China leader cautions against external forces

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping is urging the semiautonomous former Portuguese colony of......

North Korea denies connection with Sony hacking

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea is denying any connection with the hacking of Sony......

Australian woman arrested in deaths of 8 children

SYDNEY (AP) — An woman has been arrested for murder in the killings of 8......

New Zealand bar manager to be tried for religious offenses in Yangon

A New Zealand man faces charges of committing religious offenses in Burma after posting images......

Sony hacked by ‘sophisticated actor’, says White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says evidence shows the hack against Sony Pictures was......

Cambodian PM calls for calm over HIV infections

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen called for calm Thursday, saying it was not certain that......

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Sony on shelving ‘The Interview': ‘We had no choice’

By Sat, Dec 20, 2014 11:52AM UTC

NEW YORK (AP) — Following pointed criticism from President Barack Obama for shelving "The Interview," Sony Pictures Entertainment on Friday defended its decision, claiming it had no choice but to cancel the film's Christmas Day theatrical release....

Australia: 8 children found dead at Cairns home

By Fri, Dec 19, 2014 1:12PM UTC

SYDNEY (AP) — Australian police say eight children have been killed at a home in a northern Australian city....

India’s Sonia Gandhi in hospital

By Fri, Dec 19, 2014 11:49AM UTC

NEW DELHI (AP) — An official says India's opposition Congress party leader Sonia Gandhi has been hospitalized for treatment of lower respiratory tract infection....

Pakistan grants bail to main Mumbai attack suspect

By Fri, Dec 19, 2014 11:36AM UTC

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A defense lawyer says a Pakistani anti-terrorism court has granted bail to the chief suspect in the Mumbai attack trial. Rizwan Abbasi says judge Kausar Abbas in Thursday’s hearing held in the garrison city of Rawalpindi found that there was not enough evidence to keep Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi in custody anymore. The court...

How to study law and avoid becoming a lawyer

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So, you want to study law? Great news! You’re about to buy yourself a one-way ticket to a long, long life as Atticus Finch. Or Elle Woods- whichever you’d prefer. Law is a great choice; it has such a stress-free career trajectory that you don’t even have to think about. Law students can only go on to...

Burma: Rights groups call for charges against father of slain schoolgirl to be dropped

By Thu, Dec 18, 2014 1:03PM UTC

Rights groups have called for the Burmese government to drop charges ethnic-Kachin man Brang Shawng, 49, whose 14-year-old daughter was killed in disputed circumstances in September 2012....

12 workers freed from collapsed tunnel in Vietnam

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HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — An official says rescuers have recovered 12 workers who were trapped for more than three days in a collapsed tunnel at a hydropower plant under construction in central Vietnam....

Tuna industry gets boost as EU parliament grants PH GSP+

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The decision of the European parliament to grant the Philippines GSP+ status will help boost the country’s tuna industry, sources said....

New Zealand bar manager to be tried for religious offenses in Yangon

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A New Zealand man faces charges of committing religious offenses in Burma after posting images of the Buddha wearing headphones to promote a party at the bar he manages. ...

Philippines: NUJP calls for random inspections of Ampatuan jail

By Fri, Dec 19, 2014 7:36AM UTC View Comments

The National Union of Journalists in the Philippines (NUJP) wants random and unscheduled inspection of the detention facilities where the suspects in the Ampatuan Massacre are now being held....

Indonesia: Report highlights link between palm oil and illegal logging

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Palm oil — that nearly ubiquitous ingredient found in processed foods, hygiene products and cosmetics — fuels air and water pollution, climate change, extinction and human rights violations. A multi-billion-dollar industry, “big palm” has the governments of Malaysia and Indonesia, where around 80% of the world’s palm oil is produced, in its pocket. This means...

Asian nations lose out as Australia slashes foreign aid

By Thu, Dec 18, 2014 3:27PM UTC View Comments

To cope with poor mid-year economic predictions Australia is slashing its foreign aid by another AUS$3.7 billion after May cuts of AUS$7.6 billion. ...

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Police block the road outside a house where eight children have been found dead the Cairns suburb of Manoora, Australia, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. Police said when they got to the house, they found the bodies of the children inside the home. The victims range in age from 18 months to 15 years.(AP Photo/Graeme Bint)

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Oil slick line the banks of the Shela River after an oil tanker sank in one of the world's largest mangrove forests, threatening wildlife in the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Sundarbans in Bangladesh, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. The oil tanker carrying more than 350,000 liters (92,500 gallons) of bunker oil sank Tuesday on the major river flowing through the Sundarbans after being hit by a cargo vessel. The slick had spread over up to 70 kilometers (45 miles) of the Shela river, threatening several types of animals including rare Irrawaddy dolphins, a senior official of the Bangladesh Forest Department said. (AP Photo/ Khairul Alam)