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10 die of suspected food poisoning at Indian temple ceremony

NEW DELHI (AP) — At least 10 people in southern India died Friday of suspected food poisoning after a ceremony to celebrate the construction of a new Hindu temple, police said.


Pakistan says bomb attack kills 6 troops in Baluchistan

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's military says a roadside bomb targeting security forces has killed six troops and wounded several others in the town of Buleda in Baluchistan province.


Truck veers off road in Nepal, killing at least 16 people

Police say a truck veered off a mountain road in Nepal, killing at least 16 people and injuring many others...


Police: Truck carrying Nepal villagers from funeral veers off mountain road, killing at least 16 and injuring others

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Police: Truck carrying Nepal villagers from funeral veers off mountain road, killing at least 16 and injuring others.


Restaurateur acknowledges trying to frame wife as terrorist

HANOVER, Md. (AP) — A Maryland restaurateur has acknowledged he paid a man to both frame his wife as a terrorist and burn down his restaurant.


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Indian court rejects probe into Rafale fighter jet deal

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's top court on Friday rejected petitions by activists seeking a probe into the government purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France.


AP Explains: Sri Lankan prime minister to resign amid crisis

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Supporters say disputed Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has decided to resign in an attempt to end the country's political crisis.


Lawmaker: Rajapaksa to resign as Sri Lanka's prime minister

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan lawmaker said Friday that disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will resign Saturday to end the country's political crisis.


Thai Islamic leaders tighten rules on child marriage

BANGKOK (AP) — Islam's guiding council in Thailand has introduced new regulations requiring that marriages of children under age 17 be approved by a religious committee.


Philippines: 66 alleged militants convicted in kidnappings

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine court on Friday found 66 alleged members of the Abu Sayyaf guilty of kidnapping dozens of students, teachers and a Catholic priest in the south in 2000, in the largest single conviction involving the brutal Muslim militant group.


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Official: Offensive against Taliban kills at least 20

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says an assault on Taliban positions in northeastern Afghanistan's Kunar province, which included U.S .air strikes, killed at least 20 insurgents, contradicting Taliban claims of civilian casualties. In southern Helmand province, a U.S. drone strike killed four suspected insurgents.


World markets fall on Chinese growth concerns

SINGAPORE (AP) — World stock markets slipped Friday after China reported weaker-than-expected economic data, stirring up worries about the state of the world's second largest economy.


China urges Japan to ensure rights of 2 in shrine protest

BEIJING (AP) — China has urged Japan to ensure the legal rights of two Hong Kong residents who staged a protest this week at a Tokyo shrine honoring Japan's war dead, the foreign ministry said Friday.


China suspends tariff hikes on $126B of US cars, auto parts

BEIJING (AP) — China announced a 90-day suspension on Friday of tariff hikes on $126 billion of U.S. cars, trucks and auto parts following its cease-fire in a trade battle with Washington that threatens global economic growth.


Bangladesh opposition leader's motorcade allegedly attacked

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Supporters of Bangladesh's ruling Awami League party led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina allegedly attacked an opposition leader's motorcade on Friday as it returned from a function in the nation's capital ahead of Dec. 30 elections, the latest show of the violence that frequently accompanies polling in the South Asian nation.


13 young miners feared dead in India's remote northeast

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Thirteen young miners were missing and feared dead following the collapse of a shaft and flooding of a coal mine they were digging illegally in India's remote northeast, police said Friday.


Official vows action after AP reports missing migrant girls

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian official vowed on Friday to do more to combat human trafficking after an investigation by The Associated Press revealed that scores of trafficked girls have quietly disappeared from one of the nation's poorest regions.


US soldier dies in non-combat incident in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. military says an American service member has died in a non-combat-related incident in Afghanistan, without offering further information.


Japan begins reclamation at disputed US base despite protest

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's central government started main reclamation work Friday at a disputed U.S. military base relocation site on the southern island of Okinawa despite fierce local opposition.


Japan's 'tankan' economic survey shows sentiment flat

TOKYO (AP) — A key quarterly economic survey released Friday by the Bank of Japan shows sentiment among large manufacturers remained unchanged, as worries about global trade tensions persisted.


UN envoy: UN monitors needed to observe Yemen cease-fire

UN envoy: UN monitors needed to observe Yemen cease-fire

Students at Iowa college drop union organizing effort
Japanese boat owners charged with helping smuggle shark fins

Japanese boat owners charged with helping smuggle shark fins

The Latest: State regulators support $15B utility merger

The Latest: State regulators support $15B utility merger

The Latest: Ex-NJ Gov. Christie out of chief of staff hunt

The Latest: Ex-NJ Gov. Christie out of chief of staff hunt

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Syrian Kurdish-led fighters take Hajin, last town held by IS

Syrian Kurdish-led fighters take Hajin, last town held by IS

Lebanese minister presses for reforms after Moody's report
Israeli army kills Palestinian in West Bank clashes

Israeli army kills Palestinian in West Bank clashes

Iraq summons Turkish ambassador over airstrikes
The Latest: Palestinian police end Hamas' West Bank protest

The Latest: Palestinian police end Hamas' West Bank protest

Turkey's Erdogan reveals part of Khashoggi killing audio
Israeli ambassador bemoans glorification of Ukrainian leader
One 'nebulous' word sends sparks flying over Brexit talks

One 'nebulous' word sends sparks flying over Brexit talks

Belarus' leader slams Russian talk of taking over his nation

Belarus' leader slams Russian talk of taking over his nation

The Latest: Italian journalist among the dead in Strasbourg

The Latest: Italian journalist among the dead in Strasbourg

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