India lawmakers demand Modi speak on conversion to Hinduism

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Pakistan says arrests made in Taliban school carnage

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's interior minister says authorities have made arrests in the case of......

US mulls putting NKorea on terrorism sponsor list

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Australian woman charged with murder of 8 children

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AP source: US seeks China’s help after cyberattack

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N. Korea threatens strikes on US amid hacking claims

By Mon, Dec 22, 2014 11:16AM UTC

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea says President Barack Obama is "recklessly" spreading rumors of a Pyongyang-orchestrated cyberattack of Sony Pictures and warns of strikes against the White House, Pentagon and "the whole U.S. mainland, that cesspool of terrorism."...

Strong quake hits east Indonesia; no tsunami warning

By Mon, Dec 22, 2014 10:59AM UTC

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong earthquake has struck off the coast of eastern Indonesia, but there are no reports of injuries or damage, and authorities say a tsunami is not likely....

Bomb blast kills 3, hurts 5 in northeastern India

By Sun, Dec 21, 2014 4:10PM UTC

GUWAHATI, India (AP) — Police say an explosion in the parking lot of a bus station has killed three people and wounded five others in northeastern India....

N. Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking

By Sun, Dec 21, 2014 10:37AM UTC

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment....

Pakistan: US drone strike kills 5 militants

By Sun, Dec 21, 2014 10:35AM UTC

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani security officials say a U.S. drone fired two missiles at militant hideout in a northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan, killing five Taliban fighters....

Australian woman arrested in deaths of 8 children

By Sat, Dec 20, 2014 12:04PM UTC

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

China punishes hospital for operating room photos

By Mon, Dec 22, 2014 4:11PM UTC View Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have put a hospital president on probation and fired three supervisors following public outrage over photos posted online of smiling medical staff posing with patients in the middle of surgery. ...

China sends 700 peacekeepers to South Sudan

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BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media have reported that China will send 700 troops to South Sudan as part of the country's first infantry battalion to participate in a United Nations peacekeeping mission....

North Korea skipping UN Security Council meeting

By Mon, Dec 22, 2014 2:41PM UTC View Comments

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An angry North Korea is refusing to take part in a groundbreaking U.N. Security Council meeting Monday where the country's bleak human rights situation will be discussed for the first time....

12 workers freed from collapsed tunnel in Vietnam

By Sat, Dec 20, 2014 11:42AM UTC View Comments

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+

By Sat, Dec 20, 2014 11:16AM UTC View Comments

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. ...

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Pakistani volunteers carry a student injured in the shootout at a school under attack by Taliban gunmen, at a local hospital in Peshawar. Pic: AP.

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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)