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Officials: Pakistan arrests 42 alleged Islamic State supporters, seizes weapons, IS literature

January
4
,
2016
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MULTAN, Pakistan — A Pakistani minister says counter terrorism officials in the country's eastern Punjab province have arrested 42 militant suspects with alleged links to the Islamic State group. Rana Sanaullah, the country's law...

Hong Kong's leader says he's 'highly concerned' about 5 missing booksellers

January
4
,
2016
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Hong Kong's leader said Monday that he was "highly concerned" about the recent disappearances of five people associated with a publishing company in the city that specializes in titles critical of mainland China's leadership. ...

Suu Kyi says her party's incoming government will make peace a priority in Myanmar

January
4
,
2016
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YANGON, Myanmar — Aung San Suu Kyi said Monday that building peace will be the first priority of her pro-democracy party's incoming administration when it replaces Myanmar's military-backed government soon. Suu Kyi spoke at the...

Bangladesh court sentences 2 to death, 6 to prison for killing atheist blogger

December
31
,
2015
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NEW DELHI — A court in Bangladesh on Thursday sentenced two people to death and six others to prison for killing an atheist blogger in 2013, the first verdicts since suspected Islamist militants began targeting secular activists. Seven...

China says it is constructing its second aircraft carrier, this time with domestic technology

December
31
,
2015
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BEIJING — China is building its second aircraft carrier, this time entirely with domestic technology, its Defence Ministry said Thursday, in a leap in its naval development that is increasingly tipping the regional balance of power. The 50...

Air India plane heading to London returns to Mumbai after passengers spot rat on board

December
31
,
2015
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NEW DELHI — An Air India plane flying to London was forced to return to Mumbai after passengers spotted a rat on board, the airline said Thursday. Though the rat was not found, the pilot returned to Mumbai on Wednesday keeping passenger...

Chinese coal official accused of hiding $30 million at home admits to corruption charges

December
29
,
2015
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BEIJING — A low-ranking Chinese energy official accused of hiding more than $30 million in cash at home in one of the country's most sensational corruption cases admitted his guilt during a court appearance Tuesday in northern China. ...

Thai court sentences 2 Myanmar migrants to death in murder of British backpackers

December
24
,
2015
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KOH SAMUI, Thailand — A Thai court on Thursday sentenced two Myanmar migrants to death for the murder of two British backpackers on a resort island last year, in a case that raised questions about police competence and the judicial system in...

More Chinese cities issue their 1st red alerts for heavy smog after 2 in Beijing this month

December
24
,
2015
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BEIJING — More Chinese cities are issuing their first red alerts for pollution in response to forecasts of heavy smog, after the capital, Beijing, issued two this month following criticism for not releasing them earlier. Shandong province...

Japan court gives go-ahead for restart of 2 nuke reactors within weeks

December
24
,
2015
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TOKYO — A Japanese court gave the go-ahead for the restart of two nuclear reactors Thursday after its operator said in an appeal they were safe. The Fukui District Court in western Japan lifted an April injunction that was filed by a group...