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Murder charges filed in Indian school poisonings

10/22/2013 1:14am
A school principal and her husband have been charged with murder after 23 children died from eating pesticide-contaminated lunches in July at the school in eastern India, police said Tuesday.

Amnesty criticizes US drone program in Pakistan

10/22/2013 2:02am
Amnesty International called on the U.S. to investigate reports of civilians killed and wounded by CIA drone strikes in Pakistan in a report released Tuesday that provided new details about the alleged victims of the attacks, including a 68-year-old grandmother hit while farming with her grandchildren.

Medvedev: China, Russia agree to oil supply deal

10/22/2013 4:26am
Russia has signed an $85 billion deal to supply oil to China, visiting Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Tuesday, expanding energy trade between the giant neighbors.

Thai club owner acquitted in fatal New Year's fire

10/22/2013 7:59am
A Thai appeals court on Tuesday acquitted a nightclub owner of responsibility for a fire that killed 67 people in Bangkok on New Year's Day in 2009, reversing a lower court's ruling.

In aging China, old woman sues children for care

10/22/2013 1:12pm
The daughter-in-law smashes the cockroach under her foot and rolls open the rusted metal doors to the garage. Light spills onto a small figure huddled on a straw mattress in a dank room. A curious face peers out.

Neglected elderly Australian endures brutal end

10/22/2013 1:14pm
By the time the ambulance showed up to the house, the old woman's screams were, as the paramedics would later tell it, already at a 10 out of 10.

Australia to lift debt ceiling to $486 billion

10/22/2013 6:01pm
The Australian government plans to raise the nation's debt ceiling by a whopping two-thirds to 500 billion Australian dollars ($486 billion) in a bid to avoid any future Washington-style political crisis over spending.

'Beautiful China' tourism pitch misfires amid smog

10/22/2013 6:54pm
Forget all the headlines about eye-watering pollution in Beijing and Shanghai _ the Middle Kingdom's latest tourism slogan invites visitors to "Beautiful China."

Brunei's sultan announces strict Islamic penalties

10/22/2013 7:07pm
A new criminal law that could include penalties like amputation for theft and stoning for adultery will be enforced for Muslims in Brunei in six months, its ruling sultan announced.

New Zealand approves 3 days a week mail service

10/22/2013 8:21pm
New Zealand's government has agreed to allow its postal service to deliver mail as infrequently as three days a week to most customers from 2015 as the volume of letters declines precipitously in an era of electronic communication.

Japan mayor offers Fukushima kids home in his town

10/22/2013 8:52pm
A generation ago, Dr. Akira Sugenoya performed lifesaving cancer surgery on more than 100 children after the 1986 Chernobyl catastrophe. Today, as mayor of a central Japanese city, he's trying to avoid a repeat of his own history.