09/12/2013 3:17amAbout 200 fighters belonging to a fringe Muslim rebel group have been holding scores of civilians as human shields in Zamboanga city in the southern Philippines. The 4-day-old standoff is a major distraction for the government hoping to enforce a lasting peace in the troubled Muslim-minority south. But it is unlikely to sabotage a peace effort it is forging with the dominant militant group, one of the many militias nurturing their dream of an Islamic homeland.
09/12/2013 4:36amChina announced Thursday that it will ban new coal-fired power plants in three key industrial regions around Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou in its latest bid to combat the country's notorious air pollution.
09/12/2013 4:56amThe Netherlands formally apologized Thursday for mass killings committed by the Dutch military more than six decades ago in Indonesia during its former colony's fight for independence.
09/12/2013 5:49amFour men convicted Tuesday of gang-raping and murdering a young Indian woman in December face sentencing Friday. The men, including a part-time bus driver, were joy-riding through New Delhi on a bus on the night of Dec. 16 when they lured the 23-year-old woman and a male friend of hers into boarding. They then beat the friend, took turns raping the woman and violated her savagely with an iron rod. She died two weeks later of internal injuries. They now face the possibility of execution or life in prison.
09/12/2013 5:54amAuthorities imposed a curfew in parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir on Thursday to try to quell violent protests over an alleged fatal paramilitary shooting in the disputed territory.
09/12/2013 7:35amMore than 200 members of the Rohingya minority fleeing Myanmar have been detained in southern Thailand after their boat ran aground, a Thai official said Thursday.
09/12/2013 7:45amBeijing called for joint efforts to denuclearize the Korea Peninsula on Thursday following reports that North Korea may be restarting a plutonium nuclear reactor.
09/12/2013 10:33amJapan lodged a protest Thursday against a French newspaper for printing cartoons that parodied Tokyo's successful bid to host the 2020 Olympics, including one that showed deformed sumo wrestlers grappling in front of the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant.
09/12/2013 11:26amA U.S. special envoy said Thursday that any move by North Korea to restart a nuclear reactor would be a "very serious matter" and violate United Nations Security Council resolutions.
09/12/2013 8:13pmAfghans welcomed home their national soccer team with exuberance and joy, a day after the squad won the war-weary country its first international championship in the sport.
09/12/2013 11:05pmA Thai court on Friday acquitted a man whose own brother accused him of defaming the country's monarch, an extraordinarily grave charge in this Southeast Asian kingdom that is punishable by up to 15 years in jail.
09/12/2013 11:31pmChina has sentenced three men to death over a June attack in the restive northwestern region of Xinjiang blamed on Islamic extremists in which 24 police and civilians were killed.
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