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  • Japan’s emperor turns 81, renews peace commitment

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Emperor Akihito says he “ardently” hoped Japan will strive hard as a peaceful country, as he celebrated his 81th birthday ahead of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War…

  • 2004 tsunami: People rushing choppers to get aid

    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…

  • North Korean websites back online after shutdown

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Key North Korean websites were back online Tuesday after an hours-long shutdown that followed a U.S. vow to respond to a cyberattack on Sony Pictures that Washington blames on Pyongyang.…

  • NKorea accuses UN of discussing its rights, not US torture

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A North Korean diplomat is accusing Western nations on the United Nations Security Council of “turning a blind eye” to acts of torture and spying by the United States and focusing…

  • US stocks push to record highs, continuing a rally

    The Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed at record highs Monday as the market delivered its fourth gain in as many trading days. Pharmaceutical and technology stocks were among…

  • 10 years after tsunami, victim’s mom learns body wasn’t lost

    SEINT PAING, Myanmar (AP) — Of all the moments to chase a dream, May Aye Nwe chose the morning of Dec. 26, 2004. A child of rural Myanmar, she boarded a small boat seeking a…

  • Panel: Asahi not to blame for criticism of Japan

    TOKYO (AP) — An independent panel said Monday there is no clear evidence that reports by the Asahi newspaper quoting fabricated witness accounts led to international criticism over Japan’s use of Asian women in wartime…

  • China to investigate ex-President Hu’s top aide

    BEIJING (AP) — The top aide to former Chinese President Hu Jintao has been placed under investigation for unspecified disciplinary violations, the official Xinhua News Agency said Monday, in a sign that President Xi Jinping…

  • Woman fatally shot at Myanmar mine protest

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A woman was fatally shot Monday during a crackdown on protesters at a controversial Chinese-backed copper mine in northwestern Myanmar, activists and an opposition lawmaker said. Khin San Hlaing, a lawmaker…

  • Australia family found after 10 days in wilderness

    SYDNEY (AP) — A 5-year-old boy and his 7-year-old brother were recovering in a hospital Monday after surviving with their father for 10 days in the Australian wilderness with little food and in weather conditions…

  • China punishes hospital for operating room photos

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese health authorities put a hospital president on probation and fired three other supervisors following public outrage over photos posted online of smiling medical staff posing with patients in the middle of…

  • Chinese military plane crashes; 2 deaths reported

    BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese military plane crashed in the country’s northwest on Monday and a news website says at least two people were killed. The plane crashed at about 3 p.m. near the city…

  • SKorea holds N-plant drills against cyber threats

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s monopoly nuclear power company said it began drills Monday against possible cyberattacks after online threats of attack against its plants. State-owned Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co. said…

  • India lawmakers demand Modi speak on Hindu conversions

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Opposition lawmakers, charging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has done little to stop hard-liners in his party from forcibly converting religious minorities to Hinduism, threw Parliament into an uproar Monday, with…

  • Opposition lawmaker says protester shot dead at Chinese-backed copper mine in Myanmar

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Opposition lawmaker says protester shot dead at Chinese-backed copper mine in Myanmar .