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Australian leader blames predecessor for popularity decline

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 05:31:08 GMT2017-02-27T05:31:08Z

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia's prime minister on Monday blamed recent criticism from his predecessor for a dip in the government's popularity in a closely watched opinion poll....



Japan emperor's Vietnam visit a sign of improved ties

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 04:46:28 GMT2017-02-27T04:46:28Z

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- When Nguyen Thi Xuan said goodbye to her Japanese husband in 1954, she thought he was going off for a year or two on another long assignment. She never imagined it would be more than half a century before she'd see him again....



Detained Philippine senator asks court to nullify arrest

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 04:16:47 GMT2017-02-27T04:16:47Z

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A Philippine senator and leading critic of President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly crackdown on illegal drugs has petitioned the Supreme Court to nullify a Manila court's arrest warrant against her for drug charges and release her from jail....



S Korea's acting leader rejects to extend probe into scandal

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 04:09:31 GMT2017-02-27T04:09:31Z

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A special investigation team is wrapping up its probe into a huge scandal involving impeached President Park Geun-hye after the country's acting leader refused to extend its investigation past a Tuesday deadline....



US officials not yet authorized to screen Pacific refugees

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 04:06:50 GMT2017-02-27T04:06:50Z

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- U.S. security officers have yet to be authorized by President Donald Trump's administration to screen refugees held on Pacific islands for potential resettlement in the United States, an Australian official said on Monday....



1st senior Chinese official visits Washington in Trump era

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 03:20:10 GMT2017-02-27T03:20:10Z

BEIJING (AP) -- China is sending its first senior official to visit the United States since President Donald Trump took office, amid uncertainties over trade relations and new security tensions in east Asia....



Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 01:01:50 GMT2017-02-27T01:01:50Z

BANGKOK (AP) -- A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves:...



9 drown as boat capsizes in India

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:28:33 GMT2017-02-26T17:28:33Z

A government official says at least nine Indian tourists drowned as a fishing boat sank during a joyride in the Bay of Bengal in southern India....



Protests erupt after Kyrgyzstan arrests opposition leader

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 13:36:10 GMT2017-02-26T13:36:10Z

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) -- Hundreds of people protested Sunday in Kyrgyzstan after authorities detained a prominent opposition leader on fraud and corruption charges that his supporters say are politically motivated....



Philippine offensive continues amid threat to behead German

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 11:59:54 GMT2017-02-26T11:59:54Z

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine troops will not get distracted by a threat from Abu Sayyaf militants to behead a German hostage if a ransom was not paid by Sunday and will press assaults to crush the brutal group, military officials said....