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A staff adjusts the Japanese flag prior to a joint press conference of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) in Tokyo, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. Trade ministers of a Pacific Rim trade bloc are meeting in Tokyo, gearing up to roll out and expand the market-opening initiative. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Pacific Rim trade bloc meets in Tokyo, prepping for growthTrade ministers of a Pacific Rim trade bloc have geared up to roll out and expand the market-opening initiative at a meeting in Tokyo, reaffirming their commitment to open and free trade and inviting new membership
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FIEL - In this March 1, 2018, file photo, ailing radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, center, arrives for medical treatment at Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital in Jakarta, Indonesia. A lawyer for the ailing radical cleric who inspired the Bali bombers said Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, the Indonesian government will release him from prison next week. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, File)
Indonesia cleric to be freed despite holding to radicalismLawyers say the Islamic cleric who was the ideological leader of the Bali bombers and other Indonesian militants is being freed after the country's president relented on a requirement he renounce radical beliefs
The Associated Press1 hour ago
Suspected Muslim rebels storm Thai temple, kill 2 monksPolice say gunmen presumed to be Muslim insurgents have stormed a Buddhist temple in southern Thailand, killing two monks and wounding two others in what may be an effort to torpedo peace talks between the government and Muslim separatist groups
The Associated Press2 hours ago
Man charged with murder in death of Israeli in AustraliaA 20-year-old man has appeared in an Australian court charged with murder and rape in the death of an Israeli student in the city of Melbourne
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Myanmar army ordered to take offensive against Arakan ArmyMyanmar's military has announced that the Arakan Army, a Buddhist rebel group in Rakhine state, has been classified a terrorist organization after mounting a flurry of recent attacks
The Associated Press10 hours ago
Jimmy Carter: Trump should form advisory panel on ChinaJimmy Carter says Trump should appoint advisory panel to improve US-China relations
The Associated Press11 hours ago
FILE - In this March 13, 2009 file photo, Zalmay Khalilzad, special adviser on reconciliation speaks during a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan. Khalilzad arrived in Pakistan on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 on the last leg of a regional tour aimed at finding a negotiated end to Afghanistan's 17-year war, which would allow American troops to go home, ending the U.S.'s longest military engagement. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
US envoy for Afghan peace in Pakistan after talks in KabulPakistani officials say visiting U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has met with Pakistan's prime minister and other officials Friday as part of efforts aimed at finding a peaceful solution to 17-year bloody war in Afghanistan
The Associated Press16 hours ago
Thai military chief urges loyalty ahead of expected electionThailand's military has held its annual Armed Forces Day parade as the country prepares for expected elections more than four years after soldiers overthrew an elected government
The Associated Press18 hours ago
Top US Navy officer urges China to avoid confrontationsThe U.S. Navy's top officer says he urged China to follow international rules at sea to avoid confrontations and insisted that ships should be able to pass safely though disputed areas of the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait
The Associated Press19 hours ago
Volkswagen says it will pay Indian fine even as it appealsVolkswagen Group says it will pay a fine of 1 billion rupees ($14.2 million) imposed by India for installing software on vehicles that allegedly cheated pollution testing devices, though it is still appealing the order
The Associated Press21 hours ago
Top judge sworn in as Pakistan's Supreme Court chief justiceA top Pakistani judge has been sworn in as the country's new chief justice of the Supreme Court at a ceremony attended by President Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan and other officials
The Associated Press21 hours ago
ASEAN ministers rock no boats in Myanmar, South China SeaForeign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have hewed to the practice of reaching the least provocative consensus possible in discussions of such divisive issues as Myanmar's Rohingya crisis and China's claims in the South China Sea
The Associated Press23 hours ago
German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, fourth from left, speaks during the China-Germany High Level Financial Dialogue with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, Pool)
China, Germany promise closer financial cooperationChina, Germany promise to open markets wider to each other's banks and insurers in victory for Beijing amid tension with Washington
The Associated Press23 hours ago
Tesla says it plans to cut staff by 7 percent, in email to employees says road ahead "very difficult"Tesla says it plans to cut staff by 7 percent, in email to employees says road ahead "very difficult"
The Associated Press23 hours ago
Former Afghan national security adviser announces candidacyA former national security adviser has registered as a candidate for president of Afghanistan and called on the Taliban to engage in peace negotiations to end the country's 17-year war
The Associated Press1 day ago
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