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Global markets calm ahead of Jackson Hole meeting
LONDON (AP) -- Global stock markets edged lower Wednesday as investors treaded carefully ahead of an annual gathering of central bankers....

Sri Lankan justice minister fired for criticizing China deal
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Sri Lanka's president fired the justice minister on Wednesday for criticizing government policies, including a decision to sell a majority of shares in a seaport to China....

Defamation trial of BBC reporter begins in Thailand
BANGKOK (AP) -- The trial has begun in Thailand of a British BBC correspondent charged with criminal defamation and computer crime over a report on alleged fraud....

Mongolian lawmakers call on prime minister to resign
ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (AP) -- A bloc of lawmakers from Mongolia's ruling political party are calling on the prime minister to resign, accusing him of abusing his position by allegedly handing government contracts for roads and other projects to politically connected businesses....

China urges US to drop its sanctions on Chinese companies
BEIJING (AP) -- China has urged the U.S. to withdraw sanctions it imposed on Chinese companies that Washington says are supporting North Korea as it carries out increasingly ambitious missile tests....

10-year jail sentence sought for female Indonesian militant
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- An alleged would-be suicide bomber arrested one day before the planned bombing of a popular family attraction in the Indonesian capital should spend a decade in prison, prosecutors said Wednesday....

Cambodia kicks out US nonprofit promoting democracy
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- Cambodia's foreign ministry says the U.S.-based National Democratic Institute must cease operations and remove its foreign staff from the country within a week....

Afghan official: Taliban suicide car bombing kills 7 people
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A Taliban suicide car bomber targeted a military convoy in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province on Wednesday, killing at least seven people, a provincial official said....

Indonesia forest threatened by development despite new rules
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- In a remote corner of Borneo, an Indonesian company and its Chinese partner are pushing ahead with an industrial wood plantation in a tropical forest and orangutan habitat, apparently flouting government regulations intended to prevent a repeat of disastrous fires in 2015....

Navy dismisses 7th Fleet commander Joseph Aucoin, cites loss of confidence in his ability to command.
TOKYO (AP) -- Navy dismisses 7th Fleet commander Joseph Aucoin, cites loss of confidence in his ability to command....