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  • Research group: Afghan pro-government militias running amok

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan is increasingly relying on a “cheap but dangerous” national militia of some 30,000 fighters, some of whom have committed serious abuses in the communities they are supposed to protect, an…

  • Maggi noodles ordered off India’s shelves due to lead level

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian shopkeepers withdrew a popular brand of Nestle instant noodles from their shelves Wednesday after tests revealed the snack contained unsafe levels of lead. India’s states have either ordered the withdrawal…

  • US, India move forward on joint military research projects

    NEW DELHI (AP) — After several years of bureaucratic delays, the U.S. and India are moving ahead with two joint research projects for the military that officials hope will set the stage for greater defense…

  • From tiny cages to lots of love, Thai dogs find homes in US

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — For the first time, they gobbled up treats, walked on grass and rolled in the dirt — things many American dogs take for granted. Betsy Garvin’s three dogs were rescued from…

  • China escalates effort to recover missing from capsized ship

    JIANLI, China (AP) — Chinese authorities deployed scores more divers and a large crane as they escalated efforts Wednesday to recover more than 410 people believed to be trapped inside an overturned river cruise ship.…

  • US returns $1 million forfeited from Filipino ex-general

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The United States returned to the Philippine government on Wednesday more than $1 million from the forfeited assets of a discharged Filipino general accused of stashing illegally obtained wealth in America.…

  • Image of Asia: Fishing on the Mahanadi

    In this photo by Biswaranjan Rout, fishermen throw in their nets into the River Mahanadi, or Great River, on the outskirts of Cuttack, India. The river is considered sacred and is also one of India’s…

  • In Tokyo, Philippine leader criticizes China over sea moves

    TOKYO (AP) — On his sixth visit to Japan in five years, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday criticized China’s assertiveness in regional seas, a concern shared by both countries as they deepen their…

  • Afghan anti-corruption body assails nepotism in government

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An independent Afghan anti-corruption body warned Wednesday that nepotism plays a critical role in getting a job as a diplomat in the country’s Foreign Affairs Ministry. The report by the Independent…

  • Rohingya expert: Dozens of corpses wash to shore in Myanmar

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Dozens of corpses have washed to shore in Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine in the last month, an advocacy group and villagers said Wednesday. Some were believed to be Rohingya Muslims…

  • Capsized Yangtze ship cited over safety problems 2 years ago

    Eastern Star, the cruise ship that capsized in the Yangtze river with more than 450 people aboard, was cited for safety violations two years ago, records from a Chinese maritime agency show. Authorities in Nanjing,…

  • The Latest on China Boat Sinking: Pope prays for victims

    12:30 p.m. (1030 GMT) Pope Francis is offering his prayers for the victims of the ship sinking and their families. During his weekly general audience Wednesday in St. Peter’s Square, Francis said he wanted to…

  • Growing calls for Thai owners to address Leicester sex video

    BANGKOK (AP) — It remains unclear how the “racist orgy” video was leaked. But it’s safe to say the scandal surrounding Leicester City was not the game plan when its Thai owners and sponsors invited…

  • S. Korea test-fires missile that can strike all of N. Korea

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Wednesday successfully test-fired a domestically built ballistic missile that can hit all of North Korea, an official said, amid continuing animosity between the rivals over the North’s…

  • N. Korea races to boost power in time for party anniversary

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea is racing to boost its electricity supply by up to 50 percent with the completion of several generating stations by the end of the year and is pushing…