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  • Hong Kong arrests 33 in protest against Chinese shoppers

    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police arrested nearly three dozen people Sunday after scuffles broke out at a protest in a border town, in the latest example of heightened tensions over the growing influx…

  • 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…

  • China’s manufacturing measure shows contraction for February

    BEIJING (AP) — An index that measures China’s manufacturing activity went up slightly in February but still showed contraction amid China’s economy slowdown, according to official data released Sunday. The latest monthly purchasing managers’ index…

  • Maldives opposition to protest until ex-leader freed

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — An opposition lawmaker in the Maldives said her party will press on with street protests until the government frees a former president and current opposition leader. Mohamed Nasheed, the Indian…

  • China’s central bank cuts rates again to boost economy

    BEIJING (AP) — China’s central bank cut interest rates for the second time in three months Saturday, adding to signs the country’s leaders are worried the economic slowdown is deepening too sharply. The People’s Bank…

  • Afghan avalanche death toll rises amid rescue effort

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The death toll from a massive avalanche in an Afghan valley rose yet again Saturday as rescue crews cleared roads to try to gain access to rural villages buried under deep…

  • Singapore founding father Lee’s condition improves slightly

    SINGAPORE (AP) — The condition of Singapore’s 91-year-old founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, has improved slightly as he remains on life support in intensive care, the government said Saturday. Lee, who is being treated for…

  • Prince William evokes Diana memories on Japan tsunami trip

    KORIYAMA, Japan (AP) — Britain’s Prince William is spending the latter half of his four-day stay in Japan, starting Saturday, in the country’s tsunami-ravaged northeast, a visit certain to draw global attention to the stories…

  • China’s famed Shaolin temple plans big project in Australia

    BEIJING (AP) — China’s Shaolin Temple, historically known for its martial arts traditions but which recently has gained a reputation for aggressive commercialization, is planning to build a $297 million complex in Australia that would…

  • Myanmar journalist arrested for satirical post

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Police in Myanmar on Saturday arrested a photojournalist who posted a satirical message on Facebook that mocked a historic battle and the country’s leader. Police confirmed they detained Aung Nay Myo,…

  • 70 years on, survivors keep memory of Battle of Manila alive

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Seventy years have not dulled the memories of survivors of the monthlong Battle of Manila. The mass killings by Japanese forces, the loved ones lost and the desperation are etched in…

  • China jails ex-vice governor 17 years on graft charges

    BEIJING (AP) — A former Chinese vice governor known for his appetite for jade and arts was sentenced to 17 years in prison on corruption charges on Saturday, a Chinese court said. Ni Fake, former…

  • Attackers in Bangladesh hack to death American blogger

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism was hacked to death as he walked through Bangladesh’s capital with his wife, police said Friday. The attack Thursday night…