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China, Russia plan joint military drills in South China Sea
BEIJING (AP) -- China's military will hold joint exercises with Russian forces in the South China Sea in September, following a recent arbitration ruling that rejected Beijing's claim to almost the entire strategic body of water....

N. Korea: US has crossed red line, relations on war footing
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea's top diplomat for U.S. affairs told The Associated Press Thursday that Washington "crossed the red line" and effectively declared war by putting leader Kim Jong Un on its list of sanctioned individuals, and said a vicious showdown could erupt if the U.S. and South Korea hold annual war games as planned next month....

Niece of Tibetan priest flees China, says he died of torture
DHARMSALA, India (AP) -- The niece of a prominent Tibetan religious leader has fled China and arrived in exile in northern India to reveal what her family says is the truth about the man's death in a Chinese prison....

Australia: MH370 captain's simulator had Indian Ocean route
SYDNEY (AP) -- Australian officials confirmed on Thursday that data recovered from a home flight simulator owned by the captain of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 showed that someone had used the device to plot a course to the southern Indian Ocean, where the missing jet is believed to have crashed....

Lapel pins with images of ex-NKorean ruler found in South
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean police found about 200 lapel pins bearing the image of late North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il strewn near the country's main international airport on Thursday, police officers said....

Indonesia rebuffs UN, EU appeals to halt looming executions
CILACAP, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesia quickly rebuffed appeals from the U.N. human rights chief and the European Union to abandon plans to execute 14 people for drug crimes as preparations intensified Thursday at the prison island where the death row inmates are held....

US confirms journalist jailed by China is American citizen
BEIJING (AP) -- The State Department says its diplomats have not been granted permission to meet with James Wang, a jailed magazine publisher and American citizen, since his 2014 arrest in southern China....

Pakistan orders probe into mysterious death of UK resident
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Wednesday ordered an investigation into the mysterious death of a Pakistani woman living in England after her husband claimed she was killed for marrying against her family's wishes....

Moderate quake near east coast of Japan
TOKYO (AP) -- A moderately strong earthquake with an initial magnitude of 5.4 has struck near the East Coast of Honshu Japan....

Mass killing plot in Japan raised alarms, then concern faded
TOKYO (AP) -- He wrote that he intended to kill disabled people and that his plot would benefit Japanese society. The facility where he worked was so unnerved, it confronted him. He quit the job and police sent him to a psychiatric hospital, but doctors deemed him safe to release 12 days later. In the months that followed, his former workplace increased security, adding cameras to watch the buildings where 150 mentally disabled people resided. But he was left alone, free, unmonitored....