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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

    At least four people were killed and more than 170 pagodas were damaged in the ancient city of Bagan in Myanmar after a magnitude-6.8 earthquake struck the area last week. Bagan is one of Myanmar's top tourist attractions, drawing visitors who can view a panorama of temples stretching to the…

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  • Asian stocks lower, except for Tokyo, on Yellen speech

    TOKYO (AP) — Most Asian stocks slipped Monday on remarks from the U.S. Federal Reserve late last week that the case has strengthened for raising interest rates, but the Tokyo market was an exception and gained on prospects for a strong dollar.

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  • Endwell, New York, wins Little League World Series

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — As Ryan Harlost stepped to the mound on Sunday, he took it all in.

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  • Uzbekistan's longtime ruler Islam Karimov hospitalized

    MOSCOW (AP) — Uzbekistan's government issued an unusual statement on Sunday announcing the hospitalization of President Islam Karimov, who has ruled the former Soviet republic in Central Asia for more than 25 years.

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  • Veteran Uzbek leader in hospital as succession issue looms

    By Olzhas Auyezov ALMATY (Reuters) - Islam Karimov, the 78-year-old president of Central Asia's most populous country, is undergoing hospital treatment, Uzbekistan's government said on Sunday, in a rare statement about the health of a reclusive leader who lacks an obvious successor. A government…

    Reuters
  • Volunteers give kiss of life as Laos road tolls mount

    Vientiane (AFP) - "Look at me, stay with us," the paramedics shout as a barely conscious motorcyclist is bundled into a volunteer ambulance in the Laotian capital Vientiane, where rampant drink driving brings nightly carnage to the roads. Founded in 2010 by a group of foreigners, "Vientiane…

    AFP
  • As Obama heads to Laos, signs of a tilt away from China

    By Marius Zaharia VIENTIANE (Reuters) - The secretive communist government of Laos, a country with a population of less than 7 million, rarely causes a ripple on the diplomatic circuit. Barack Obama will be among them, making the last push of his presidency to 'rebalance' Washington's foreign…

    Reuters
  • Filipinos seen backing Duterte despite rising drug killings

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — On the day he was sworn into office, President Rodrigo Duterte went to a Manila slum and exhorted residents who knew any drug addicts to "go ahead and kill them yourself as getting their parents to do it would be too painful."

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  • UN condemns 4 North Korean ballistic missile launches

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council strongly condemned four North Korean ballistic missile launches in July and August on Friday night, calling them "grave violations" of a ban on all ballistic missile activity.

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  • Gabon looks to Asia to diversify economy

    President Ali Bongo, who is seeking reelection Saturday, has turned to Asia in his bid to diversify Gabon's oil-dependent economy, but his critics dismiss the changes as largely cosmetic. The economy is a key issue in the presidential election, which Bongo hopes will deliver him a second…

    AFP
  • Erdogan opens third bridge over Istanbul's Bosphorus

    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday inaugurated the third bridge over the Bosphorus Strait between Europe and Asia in Istanbul, a spectacular project at the heart of his drive to create a lasting historical legacy. The work -- one of the longest suspension bridges in the world -- will allow…

    AFP
  • Tribe trucks totem pole 4,800 miles in fossil fuels protest

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Pacific Northwest tribe is traveling nearly 5,000 miles across Canada and the United States with a 22-foot-tall totem pole on a flatbed truck in a symbolic journey meant to galvanize opposition to fossil fuel infrastructure projects they believe will imperil native lands.

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  • Smoke from Indonesian fires hits 'unhealthy' level in Singapore

    By Marius Zaharia and Fergus Jensen SINGAPORE/JAKARTA (Reuters) - Air pollution in Singapore rose to the "unhealthy" level on Friday as acrid smoke drifted over the island from fires on Indonesia's Sumatra island, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said. Every dry season, smoke from fires set…

    Reuters
  • Canada's former Tory PM Stephen Harper quits politics

    Canada's former prime minister Stephen Harper announced Friday he was quitting politics, 10 months after voters tossed his Tories out of office in a general election. Pundits suggested shunning Harper policies, notably his dismissive approach to climate change, while others have urged the party to…

    AFP
  • Philippine rebels agree to indefinite cease-fire

    OSLO, Norway (AP) — Philippine communist rebels on Friday agreed to an indefinite cease-fire in peace talks with government officials aimed at ending one of Asia's longest-running insurgencies.

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  • Philippine troops kill 11 Islamist militants

    Philippine commandos killed 11 Islamist militants on a remote southern island on Friday, an army spokesman said, stepping up the offensive after President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated his aim to "destroy" one of Asia's most notorious kidnap gangs. Major Filemon Tan said dozens of Abu Sayyaf rebels,…

    Reuters
  • Singapore shrouded in smog as haze returns to SE Asia

    Acrid smog blanketed Singapore Friday as the city-state was hit by the year’s first major outbreak of haze, an annual crisis sparked by forest fires in neighbouring Indonesia. Singapore's air quality index reached unhealthy levels with conditions deteriorating through the day, marking the worst…

    AFP