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In this photo released by Inter Services Public Relations of Pakistan's military, U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, left, talks with Pakistani Army Chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa during a meeting in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. Khalilzad's meeting with Pakistan's powerful army chief Bajwa was presumably to brief him on the talks with the Taliban, which Pakistan helped orchestrate by getting the Taliban to the UAE. (Inter Services Public Relations via AP)
Taliban say talks focused on US withdrawal from AfghanistanThe Taliban say their latest talks with the U.S. envoy on the war in Afghanistan focused on the withdrawal of NATO troops, the release of prisoners and halting attacks on civilians by pro-government forces
The Associated Press15 minutes ago
A man looks at an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. Asian stocks were mixed on Wednesday, as traders mulled over the Federal Reserve's interest rate decision and weaker-than-expected Japanese trade data.(AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
World markets in ascendant ahead of Fed's rate decisionWorld markets mostly higher ahead of Fed's rate decision
The Associated Press1 hour ago
Nepal stops water project contractors from leaving countryThe government of Nepal is not permitting Italian contractors to leave the Himalayan country in an effort to complete a critical but much delayed water supply project for the capital city
The Associated Press3 hours ago
Philippine rebels abduct 2 soldiers, several militiamenPhilippine military officials say communist guerrillas abducted two soldiers and several militiamen and seized several rifles in an attack on an army base in the country's south in the latest flare-up of a nearly half-century-long insurgency
The Associated Press3 hours ago
Japan wants Seoul's political decision on forced labor rowJapan's top diplomat has urged South Korea's government to make a political decision to bring an end to their recent legal dispute stemming from that country's court rulings on former Korean forced laborers
The Associated Press3 hours ago
US official says Washington reviewing North Korea travel banThe Trump administration's special envoy for North Korea says Washington is reviewing easing its strict travel restrictions to North Korea to facilitate humanitarian shipments to the North as part of efforts to resolve an impasse in nuclear diplomacy
The Associated Press4 hours ago
Pakistan takes steps to avoid terror finance blacklistPakistani officials say the government has approved fresh measures to avoid being blacklisted by an international group that monitors money laundering and terror financing
The Associated Press5 hours ago
SoftBank Corp.'s CEO Ken Miyauchi attends a press conference in Tokyo, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. SoftBank Group Corp.'s Japanese mobile subsidiary suffered a bitter debut on the Tokyo market, slumping 15 percent. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
SoftBank mobile subsidiary has bitter debut on Tokyo marketSoftBank mobile subsidiary suffers bitter debut on the Tokyo market, slumping 15 percent after it reportedly raised $23 billion
The Associated Press6 hours ago
Singapore bans former Goldman Sachs exec with 1MDB linksSingapore issues lifetime ban on former Goldman Sachs banker facing 1MDB charges in US and Malaysia
The Associated Press6 hours ago
FILE - In this May 3, 2018 file photo, Afghan residents light candles to pay tribute to Afghan journalists killed three days earlier in a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. A New York-based organization dedicated to the safety of journalists says the deadliest country for journalists this year has been Afghanistan, where 13 journalists were killed. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)
Report: 53 journalists killed worldwide so far in 2018A New York-based organization dedicated to the safety of journalists says the number killed worldwide in reprisal for their work nearly doubled this year
The Associated Press18 minutes ago
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, looks at koala during a tour of Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia, on Oct. 16, 2018. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP)
AP PHOTOS: Editors' picks for 2018 from AsiaAP PHOTOS: Editors' picks for the best images of 2018 from Asia
The Associated Press11 hours ago
FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2018, file photo an American flag flies outside New York Stock Exchange. Stocks are opening solidly higher on Wall Street as the market claims back some of the ground it lost in steep drops over the previous two days. Technology and industrial stocks were among the biggest winners in early trading Tuesday, Dec. 18. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
Stocks mixed in Asia on Fed rate decision, Japanese dataStocks mixed in Asia as traders mull over Fed's interest rate decision, weaker-than-expected Japanese trade data
The Associated Press12 hours ago


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