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  • No major breakthrough at meeting on Asian boat people crisis

    BANGKOK (AP) — A regional conference called to address the swelling tide of boat people in Southeast Asia ended Friday with no major breakthroughs, as Myanmar criticized those blaming it for fueling the crisis and…

  • Stocks open slightly lower after economic data disappoints

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening slightly lower after the government reported that the domestic economy contracted in the first three months of the year. The revised figures published early Friday, which showed…

  • India’s heat wave tests water supply; death toll over 1,800

    HYDERABAD, India (AP) — Dizzying temperatures caused water shortages in thousands of Indian villages and killed hundreds more people over the past day, driving the death toll from a weekslong heat wave to at least…

  • Japan, EU agree to step up defense, economic ties

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese and European leaders agreed Friday to step up defense and economic ties, and expressed concern about rising tensions in the South China Sea. European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission…

  • US says China has artillery vehicles on artificial island

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Two large artillery vehicles were detected on one of the artificial islands that China is creating in the South China Sea, U.S. officials said Friday, underscoring ongoing concerns that Beijing may try…

  • Volcano erupts in southern Japan, spewing ash high into sky

    TOKYO (AP) — A volcano erupted in spectacular fashion on a small island in southern Japan on Friday, spewing out rocks and sending black clouds of ash 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) into the sky. Authorities…

  • China executes teacher who molested or raped 26 students

    BEIJING (AP) — A former Chinese elementary school teacher has been executed for molesting or raping 26 students, some as young as 4, in a case underscoring the vulnerability of rural children left behind by…

  • Turkmenistan considers extending presidential rule

    ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — Legislators in the authoritarian Central Asian nation of Turkmenistan are considering scrapping a rule that prevents people older than 70 from being elected president, a change that would allow the incumbent…

  • Malaysia denies entry to second Hong Kong activist

    HONG KONG (AP) — Malaysian authorities have denied entry to a radical Hong Kong lawmaker at Kuala Lumpur’s airport, the second time this week they have barred one of the city’s outspoken pro-democracy activists. Leung…

  • Anniversary of 1st Everest climb marked as industry frets

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Everest Day, marking the conquest of the world’s tallest peak 62 years ago, was marked quietly by officials, people in the mountaineering business and a few climbers Friday, little more than…

  • China destroys more than 660 kilograms of smuggled ivory

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities Friday destroyed 662 kilograms of ivory that was seized after being smuggled into the country, as part of a crackdown on the illegal trade. In front of reporters in a…

  • Civilians biggest losers on Afghan war’s new northern front

    KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (AP) — When the Taliban descended a month ago on Dam Shakh, a hamlet on the wheat-growing plains of northern Afghanistan’s Kunduz province, nobody was prepared. “They turned up suddenly and took us…

  • Thailand says agrees to US flights to search for boat people

    BANGKOK (AP) — Bangkok has agreed to allow the U.S. military to operate flights out of Thailand to search for migrants stuck on boats, a Thai official said Friday. So far the U.S. Navy flights…

  • Japan data show spending, factory output muted as yen falls

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese data on Friday showed a mixed outlook for the world’s third-largest economy while a renewed decline in the value of the yen is adding to uncertainty over whether the recovery is…

  • Thai official warns of ‘alarming level’ of boat people

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s Foreign Minister said Friday that the upsurge of boat people in Southeast Asia has reached an “alarming level,” and called for governments in the region to address the root causes of…