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  • US responses to NKorea nuke, missile tests will upset China

    WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korean nuclear and rocket tests are drawing quick responses from the U.S. that will upset a supposed partner against Pyongyang's weapons development — China.

    Associated Press29 mins ago
  • Asian stocks extend global rout as traders flee to safety

    Tokyo stocks led a rout across Asian markets Tuesday, while Japanese government bond yields turned negative, the dollar dived against the yen and gold jumped as fears about the global economy sent investors scrambling to safety. While most the the region is closed for the Chinese New Year holiday,…

    AFP51 mins ago
  • Asia stocks extend global sell-off, Japan down 5.1 percent

    Asian markets tumbled Tuesday as renewed jitters about the global economy set off a wave of selling in banking stocks.

    Associated Press
  • Obscure at home, 'Texas Daddy' is a right-wing darling in Japan

    AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters)- Somewhere in the Dallas area, a retired man sitting in a home office is making social media videos backing Japanese right-wing views that have made him a celebrity among hawks in the Asian country. Hardly known in the United States, Tony Marano, 66, is called the "Texas…

  • Image of Asia: On patrol at holy confluence of Indian rivers

    In this photo by Rajesh Kumar Singh, police on horses patrol as thousands of Hindus perform rituals at the Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna, and the mythical Saraswati rivers, during the Magh Mela in Allahabad, India. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims will bathe in the confluence during…

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  • Obama: North Korea rocket launch concerning but not a surprise

    U.S. President Barack Obama said he was concerned but not surprised about North Korea's rocket launch over the weekend, saying his administration is pressing China and working with South Korea to pressure North Korea's regime and block its efforts. In an interview aired on Monday, Obama told CBS…

  • Russian authorities detain 7 on suspicion of terrorist plot

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's state security service says it has detained seven people in the country's Ural mountain region on suspicion of terrorist activities.

    Associated Press
  • North Korea rocket launch may spur U.S. missile defense buildup in Asia

    By Andrea Shalal and David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea's latest rocket launch might kick off a buildup of U.S. missile defense systems in Asia, U.S. officials and missile defense experts said, something that could further strain U.S.-China ties and also hurt relations between…

  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

    In images from Asia last week, a baby boy was rescued from an apartment building in Taiwan toppled by an earthquake, while people in Seoul watched news of North Korea's rocket launch.

    Associated Press
  • Controversial minister to become Australia's rights envoy

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The former Australian immigration minister who began the widely condemned policy of sending asylum seekers to Pacific island detention camps will become Australia's first special envoy for human rights, the government said Monday.

    Associated Press
  • Asia stocks flat as investors fret over global economy

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock markets were little changed Monday in thin holiday trading as investors fretted about a global economic slowdown after data showed U.S. employers added fewer jobs last month.

    Associated Press
  • North Korean rocket puts object into space, angers neighbors, U.S.

    By Ju-min Park and Louis Charbonneau SEOUL/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - North Korea launched a long-range rocket carrying what it called a satellite, drawing renewed international condemnation just weeks after it carried out a nuclear bomb test. South Korea and the United States said they would…

  • Russia says Lavrov discussed North Korea rocket launch with Japan's Kishida

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Sunday discussed a rocket launch by North Korea in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, Russia's foreign ministry said. Russia stressed the importance of diplomacy in defusing tension in Northeast…

  • China school sees monkey business in New Year

    Macaques in frilly dresses turn backflips and answer maths questions for crowds of screaming children at a Chinese monkey school, where trainers teach them to waltz and play rock drums. Shows featuring performing simians, popular in China and throughout Asia, are expecting a boost in the Lunar New…

  • Korean skier earns applause at 2018 Olympics test event

    JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — South Korean skier Kim Hyeon-tae had a modest goal in his World Cup debut: to finish within five seconds of the winner.

    Associated Press
  • Anti-Islam groups rally across Europe; clashes in Amsterdam

    DRESDEN, Germany (AP) — Protesters rallied against Islam and immigration in several European cities Saturday, sometimes clashing with police or counter-demonstrators amid growing tensions over the massive influx of asylum-seekers to the continent.

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  • Firebrand monks a powerful force in Myanmar despite setback

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Dark-skinned and bearded men jump a young woman after she prays at a Buddhist shrine. They push her to the ground and rape her. Then they cut off her ear and slit her throat.

    Associated Press