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  • AP Interview: Iran ambassador: Nuke deal could benefit Kabul

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — As Iran and global powers move toward a nuclear agreement, Tehran’s ambassador to Afghanistan said a deal easing crippling economic sanctions would also benefit security and development in his country’s war-torn…

  • US stocks open lower after Greek ‘no’ vote on bailout

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening lower after Greeks voted overwhelmingly to reject the terms of the country’s latest bailout. U.S. government bond prices rose early Monday as investors sought safe places to…

  • China to snub arbitration hearing on feud with Philippines

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — China is standing pat on its decision to reject arbitration by an international tribunal that will begin formal hearings this week to resolve a long-seething feud between Beijing and Manila over…

  • Shoe factory collapses in eastern China, killing 14 people

    BEIJING (AP) — A shoe factory collapsed in eastern China during a weekend shift, killing 14 people and injuring 33 others, local authorities said Monday. Nine people escaped unscathed after the collapse Saturday afternoon in…

  • Afghans protest court ruling in mob killing of woman

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Dozens of Afghans have rallied to denounce last week’s court ruling that overturned the death sentences for four men convicted for taking part in the mob killing of a woman outside…

  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

    Tragedy struck Indonesia when a military transport plane crashed into a residential neighborhood in Medan, the country’s third-biggest city, killing all 122 on board and at least 19 people on the ground. Almost exactly a…

  • Heritage title for Japan industry sites draws mixed reaction

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese officials Monday celebrated the U.N. cultural body’s approval of world heritage status for 23 historic sites showing the country’s transformation from feudal isolation into an industrial power at the end of…

  • Widow of ex-South Korean leader to visit North Korea

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The 92-year-old widow of late South Korean President Kim Dae-jung, who was a strong proponent of Korean reconciliation, will visit North Korea early next month, ex-aides to Kim said Monday.…

  • Thailand seizes illegal ivory in crates marked as ‘marble’

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thai customs officials said Monday they seized 250 kilograms (550 pounds) of ivory — or about 130 tusks and pieces — hidden in crates being shipped from Africa to Asia. The haul…

  • Honda chief: Product development needs more time for quality

    TOKYO (AP) — To illustrate his vision for a turnaround at recall-slammed Honda, Takahiro Hachigo, the new chief executive, showed video footage set to a light-hearted 50s-style rock music of happy people with Honda products,…

  • Most Asian markets fall after Greek results, but China rises

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares tumbled Monday after Greece’s voters vehemently rejected conditions set by its international creditors, deepening doubts over their future in the 19-nation eurozone. China’s benchmark initially rebounded from last week’s heavy…

  • S. Korean violinist wants border concert with North Korea

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Violinist Won Hyung Joon wants to bring North and South Korean musicians together next month to perform on each side of the world’s most heavily armed border. Standing in the…

  • Honda chief: Product development needs more time for quality

    TOKYO (AP) — To illustrate his vision for a turnaround at recall-slammed Honda, Takahiro Hachigo, the new chief executive, showed video footage set to a light-hearted 50s-style rock music of happy people with Honda products,…

  • 3 dead, 13 hurt after bomb blast at checkpoint in Kandahar

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An official says a bomb blast at a police checkpoint in the southern city of Kandahar has killed two civilians, one policeman and wounded 13 others. Samim Khpolwak, the spokesman for…

  • Indian coast guard seizes Iranian boat, arrests 12 crew

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s coast guard seized an Iranian fishing boat off the country’s southern coast early Sunday and arrested 12 crew members, officials said. Top Kerala state police officer T.P. Senakumar said the…