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  • Asbestos pushed in Asia as product for the poor

    VAISHALI, India (AP) — The executives mingled over tea and sugar cookies, and the chatter was upbeat. Their industry, they said at the conference in the Indian capital, saves lives and brings roofs, walls and pipes to some of the world's poorest people. The industry's wonder product, though, is...

  • State defends John Kerry's stay in hotel owned by blacklisted businessman

    State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf is vigorously defending Secretary of State John Kerry's overnight stay in a Myanmar hotel owned by a blacklisted businessman, although she was short on specifics about it.

  • Korean martyrs' descendants feel pride and burden

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — They died well over a century ago, but the 124 Korean Catholic martyrs who will be honored by Pope Francis this week still have a hold over many of their descendants — even some who learned of their sacrifices only in recent years, or whose families are now Buddhist or...

  • Pope kicks off Asia missionary boost in SKorea

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — When Pope Francis was a young Jesuit, he wanted to follow in the great Jesuit tradition and become a missionary in Asia. Health problems kept him home, but he is finally getting his chance, travelling to Asia as the world's most visible and popular Catholic missionary....

  • No solution in sight on sea row after Myanmar meet

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Despite U.S. and Asian calls for self-restraint and new impetus for the resolution of territorial disputes involving China, a high-profile Asian security summit ended over the weekend where it began, with no solution of the rifts in sight. China dismissed a new U.S....

  • Kerry tries to ease Asian territorial disputes

    NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry tried Sunday to calm the brewing storm over territorial disputes in Asian waters, appealing to China and its neighbors to settle their differences and ease tensions. Kerry said at a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian...

  • Kerry aims to calm South China Sea tensions

    NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Myanmar seeking to calm tensions in the South China Sea between China and its smaller neighbors. Amid concerns about recent provocative steps taken by China and others regarding several disputed territories in the sea, Kerry...

  • South China Sea, Myanmar likely topics at talks

    NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and top diplomats from Europe and Asia are meeting to discuss regional security issues this weekend. The meeting opened Friday for talks among ministers from 10 Southeast Asian countries and expands over the weekend to comprise 27...

  • Pope to fly over China, rare chance for greetings

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' upcoming trip to South Korea will provide him with an unusual opportunity to speak directly to the Chinese leadership: His plane is due to fly through Chinese airspace, and Vatican protocol calls for the pope to send greetings to leaders of all the countries he...

  • Asia stocks fall on Russia-Ukraine concerns

    MUMBAI, India (AP) — Worries over Russian troops amassing near the Ukraine border sent most Asian stock markets lower Wednesday. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 fell 1.1 percent to 15,159.79 and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong lost 0.5 percent to 24,533.84. The Kospi in Seoul shed 0.3 percent to...

  • China top worry in annual Japan defense report

    TOKYO (AP) — China's growing airspace and maritime activities have escalated tension in area waters, Japan's Defense Ministry said in an annual report Tuesday, stressing the need for its military to play a greater role both inside and outside the country. But there is growing concern that...

  • China investigates 2 Canadians for secret stealing

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities are investigating two Canadians citizens on suspicion of stealing state secrets about China's military and national defense research, state media said. The official Xinhua News Agency said in a one-paragraph report late Monday that Kevin Garratt and Julia Dawn...

  • Korean bishop sees hope for peace in pope's visit

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Vatican radio has quoted the head of the Korean Catholic Bishops' Conference as expressing hope that Pope Francis' visit to the peninsula will help relaunch the reconciliation process between the two Koreas. Bishop Peter Kang U-il was quoted Saturday as saying that there...

  • Outbreak of fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh kills 15

    BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — A sharp escalation in fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh has left 15 soldiers dead and prompted Russia to issue an urgent call for calm. Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said Saturday that 12 of its troops have been...

  • Taiwan explosions probe focuses on petrochem firm

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Authorities in Taiwan's second-biggest city zeroed in on a petrochemical firm Saturday in their investigation into a series of gas pipeline explosions that killed 28 people and injured 286, as anger rose over the handling of the disaster. The government is seeking to...



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