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Pakistan bars US diplomat from travel over fatal crash
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- An American diplomat who struck a Pakistani motorcyclist in a fatal road accident earlier this month has been barred from leaving the country, pending a civil court case, Pakistani officials said Wednesday....

Indonesian oil well fire kills 18 people, injures dozens
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- A newly drilled unregulated oil well in western Indonesia exploded into flames early Wednesday, burning 18 people to death and injuring dozens of others....

Global stocks slide, futures point to weak Wall Street open
TOKYO (AP) -- Global shares dropped Wednesday and Wall Street was set to edge slightly lower on the open amid worries over a rise in the cost of borrowing and companies' raw materials....

Korean leaders seek to control optics at historic summit
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Kim Jong Un will be in unchartered territory when the third-generation autocrat crosses over to the southern half of the Demilitarized Zone separating the rival Koreas on Friday, possibly on foot, and greets South Korean President Moon Jae-in....

In northern Myanmar, forgotten Kachin conflict intensifies
LAIZA, Myanmar (AP) -- On the front lines, the army is pounding rebels with airstrikes and artillery. In the displacement camps, terrified civilians are building bomb shelters of sandbags and stones. And everywhere in this troubled swath of Myanmar's north, there is a growing sense the conflict will only get worse....

A unified Korea? Leaders bring contrasting visions to summit
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Unification is an idea that moves most Koreans, North and South, on an emotional level....

Indian court jails spiritual guru for life in rape case
NEW DELHI (AP) -- An Indian court on Wednesday found a high-profile spiritual guru guilty of raping a teenage female devotee in 2013 and sentenced him to life in prison....

Australia says admiral will be next US ambassador to Seoul
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia's prime minister said Wednesday that the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific, Adm. Harry Harris, will not become Washington's next ambassador to Australia and will be posted to South Korea instead....

Inter-Korean summit food will have touch of Swiss
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will be served a nod to his Swiss school days following a high-stakes meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in over the future of his nukes....

Outrage in China over pressure on student to stop activism
BEIJING (AP) -- Before Yue Xin became a central figure in China's burgeoning movement against sexual harassment, she recorded herself singing a revamped version of the 1960s pop classic "Que Sera Sera."...