Philippines raises volcano alert level after explosion

Steam explosion at active volcano in central Philippines indicates it may be about to erupt By Roy Ramos ZAMBOANGA, the Philippines - A steam explosion at...

Myanmar gov’t agrees ceasefire with armed Shan group

Shan group among several large ethnic armed groups that refused to join Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement Oct. 15 By Joshua Carroll YANGON - The Myanmar government and a...

Philippines: Typhoon Maysak drops to tropical depression

Some of many thousands of Filipinos staying in shelters fearing a super typhoon start to go home. ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (AA) – After barreling in...

Second suspected migrant grave site found in Thai south

Thai media report quotes local police officer as saying abandoned camp contained five graves. BANGKOK - Thai police say a new suspected mass grave site has...

Massive purge of Thai police over human smuggling links

More than 50 officers in south punished after 32 corpses found in mass migrant grave of Rohingya, Bangladeshis. BANGKOK -- A massive purge within the...

UPDATE – Malaysia: 11 dead, 8 missing after quake at mountain

Search teams working to bring down 9 bodies found Saturday as 8 people remain missing UPDATES WITH DISCOVERY OF MORE BODIES By P Prem Kumar KUALA LUMPUR...

UPDATE 3 – 170 killed as powerful quake rocks Pakistan, Afghanistan

7.5-magnitude earthquake rattles southern Asia on Monday *UPDATES WITH HIGHER DEATH TOLL KARACHI, Pakistan – Scores of people were killed in Pakistan and Afghanistan -- mostly in...
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United States Ambassador to Albania Alexander Arvizu in Tunisia

Counter terrorism military exercises are performed as United States Ambassador to Albania Alexander Arvizu and Tunisian Interior Minister Najem Gharsalli watch at Interior Ministry...

China’s factory activity falls to 11-month low

Signals contraction by dropping to 49.2 in March, lower than market consensus of 50.5. BEIJING (AA) -- China's factory activity fell to an 11-month low...
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UPDATE – Press freedom activists decry Bangladesh blogger murder

This is the third time this year that a Bangladeshi blogger has been publicly killed in the country. DHAKA, Bangladesh  – The murder of a Bangladeshi...

Philippines braces for fourth typhoon this year

Noul’s center located 480 kilometers east northeast of Samar island, among hardest hit by deadly Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – The Philippines...

Indonesia denies passengers paid to board downed plane

 Military says no evidence to support allegations that people without relatives in military paid bribes to fly on air force plane By Ainur Rohmah JAKARTA (AA)...

Russian-Turkish cooperation meeting cancelled

High-Level Cooperation Council meeting was to be an intergovernmental cooperation mechanism between Russia and Turkey ANKARA - The meeting of the High-Level Cooperation Council, which is an...

Japanese PM orders budget focus on welfare, agriculture

Supplementary budget for fiscal year 2015 likely to include more than $24.5 billion of spending to stimulate economy TOKYO - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe...

Search at flooded China mine ends; 21 confirmed dead

One of 4 rescued miners dies in hospital. BEIJING – Rescue operations at a flooded Chinese coal mine have ended with 21 miners confirmed dead...