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Philippine Congress votes to extend martial law in south

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine Congress voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to approve President Rodrigo Duterte's request to extend martial law in the south by a year after the military warned that terrorist threats continue in the region despite the defeat of a disastrous siege by pro-Islamic State group militants.


Okinawa boy injured after window falls off US Marine chopper

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese officials said a boy was injured in Okinawa on Wednesday when a metal window frame fell from a U.S. military helicopter, the second such incident in the past week on the southern island.


Myanmar says 2 Reuters journalists arrested over documents

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar's government said Wednesday it has arrested two journalists working for the Reuters news agency for possessing "important secret papers" obtained from two policemen who had worked in Rakhine state, where violence widely blamed on security forces has forced more than 625,000 minority Rohingya Muslims to flee into neighboring Bangladesh.


Japan court orders shutdown of nuclear reactor near volcano

TOKYO (AP) — A court ruled Wednesday that a nuclear reactor in southwestern Japan should not operate because it is too close to an active volcano and could be affected by a major eruption.


Global stocks steady ahead of expected Fed rate hike

LONDON (AP) — Global stock markets traded in narrow ranges Wednesday ahead of an expected interest rate hike from the U.S. Federal Reserve.


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Indonesia politician's graft trial delayed by stomach woes

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A top Indonesian politician accused of involvement in one of the country's biggest corruption scandals told a court on the first day of his trial that he was suffering a stomach complaint, forcing a postponement while his medical condition was checked.


Another deadly blaze strikes Beijing, killing 5

BEIJING (AP) — Five people died in an east Beijing fire on Wednesday, underscoring the challenges for the Chinese capital as it struggles to balance building safety with providing housing for its poor.


China marks Nanking Massacre's 80th anniversary

NANJING, China (AP) — Chinese officials struck a tempered tone on the 80th anniversary of the Nanking Massacre on Wednesday, saying China would "look forward" and deepen friendship with its neighbor Japan despite historical misgivings.


Hong Kong judges to consider UK banker's murder appeal

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong judges will consider a British banker's appeal of his conviction in the grisly murders of two Indonesian women.


Thailand welcomes easing of EU political sanctions

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's military junta has welcomed the European Union's decision to ease political sanctions imposed against it for overthrowing an elected government in 2014.


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Bangladesh: Accused NYC attacker followed radical preacher

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — The man accused of carrying out a bomb attack in New York City's subway system was influenced by the sermons and writings of a radical Muslim preacher, but appeared to have no known links to local radical groups, Bangladeshi officials said Wednesday.


Philippine Congress votes to approve president's request to extend martial law by a year in south

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine Congress votes to approve president's request to extend martial law by a year in south.


Pedophile stopped at Sydney Airport by anti-sex tourism law

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A convicted child molester was prevented from flying overseas from Sydney Airport on Wednesday under new laws aimed at keeping Australian pedophiles from traveling to Southeast Asia for sex tourism.


Toshiba, Western Digital make peace on sale of chip unit

TOKYO (AP) — Toshiba Corp. and its joint venture partner Western Digital have made peace over the embattled Japanese electronics giant's plan to sell its flash memory unit to raise cash to stay afloat.


AP Exclusive: Sold NKorean brides face hard choices in China

WESTERN LIAONING PROVINCE, China (AP) — The North Korean woman drives a motorbike slowly down a narrow lane shaded by tall corn to the farmhouse where she lives with the disabled Chinese man who bought her.


Ex-US deserter to NKorea who married Japanese abductee dies

TOKYO (AP) — Charles Jenkins, a U.S. Army deserter to North Korea who married a Japanese abductee and lived in Japan after their release, has died. He was 77.


World stocks turn higher as investors eye Fed decision

TOKYO (AP) — World stocks turned higher in European trading hours on Tuesday as investors looked ahead to a slew of central bank decisions, including the Federal Reserve, which was expected to raise interest rates.


Bangladesh questions family of man accused of NYC attack

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh counterterrorism officers are questioning the wife and other relatives of a man accused of carrying out a bomb attack in New York City's subway system, officials said Tuesday.


EU suspends aid to Cambodian election commission

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The European Union said Tuesday it has suspended assistance to Cambodia's election commission following last month's dissolution of the country's main opposition party, and warned that next July's general election will not be legitimate if the opposition is not allowed to participate.


India says Chinese construction on river dirtying water

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Officials in India's northeast are complaining that Chinese construction activity on the upper reaches of one of Asia's largest river that flows into India are likely turning the waters downstream turbid and unfit for human consumption.


Police: Swastikas found carved into high school desk
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After London tower fire, group develops risk assessment tool

After London tower fire, group develops risk assessment tool

Sororities object to Harvard's policy on single-sex clubs
In need of workers, Maine hires contractors to plow roads
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The Latest: Muslim summit rejects Trump's Jerusalem move

The Latest: Muslim summit rejects Trump's Jerusalem move

Suspected Saudi-led airstrikes kill 15 in Yemen

Suspected Saudi-led airstrikes kill 15 in Yemen

Muslim leaders attending Istanbul summit on Jerusalem

Muslim leaders attending Istanbul summit on Jerusalem

Under Putin, Russia increases clout in the Middle East

Under Putin, Russia increases clout in the Middle East

Saudi king prioritizes economic reforms for coming year

Saudi king prioritizes economic reforms for coming year

With unity in peril, EU leaders tackle refugee quotas

With unity in peril, EU leaders tackle refugee quotas

African anti-jihadi force gets millions after French meeting

African anti-jihadi force gets millions after French meeting

UN court hears appeal in Serbian lawmaker's acquittal

UN court hears appeal in Serbian lawmaker's acquittal

New US Embassy in UK: No perimeter fence, benches for public

New US Embassy in UK: No perimeter fence, benches for public

The Latest: Macron predicts 'victories' over Africa jihadis

The Latest: Macron predicts 'victories' over Africa jihadis

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