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Fears of global shockwaves from Chinese builder's debts ease

BEIJING (AP) - Fears that a Chinese real estate developer's possible default on multibillion-dollar debts might send shockwaves through global financial markets appeared to ease Thursday as creditors waited to see how much they might recover.

Detained Australian economist appears in Myanmar court

BANGKOK (AP) - An Australian economist who was arrested when Myanmar's military seized power in February made an appearance Thursday in a court in the capital Naypyitaw, where he will be tried for violation of the official secrets law, his lawyer said.

Tensions grow as US, allies deepen Indo-Pacific involvement

BANGKOK (AP) - With increasingly strong talk in support of Taiwan, a new deal to supply Australia with nuclear submarines, and the launch of a European strategy for greater engagement in the Indo-Pacific, the U.S. and its allies are becoming more assertive in their approach toward a rising China.

Boeing to build military aircraft drones in Australian city

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) - Chicago-based aerospace giant Boeing has announced plans to build a new type of drone military aircraft in Australia.

China sends 19 fighter jets towards Taiwan in show of force

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) - China sent 19 fighter jets toward Taiwan in a large display of force Thursday, after the self-governing island announced its intention to join an 11-nation Pacific trade group that China has also applied to join.

Dad of 3 girls killed in New Zealand says he's forgiven wife

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - The father of three young girls who were killed last week in New Zealand said Thursday his precious angels had been ripped away from him in a loss he would carry with him for the rest of his life.

China's Ant Group shares credit data with central bank

BEIJING (AP) - China's central bank will soon have access to private credit information of hundreds of millions of users of Ant Group's online credit service, in a move signaling more regulatory oversight of the financial technology sector.

Taiwan asks to join trade group, says China might interfere

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) - Taiwan announced Thursday it has applied to join an 11-nation Pacific trade group, setting up a potential clash with rival Beijing over the status of the island democracy.

Israeli to face trial on 70 sex abuse charges in Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - A former school principal who was extradited from Israel after a six-year legal battle was ordered to stand trial Thursday on 70 charges of child sex abuse.

Under Taliban, thriving Afghan music scene heads to silence

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - A month after the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, the music is going quiet.

AP PHOTOS: Weeds, sewage choke Kashmir's famed Dal Lake

SRINAGAR, India (AP) - Boatman Noor Muhammad struggles to row as his boat moves deep into famed Dal Lake in Srinagar, the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir. He presses hard on his oar to untangle the vessel from thick vegetation.

Business group: China's tech self-reliance plans hurt growth

BEIJING (AP) - The ruling Communist Party's campaign to tighten control over China's industries and use less foreign technology is slashing economic growth, a foreign business group warned Thursday.

Afghan Taliban's new UN envoy urges quick recognition

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The Taliban's newly appointed envoy to the United Nations on Wednesday urged quick world recognition of Afghanistan's new rulers even as the World Health Organization raised the alarm of an impending health care disaster in the war-wracked country.

Indian court allows women to apply to defense academy

NEW DELHI (AP) - India's Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that women will be able to take the entrance examination for the national defense academy in November for the first time, opening the way for them to become full-time officers.

Library devoted to Japan novelist Murakami to open in Tokyo

TOKYO (AP) - A library devoted to Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami's writings, scrapbooks and record collection opens next week in Tokyo as a spot for literary research, cultural exchange and a gathering spot for his fans.

Sri Lanka probes prison minister for alleged prisoner threat

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) - Sri Lankan police are investigating an incident in which the government prisons minister allegedly threatened to kill two ethnic minority detainees inside a prison, an official said Wednesday.

Report: Suspected Chinese hack targets Indian media, gov't

BANGKOK (AP) - A U.S.-based private cybersecurity company said Wednesday it has uncovered evidence that an Indian media conglomerate, a police department and the agency responsible for the country's national identification database have been hacked, likely by a state-sponsored Chinese group.

Chinese builder in debt jam says it will make bond payment

BEIJING (AP) - A Chinese real estate developer whose struggle to avoid defaulting on billions of dollars of debt has rattled global markets says it will pay interest due Thursday to bondholders in China but gave no sign of plans to pay on a separate bond abroad.

Indian officials burn rhino horns to stop illegal trade

GAUHATI, India (AP) - Indian officials burned about 2,500 old rhino horns on Wednesday to spread awareness of the need to protect the rare animal on World Rhino Day.

5.9 earthquake causes minor damage in Australia, no injuries

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - A magnitude 5.9 earthquake caused slight damage in suburban Melbourne on Wednesday in an unusually powerful temblor for Australia.

Danes side with US against French criticism of defense deal

In this image made from UNTV video, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen of Denmark speaks in a pre-recorded message that was played during the U.N. General Assembly, Sustainable Development Goals, at UN headquarters, Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. (UNTV via AP)

Many migrants staying in US even as expulsion flights rise

Migrants are released from United States Border Patrol custody at a humanitarian center, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, in Del Rio, Texas. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

World shares advance after Fed signals it will ease support

A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021. Asian shares were mostly higher on Thursday after the Federal Reserve signaled it may begin easing its extraordinary support measures for the economy later this year.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Mideast in shambles, but the world has moved on for now

FILE - In this May 14, 2021, file photo, Palestinians inspect their destroyed houses following overnight Israeli airstrikes in town of Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip. More than 4,000 homes in Gaza were destroyed or severely damaged and 250 people killed, most of them civilians. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File)

Woman plans to help fellow Rwandan amputees get prosthetics

Claudine Humure, of Rwanda, takes a step with her new prosthetic leg as Arthur Graham, prosthetist at Next Step Bionics & Prosthetics, looks on, Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, in Newton, Mass. Humure was orphaned during her country's genocide and lost part of her leg to childhood cancer. Her new leg was provided free by the prosthetic clinic and features the latest in artificial limb technology. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

In Israel, relatives of cable car survivor ask for privacy

Gali Peleg, center, maternal aunt of Eitan Biran, who survived a cable car crash in Italy that killed his immediate family, arrives to court in Tel Aviv on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021 for a hearing in the alleged kidnapping of her nephew. The boy's parents and younger sibling were among 14 killed in May when a cable car slammed into a mountainside in northern Italy. He is now the focus of a custody battle between his maternal grandparents in Israel and his paternal relatives in Italy. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Dubai real-estate firm DAMAC approved to take firm private

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2020, file photo, cars pass by the under construction DAMAC towers on Sheikh Zayed highway in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. A Dubai real-estate company DAMAC Properties, known for its deals with former President Donald Trump, said, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, it has received regulator approval for an effort to take the firm private. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

AP Week in Pictures: Middle East

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish women adorn 30-day-old Yossef Tabersky, the great grandchild of the chief rabbi of the Lelov Hassidic dynasty, during the

Key Libya commander suspends duties ahead of December vote

FILE - This Jan. 17, 2020, file photo is Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter during a meeting in Athens. Egypt's president met Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, with Libya's parliament speaker and a powerful military commander as Cairo pushes for the withdrawal of foreign forces and mercenaries and the holding of elections as scheduled in December. President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi received Speaker Aguila Saleh and Gen. Khalifa Hifter, commander of the self-styled Libyan Arab Armed Forces, in Cairo, the Egyptian leader's office said in a statement. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

Lebanese ex-minister asks that port blast judge be replaced

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2021 file photo, a monument that represents justice stands in front of towering grain silos that were gutted in the massive August 2020 explosion at the port that killed more than 200 people and wounded over 6,000, in Beirut, Lebanon. The lead judge investigating Lebanon's massive port explosion last year issued an arrest warrant Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, for Youssef Fenianos, the former minister of Public Works who failed to appear for questioning, the state-run National News agency reported. Fenianos is one of a number of former government officials who have declined to appear before investigating judge Tarek Bitar. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

Nobel Prize ceremonies to be curtailed again due to pandemic
Lava spread raises fears of more damage on Spanish island

Lava from a volcano eruption flows on the island of La Palma in the Canaries, Spain, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021. A volcano on a small Spanish island in the Atlantic Ocean erupted on Sunday, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people. Experts say the volcanic eruption and its aftermath on a Spanish island could last for up to 84 days. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Woman with Down syndrome loses UK abortion law challenge

Campaigner Heidi Crowter looks on after speaking to the media after her court case, outside the High Court in London, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021. A woman with Down's syndrome has lost a court challenge against the British government over a law allowing the abortion up until birth of a foetus with the condition. Heidi Crowter, 26, and two others argued that part of the Abortion Act is discriminatory. Abortions in England, Wales and Scotland are allowed up till 24 weeks of pregnancy, but terminations can be allowed up until birth if there is

One to charge them all: EU demands single plug for phones

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 file photo, The app Smart Voting is displayed on an iPhone screen in Moscow, Russia.  Big Tech companies that operate around the globe have long promised both to obey local laws and to protect civil rights while doing business. But when Apple and Google capitulated to Russian demands and removed Smart Voting, a political-opposition app from their local app stores, it raised worries that two of the world's most successful companies are more comfortable bowing to undemocratic edicts - and maintaining a steady flow of profits- than upholding their stated principles.(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

EU legal adviser says VW software is banned 'defeat device'