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Japan votes for lower house; Abe's party seen headed for win
TOKYO (AP) -- Voting in a general election started Sunday that would most likely hand Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's right-wing ruling coalition a victory and possibly close to a two-thirds majority in parliament....

Japan election: How deep is support for Prime Minister Abe?
TOKYO (AP) -- An expected victory for Japan's ruling coalition in national elections Sunday may overstate public support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Liberal-Democratic Party....

US: DNA test confirms top Filipino terror suspect is dead
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- DNA tests have confirmed the death of one of the FBI's most-wanted terror suspects, who the Philippine military reported was killed in a final battle to quell an Islamic State group-linked siege in southern Marawi city, U.S. and Philippine officials said Saturday....

King's legacy still felt strongly as Thailand bids goodbye
HUAY HOM, Thailand (AP) -- Half a century has passed and the king is dead, but the villagers of Huay Hom still haven't forgotten the day Bhumibol Adulyadej descended by helicopter into their remote, impoverished mountain valley in northern Thailand and changed their lives forever....

Attack outside Afghan military academy kills 15
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A suicide attack killed 15 military academy members west of Afghanistan's capital Kabul Saturday, a Defense Ministry official said....

Gunmen launch attacks near Freeport Indonesia mine; 3 hurt
JAYAPURA, Indonesia (AP) -- Gunmen launched attacks Saturday near a U.S.-owned gold and copper mine in eastern Indonesia, wounding two policemen and a civilian, police said....

Chinese power over North Korea? It's more myth than reality
BEIJING (AP) -- At first glance, it seems the perfect solution to the world's most dangerous standoff: Find a way to get China to use its enormous influence to force North Korea to abandon its nuclear bombs....

Pakistan: 7 bodies recovered from collapsed mine
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) -- Rescue workers recovered the bodies of seven mine workers who were buried under a landslide in the country's southwest, officials said Saturday....

Abducted female Pakistani journalist returned home
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- The mother of a Pakistani journalist who was abducted in 2015 and freed this week, says her daughter is under extreme mental pressure and unable to tell much about her ordeal....

US commanders stress 'ironclad' commitment to defend SKorea
BUSAN, South Korea (AP) -- U.S. naval commanders on Saturday reiterated Washington's "ironclad" commitment to defend South Korea against North Korean threats as an American nuclear-powered aircraft carrier visited a South Korean port following a joint naval drill....