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  • 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…

  • Man drives into crowd of pedestrians in Beijing

    BEIJING (AP) — An elderly Chinese man drove his car through a crowd of pedestrians outside a popular Beijing sports stadium Friday morning, injuring eight people in what appeared to be a protest against an…

  • Japan’s McDonald’s to put big fries back on menu

    TOKYO (AP) — Big fries are going back on the menu in Japan. McDonald’s Japan said Friday it will resume serving all portion sizes of fries on Jan. 5 after resolving shortages due to labor…

  • Sony says online PlayStation disrupted

    TOKYO (AP) — Sony’s online PlayStation store and Microsoft’s Xbox site suffered disruptions to users on Christmas Day in the latest possible cyber-attacks on the companies. The PlayStation Store Twitter feed said Friday that some…

  • Tsunami memory: Awash in misery, a reason for joy

    Some 230,000 people were killed in the Indian Ocean tsunami set off by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake on Dec. 26, 2004. A dozen countries were hit, from Indonesia to India to Africa’s east coast. Scores…