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Explosion at firecracker factory in India kills at least 8

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:36:48 GMT2017-10-18T19:36:48Z

NEW DELHI (AP) -- An explosion at an unlicensed firecracker factory killed at least eight workers and injured 20 others in eastern India on Wednesday, a day ahead of Hindu's most popular Diwali festival....



4 dead as fighting continues in southern Philippine city

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:56:35 GMT2017-10-18T16:56:35Z

MARAWI, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine troops killed four Islamic State group-linked militants in a clash and occasional blasts thundered across Marawi on Wednesday after the president declared the southern city liberated from "terrorist influence."...



Pakistan arrests cleric over involvement in murder of model

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:56:28 GMT2017-10-18T16:56:28Z

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistani police say they have arrested a Muslim cleric for alleged involvement in the 2016 murder of social media model Qandeel Baloch....



Pakistan says fence on Afghan border will reduce attacks

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:33:21 GMT2017-10-18T16:33:21Z

ANGORE ADDA, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistan's military said Wednesday that new fencing and guard posts along the border with Afghanistan would help prevent militant attacks in both countries, but the stepped-up fortifications have angered Kabul, which does not recognize the frontier as an international border....



Xi urges stronger Chinese stand against 'grim' challenges

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:12:15 GMT2017-10-18T15:12:15Z

BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday urged a reinvigorated Communist Party to take a stronger role in society and economic development to better address the nation's "grim" challenges as he opened a twice-a-decade national congress....



Car bomb kills 5 police, 2 civilians in southwest Pakistan

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:27:17 GMT2017-10-18T11:27:17Z

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) -- A car bomb attack struck a Pakistani police truck in the southwestern city of Quetta on Wednesday, killing at least five policemen and two civilians. In a separate attack in Quetta, a police officer was gunned down by assailants riding on a motorcycle, authorities said....



'Frog fans' of China's elder Jiang light up social media

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:20:38 GMT2017-10-18T11:20:38Z

BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping was at the podium giving a three-and-a-half hour speech to outline his grand vision for a "new era" of China. But for young Chinese cracking jokes on social media, all eyes were on their 91-year-old cult favorite struggling to stay awake in the front row....



Diplomats from US, S. Korea, Japan discuss N. Korean threat

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:59:55 GMT2017-10-18T10:59:55Z

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Senior officials from the United States, South Korea and Japan reaffirmed their countries' commitment Wednesday to finding a diplomatic solution to the threat posed by North Korea's rapidly expanding nuclear program. However, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan stressed that the allies must be prepared for any contingency....



Qatar's leader urges end to trade embargo, calls for talks

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:16:46 GMT2017-10-18T10:16:46Z

BOGOR, Indonesia (AP) -- Qatar's emir urged neighboring states to lift an "unfair" 4-month-old trade embargo and said Wednesday that he's ready to open talks to end the diplomatic crisis....



Image of Asia: Delegates arrive in rain at China congress

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:47:25 GMT2017-10-18T09:47:25Z

In this photo by Associated Press photographer Andy Wong, security officers hold umbrellas in the rain outside the Great Hall of the People as delegates arrive for the opening ceremony of the 19th Party Congress in Beijing....