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  • China's state TV targeted in anti-corruption drive

    BEIJING (AP) — For months, Chinese state television has publicized a steady drumbeat of accusations of bribery and other abuses by a string of officials. Now, the state-run broadcaster faces allegations of graft in its own ranks. Since late May, at least six people at China Central Television's...

  • Hong Kong asks Beijing for greater democracy

    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's government formally asked Beijing on Tuesday for legal changes that will ultimately let residents of the southern Chinese city elect their leader for the first time, but downplayed calls for the public to nominate candidates free of China's vetting. The former...

  • 2 Koreas to hold talks on Asian Games

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A Seoul official says the rival Koreas have agreed to meet to discuss North Korea's participation in the upcoming Asian Games in the South. Unification Ministry spokesman Kim Eui-do says North Korea agreed Monday to meet at a border village on Thursday to discuss its...

  • North Korea launches missiles in latest test-fire

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea launched two ballistic missiles into the sea on Sunday, South Korea said, the latest in a series of test-firings seen as expressions of anger over the North's failure to win talks on receiving outside aid, and over U.S.-South Korean military drills. The...

  • Asian stocks weak amid new Europe jitters

    MUMBAI, India (AP) — Asian stock markets were muted Friday, following the lead of Wall Street traders spooked by worries about the soundness of a bank in Portugal that raised the specter of more financial turmoil in Europe. Japan's Nikkei 225 slipped 0.3 percent to 15,176.27 and South Korea's...

  • Indonesia deadlock: court may decide new president

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A day after Indonesia's presidential elections failed to produce a clear winner, Jakarta's police chief promised to prevent violence by cracking down on anyone celebrating prematurely. With both candidates continuing to claim victory, the next leader of the world's...

  • Afghan aid is dropping, but how fast is too fast?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Civilian assistance to Afghanistan was always slated to shrink with America's military footprint, but U.S. aid officials were caught off-guard when Congress, upset by testy relations with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, slashed civilian aid by 50 percent this year. War-weary...

  • Hoping to project power, China finds itself alone

    BEIJING (AP) — Nearly three decades after Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping famously instructed his diplomats to "be good at maintaining a low profile and never claim leadership," a new generation of rulers has made it clear that they're ready to shed the humility and show off their country's rising...

  • 5 journalists jailed 10 years for Myanmar stories

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Four reporters and the chief executive of the magazine they work for were sentenced Thursday to 10 years of hard prison labor for violating Myanmar's national security by writing and publishing stories about a weapons factory. The court sentenced the five men for...

  • South Korea cuts growth outlook on ferry disaster

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's central bank said economic growth will be slower than expected this year because consumer spending has waned following a deadly ferry sinking. Lee Ju-yeol, governor at the Bank of Korea, said Thursday that South Korea's economy will expand 3.8 percent...

  • Malaysia PM chides lawmaker for saluting Hitler

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Thursday chided a ruling party lawmaker for tweeting a salute to Adolf Hitler while praising Germany for making it to the World Cup final. Bung Moktar Radin drew a flurry of criticism with his tweet: "Well done . Bravo . Long...

  • Tropical storm Neoguri hits Japan's main islands

    TOKYO (AP) — A major storm dumped heavy rain on western Japan Thursday after sweeping through the southern islands of Okinawa, where it caused extensive flooding, knocked out power and injured at least 32 people. The storm also boosted rainfall levels in other parts of the country, leaving two...

  • Japan protests China paper's map of atomic clouds

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan protested Wednesday to China over a newspaper's depiction of exploding mushroom clouds in a map of Japan, calling it offensive. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters that Japan, as the only nation to have suffered atomic attacks, will "never tolerate" such a...

  • Raid by Thai police exposes human trafficking ring

    BANGKOK (AP) — A raid at a palm plantation in southern Thailand exposed a ring that trafficked Myanmar's ethnic minority Rohingya Muslims into the country, police said Wednesday. The raid on Saturday came two weeks after Thailand was demoted to the lowest level in the annual U.S. rankings of...

  • US, China vow to improve cooperation

    BEIJING (AP) — The United States and China vowed Wednesday to improve their economic and security cooperation, saying they wouldn't let persistent differences over maritime claims, cyberhacking and currency hamper a relationship critical to global peace and prosperity. Opening this year's...



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