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  • Roadside bombs kill 8 civilians in Afghanistan

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says two roadside bombings have killed at least eight civilians, including women and children, in the country’s east. Hazrat Hussain Mashreqiwal, spokesman for the police chief in Nangarhar…

  • Afghan army takes on Taliban in first solo offensive

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan army is waging its largest-ever solo offensive against the Taliban, hoping to strike a decisive blow ahead of the spring fighting season and prove it can rout the insurgents…

  • Bangladesh arrests suspect in killing of American blogger

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladeshi security officials arrested a suspect Monday in the killing of an American writer who was a prominent critic of extremist Islam and was hacked to death last week as he…

  • Myanmar prevents student protesters from marching to Yangon

    LETPADAN, Myanmar (AP) — Truckloads of police on Monday prevented hundreds of students from continuing their march to Myanmar’s biggest city to protest a new law that they say curbs academic freedom. Tensions have been…

  • World stock markets mostly higher following China rate cut

    TOKYO (AP) — World stock markets were mostly higher Monday as a weekend interest rate cut by the Chinese central bank lifted sentiment following a lower estimate of U.S. economic growth last quarter. KEEPING SCORE:…

  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

    In glimpses of daily life around Asia last week, a woman gazed out a broken train window at one of New Delhi’s busy railway stations, and Sri Lankan fishermen hauled in their catch. Japan got…

  • Chinese shoppers latest target of Hong Kong protest anger

    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police arrested nearly three dozen people Sunday after scuffles broke out in the latest protest against the growing influx of mainland Chinese shoppers. Police officers drew batons and used…

  • Australia bans travel to Iraqi city of Mosul under new law

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Iraqi city of Mosul, which is held by Islamic State movement fighters, on Monday became the second terrorist hot-spot to be declared off-limits to Australians under new counterterrorism laws aimed…

  • Tourism thrives in Malaysia despite association with tragedy

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Two airplane catastrophes put Malaysia on the map in a bad way in 2014. But they didn’t hurt the country’s tourism, and the higher visibility may even have helped: visitor…

  • Seoul: North Korea test fires 2 short-range missiles

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Monday fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea and warned of “merciless strikes” against its enemies as allies Seoul and Washington launched annual military drills Pyongyang…

  • Canadian gets 7 years in jail in Nepal for child sex abuse

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A Canadian tourist with several previous child sex convictions has been sentenced to seven years in prison in Nepal for sexually abusing a minor boy, the court said Monday. The Lalitpur…

  • Britain’s Prince William takes on diplomatic role in China

    BEIJING (AP) — Prince William presented China’s president with a large envelope Monday containing an invitation from the queen to visit Britain this year, as he began the first official visit to mainland China by…

  • Afghan avalanches, flooding death toll rises to near 250

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan provincial official says that the death toll from a massive avalanche in a mountainous valley near the capital Kabul rose to 198 as bulldozers and other machinery began clearing…

  • India’s ruling party forms coalition government in Kashmir

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — India’s ruling Hindu nationalist party formed a coalition government in Kashmir on Sunday, marking the first time it will hold a leadership position in the disputed Muslim-majority region. Leaders from the…

  • Prince William gets close look at tsunami disaster in Japan

    ISHINOMAKI, Japan (AP) — Britain’s Prince William stood atop a hill in northeastern Japan on Sunday, and stretched below him was barren land known as the “Bay of Destruction,” which was swept by a tsunami…