would help Nepal develop its power industry to alleviate severe electricity outages that can last up to 12 hours a day in the Himalayan nation, where…

  • Chinese leaders reiterate support for HK leader

    BEIJING (AP) — China’s leaders underscored their support for Hong Kong’s unpopular leader as he visited Beijing on Friday in the wake of pro-democracy protests in the southern Chinese city. Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying met…

  • Sri Lanka mudslides kill 9

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — At least nine people have been killed in mudslides triggered by heavy rains in the central hills of Sri Lanka. Disaster-response officials say more than 60,000 people have been evacuated…

  • 3 SKorea workers die at nuke plant construction site

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Three South Korean workers have died after apparently inhaling toxic gas at a construction site for a new nuclear plant. Choi Hee-ye of Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co. says…

  • S. Korean official arrested over nut rage incident

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors on Friday arrested a government official who allegedly leaked information about an investigation into former Korean Air Lines executive Cho Hyun-ah, who forced a flight to return…

  • Japan stimulus mulled as inflation, output weaken

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning about 3.5 trillion yen ($29 billion) in fresh stimulus, including subsidies and job-creating programs, to help pull the world’s third-largest economy out of recession. Officials…

  • SKorea, US, Japan to share intel on North Korea

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea, the U.S. and Japan will sign their first joint intelligence-sharing pact next week to better cope with North Korea’s increasing nuclear and missile threats, officials said Friday. The…

  • Malaysia PM cuts short holiday to deal with floods

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Friday he was cutting short his U.S. vacation to deal with the worst floods in the country in decades that have killed five people…