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  • New Generation cartel Mexico's latest menace

    Armed with rocket-propelled grenades to bring down an army helicopter and with ties to gangs as far afield as Asia, the Jalisco New Generation drug cartel and its shadowy boss have grown into Mexico's newest menace. The criminal group was once an armed wing of the feared Sinaloa cartel, fighting…

  • Image of Asia: Digging for clams at the beach in Japan

    In this photo by Koji Sasahara, beachgoers dig for clams on a beach during the Golden Week holidays in Yokohama, Japan. The week encompasses several national holidays and is one of the most popular times of the year for Japanese people to travel. From mid-March to June in Japan, people go to…

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

    Huddled under blankets, two elderly women near the epicenter of Nepal's earthquake were bathed in amber light from the setting sun. Anxiety lined the face of a woman gazing out a bus window, joining thousands who left the capital, Kathmandu. Beside a make-shift tent, a father made funny faces to…

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  • Retiring Hong Kong police chief takes pot shot at protesters

    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's outgoing police chief took a parting shot Monday at pro-democracy protesters who occupied busy streets in parts of the southern Chinese financial center for nearly three months last year.

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  • Philippine military chief confirms wanted militant killed

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine military chief confirmed Monday that wanted Filipino bomb-maker Abdul Basit Usman, who has links to the Indonesian-based Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist network and is a suspect in deadly bomb attacks in the south, has been killed.

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  • Australia says Europeans seek advice on stopping migrants

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Europeans grappling with mass migration from Libya were seeking information about Australia's controversial success in stopping asylum seeker boats reaching its shores, the Australian prime minister said Monday.

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  • 'Breaking Bad' in China: how meth is spreading across rural heartland

    Ah Chao first came across drugs as a teenager, when his cousin asked him to hold his tourniquet while he shot up heroin. Now a stocky 32-year-old in jeans and a black nylon jacket, Ah Chao (not his real name) recalls between slurps from a bowl of noodles how frightened he was. Ah Chao is a…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Mexican drug cartel Jalisco New Generation flexes muscles

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — An increasingly strong drug cartel known as Jalisco New Generation was showing off its power with a spasm of violence that killed seven people and forced down a military helicopter in western Mexico, analysts said Saturday.

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  • Thai mass grave held bodies of 26 suspected trafficking victims

    By Amy Sawitta Lefevre PEDANG BESAR, Thailand (Reuters) - Dozens of police and volunteers have exhumed 26 bodies at a mass grave near a suspected human trafficking camp on a hillside deep in a southern Thai jungle, police said on Saturday. The digging site, in Sadao district in Songkhla province,…

  • Thai police dig up 26 bodies at suspected trafficking camp

    PADANG BESAR, Thailand (AP) — Thai police trekked into the mountains and dug up 26 bodies from dozens of shallow graves at an abandoned jungle camp that's been linked to human trafficking networks, which activists say are "out of control" in the Southeast Asian country.

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  • Kerry pledges closer US ties with reform-minded Sri Lanka

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday championed the new Sri Lankan government's push for democratic reform and promised closer ties with the strategically located Indian Ocean nation.

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  • Thai forensics exhume remains of 26 migrants at mass grave

    The remains of 26 migrants thought to be from Myanmar or Bangladesh have been exhumed from a mass grave after Thai police ended their search Saturday, as details emerged of the maltreatment endured at the remote people smugglers' camp. We still cannot tell the cause of their deaths," head of the…

  • US Open winner Michael Campbell says he's quitting

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Former U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell says he has lost the motivation to play top-level golf and is quitting to concentrate on teaching.

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  • Stocks end higher, bouncing back from a drop the day before

    NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market bounced back on Friday as investors picked up companies that had dropped earlier in the week. Major indexes recovered nearly all their losses from a fall the day before.

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  • NYC museum presents Nepal installation

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York's Rubin Museum of Art will present artworks from its collection that highlight the cultural heritage of Nepal.

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  • May Day demos staged around the world; Turkey square blocked

    HAVANA (AP) — Left-wing groups, governments and trade unions were staging rallies around the world Friday to mark International Workers Day.

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  • London stocks edge up on European holiday

    Britain's stock market edged up Friday in subdued deals ahead of a general election next week, with the majority of Europe shut for the May Day holiday long weekend. London's benchmark FTSE 100 was up 0.36 percent at 6,985.95 points at the close. "With Europe mostly out of action for May Day, it…