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Explosion at gas factory in central China kills at least 2

BEIJING (AP) — An explosion Friday evening at a gas factory in central China killed two people and left 12 unaccounted for, state media said.


Thai court accepts complaints against PM, opposition leaders

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Constitutional Court accepted complaints against the prime minister and two opposition party leaders Friday in cases that could disqualify them from office.


Indian gets 10 years in prison in death of British teenager

NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian court on Friday sentenced a man to 10 years in prison for the drugging and killing of a 15-year-old British girl whose body was found on a Goa beach in 2008.


Explosion outside Kabul University kills 8, wounds 33

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A powerful bomb exploded outside the gates of Kabul University in the Afghan capital on Friday, killing at least eight people and wounding 33, according to police and health officials.


Japan summons SKorean envoy to protest wartime labor dispute

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's foreign minister on Friday summoned South Korea's ambassador and accused Seoul of violating international law by refusing to join in an arbitration panel to settle a dispute over World War II forced labor.


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Taliban to talk to Swedish NGO after Afghan clinic closures

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban said they would hold talks Thursday with representatives of a Swedish non-profit group after threats by the insurgents forced the organization to close 42 clinics it runs in eastern Afghanistan.


Lawyer says China has charged Chinese Australian writer

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A Chinese Australian writer detained in Beijing since January has been charged with endangering state security and moved from house arrest to a detention center, his lawyer and a friend said Thursday.


Philippine police file sedition case against vice president

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police filed sedition and other criminal complaints Thursday against the vice president, three opposition senators, four Roman Catholic bishops and other critics of President Rodrigo Duterte for allegedly plotting to destabilize his administration.


7,800 police in Philippines punished for deadly drug raids

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Thousands of Philippine police officers have received administrative punishments with more than 2,000 dismissed for wrongdoings during raids where drug suspects were killed under the president's crackdown, officials said Thursday.


South Korea faces potential WCup qualifier in North Korea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea and North Korea will meet on the qualifying path to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar but it's unclear whether a rare match between them in Pyongyang will materialize considering their political tension.


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Pakistan arrests ex-prime minister on corruption allegations

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Authorities in Pakistan arrested a former prime minister Thursday over alleged irregularities related to the import of natural gas from Qatar.


Global stocks mostly slide on trade war fears

BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets mostly fell on Thursday after U.S. President Donald Trump said he could impose more tariffs on Chinese goods and Japan's exports tumbled.


UN envoy says US sanctions on Myanmar generals inadequate

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The U.N. special rapporteur for Myanmar said Thursday the U.S. didn't "go far enough" in sanctions against four top Myanmar generals over the mass killings of minority Rohingya Muslims.


UN finds organized crime expanding in Southeast Asia

BANGKOK (AP) — Organized crime syndicates in Southeast Asia are flourishing in the illegal trafficking of drugs, wildlife, counterfeit goods and people, a U.N. report said Thursday.


Japanese fire official says more than 20 now confirmed or presumed dead after Kyoto animation studio fire.

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese fire official says more than 20 now confirmed or presumed dead after Kyoto animation studio fire.


South Korea's central bank lowers rate amid Japan trade row

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's central bank on Thursday cut its policy rate for the first time in three years to shore up growth threatened by a trade dispute with Japan.


Japanese fire official says 12 people presumed dead, more missing after Kyoto animation studio fire

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese fire official says 12 people presumed dead, more missing after Kyoto animation studio fire.


Japan fire official says several people found unresponsive after Kyoto animation studio fire

TOKYO (AP) — Japan fire official says several people found unresponsive after Kyoto animation studio fire.


Japan exports dip as China-US trade war takes toll

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's exports declined in June as shipments of goods were hit by trade disputes between China and the U.S., the Finance Ministry reported Thursday.


Japanese authorities say at least 38 injured in fire at a Kyoto animation studio, a man arrested on suspicion of arson.

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese authorities say at least 38 injured in fire at a Kyoto animation studio, a man arrested on suspicion of arson.


Judge orders R. Kelly moved to New York for court hearing

Judge orders R. Kelly moved to New York for court hearing

Bathroom etiquette guide goes viral

Bathroom etiquette guide goes viral

Florida sheriff to investigate Epstein's work release

Florida sheriff to investigate Epstein's work release

Baby's family mad about hospital bills in cut-from-womb case
Events fall as mercury rises; moon commemoration called off

Events fall as mercury rises; moon commemoration called off

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The Latest: UK foreign secretary: 2 vessels seized by Iran

The Latest: UK foreign secretary: 2 vessels seized by Iran

British say Iran seizes 2 vessels in Strait of Hormuz

British say Iran seizes 2 vessels in Strait of Hormuz

Lebanon lawmakers ratify austerity budget to address a slump

Lebanon lawmakers ratify austerity budget to address a slump

Iran's Revolutionary Guard says it has seized British oil tanker in Strait of Hormuz
Drone targets base for Iran-backed militia in northern Iraq
British foreign secretary says a second vessel has been seized by Iranian authorities in the Strait of Hormuz.
Greek minister says Turkey's drilling tests EU's credibility

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Strong quake hits near Greek capital of Athens, 4 hurt

Strong quake hits near Greek capital of Athens, 4 hurt

Kosovo PM resigns following Hague war crimes court summons

Kosovo PM resigns following Hague war crimes court summons

Spain's Socialists, far-left party move closer to govt deal

Spain's Socialists, far-left party move closer to govt deal

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