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  • Man tied to 2013 Myanmar hotel blast gets life in prison

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A court in Myanmar on Friday sentenced a man linked to a 2013 bombing that wounded an American tourist in one of the country’s most prestigious hotels to life imprisonment and…

  • Let’s make a deal: mega-mergers drive M&A frenzy

    NEW YORK (AP) — Deal makers from New York to London had a busy first half of the year, and mega-mergers drove the frenzy. Companies around the world announced mergers and acquisitions worth $2.3 trillion,…

  • Image of Asia: Ramadan prayers in Indian Kashmir

    In this photo by Dar Yasin, Muslim men offer Friday prayers during the holy month of Ramadan in Srinagar, the capital of Indian Kashmir. The restive region is predominantly Muslim and claimed by both India…

  • All aboard capsized Philippine ferry accounted for; 45 dead

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Rescuers on Friday were winding down the search for survivors and bodies from a ferry that capsized shortly after departing from a central Philippine port, leaving 45 people dead. Coast guard…

  • New government data shows persistent poverty in rural India

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India has released new data showing that more than 70 percent of its people live in villages, with the majority extremely poor and dependent on manual labor. The data from India’s…

  • Beijing says its air pollution better in first half of 2015

    BEIJING (AP) — Beijing’s municipal government says air pollution in the capital improved during the first six months of 2015. It said the concentration of PM 2.5 — tiny airborne particles that are particularly harmful…

  • Bangkok-bound flight from China makes emergency landing

    BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese airline says a Bangkok-bound flight has made an emergency landing after an engine fire warning lit up. China Southern Airlines said Flight 3081, which took off from the southern Chinese…

  • US official: China, US working to end ivory trade

    BEIJING (AP) — The United States and China want to increase cooperation in fighting wildlife trafficking and are working to end commercial ivory trading, a U.S. Cabinet secretary said Friday. U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell…

  • AP Exclusive: China Ministry posted bootleg ‘Liar’s Poker’

    SHANGHAI (AP) — A complete bootlegged copy of Michael Lewis’ bestselling book about Wall Street, “Liar’s Poker,” was hosted on the official website of the Chinese Commerce Ministry, the agency responsible for intellectual property protection…

  • Solar-powered plane due to land in Hawaii after 5-day flight

    HONOLULU (AP) — An airplane powered by the sun is scheduled to land in Hawaii Friday after a five-day journey across the Pacific from Japan. The flight is the longest leg of an around-the-world voyage…

  • EU leaders unlikely to attend Chinese military parade

    BEIJING (AP) — Top officials from the European Union probably won’t attend a Chinese military parade marking the anniversary of the end of World War II in Asia, the organization’s ambassador to Beijing said Friday,…

  • World stocks drift lower ahead of Greek vote; China plunges

    HONG KONG (AP) — World stock markets mostly drifted lower Friday ahead of Greece’s weekend austerity referendum, while China’s main stock benchmark plunged as much as 7 percent as government market stabilization measures failed to…

  • Could searchers’ sonars have missed wreckage of Flight 370?

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Amid rising frustrations over the expensive, so-far fruitless search for vanished Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, experts are questioning the competence of the company in charge, including whether crews may have passed…

  • AP Exclusive: North Korean farmers face dry fields, drought

    UNPHA, North Korea (AP) — North Korean farmers work to pump underground water into parched fields. Instead of rice seedlings standing in flooded paddies, the baked earth is cracked. A big lake that used to…

  • Malaysian premier denies he got $700 million from state fund

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Friday denied news reports that nearly $700 million were funneled from an indebted state investment fund into his personal accounts. The investment fund 1MDB,…