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Volcano erupts on southern Japanese island
TOKYO (AP) -- A volcano erupted on a small island in southern Japan on Friday, and authorities ordered residents to evacuate the island....


TOKYO (AP) -- Volcano erupts on small southern Japanese island; residents urged to evacuate....

Japan CPI weak at 0.6 percent, as jobless rate at 18-yr low
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's jobless rate dropped to an 18-year low in April, but industrial production, inflation and household spending were muted as consumers kept purse strings tight....

Asian nations meet to discuss Rohingya migrant crisis
BANGKOK (AP) -- Senior officials from across Asia will meet Friday in Bangkok to tackle the growing problem of desperate people landing on the shores of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, as Rohingya Muslims flee persecution in Myanmar and poor Bangladeshis crowd onto boats in the hope of finding jobs in other countries....

Thai protest leaders get jail term for anti-government rally
BANGKOK (AP) -- Six prominent protest leaders in Thailand were sentenced to two years in prison Thursday for storming the prime minister's office compound during massive anti-government rallies in 2008 in part of the political turmoil that has plagued the country in the past decade....

Image of Asia: Standing watch on Malaysian navy ship at sea
In this photo by Vincent Thian, a Malaysian navy sailor stands guard on the bow of a corvette ship patrolling the seas off the island of Langkawi while watching for abandoned migrant boats. Thousands of Rohingya Muslims and Bangladeshis are believed to be adrift at sea after a regional crackdown on traffickers prompted captains and smugglers to abandon their boats. The navy will provide humanitarian assistance to migrants entering Malaysian waters and hand them over to the authorities on land. Malaysia and Indonesia agreed last week to provide the migrants with shelter for one year, but their future beyond then is uncertain....

Dump truck carrying children crashes in Indonesia, 17 killed
MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) -- A dump truck carrying children of plantation workers to school Thursday morning plunged into a ditch in western Indonesia, killing 17 of them, police said....

Myanmar restricts journalists after photos show sleeping MPs
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Journalists were negotiating with Myanmar officials Thursday to restore their access to the Parliament chamber after being pushed out because pictures of snoozing lawmakers were published online....

Dalai Lama urges Aung San Suu Kyi to help Rohingya Muslims
NEW DELHI (AP) -- The Dalai Lama has urged Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's pro-democracy icon and a fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureate, to speak out to protect her country's persecuted Rohingya Muslims amid a human trafficking crisis, a newspaper reported Thursday....

China defends South China Sea island development
BEIJING (AP) -- Responding to sharply-worded comments from the U.S. defense secretary, China on Thursday defended its building of artificial islands in the South China Sea and accused Washington of stirring up trouble in the economically vital region....